Call us: +44 (0)1227 789 649 - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Palms and Cycads
Palms and Cycads 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Palms and Cycads
Palms & Cycads course online. This online distance learning course is ideal for anyone who wants to become a Palm and Cycad Expert. You’ll learn to identify, propagate and grow lots of different species. Work in the nursery or interior plantscaping industries; find a job, start a business, build a career.
Palms are a very important group of plants, primarily throughout the tropics, but also extending into cooler areas. There are some palms which will even grow very well in temperate climates. There are palms growing successfully in cooler places throughout the world, including Tasmania, England, Canada and Cape Cod in the USA. Many palms however are not particularly hardy to the cold, and will be injured by temperatures approaching freezing point. In temperate climates, palms are also often grown as indoor plants.
Lesson Structure: Palms and Cycads BHT233
There are 8 lessons:
- Scope and Nature of Palm Culture
- Plant Naming
- Species, Cultivars, Varieties
- Characteristcs of Palm and Cycad Families
- Botanical Characteristics
- Review of Australian Cycad Genera
- Australian Palm Genera
- Review of Palms
- Sub families, tribes and genera of palms
- Cultivating Cycads
- Understanding Soils, Nutrition, pH, etc
- Soil Mixes for Palms and Cycads
- Water Management
- Pruning Palms and Cycads
- Propagating Palms from Seed
- Propagating Media
- Other Propagation Methods (for some palms); eg. Offshoots, layering)
- Transplanting Seedlings
- Cycad Propagation; seed, offsets, suckers
- Transplanting cycads
- Managing pest and disease
- Propagating Equipment
- Selecting Suitable Palms and Cycads
- Growth Habits; solitary, clumping, aerial branching, subterranean branching, climbing
- Leaf Types; palmate, pinnate, bipinnate, fan
- Review of palm genera
- Cycad genera
- Cold tolerant palms and cycads
- Pests & Diseases of Palms and Cycads
- Scope and Nature of Pest Management
- Use of Chemical Legislation
- Common palm and cycad pests
- Common palm and cycad diseases
- Using Palms and Cycads
- Growing palms in a greenhouse
- What palms can be grown in a greenhouse or conservatory
- Environmental management and plant needs
- Temperature, Ventilation, Light Management
- Landscaping with Palms
- How palms can be used for different affects
- Planting Design
- Preparing a Plan
- Commercial Applications For Palms & Cycads
- Scope and Nature of Uses for Palms
- Palm Oil
- Coir Fibre
- Palms as Indoor Plants
- Species Suited to Indoor Plant Culture
- Special Assignment
- A PBL assignment where you deepen your knowledge by planning the establishment of a collection of different cultivars of palms or cycads (your choice) that are suited to growing in a particular situation or locality.
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school’s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learning Goals: Palms and Cycads BHT233
- Distinguish between the characteristics of different types of palms and cycads.
- Determine general cultural practices, including propagation, for growing palms and cycads.
- Choose palms and cycads to suit different climatic situations.
- Determine treatments for palms and cycads suffering various health problems.
- Specify appropriate landscape applications for palms and cycads.
- Explain different commercial applications for palms and cycads.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Distinguish between different plant families, including:
- Distinguish between different major groups which the Arecaceae (Palmae) family is divided into.
- Compile a resource file of sources for information on palms and cycads.
- Prepare an herbarium collection of fifty palms and cycads.
- Explain two different ways to plant different specified palm or cycads plants.
- Compare growing palms in the ground with growing them in a pot as an indoor plant.
- Explain appropriate techniques for watering palms and cycads in a specified garden, or collection of container plants.
- Develop guidelines for preparing a specified soil for planting a palm in your locality.
- Make a potting media suitable for growing palms or cycads in a 300mm container.
- Evaluate the chemical analyses of five different types of fertiliser to determine their suitability for use on palm and cycad plants.
- Prepare a maintenance program for a palm plantation which, includes:
- Soil management
- Pest and disease control
- Weed control
- A twelve month work schedule.
- Write a procedure for propagating palms or cycads.
- Summarise common causes for seed failure when propagating palms and cycads.
- Perform tasks associated with propagating a palm from seed, including collecting and germinating seed.
- Identify different environmental zones, in your country on an unlabelled map, which are suitable for growing palms selected from a provided list of twenty species.
- Determine palm and cycad species which are particularly hardy and adaptable to three different environmental zones within your country.
- Determine six species of cold tolerant palms and cycads.
- Prepare lists of five palms and cycads, suited to grow in each of a variety of different situations.
- Determine the pests which commonly occur on palms and cycads in your locality.
- Determine the diseases which commonly occur on palms and cycads in your locality.
- Develop a checklist of things to inspect when making an assessment of the health of palms and cycads.
- Evaluate the health of five different palms or cycads using a plant health checklist, developed by you.
- Specify treatments for three different pests which are common on palms.
- Specify treatments for three common diseases which affect palms.
- Specify treatments for three common problems which affect cycads.
- Compare alternative (ie. non-chemical) methods of treating five common palm or cycad health problems.
- Determine five palm species which have spikes on the foliage.
- Determine five palm species which have no spikes on the foliage.
- Determine ten palm varieties which have distinct foliage colours other than green.
- Determine ten self-cleaning palm species.
- Determine ten palm species which are not self-cleaning.
- Categorise twenty different palm species according to the texture of the foliage, including:
- Broad leaves (e.g. fan palms)
- Fine textured feather palms
- Coarser textured feather palms.
- Evaluate the use of palms/cycads in a garden which incorporates at least three different varieties, commenting on both aesthetics and function.
- Draw a landscape plan, demonstrating aesthetic impact, for a 30 square metre garden bed, where palms and cycads comprise 75% of the total number of plants used.
- Evaluate the use of palms in a commercial interior (e.g. office or shopping complex).
- Develop a procedure for the production of a palm plant in a wholesale nursery, from germinating the seed to the time it is ready for sale.
- Determine how a specified palm needs to be treated differently when grown in a greenhouse.
- Describe commercial farming of palms including the production of coconuts, dates and palm oil
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice