Do carnivorous plants capture your imagination? Would you like to learn how to grow these unusual plants? They’re not for everyone, but if you’d like to become a carnivorous plant expert, whether as a passion project or in a professional capacity – this online course is ideal for you!
Introduction to Carnivorous Plants is an online professional development course that will show you how to cultivate, grow and display carnivorous plants.
In this online course, you will discover how to grow carnivorous plants, learn about plant families using botanical keys, understand light, humidity, water, soil and nutritional needs of these unique plants.
You will also learn about the propagation of carnivorous plants, Australian pitcher plants, sundews from around the world, and how to grow carnivorous plants in terrariums, pots, greenhouses, shade houses and more.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation knowledge of carnivorous plants to grow your future horticultural career or personal passion.
Unit - Carnivorous Plants
Unit 1 – Introduction
Introduction to carnivorous plants
Differences around the world
Monocotyledons and dicotyledons
Using a botanical key
Classification of carnivorous plants
Animal Catching mechanisms
Resources and reference books
Magazines and journals
Nurseries and gardens
Unit 2 – Culture
Problems and non-parasitic problems
Avoiding frost, wet and wind
Naming and improving the soil
The nutrient elements (major and minor elements)
Deficiencies and toxicities
Indicators of deficiency & toxicity
Feeding carnivorous plants animal tissues
Case study: sarracenia
Tips for growing sarracenia
Basic planting procedure
Time of planting
Where to grow your carnivorous plants
How to maintain plants in pots
Feeding and watering
Ventilation and light
Types of pots
Common problems with containers
Where to place containers
C/N ratios of some compostable materials
What can be put into compost?
The finished product
Symptoms of water deficiency and water excess
Maintaining appropriate water levels
Unit 3 – Propagation and Growing in Containers
Propagating carnivorous plants
Collecting from the wild
Case study – propagating sarracenia
Methods of propagating plant
Asexual (vegetative) propagation
Leaf and root cuttings
Disinfecting propagation material
Sources of hypochlorite
The best propagating environment
Equipment & materials for propagation
Types of pots
Collecting, storing and sowing seeds
Tissue culture and uses
Tissue culture problems and procedures
In vitro cultures used for propagation
Multiplication by adventitious roots
Rooting and planting out
Unit 4 – Pitcher Plants and Sundews
Australian pitcher plants
Cephalotus -West Australian or Albany pitcher plant
Nepenthes -tropical pitcher plant
Selected sundews from around the world
Parts of a carnivorous plant
Heliamorphora (sun pitcher)
Sarracenias (trumpet pitchers)
Unit 5 – Other Important Groups of Carnivorous Plants
Key to some Australian Bladderworts
Unit 6 – Lesser Known Varieties of Carnivorous Plants
Growing tips for Aldrovanda
Unit 7 – Droseras
Tips for growing Droseras
Easier to cultivate species
More difficult species
Fork leaved sundews
How to use a botanical key
Key to Eastern Australian sundews
Northern Australian sundews
Unit 8 – Growing & Using Carnivorous Plants
Pots & tubs
Types of greenhouses
Unit 9 – Special Assignment
Estimated duration 50 hours
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