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Protected Plant Production 100 Hours Certificate Course

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Protected Plant Production 100 Hours Certificate Course

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


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 
Horticulture tutor Yellow Roses Susan StephensonSusan 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.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
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.
Horticulture Tutor Steven WhitakerSteven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 


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How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
Course StartBegin your learning at any time.
Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Doing the job right using the correct knowledge and skills, leads to repeat business and referrals to friends, family and work colleagues. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to achieve this and grow your business.
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