Explore the wide variety of fruits grown in temperate climates and grow your own to follow a passion or establish and manage a commercial fruit production business.
Certificate of Fruit Production – Temperate Climate is an online professional development course that explores how to successfully grow temperate climate fruits such as tree fruits, vines, nuts, berries and citrus and develop a fruit plantation or orchard.
Throughout this fruit production course, you will learn about temperate fruit varieties, growing techniques, soils, pruning and harvesting for commercial production or self-sufficiency.
You will also learn about the cultural management of a fruit plantation or orchid and how to market and sell produce in your locality.
On completion of this course, you will have extended your plant skills for personal use or to establish and manage a commercial fruit production or orchid.
Unit - Fruit Production - Temperate Climate
Unit 1 – Introduction to temperate fruit growing
How do you decide what to grow?
aspects of crop selection
Other commercial production considerations
Scope of temperate fruit growing
Understanding the botany
Different types of flowers
How seed forms
Modification of fruits
Key to main types of fruits
Flower or vegetative buds
Glossary of terms
Morphological changes in plants
Unit 2 – Establishing an orchard
Establishing an orchard – what to consider
Considerations in choosing a site
Location (slope, aspect and soil)
Climate (temperature, frosts rainfall and evaporation)
Calculating effective rainfall
Wind and hazards
Biological – pest and diseases
Producing drawings to scale
Unit 3 – General cultural practices
Characteristics of soil
Soil texture and structure
Chemical characteristics of soils
Simple soil tests
Measuring the water content of soil
Dealing with fruit tree problems
Identifying the problem and symptoms
Chewing insects and sucking insects
List of diseases
Plant viruses and virus control
Wilt drooping foliage
Integrated pest management
Chemical methods of pest control
Spray regulations and chemical labels
Program for spraying deciduous fruit trees
Environmental problems and effects on plant health
Physical plant protection methods
Major nutrition elements and micronutrients
Deficiencies and toxicities
Pruning fruit trees
Flower or vegetative buds
Location of fruit buds
Importance of water to plants
Infiltration and water retention
Classes of soil moisture
Soils and transpiration
Measuring water available to plants
Calculating field capacity
Calculating permanent wilting point (PWP)
Testing drainage capability
Improving drainage and filtration
When to irrigate and scheduling irrigation
Cyclic watering and pulse watering
Flood irrigation, sprinkler irrigation and trickle irrigation
Irrigation system efficiency
Unit 4 – Tree Fruits
Deciduous fruit trees
Winter chilling requirements
Directory of fruit trees and their requirements
Apple (malus sylvestris) family: rosaceae
Apricot (prunus armeniaca) family: rosaceae
cherry (prunus avium and p. Cerasus)
Fig (ficus carica) family: moraceae
Loquat (eriobotrya japonica) family: rosaceae
Nashi or asian pear (pyrus pyrifolia x p. Ussuriensis)
olive (olea europaea) family: oleaceae
Pepino (solanum muricatum) family: solanaceae
Plum (prunus domestica and prunus salicina) family: rosaceae
Pomegranate (punica granatum) family: punicaceae
Quince (cydonia oblonga) family: rosaceae
Tree tomato or tamarillo (cyphomandra betacea) family: solanaceae
What is the c/n ratio?
Unit 5 – Vines, Nuts & Berries
Walnut (Juglans seiboldiana)
Chestnuts (Castanea sativa)
Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Peanut (Arachis hypogaea)
Macadamia (Macadamia integrifolia and M. tetraphylla)
Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
American Hazelnut (Corylus americana)
Filbert (Corylus avellana and C. maxima)
Pistachio (Pistachia vera)
Other Edible Nuts
Passionfruit (Passiflora sp.)
Chinese Gooseberry (Actinidia chinensis)
Grape (Vitis vinifera)
Raspberries (Rubus idaeus)
Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana)
Gooseberry (Ribes grossularia)
Mulberry (Morus nigra, Morus alba and Morus rubra)
Blueberry (Vaccinium sp.)
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Currants (Ribes sp.)
American Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Bramble Fruits (Rubus species)
Unit 6 – Citrus
Some general rules for citrus growing
Diseases and insect pests
Cumquat (fortunella spp.)
Grapefruit (citrus paradisi)
Lemon (c. Limon)
Lime (c. Aurantifolia)
Mandarin (c. Reticulata)
Orange (c. Sinesis)
Sour orange (c. Aurantium)
Tangelo (c.X tangelo = c. Reticulata x c. Paradisi)
Unit 7 – Cultural Management of a Fruit Plantation or Orchard
The maintenance program
The production plan
Example of a simple flow chart for cape gooseberries
Unit 8 – Marketing your produce
Marketing your produce
considering your market
steps in market research
What do you need to research?
Example of harvesting procedures for a berry crop
Estimated duration 50 hours
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