growing point


Definition of growing point

: the undifferentiated end of a plant shoot from which additional shoot tissues differentiate

Examples of growing point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the trunk and growing point are OK, the tree will recover. Dan Gill,, "Will a freeze-damaged queen palm recover?," 10 Mar. 2018 If the top growing point survived, the trees generally recover even if the trunks are damaged. Dan Gill,, "Will a freeze-damaged queen palm recover?," 10 Mar. 2018 Plant each bareroot peony so the buds, or growing points, face skyward and are about 1.5 inches below the soil surface. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Gorgeous Peonies," 9 Mar. 2017 The cold may kill the growing point (which kills the tree), the fronds and damage the trunk. Dan Gill,, "Will a freeze-damaged queen palm recover?," 10 Mar. 2018 Treating the growing point of a cold-damaged palm with a copper fungicide (such as Liquid Copper, Copper Fungicide, etc.) may be done, but will not necessarily help. Dan Gill,, "Freeze-damaged palms may have survived the cold. Here's how to tell," 3 Feb. 2018 This is done to help prevent secondary infections of bacteria or fungi that may occur after the growing point sustains cold damage. Dan Gill,, "Will narcissus bulbs bloom next year after being forced indoors?," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of growing point

1835, in the meaning defined above

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