Horticulture

What is Horticulture?

Horticulture is the industry and science of plant cultivation including the process of preparing soil for the planting of seeds, tubers, or cuttings.

Horticulturists work and conduct research in the disciplines of plant propagation and cultivation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic engineering, plant biochemistry, and plant physiology. The work basically involves fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs, and turf.

Horticulturists work to improve crop yield, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses. Horticulture usually refers to gardening on a smaller scale, while agriculture refers to the large-scale cultivation of crops.

The word horticulture comes from the Latin “hortus” meaning “garden“, and “cultus”,  meaning “to cultivate“.

Categories in the HORTICULTURE Section of Informed Farmers

Please click on each Category to go directly to that category. Listed articles are grouped in sub-categories under these broad categories.

FRUIT

FLOWERS

NUTS

BERRIES

VEGETABLES

TREES

SHRUBS

TURF

OTHER HORTICULTURE

MEDICINAL PLANTS