Whether you work in horticulture or want to propagate for pleasure or profit, this course is ideal professional development for beginners.
Certificate of Home Propagation (Beginners) is an online plant propagation course that will provide you with the skills required in general plant propagation.
In this professional development course, you will learn about various propagation methods and techniques and how to overcome propagation problems. You will also learn about the equipment and materials required to propagate and produce new plants.
On completion of this course, you will have the fundamental skills required for plant propagation.
Unit - Home Propagation (Beginners)
Unit 1 – Methods of propagation
Methods of propagating plants
Aseptic micro propagation
Runners, suckers, layering
Budding and cuttings
Decisions before starting
Form of product
Quantity and quality
Unit 2 – Propagating structures and equipment
Growing plants in a greenhouse
What can you grow?
Types of greenhouses
Heated or unheated
Deciding on what you need
Problems with greenhouses
Other structures for growing plants
Shade house designs
Simple structures for propagating plants
Unit 3 – Propagating materials
Commonly used mixes
Perlite, sand, rockwool, peat moss
Potting soil mixes
Factors affecting fertiliser application
Cation exchange capacity
Containers for propagation
Containers for potting up of plants
Unit 4 – Seed propagation
Growing plants from seed
Collecting and handling seed
Time to collect seed
Where to sow seeds
Sowing seeds in a container
Sowing seeds in an open bed
Sowing seeds in a protected bed
Factors affecting storage of seed
Types of seed storage
Open store, dry store
Cold store and cold moist store
Pricking out or tubing seedlings
Unit 5 – Propagation by cuttings
How to propagate a cutting
Classification of cuttings types
Types of cuttings
Other types of cuttings
Selecting stock plants
The alternative hormones
Improving strike rate
How to maintain plants in pots
Re potting plants
Temperature ventilation and light
Growing-on areas for container plants
Stop roots growing into the soil
Hardening-off rooted cuttings
Unit 7 – Budding and grafting
Reasons for budding and grafting
How a graft forms
Factors which influence healing of a graft
General grafting hints
Carpentry of grafting
What can be grafted onto what?
Examples of compatible rootstocks and scions
Types of grafts
Whip and tongue graft
Top graft and side graft
Nurse seed graft
Soft tissue grafting
Unit 8 – Propagation of specific plants
Common types of specialisation
typical propagation methods
List of plants grown by cutting methods
Actinidia (chinese goose-berry)
Azalea (evergreen types)
Chaenomeles japonica (flowering quince)
Chamaecyparissus (false cypress)
Euphorbia pulcherima (poinsettia)
Phlox paniculata (garden phlox)
Saintpaulia ioantha (african violet)
Unit 9 – Managing plants after propagating
Plants and water
Water excess and water deficiency
Fertiliser applications through the irrigation system
Greenhouse irrigation methods
Run-off and leachate
Sound irrigation practices
Overhead spray lines
What is a perched water table?
Greenhouse pest and disease management
Cleanliness in the glasshouse
The U.C. System and minimising disease
Integrated pest and disease management
Woolly aphid (eriosoma lanigerum)
Mites, including red spider mite
Slugs, snails and thrip
The nutrient elements
Diagnosis of plant disorders
Plant modification to achieve uniformity
Unit 10 – Layout and organisation of a propagation (& growing on) area
Plant production site
Mother stock area
Potting up area
Growing on area
Operational flow chart for seed propagation
Estimated duration 50 hours
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