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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

"Save Money by Propagating your own Garden Plants at Home".

A starter course for students with no previous experience of propagation.

  • Covers all aspects of propagating plants.
  • Develop knowledge of starting and running your own propagation nursery.
  • Learn about seed, cuttings, grafting, division, layering, materials and equipment.
  • Learn all this from industry experts - our tutors!


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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

" Thanks for the videos, they are great! I got a lot of information from them. The Turf Management video is practical and easy to understand. Plant Propagation is a video every student should watch because out here in the real world no-one would give out such information. The Rose Growing Tape was very beneficial to me as I have about 60 odd roses. I thought I knew a little about them but this tape is a real eye-opener."
- Kelvin

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.

Course Content

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

Home gardening

Market gardening

General horticulture





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Meet some of our academics

Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscaper, Environmentalist. Holds a Diploma in Horticulture, degree in geography, permaculture certificate and various other qualifications. Between 1985 and 94, Diana was a task leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Since 2001 she has been chairperson of the Friends of Mellor Park (with Stockport MDC). From 2005 she has worked exclusively in horticulture as proprietor of her own garden design and consultancy business in and around Derbyshire; and at the same time as part time manager of a small garden centre. Diana has been an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor with ACS since 2008.
Yvonne Sharpe (Horticulturist)Started gardening in 1966, studied a series of horticulture qualifications throughout the 1980's and 90's, culminating in an RHS Master of Horticulture. Between 89 and 1994, she worked teaching in horticultural therapy. Founded the West Herts Garden Association in 1990 and exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in 1991. In 1994, Yvonne joined the staff at Oaklands College, and between 1996 and 2000 was coordinator for all Amenity Horticulture courses at that college. Since leaving Oakland she has been active as a horticultural consultant, retail garden centre proprietor and sessional lecturer (across many colleges in southern England). In 2000, she also completed a Diploma in Management.

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