Orchids are to the flower world what diamonds are in the jewellery business. They’re fine flowers that often adorn special celebrations, such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. So, if you’d like to learn how to grow, harvest and market cut flower orchids, this online floristry course is for you!
Certificate of Cut Flower Orchids is an online professional development course that will show you how to grow orchids as cut flowers for commercial farms.
In this orchid farming course, you will learn about orchid cultivation, hydroponics, and potting and pruning techniques. You will also learn about propagation materials and equipment, plant hormones, diseases, and nutrients.
You’ll discover the importance of greenhouses and other growing structures, environmental controls, sterilisation and pest control, managing a market garden, and marketing your cut flower orchids.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation knowledge of how to grow, harvest, and market cut flower orchids for an orchid farming commercial garden.
Unit - Cut Flower Orchids
Unit 1 – Introduction
An overview of Floriculture
The scientific naming system (plant names)
The main levels of division
The main plant phyla
What’s in a name?
Flower structure (general)
Male and female parts
Development of a flower
Compete and incomplete flowers
Structure of orchids
Reference books and resources
Unit 2 – Culture
General guidelines for growing orchids
Temperature, light and humidity
Ventilation and watering
Growing media for orchids
Physical and chemical properties of soil
Identifying your soil type
Soil chemical characteristics
Cation exchange capacity
Mycorrhiza and orchids
Ph and nutrient availability
Water and air
The nutrients elements
Potting up container grown orchids
Choosing a container
Growing orchids as indoor plants
Growing orchids in baskets
Orchids in hydroponics
A-Z list of orchid names
Unit 3 – Propagation A
Propagation of orchids
Sexual versus asexual propagation
Sympodial epiphytic orchids
Propagation by seed
Hybrid seed production
Harvesting orchid seed
Sowing seed – flasking method
Plant container requirements
Unit 4 – Propagation B – tissue culture
The main uses of tissue culture
Main problems of tissue culture
Tissue culture procedures
Other types of media
Methods of shoot induction and proliferation
Multiplication by adventitious roots
Rooting and planting out
Glossary of terms
Unit 5 – Greenhouse Management A
Gable or even span
Igloo or raised arch
Greenhouse designs for commercial production
Wide-span or multi-span
Plastic clad tunnels/igloos
Retractable roof greenhouse
Comparison of multi-span and single-span greenhouses
Manage pests and diseases on an orchid flower crop
Law in relation to chemical use
Diseases – common in orchids
Pests – common to orchids
Unit 8 – management, harvest and post harvest
Managing a flower farm/nursery
Deciding what to grow
Nursery or farm layout
Design of a store
Harvest and post-harvest of orchids
Conditioning for market
Requirements of some orchids
Unit 9 – Marketing
Considering your market
The international system
Exporting to specific countries
Aspects of export
Individuals as marketers
Gearing up for an international flower market
Size and funding of a production unit to meet market demand
Validating the markets
Production technology, planning and cash flow management
Selling the product
Marketing an overview
The activities of marketing
Steps involved in market research
What do you need to research?
How to sell successfully
Key rules every salesperson should follow
Economically valuable species of orchids
Unit 10 – Problem Based Learning (PBL) Project
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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