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Protected Plant Production

Protected Plant Production course online. Develop your broad understanding of practices and processes involved in successful plant cropping. It will develop a clear understanding of enviromental control and plant growth within a protective enviroment, together with a practical knowledge of plant husbandry techniques.


Lesson Structure: Protected Plant Production BHT223
  • Describe and evaluate the type and shape of modern growing structures
  • Understand the environmental control factors within a greenhouse environment
  • Choose appropriate cladding materials taking into consideration cost, effectiveness and durability
  • Understand irrigation systems specifically designed for greenhouse use and greenhouse plant nutrition requirements
  • Understand fertiliser requirements of greenhouse plants and the application methods commonly used
  • Understand the way in which crops are grown in a greenhouse environment. Have knowledge of various growing media and propagating procedures
  • Know the type of disease and pest problems associated with greenhouse growing and their control methods
  • Have knowledge of the procedures and standards used in harvest and post harvest handling of greenhouse crops and identify crops of suitable selling quality
  • Have knowledge of a range of plants that are suited to greenhouse growing
  • Understand workplace health and safety procedures


Lesson Structure: Protected Plant Production BHT223

There are 10 lessons:

1  Structures for Protected Cropping

  • The Greenhouse Business
  • The Greenhouse System
  • The Components Of A Greenhouse Facility
  • Deciding On What You Need
  • Siting Ggreenhouses
  • Suitability Of Different Structures For Specific Cropping, Depending On Natural Light
  • Cleanliness In The Glasshouse
  • Types Of Greenhouses
  • Greenhouse Checklist
  • Framing Materials
  • Covering Materials
  • Commonly Used Greenhouse Designs
  • Shade-Houses
  • Greenhouse Or Conservatory
  • Shade-House Designs
  • Cold Frames

2  Environmental Control

  • Control Of The Environment
  • Measurement Of Environmental Factors
  • Problems With Greenhouses 
  • Heating And Ventilation Systems
  • Thermal Screens
  • Insulation
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Artificial Light
  • Photosynthesis
  • The meaning Of C3 & C4
  • Day-Length Manipulation
  • Horticultural Crops That Are Day-Neutral Plants
  • Heated Propagators
  • Irrigation & Nutrition Control
  • Optium Growth Requirements For Certain Plants

3  Cladding Materials and their Properties

  • Factors Affecting Light Transmission
  • Covering Materials
  • Light Transmission Properties

4  Irrigation

  • The Nursery Irrigation Program
  • Irrigation Practices
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Plants And Water
  • Equipment And Methods
  • Precision Application Techniques
  • Water Supply And Quality
  • Liquid Feed Systems
  • Water Treatment
  • Water Sources
  • Scheduling Irrigation
  • Maintenance Of Watering Systems

5  Nursery Nutrition

  • Fertilisers In The Greenhouse
  • The Nutrient Elements
  • Major Elements
  • Minor Elements
  • Total Salts
  • Diagnoses Of Nutritional Problems
  • Nutrition Management
  • Soils, Media And Nutrition
  • Pore Space In Soils And Growing Media
  • Percolation Rates
  • Buffering Capacity
  • Cation Exchange Capacity
  • Soil Temperature
  • Soil pH  
  • Laboratory Testing Of Soils
  • Soil Sampling
  • Nutrient Availability & pH
  • Terminology
  • Measuring Salinity
  • Methods Of Measuring pH
  • pH Meters
  • Types Of Fertilizers
  • Applying Fertilizers
  • Applying Nutrients At The Propagation Stage
  • Fertilizing Problems
  • Factors Affecting Fertilizer Application
  • Application Of Liquid Fertilizers
  • Carbon Dioxide Enrichment In The Greenhouse

6  Relationship between Production techniques and Horticultural practices

  • What Crops Are Grown Under Cover
  • Potting Mixes
  • Components Of Potting Mixes
  • Problems With Potting Mixes
  • Water Repellence
  • History Of Potting Mixes
  • Additional Mixes To Try
  • Other Potting Mixes
  • Standards For Potting Mixes
  • Propagation Media
  • Mixes/Substrates For Starting Cuttings/Seeds
  • Pots And Containers
  • Containers For Propagation
  • Potting Up Plants
  • Shrubs And Trees
  • Transplanting Between Pots
  • Hoe To Pot A Plant
  • Production Of Different Crops
  • Tomato Production Notes Example
  • Lettuce Production Notes Example
  • Notes For The Production Of Potted Begonias
  • Types Of Begonias
  • Propagation
  • General Environmental Requirements
  • Growing On Areas For Container Plants
  • Hydroponics
  • Hydroponic Systems
  • Growing Carnations In Hydroponics
  • Greenhouse Rose Production
  • Methods Of Propagating Plants
  • Types Of Cuttings
  • Stock Plants 
  • Treatments Throughout The Year
  • Growth Control  
  • Other Chemical Treatments
  • Other Treatments To Improve Cutting Success
  • Sexual Propagation
  • Storing Seed
  • Difficult Seeds
  • Germination
  • Planting And Crop Establishment

