Theoretically you can germinate fungal spores and bacteria as well as seeds from plants. If you only go by the definition then germination includes everything seed starting implies and a little more.
The only thing seed starting has going for it is that it is more recognizable to the user base as I believe there are less users who use germination as their ...
Ficus is the genus name. The questions tagged Figs are aimed at Ficus carica, the edible species of fig. We would loose context by merging the two although I am not in favour of species tags as if it was applied uniformly tags would be unusable.
We could create a tag synonym of Ficus carica <=> Figs but I am not sure what value it would have.
Trimming and pruning are different actions.
Put crudely, you trim with one of these
You prune with one of these
Trimming is the action of keeping a plant in a desired shape and removing excess, untidy growth. Pruning is the removal of dead growth or the encouragement of new growth in a certain area. Pruning is a more targeted action than trimming.
I looked up the definitions and cloning appears to be a subset of propagation.
Cloning : producing individuals with identical or virtually identical DNA, either naturally or artificially.
Propagation : grows new plants from a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, and other plant parts. Plant propagation can also refer to the man-made or natural dispersal of ...
I'd argue that the "chili" tag (how'd you do that anyway) is useful in that some people, myself included, are only interested in chilis. As such it would be frustrating to have to filter through various sweet pepper posts just to find chili posts under a general "pepper" tag.
Why not let the community decide?
I've suggested the tag potted-plants as a synonym of the tag container-gardening, so users with 5 or more reputation in the container-gardening tag (see all six users who currently qualify) can vote on whether or not it is a good synonym.
-2 votes will delete the suggestion, +4 votes will approve it. I replaced it back ...
The word botanics seems to be used in different contexts.
as a synonym for Botany, the study of plants. The Free Dictionary
The singular word, botanic, is considered an adjective of botany by Wikipedia
botanical is defined as "a substance obtained or derived from a plant" by Merriam Webster
English being such a malleable language I believe that ...
My impression is that trimming is done on softer, newer growth, and pruning is done on stiffer, older growth, with bark, or branches, and stuff.
You'll note that you don't prune your lawn.
Trim is sometimes used as a synonym for prune (correctly or not), but the reverse doesn't seem true: Trimming might refer to a small amount of pruning, though.
You asked about the use of turf and sod. I reviewed the use of turf defined as
grass and the surface layer of earth held together by its roots
Some of the questions and answers worked well if you substituted lawn for turf. The rest of them, many from users in Europe, used turf as a synonym for sod. So it seems that turf is used as a synonym for sod and ...
Sod also known as turf is grass. When harvested into rolls it is held
together by its roots and a thin layer of soil.
In Australian and British English, sod is more commonly known as turf,
and the word "sod" is limited mainly to agricultural senses.
A lawn is an area of soil-covered land planted with grasses and other