There are over 400 species of Australian ferns – these ancient, non-flowering plants create a tranquil, cool and invigorating paradise in any garden. This Australian native fern growing course is ideal for gardeners, landscapers, nursery personnel or anyone who wants to become a fern expert.
Certificate of Australian Native Ferns is an online course that will show you how to grow ferns and how to identify and propagate these plants in baskets, terrariums, and landscapes.
In this professional development course, you will learn propagation techniques, how to plant, mulch, water, prune, feed and protect ferns from pests and disease.
You will learn about the classification of ferns, different varietals, horticultural values, and how to make the best use of native ferns for your garden or landscaping project.
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding and awareness of how to grow ferns.
Unit - Australian Native Ferns
Unit 1 – Introduction to ferns
Plant names (common and scientific names)
Classification (family and genera)
Using reference books
Magazine and journals
Unit 2 – Culture
Environment zones in Australia
Understanding soils and root media
Problems with soils
Erosion and salinity
The certificate of Australian native ferns
Poor soil structure
Low lying land
Increased runoff from neighbouring areas
Hydrophobic soils (i.e. Water repelling)
What to use in compost?
What can go wrong?
The use of organic principles to help overcome soil problems
Reduce erosion and weeds
Prevent soil from drying out
Provide a source of nutrients
Provide a buffer against temperature variations
Home made sprays
Diatomaceous earth spray
Stinging nettle spray
White cedar (melia azaderach)
Unit 3 – Propagation
More of spore propagation
Equipment and materials
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Selection & development
Selecting plants for the new world
Propagation from spore of selected tasmanian ferns
Materials & methods
Suggested ferns for cultivation
Unit 4 – The most commonly grown varieties
Commonly grown ferns and varieties
Adiantum ( Maidenhair Fern)
Dicksonia (tree ferns)
Cyathea (tree fern)
Todea (tree fern)
Unit 5 – Other important groups
Growing ferns (general hints)
Blechnum (water ferns)
Nephrolepis (sword fern / fishbone)
Pteris (brake / dish fern / table fern)
Unit 6 – Other Varieties – Lesser known varieties
Apteropteris (Filmy Fern)
Cyrtomium Holly Fern
Davallia (Haresfoot or Rabbitsfoot Fern)
Doodia (Rasp Fern)
Gleichenia Coral Fern
Schizaea Schizaeceae (Comb Fern)
Sticherus (Fan Fern)
Unit 7 – Making the best use of native ferns
Procedure for planting design
Step 1. Preplanning phase
Step 2. Develop a preliminary concept plan
Step 3. Develop a final plan
What’s in a pot?
When you go away
Preventing moss & algae in pots
Potting up plants
Unit 8 – PBL Project
Hares foot ferns, Bracken, Fans.
In containers, in the ground, as indoor plants, growing and showing, growing for profit (to sell the plants or what they produce).
A major project on one genera of ferns.
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.