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Propagation 600 Hours Diploma
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Diploma in Horticulture (Propagation) course online.The Diploma in Horticulture (Plant Propagation) is a vocationally oriented course comprising a core of studies common to all horticulture certificates, plus specialised studies in plant propagation.
The objective of the course is to:
- develop skills and knowledge about propagating different types of plants by seed, cuttings, budding and grafting, separation, division and layering in a commercially viable way.
- develop skills and knowledge about tools, equipment & growing structures used in a nursery for plant production.
- develop general skills in horticultural practices and plant identification.
his Diploma involves the following areas of work:
- CORE STUDIES: - fifteen lessons involving at least 350 hours.
- STREAM STUDIES: - stream studies on plant propagation involving at least 350 hours of study.
Lesson Structure: Diploma In Horticulture (Propagation) VHT002
There are 15 lessons in the first half (core):
- Introduction to Plants
- Nomenclature and taxonomy, the plant kingdom, genus, species, hybrids.
- Parts of the Plant
- How plants grow, plant structure, parts of the flower and leaf, stem & root modification.
- Plant Culture - Planting
- How to plant and protect newly planted specimens, terms like: annuals, biennials, perennials, deciduous, evergreen and herbaceous plants.
- Plant Culture - Pruning
- Purpose for pruning, rules for pruning, how to prune.
- Plant Culture - Irrigation and Machinery
- Different irrigation systems, components of an irrigation system, designing an irrigation system, selection, use and maintenance of machinery and tools.
- Soils & Media
- Soil classifications, testing soil, potting mixes, the U.C. System, ingredients of potting mixes.
- Soils & Nutrition
- Fertilisers - deficiencies and toxicities, NPK ratios, salting, fertiliser programming, compost.
- Propagation - Seeds & Cuttings
- How to propagate plants by seed and cuttings, propagating mixes, cold frame construction, after care for young plants.
- Propagation - Other Techniques
- Other methods - budding, grafting, layering, division and tissue culture.
- Identification and Use of Plants
- How are plants used in the landscape, how to choose and purchase plants, selecting plants suitable for the climate and site.
- Identification and Use of Plants
- Problems with plants and choosing plants for problem sites.
- Identification and Use of Plants
- Indoor and tropical plants, flowers, herbs, bulbs, ferns.
- Identifying and controlling pests, chemical and natural methods for control, chemical safety precautions.
- Identifying and controlling diseases, plant pathology, fungi, viruses, non-pathogenic problems, interactions with the host and the environment.
- Identifying and controlling weeds, chemical terminology.
-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.
STREAM STUDY LESSONS
There are four major topic areas comprising fifteen lessons in the second half.
The content of the 15 lessons is as outlined below:
- UNIT 1. SEED PROPAGATION
- Lesson 1. Methods Of Propagation
- Lesson 2. Seed Propagation A
- Lesson 3. Seed Physiology & Germination
- Lesson 4. Seed Propagation B
- UNIT 2. CUTTING PROPAGATION
- Lesson 5. Propagation By Cuttings A
- Lesson 6. Propagation By Cuttings B
- Lesson 7. Efficiencies In Cutting Production
- UNIT 3. BUDDING, GRAFTING & OTHER PROPAGATION TECHNIQUES
- Lesson 8. Miscellaneous Propagating Techniques
- Lesson 9. Budding & Grafting
- Lesson 10. Tissue Culture
- Lesson 11. Layering
- UNIT 4. NURSERY PRODUCTION SYSTEMS & EQUIPMENT
- Lesson 12. Propagating Structures & Equipment
- Lesson 13. Propagating Materials
- Lesson 14. Nursery Management A
- Lesson 15. Nursery Management B
Please see lesson titles for your learning goals.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Collect seed from and propagate different varieties of plants with that seed.
- Describe the method and time of year used to propagate at least 200 different plant varieties.
- Draw and label the parts of a seed.
- Explain how a seed germinates, and grows in the early stages of its development.
- Explain a variety of different harvest and post harvest treatments for seed.
- Explain a variety of pre-germination treatments for seed.
- Collect, identify and prepare cuttings for at least 50 different varieties of plants.
- Propagate from cuttings and successfully grow on ten different plant varieties to the stage of a saleable tube.
- Mix and use a propagation media suited to propagating cuttings and seed.
- Explain the reasons why particular propagation methods are preferred to other methods.
- Explain the propagation of at least 40 different varieties of plants by grafting or budding.
- Prepare examples of at least ten different types of grafts.
- Successfully execute at least ten grafts using at least ten different plant variety combinations.
- Propagate fifteen different plants by methods including separation, division and layering.
- Explain tissue culture techniques and their commercial relevance in plant production.
- Consider site features which are important to the operation of a nursery.
- Explain different nursery production systems.
- Construct a simple inexpensive cold frame.
- Prepare a routine maintenance program for plants in a production nursery.
- Analyse and report on the operation of two different production nurseries.
- Prepare a floor plan for the interior layout of a propagation/potting area.
- Describe how to pot up and plant out at least 20 different types of plants.
- Describe soils and potting media in terms of texture, structure and water holding and nutrient holding capacity.
- Prescribe methods of improving soil structure, infiltration rate, water holding capacity, drainage and aeration.
- Describe how to grow plants successfully in containers.
- Describe suitable potting mixes for container growing of five different types of plants.
- List safety procedures to be followed in a nursery.
- Show an awareness of irrigation equipment and its operation in a nursery.
- Explain growing structures and equipment used to enhance the propagation of plants including, hot beds, misting, fogging, cold frames and greenhouses.
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