There are thousands of different types of garden plants, and each has different growth requirements. There is also a system for identifying plants, and once you understand it, naming them will become second nature to you! This course is ideal for gardeners, landscapers, horticulturalists or those who work in garden centres or retail nurseries.
The Certificate of Horticultureis an online professional development program that will teach you how to identify a wide range of plants systematically and scientifically to maximise their care and prolong their growth cycle.
In this horticulture course, you will study plant taxonomy, planting procedures, landscaping, propagation, soils, nutrition, water management, maintenance, pruning, pests and diseases, arboriculture and alternative growing techniques.
On completion of this course, you will understand the naming conventions of plants, which will help you not only grow them but minimise their susceptibility to a range of plant ‘unfriendly’ problems!
Unit 1 – Plant identification
Distinguishing the taxonomic divisions of plants including family, genus, species and variety or hybrid
Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons
Characteristics of botanical families
Structure and arrangement of leaves and leaflets
Flower structure and identifying the different parts of a flower
How seeds form
Collecting and pressing plants for herbaria
Unit 2 – Planting
Common garden problems
Basic planting procedure
Fertilising and staking when planting
Dealing with bare rooted plants
Time of planting
Deciding where to plant
Making garden beds
Unit 3 – Recognising plant families and identifying plants
Becoming familiar with plant families
Systematic examination of plants – dicot or monocot, type of wood, etc
Characteristics of important families including: Amaryllidaceae, Araceae, Asteraceae, Ericaceae, Lamiaceae, Fabaceae.
Getting to know more common families
Other ways to identify plants
Plants for shade
Plants for exposed conditions
Plants for inner city gardens
Unit 4 – Soils
Purpose of soil
Soil structure: classifying soils
Soil water and air
Naming a soil
Natural plant foods
Sampling and testing soils
Potting soil mixes
Unit 5 – Plant nutrition
The nutrient elements
Diagnosis of nutrient problems
Fertilizers: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium
How much fertilizer to apply
Unit 6 – Water management
Introduction to irrigation
Feasibility of irrigation
Soil and water
When to irrigate
Water deficiency symptoms
Types of soil moisture; gravitational, capillary, hygroscopic
Methods of propagation: seed propagation and vegetative propagation
Propagation structures: cold frames
Factors affecting rooting of cuttings
Unit 12 – Lawns
Turf grass varieties
Review of common turf species
Laying a new lawn
Common turf problems
Cultural techniques including watering, fertilizing, topdressing, aerating, pest and disease control.
Unit 13 – Arboriculture
What is arboriculture
How to keep trees healthy
Where and how to cut trees to remove branches or prune
Why remove a tree
Ways to fell a tree
Removing a stump
Tree surgery; terms and techniques
Estimated duration 50 hours
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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