In my opinion, new users (so easy to search) are more important than history, so I would include tags, so we can check easier related questions.
Already now with edits, some answer and comments seems out of context, but I don't see this as a big problem.
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.
Each tag needs to cover a specific topic, just like they do now. Tags including 'how-to' would just confuse things and only minimally boost our prominence. And I do see our material quite often in google searches. For example if you search for something about Aloe vera blooming, this one is near the top of the first page. Those things are good to see.
As you stated, a very high percentage of questions could be tagged with plant. The tag is far too general to be useful and should be burninated. Perhaps even blacklisted.
As it is, practically all of the 18 questions are identification questions. A number of these questions are also closed.
If the tag is unavailable new users will simply not be able to ...
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 ...
I'd be in favor of making it a synonym of bulbs.
Our tag synonyms page has plenty of other examples where the singular and plural forms of a word are synonyms, so doing this would match existing practice.
The seed-starting tag is a synonym for germination (along with germinating), so if you try to use it, the system will remap it to germination automatically.
If you click through the seed-starting link, you'll see that it shows "germination" at the top right (perhaps not the most obvious place to put it, admittedly). The list of synonyms is also available ...
I left a comment a while ago, but decided to expand it into an answer. I agree with those who think the frugal tag's unnecessary. In addition to what's been said:
My examination of the existing questions indicates that all of them are worded, or could be with a small amount of editing, in such a way as to render the tag unnecessary.
The most recent of ...
I like the frugal tag.
But then I hate spending money on my garden. Just this week I have been trying to rig up some kind of home watering system without spending money on an overpriced kit.
So it's an aspect of gardening I'm interested in. The tag groups together questions which deal with that side of gardening.
But this is a community site and I'm ...
I concur with bstpierre that location doesn't normally give enough information in and of itself; however, I personally think adding the location provides additional helpful information, and is important, whether or not having tags to convey this information is important.
Tags would be helpful to allow users to see groups of questions from a specific area, ...
As you say, these asterisks and similar markdown codes are not handled in tag wiki excerpts. This is fine, there is no reason for them to be. Their existence in a tag wiki excerpt clouds rather than clears the meaning.
On another site, I have removed these asterisks from dozens of tag wikis. They had been added by an over-zealous editor who clearly didn't ...
I agree that it's not a good tag, and given my druthers I'd just remove it altogether. Twenty-four hours after the last usage of a tag is removed from a questions, it will no longer be suggested when entering tags on new questions, so we could edit it out and it will disappear.
On the other hand, if we keep ecological as a synonym of something, we already ...
I think the frugal tag can be removed. This word is a little uncommon in the English language and it's meaning is not likely to be clear to a lot of users.
From Merriam Webster
: careful about spending money or using things when you do not need to
: using money or supplies in a very careful way
: simple and plain
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 ...
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.
The existing tags are all over the place and are not consistent for genus, species or name. We have apples but not malus, avocado but not persea, bell-pepper and bell-peppers, acer and maple.
Given that there is no standard it does appear that common name tags are more popular leading one to conclude that gardeners are not usually botanists.
Also, with the ...
This rule is in place so that newer users who don't have much rep (who usually don't know the site well) can't just edit all they want. You get full editing privileges at 1,000 reputation, so only users with 1,000 or higher can edit without having to suggest and get approved.
The limit on how little you can change a post before you get the editing privilege ...
There is no longer a plant tag. I edited it out from all the questions it was on, and it has since disappeared. See Do we need to specify what identification is being requested using tags?
It wasn't really a very useful tag anyway.
It's usually used by newer users in identification questions, to clarify what's being identified. New users also don't necessarily know how to properly use tags, so they often use it where a more specific tag would do (they don't know to be as specific as possible). In the Help Center, it is posted that the identification scope covers diseases and pests, as ...