Ferns 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Ferns 100 Hours Certificate Course
Ferns course online. Learn to identify, culture and care for ferns. A detailed look at the identification and culture of ferns. You learn to propagate (spores, division, tissue culture), different groupings (e.g. epiphytes, ground ferns, tree ferns) and both common & uncommon species. Growing techniques (baskets, indoor/outdoor containers, terrariums) and cultural methods (soils, watering, pest & disease control) are also examined.
Lesson Structure: Ferns BHT314
There are 8 lessons:
- Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the ferns (especially the fronds), main groups of ferns (filmy, tree, terrestrial, epiphytic and water ferns), information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.), pronunciation of plant names.
- How best to grow ferns and what conditions do they need. Planting, mulching, watering, pest & disease and their control, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, etc., compost making.
- Methods of propagating ferns - spores, division, tissue culture. Propagation of selected varieties.
- The Most Commonly Grown Varieties.
- Maidenhairs, tree ferns, stags, elks, common ground ferns. How to grow and propagate these ferns.
- Other Important Groups.
- Asplenium, Blechnum, Nephrolepis, Pteris and other groups. Group characteristics, cultural details, propagation methods.
- Other Varieties
- Hares foot fern, Bracken, Fans, Corals and Combs.
- Making the best use of these Plants.
- In containers, hanging baskets, terrariums, in the ground, as indoor plants, growing and showing, growing for profit (to sell the plants or what they produce).
- Special Assignment: Detailed culture and identification of one genera.
Learning Goals: Ferns BHT314
- Distinguish between different types of ferns in cultivation.
- Determine critical cultural practices required to successfully grow ferns in different situations.
- Propagate ferns using different methods
- Determine the cultural requirements of specific fern varieties.
- Apply various specialised techniques to the culture of ferns.
- Prepare a planting plan for an area using ferns.
- Label the morphological parts of a typical fern, including:
- bipinnatifid fronds
- Distinguish species of each type, between aquatic, epiphytic and terrestrial ferns.
- Distinguish, using illustrations, between different fern families, including;
- Compile a resource information guide on ferns, including scope of operation and contact information (ie: address, phone, fax), for:
- ten nurseries
- five clubs/societies
- ten product suppliers
- other organisations
- Prepare a collection of fifty ferns, not collected elsewhere, including:
- a photo, drawing or pressed specimen
- plant names (scientific and common)
- cultural details
- Develop guidelines for growing ferns either indoors, in containers under shade, or in the ground.
- Label a sequence of four drawings which illustrate the propagation of ferns by spore.
- List five different fern genera that can be propagated by division.
- Propagate four fern species, using two different methods, including spores and division.
- Explain the planting requirements of ferns.
- List the preferred characteristics of a soil which is to grow ferns in the your locality.
- Prepare a potting media mix suitable for growing ferns in.
- Develop guidelines for watering a typical fernery in your locality for a twelve month period.
- Write a summary of nutrition requirements of ferns, including fertiliser recommendations.
- Explain five different common health problems of ferns.
- List guidelines for pruning ferns in your locality.
- Write a set of guidelines for the culture of a selected fern genus, including details on:
- distinguishing between different species
- cultural requirements
- Prepare a table which compares twenty-five different commonly grown fern genera, and includes:
- plant description
- preferred habitat
- growing requirements
- List methods used to propagate fifteen different ferns, including four different propagation methods.
- Write an essay comparing four species of ferns in the one genera, with reference to physical appearance, growth habit and cultural requirements.
- Describe endemic growing conditions of five different native ferns sited in natural areas.
- Prepare a schedule of cultural tasks to be undertaken over a twelve month period which are highly specific to one nominated species of fern.
- Summarise, a procedure for maintenance over a twelve month period, of a Nephrolepis grown in hanging baskets, including comments on:
- pest control
- potting up
- List ten fern species, from at least five different genera, which are particularly suited to growing in hanging baskets in your locality.
- Compare the suitability of different types of hanging baskets for growing ferns, including:
- water wells
- lined wire baskets
- Explain how to make a terrarium for growing five different types of ferns.
- List twenty fern species which grow in very wet conditions, including aquatic plants and bog plants.
- Distinguish between the cultural requirements of ferns grown indoors and outdoors.
- Explain the cultural techniques which are unique to growing ferns as an epiphyte. Gow a fern using a specialised technique (eg. in a terrarium or hanging basket), monitoring it over 3 months (ie. recording cultural practices, changes in health, and performance).
- Write guidelines for preparation of a potted fern for competition in a garden show.
- Evaluate the use of ferns in a garden, which incorporates both ferns and flowering plants, using a supplied checklist of design criteria.
- Evaluate the use of ferns in a garden or interior plantscape, which is either all or predominantly ferns, using a supplied checklist of design criteria.
- Design a fern garden bed of 30 square meters, which incorporates at least ten different fern varieties, and satisfies both aesthetic and cultural requirements of a specified site, which you survey.
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