7  Horticultural Management In A Greenhouse: Pest And Diseases

  • Fungi
  • Common Fungi Problems
  • Pest, Disease And Disordwe Control
  • Cultural Controls
  • Current Legislation
  • Biological And Integrated Pest Control
  • Beneficial Agents
  • Economic Thresholds
  • Methods Of Introduction
  • Major Pests, Diseases And Disorders Of Crops Identified
  • Diagnosis Of Problems
  • Conducting An Inspection
  • Tell Tale Symptons
  • Is There More Than One Problem?
  • Develop A Systematic And Logical Approach To Inspecting The Plant
  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
  • Difficult To Diagnose Problems

8  Harvest and Post Harvest Technology

  • Crop Harvesting
  • Post Harvest Treatments
  • Grading Standards
  • Cut Flowers
  • Conditioning For Market
  • Marketing To The Wholesale Market
  • Harvest And Post Harvest Of Selected Orchids
  • Post Harvest Requirements Of Mushrooms
  • Grading Systems
  • Mechanized Grading
  • Fruit Grading In The USA

9  Greenhouse Plants

  • What Is A Greenhouse Plant?
  • What Is Suited To Greenhouse Growing?
  • How To Grow Specific Crops
  • Example Of Crops: Lillies, Roses, Tomato

10 Risk Assessment

  • Identifying Risk In The Work[lace
  • Identification Of Safe Working Practices
  • Workplace Policy
  • Identifying Hazards
  • Risk Control Methods
  • Risk Assessment Of Protected Crop Production
  • Manually Lifting Objects
  • How To Lift
  • Using Machines To Do The Heavy Work
  • Earthworks
  • Cleaning And Sharpening Tools


  • Identify the main types of growing structure
  • Relate use of structures to shape and type of construction
  • Identify the range of environmental factors controlled within a growing structure
  • Describe the use of the equipment used to measure and monitor these factors
  • Name and describe a range of types of environmental controls
  • Evaluate the use of IT facilities for environmental control
  • Describe the meaning of 'daylight' and explain the role of sunlight and diffused light
  • Relate time of year to the quantity and quality of available light
  • Evaluate how the shape and orientation of a structure will affect light transmission
  • Assess the effectiveness of glass and cladding alternatives for light transmission
  • Describe the durability and insulation properties of glass and alternative materials
  • Select and describe appropriate systems of irrigation for plants grown in situ
  • Select and describe appropriate systems of irrigation for container grown plants
  • Specify and evaluate systems for incorporating plant nutrients into the irrigation water
  • Explain the effects of environmental control on a range of plants
  • Relate the essential features necessary for successful plant establishment and development to their underlying scientific principles.
  • Describe the production of a range of crops
  • State the optimum stage of growth for harvesting a range of crops
  • Describe the harvesting systems for protected crops
  • Explain how shelf life can be affected by pre and post harvesting treatment of the crop
  • State the factors to be considered when marketing crops
  • Evaluate alternative marketing outlets
  • Relate packaging & presentation to marketing
  • Assess benefits to the grower and customer, of grading a crop before marketing
  • Determine elements of risk in the practical operations associated with protected plant production.
  • Identify safe working practices


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Susan Stephenson and Andy Patterson . Your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout from one of these excellent teachers. Here are their credentials:

Susan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 




Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.

Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.

Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and 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.

She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer€“ in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.


Andy Patterson
PGCE Biological Sciences; Doctor of Naturopathy (pending); Registered Nutritional Therapist; Permaculture Design Consultant (PDC); BSc(Hons) Ecology;



Andy has been a biology and science teacher since 2002, and a natural health therapist since 1998. His original degree was in Ecology and is well experienced in the Life Sciences generally, from biology, medicine and clinical sciences to horticulture, ecology and the environment. he divides his time between a therapy clinic; teaching, tutoring & lecturing. Andy is a passionate believer in the power of education to transform people’s lives, and gives 100% support to helping students achieve their goal. 

Andy has worked as a Biology lecturer in a number of post age 16 colleges, and 11-18 year age schools across the country during a 13 year career. This has included work as an Assessor for exam boards, 1 on 1 tutoring, working with small groups and whole classes. He worked on an award winning national Nuffield- STEM initiative using innovative educational techniques to develop sustainability awareness with KS3 school children. He has also managed a large vocational science area in a busy college and developed a successful Premedical curriculum which has helped many students on to successful medical careers.


Course Info
Course StartAnytime, Anywhere
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBHT223
Course PrerequisiteNo, start at anytime
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Protected Plant Production
Exam Required?Finalised with an exam/test
UK Course Credits10 Credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportYou'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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