Learn home Propagation
Mastering this course is an excellent way to save money by propagating your own plants at home.
- Indulge a passion
- Enrich your garden
- Maybe even start a small business
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How Are Plants Propagated?
There are many different ways of producing plants though most plants are produced commercially by either seed or cutting propagation. ‘Tissue culture’ or ‘micropropagation’ techniques carried out in a laboratory are sometimes used where very large numbers of one plant variety are required quickly, or where limited propagation stock is available. Other plants (eg. roses, deciduous fruit and ornamental trees) are traditionally produced by budding and grafting onto seed or cutting grown rootstocks. Division and separation are commonly used for the propagation of bulbs and herbaceous perennials.
Other propagation techniques (eg. layering or marcotting) may be important in the propagation of some specific types of plants; however they are relatively insignificant when taking a broad view of the nursery industry. You will learn more about these different methods in this useful course.
The ten lessons cover:
1. Methods of propagation: and overview
2. Propagating Structures and Equipment
3. Propagating Materials
4. Seed Propagation
5. Propagation by Cuttings
6. Miscellaneous Propagating Techniques
7. Budding and Grafting
8. Propagation of Specific Plants
9. Nursery Equipment
10. Propagating Area: Layout and Organisation
Duration: 100 hrs
What will you do in the course? Some examples -
- Obtain leaflets or catalogues plus prices for a range of plant container
- 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.
Why You Should Study This Course
Anyone who loves plants and enjoys challenging themselves will have fun with this course. You'll learn practical techniques to help you reproduce any plants you desire. It's not all about reading though, you will put what you learn into practice through our set tasks and assignments. With tutor feedback you'll end up with the confidence to grow all sorts of plants you perhaps never realised you could. The course is suited to people in any of the following areas:
Nursery & propagation
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