Want to Work in a Nursery, Plant Hire or Interiorscaping Business?
.... or maybe you are just passionate about indoor plants.
- Learn about the main family groups indoor plants fall into.
- Learn about the cultural requirements and general characteristics of the family groups.
- Develop the ability to select the right plant for the right situation.
- Many types of growing methods are covered (in pots, baskets, hydroponics, terrariums, greenhouses).
- The course also covers soil mixes, propagation, pest control, feeding and lots more.
Course Content and Lesson Structure
There are 8 lessons in this course:
- Plant Naming and pronunciation
- Review of indoor plant families
- Indoor Plant Culture - Part A
- Understanding interior environments
- Plants for different light conditions
- Problems with indoor plants
- Potting Media
- Potting up
- Container selection
- Managing plant nutrition
- Pruning indoor plants
- Propagation and caring for young indoor plants
- Indoor Plant Culture - Part B
- Acclimatizing indoor plants
- Helping plants survive neglect
- Managing plant health indoors
- Foliage Plants
- Growing palms inside
- Review of palm genera
- Selecing and Growing Ferns inside
- Review of other foliage plant genera
- Flowering Plants
- African violets
- Other genera grown for flowers indoors.
- Other Indoor Plants
- Making The Best Use Of Indoor Plants
- Deciding where to place an indoor plant
- Managing colour
- Using mirrors
- Plants in baskets
- Hydroponics indoors
- Miniature gardens
- The Interior Plantscaping Industry
- Interior Plantscaping Business
- Growing in Greenhouses
- Environmental control
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.
- Distinguish between different types of indoor plants
- Describe the cultural methods used for growing various indoor plants
- Evaluate a range of plants not commonly grown indoors for their suitability for interior plantscaping.
- Select appropriate plants for different interior plantscaping situations.
- Develop innovative ways of presenting plants for indoor situations.
- Explain the interior plantscaping industry, including its nature and scope.
Working With Interior Plants
European countries such as Germany, Holland, Scandinavia and England have been using interiorscaping in their commercial buildings to create calm and attractive work environments since the 1950s.
The United States followed this trend in the early 1960s. Since the 1980s interiorscaping has grown from an industry primarily started by farmers and backyard plant growers - supplying plants from the back of vans - to the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Today’s interiorscaping business is more likely to be run by horticulturists who may also have some qualifications in interior design, or visa versa.
As a consequence of the huge international growth in this industry, the U.S.A., Canada, U.K, Australia, Holland, New Zealand and South Africa all now have Interior Plantscaping Associations. These associations are an invaluable source of information for those working or contemplating work in the interior plantscaping industry:
1. Interior Plantscaper’s Association of South Africa.
2. National Interior Plantscaper’s Association: Australia and New Zealand.
3. Plantscape Industry Association: U.S.A.
4. Associated Landscape Industry of America – includes plantscaping professionals as well.
5. British Association of Landscape Industries U.K. – includes plantscaping under its umbrella.
Indoor Plant Businesses
Businesses range from small one person operations - through to large multi-million dollar businesses. Services offered differ too - from plant watering services through to the design and maintenance of large indoor garden environments (that may even include quite large trees).
The following are just some of the services offered by these businesses:
- Plant and indoor garden maintenance using skilled staff.
- Rotating plants i.e. bringing in flowering plants in season.
- Floral arrangements.
- Unusual or unique plants i.e. foliage and flowers.
- Seasonal displays – using a creative and innovative approach.
- Design and consultation services.
Do you want to develop your business or passion for indoor plants?
- Develop your knowledge of the application and management of plants in indoor situations.
- Understand how to select the right plants for the location.
- Develop your skills in how the plants are presented.
This is a great course for those seeking to work in interior plantscaping -
- to develop a dedicated plantscaping business,
- as an extension of an existing flower business,
- for interior designers or decorators,
- for home owners who have a passion for growing plants indoors.
Start developing your knowledge - any time, anywhere.
You can enrol on the Interior Plants course at any time - Simply go to “It’s Easy to Enrol” box at the top of the page and you can enrol now. Studying with ACS gives you freedom to choose when and where you study - our eLearning and online study options mean you can study wherever you want and without carrying loads of books around with you. Our tutors are highly knowledgeable, experienced professionals who are onhand to support and guide you in your studies.
If you have questions about the Interior Plants course or want to know more about studying with ACs, then get in touch with our specialist Horticulture tutors today - they will be pleased to help you.