The ability to propagate a range of plants is a valued skill in the nursery industry. If you’d like to learn the foundation skills in cutting propagation, whether as a home gardener or professional, this online course is ideal for you.
Certificate of Cutting Propagation is a professional development course that will help you develop the skills necessary to propagate a wide variety of plants by cuttings.
In this nursery course, you’ll learn to prepare cuttings from various plants using stem, root, leaf and bulb cutting techniques. You’ll also learn about propagation mixes, soil testing, nursery production processes and greenhouse management for propagation.
On completion of this nursey course, you’ll have gained a foundation knowledge to build skills in professional propagation.
Unit - Cutting Propagation
Unit 1 – Introduction
Introduction to cuttings
Propagation from cuttings
Types of vegetative propagation
The importance of cuttings
Cutting grown plants are identical to their parent.
It is easier to produce new plants from cuttings.
Producing plants that flower or fruit sooner
Where to source cutting material
Genotype versus phenotype
How to grow a cutting
The cutting environment
Unit 2 – Stem cuttings
Classification of cuttings types
Stem cutting techniques
Success with cuttings
Quality of work
Selection of the most appropriate technique
Improving strike rates
Types of cuttings
Variations on cuttings
Tip, heel and nodal cuttings
Basal and cane cuttings
Unit 3 – Non-stem cuttings
Leaf bud cuttings
Examples of leaf-bud cuttings
Stock plants for root cuttings
Where to cut bulb cuttings
Unit 4 – Materials and equipment
Selecting and planting stock plants
Criteria for selecting plants
Treatment of stock plants throughout the year
Disinfecting cutting material
Sources of hypochlorite
Propagation tools and equipment
Deciding on what you will need
Rent, lease or buy?
Secateurs and knives
Rules for when using tools
General maintenance of tools and equipment
How to maintain tools
How to manually handle objects in the nursery
Plant containers – what’s in a pot?
Controlling pests and diseases in the nursery
Hygiene and sanitation
Diseases and viruses
Biological control of pests and diseases
Nursery weed control
Non chemical weed control
Weed control in greenhouses
Golden rules for using chemicals
What information should you keep?
Unit 5 – Growing media
Determining air space
Chemical and biological properties
Components of media
Mixes/substrates for striking cuttings
Conservation issues – peat moss
Using fertilisers in propagation mixes
Potting up cuttings
Make quality potting mix
Components of potting mixes
Choosing growing media
Fertilisers in growing media
Choosing the right fertiliser
Solubility of fertilisers
Other factors affecting fertiliser application
Application of liquid fertilisers
Salinity problems with fertilisers
Cation exchange capacity
Test for toxins in potting mixes
Quantities of potting soils
Different mixes for different situations
Problems with using organic materials in propagating and potting media
The other options
Unit 6 – Factors effecting rooting
Why do cuttings form roots?
A general guide
Other chemical treatments
Wounding and callusing
Other treatments to improve cutting success
Some plants are not mycorrhizal
Carbon dioxide enrichment
Unit 7 – Setting up a propagation area
The best cutting environment
The propagation area
Environmental factors which affect photosynthesis
Carbon dioxide concentration
Types of greenhouses and other growing structures
A cold frame
Choosing a greenhouse
Temperature and the link to species choice
Problems with greenhouses
Managing water for cuttings
The nursery site
Size, site characteristics and location
Unit 8 – Management of cutting crops
What can be done about such variables?
General management tasks
Protection from dehydration (water stress)
Managing pests & diseases
Managing air quality
Keeping records in propagation
What to record
Daily propagation record sheet
Efficiencies in cutting production
Quality of work
Selection of the most appropriate technique
Cost of materials used
Example of estimating cost of cutting production
Other management tasks
Problems associated with incorrect hardening-off:
Estimated duration 50 hours
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