Flachballenpflanzen

English translation: shallow-rooted plants

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German term or phrase:Flachballenpflanzen
English translation:shallow-rooted plants
Entered by: Celia Bodnar

16:06 Apr 16, 2009
German to English translations [PRO]
Science - Botany
German term or phrase: Flachballenpflanzen
Für die extensiven Bereiche ist eine artenreiche Begrünung mit Flachballenpflanzen vorgesehen
Celia Bodnar
Canada
Local time: 15:50
shallow-rooted plants
Explanation:
If synonymous with "Flachwurzler"


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Note added at 36 mins (2009-04-16 16:43:01 GMT)
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Or:

"plants with shallow root systems"

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Note added at 18 hrs (2009-04-17 10:36:05 GMT)
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As Stephen points out in his comment and reference, another option would be to specify "plants with shallow root *balls*" as an alternative to "plants with shallow root systems".
The main emphasis is certainly on the shallowness of the roots (whether natural or forced in some way) to ensure the suitability of the plants for the extensive areas to be covered.
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Colin Rowe
Germany
Local time: 21:50
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thanks
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Summary of answers provided
3 +2shallow-rooted plants
Colin Rowe
Summary of reference entries provided
Info
Kim Metzger
(plants reared on) flat/shallow root-balls
Stephen Reader

  

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shallow-rooted plants


Explanation:
If synonymous with "Flachwurzler"


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Note added at 36 mins (2009-04-16 16:43:01 GMT)
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Or:

"plants with shallow root systems"

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Note added at 18 hrs (2009-04-17 10:36:05 GMT)
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As Stephen points out in his comment and reference, another option would be to specify "plants with shallow root *balls*" as an alternative to "plants with shallow root systems".
The main emphasis is certainly on the shallowness of the roots (whether natural or forced in some way) to ensure the suitability of the plants for the extensive areas to be covered.

Example sentence(s):
  • Paspalum scrobiculatum is another **shallow-rooted plant** species that could be used in the restoration of acid mine drainage sites
  • The extensive roof holds between 1 and 6 inches of soil and can grow **shallow rooted plants**.

    Reference: http://nibsblog.wordpress.com/2008/04/13/garden-note-13-a-gr...
    Reference: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2028...
Colin Rowe
Germany
Local time: 21:50
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 12
Grading comment
thanks

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  RegineMac: I would agree. Found the "Flachballenpflanzen" mainly in articles on "green roofs," where shallow roots are needed.
3 hrs
  -> Thanks again!

agree  Inge Meinzer
5 hrs
  -> Danke!

neutral  Stephen Reader: Would agree but in my case, amateur guesswork; wondering whether it's important to distinguish between naturally (even if bred) shallow-rooted plts and indiv. specimens where root sys forced into shallow growth, cf. my ref. comment.
5 hrs
  -> Certainly a valid point, even though plants that have been grown with shallow root balls are more than likely to be naturally shallow-rooted.
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Reference comments


16 mins
Reference: Info

Reference information:
I think the German explanation is useful, but the English translation isn't.

Nicht jede Pflanze ist dem Extremstandort Dach gewachsen; er verlangt hohe Widerstandskraft und Anpassungsfähigkeit. Unter dieser Bedingung wurden die Pflanzenarten des XERO FLOR Sortiments ausgewählt. Sie bringen beste Voraussetzungen mit. Die Pflanzen werden auf armierten Vegetationsmatten oder auf Flachballen vorkultiviert.

http://www.gruendach-online.de/index.php?id=die-pflanzen

Not just any plant can subsist on the extreme environment of a roof. The plants in question must be resistant and ready to adjust to their situation. This has determined the choice of plants in our XERO FLOR selection. Our plants are ideally suited. They are precultivated on special vegetation-mats or flattened soil units.

http://www.gruendach-online.de/index.php?id=die-pflanzen&L=1

Kim Metzger
Mexico
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 85
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5 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Reference: (plants reared on) flat/shallow root-balls

Reference information:
1) NB, not my specialist field (though interest). 2, Kim's (German-lang.) explanation put me off the root-ball notion initially, as it speaks of the plant's growing medium rather than its own root sys. BUT maybe one can speak of 'growing a plant on a shallow root ball' much as one can of 'plants grown on an (xyz) stock'. Here's a (probably) native-Eng. (Canad.) source, albeit not scientific/trade:
'(...) laid down plastic sheet (..) and then placed the rhodos on top in a few inches of bark mulch. They thrived, and ended up with flat root "balls" (..)' (Bill Spohn; web ref./credit below)


    Reference: http://www.gardenbanter.co.uk/archive/index.php/t-36617.html
Stephen Reader
Native speaker of: English

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  Colin Rowe: How about just "plants with shallow root balls"? http://www.greenroofs.org/pdf/Greenbacks.pdf
11 hrs
  -> Thanks, Colin, & given your note (to me) in your own entry, I'm with you on the simpler version!- All makes sense (I'm learning)
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