Learn to select, plant and grow beautiful tropical plants, whether in the garden, greenhouse or indoors, for yourself or your clients in this comprehensive tropical gardening course.
Certificate of Gardening (Tropical Plants) is an online professional development course that will teach you to create beautiful, sustainable tropical gardens.
In this tropical gardening course, you will learn about the taxonomy and culture of a range of tropical plants, including palms, bulbs, shrubs, orchids, ferns, bromeliads, herbs, vegetables, fruits and more.
You will also learn how to prepare sketch plans and consider colour, texture and plant type to landscape indoors, outdoors, in courtyards.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to create sustainable tropical gardens and landscapes for yourself or your clients.
Unit - Gardening with Tropical Plants
Unit 1 – Introduction to tropical plants
What does the term ‘tropical plant’ mean?
What tropical plants can you grow?
Hybrids, varieties and cultivars
Monocotyledons vs dicotyledons
Growing tropical plant – climatic zones
Warm climate gardening
The good and the bad news about tropical gardens
Common hot garden areas
Unit 2 – Plant cultural practices
Nutrient availability and pH
Water and plant growth – why is water important to plants?
Symptoms of water deficiency
Symptoms of water excess
Water loss from soils
Improving water retention
Planting the garden
Plant establishment methods
What nutrients do plants need?
The nutrient elements
Deficiencies and toxicities
Types of cuttings
How to take a cutting
Looking after cuttings
Cutting propagation mixes
How to sow seeds in containers
Propagation equipment and materials
How to evaluate a potting mix
Different mixes are needed for different jobs
How to pot up a plant
Taking care of young plants
Purchasing young plants
After planting care
Removing seed/diseased wood or soft tissue
Controlling the type of growth
Controlling shape and size.
Basic rules of pruning
Points to consider when pruning
Unit 3 – Tropical annuals, perennials, bulbous plants and grasses
Bamboos, grasses and grass-like plants
Some bamboo and grass plants
Landscape use of bamboos
Table of bamboo species
Bulbs and herbaceous perennials
Unit 4 – Ornamental gingers and heliconias
Parrot’s beak heliconia
Unit 5 – Cordylines and palms
Palms and palm-like plants
Self-cleaning or not
Unit 6 – Climbers, shrubs and trees
Trees and shrubs (comprehensive list)
Conifers (comprehensive list)
Climbers (comprehensive list)
Unit 7 – Orchids, ferns and bromeliads
General guidelines for orchid culture
Specific guidelines for orchid culture
Crucifix orchids (epidendrum sp.)
Paphiopedilum (slipper orchids)
Phalaenopsis (moth orchids)
Pleione (indian crocus)
Ferns as indoor plants
Getting to know your ferns
Some families of ferns
More fern hints
Unit 8 – Tropical herbs, vegetables and fruit-bearing plants
No dig techniques/sheet mulching
No dig raised beds – one method
Hydroponics and permaculture
Choosing the right site
Cucumber (cucumis sativus)
Melon (cucumis melo)
Watermelon (citrullus lanatus)
Zucchini (cucurbita pepo)
Sweet potato (ipomoea batatas)
Taro (colocasia esculenta)
Yam (dioscorea spp.)
Notes on tropical herbs
Ginger (zingiber officinale)
Lemon grass (cymbopogon critatus)
Vietnamese mint (persicaria odorata syn.Polygonum odorata)
Coffee (coffea sp.)
Tea (camellia sinensis)
Tropical fruit trees
Avocado (persea americana)
Banana (musa acuminata)
Carambola (averrhoa carambola)
custard apple (annona cherimola or a. Reticulata)
Guava (psidium guajava)
Fig (ficus carica)
Paw paw (cariaca papaya)
Pepino (solanum muricatum)
Macadamia (macadamia integrifolia and tetraphylla)
Mango (mangifera indica
Pineapple (ananas comosus)
Passionfruit (Passiflora spp.)
Peanut (arachis hypogaea)
Pecan (carya illinoensis)
Table of tropical fruits
Unit 9 – Growing tropical plants outside the tropics
Growing tropical plants
A review of some important indoor plant families
Indoor plants which adapt to low light
Indoor plants which require bright light
Plants which must be moved outside occasionally, depending on which country you are living in
Indoor plants which grow well with no heat in winter if inside in a temperate or warm climate
Indoor plants for a dry atmosphere
Problems with indoor plants
The ideal potting medium
Unit 10 – Landscaping with tropical plants
Principles and elements of landscape design
The qualities of landscape components
Creating landscape effects
Formal and informal gardens
What do you want from the garden?
What are your priorities?
Collecting pre-planning information
The design procedure
Producing drawings to scale
Estimated duration 50 hours
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