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Home Propagation 100 Hours Certificate Course
Home Propagation 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Home Propagation Online Course
Achieve expert plant propagation in your very own garden with the Home Propagation Course from ADL
This subject aims to develop a basic understanding of the principles of plant propagation,
Home Propagation course online. techniques and equipment and a general knowledge of the methods of propagation of the more commonly cultivated plants.
You can do a great deal to propagate and produce new plants from even the smallest home garden. If space is limited, you may be limited in the quantity of plants you can produce; but if you choose fast growing cultivars and only grow them into small containers (e.g. up to 4cm diameter) you may still produce large numbers in even as little as a small courtyard.
There is nothing wrong with starting small. Many of the largest nurseries started out as small garden operations. Doing this course, then learning through trial and error, can be an excellent way to turn yourself into a very competent plant propagator.
There are viable commercial nurseries operating out of backyards with as little as 400 square metres of space devoted to plants. Some of these backyard businesses generate enough income to support a family, but good management is particularly critical for businesses where space is at a premium.
Lesson Structure: Home Propagation AHT106
There are 10 lessons:
1. Methods of Propagation
- Methodist of Propagating Plants
- Plant Classifications
- The Alternatives
2. Propagating Structures and Techniques
- Growing Plants in a Greenhouse
- Other Structures for Growing Plants
3. Propagating Materials
- Propagating Mixes
- Potting Mixes
- Containers for Propagation
- Propagating Tools
4. Seed Propagation
- Growing Plants from Seeds
- Collecting and handling Seeds
- Where to sow seeds
- Storing Seeds
- Handling Seeds
- Pricking Out or Tubing seedlings
- Propagating Ferns
5. Propagating by Cuttings
- Types of Cuttings
- Stock Plants
- Hormone Treatment
- The Alternative Hormones
- How To Maintain Plants in Pots
6. Miscellaneous Propagating Techniques
- Propagation using Parts of Specialised Stems and Roots
- Tissue Culture
7. Budding and Grafting
- Reasons for Budding and Grafting
- Factors which Influence Healing of a Graft
- Types of Grafts
8. Propagation of Specific Plants
- Choosing Species
- Specialist Nurseries
- Typical Propagation Methods
- Plants and Water
- Greenhouse Irrigation Methods
- Irrigation Systems
- What is a Perched water Table?
- Pests and Disease Management
- The U.C. System and Minimising Disease
- Integrated Pest and Disease Management
- Sooty Mould
- Plant Viruses
- Nursery Nutrition
- The Nutrient Elements
- Diagnosis of Plant Disorders
- Plant Modification to achieve Uniformity
10. Layout and Organisation of a Propagating Area
- Plant Production Site
- Production Areas
- Production Systems
- Operational Flow Chart for Seed Propagation
Learning Goals: Home Propagation AHT106
- Obtain leaflets or catalogues plus prices for a range of plant containers.
- Obtain samples of at least 6 different potting soil components and make up a mix which could be used for general potting of outdoor shrubs and trees into 6 inch pots.
- Collect samples of at least six types of plant labels.
- Collect at least three different types of seed to plant and germinate.
- Obtain catalogues or price lists from at least six companies or organisations which supply seed.
- Put in cuttings of at least three different types of plants.
- Use diagrams to explain how you would grow four different cuttings.
- Contact a bulb or herb farm to research the type of propagation program they have.
- Carry out aerial layering.
- Practice budding and grafting.
- Prepare a work schedule for a propagation set up.
- Design the layout for a new nursery or propagation area which would be ideal for your purposes.
Practical (Set Tasks)
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
WHERE TO SOW SEEDS
Usually seeds are planted in one of three possible situations:
Sowing Seeds in a Container
The container is placed under glass (i.e. in a glasshouse or cold frame). Seed sown this way is usually in a very well drained medium (e.g. 75 % coarse sand and 25 % vermiculite or peat moss).
Flowering annuals are the easiest plants to start off with because they germinate quickly from seed. Only use fresh seed and refer to the packet for sowing times.
The seed is sown into plastic propagation trays or punnets. Other plastic containers such as margarine containers can be used for home production but make sure you make sufficient drainage holes.
Larger seeds can be sown directly into small pots that are deeper than propagation trays. Generally, two or three seeds are placed in each pot When the seeds have germinated the strongest seedling is left and the others removed.
- Fill the container with propagation media and level off to approximately 5 -10mm below the rim. Level the surface and firm the mix lightly, but not too hard over firming will reduce the air-filled porosity and will result in over wetting.
- The seeds are sown evenly over the surface of the tray. A pepper pot is useful for sowing smaller seeds – simply mix the seed with fine white sand (so you can see the seeds and where you have sown the mixture). Small plastic seed sowers are also available through various outlets these are used for smaller quantities of seeds.
Note: avoid sowing too densely as lack of air movement encourages disease, and seedlings don’t have sufficient room to grow strongly.
- Cover the seed with fine sand or propagation mix. Only cover to a depth equivalent to the thickness of the seed. This depends on the species as some seeds need light to germinate. Make sure the container is labelled, showing the date and name of the seed.
Note: if seeds are sown too deeply the plant will be weakened due to the extra energy required to get to the surface, some may not emerge at all. If planted too shallow the roots won’t take hold into the medium and will most likely die.
- Water the tray with a fine spray from above or place the tray in shallow water until you can see water rising to the top of the propagation mix. Carefully lift the tray out and place it on a bench so that excess water quickly drains away.
- Label the trays with the species name and date and determine the appropriate location to assist germination
Sowing Seeds in an Open Bed
In an open bed there is little or no protection from the natural environment. The ground is prepared by cultivating with either a plough or rotary hoe. Often a quantity of organic manure is turned in at this stage. The cultivated ground is formed into raised beds with approximately one metre between their centres. One row of seed is planted aIong each of these beds. After germination any excess seedlings must be thinned out to allow proper space for growth.
Sowing Seeds in a Protected Bed
The bed is built inside a cold frame or glasshouse, or some protective structure is built over an open bed. A simple example would be four logs laid on the ground over a seed bed with a PVC sheet resting on the top.
Most seed-grown plants can be started in a container under glass.
Most deciduous trees, fruit trees and some conifers are sown direct into the open ground. A large degree of success can be achieved by starting some of the native Australian species in a protected outside bed as described above. Many of the perennial flowering plants can also be grown this way.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
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FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,