Hydroponics is essentially the process of growing plants without soil. However, to successfully do this, you need a good understanding of how plants grow so you can control what Mother Nature does – light, humidity, water, oxygen, temperature and nutrients! This course is not intended for commercial growers. It is, however, ideal for those who want first-hand practical experience in setting up a basic hydroponic system.
The Certificate of Hydroponicsis an online professional development program that will introduce you to the theory behind a space-efficient method of growing everything from berries and vegetables to herbs and cut flowers.
In this hydroponics course, you will study the types of hydroponic systems, how to manage a plant’s nutrition, control diseases and pests, and how to cool, dry, freeze and store plants.
You will also learn about hydroponic vegetable and cut flower production, how to operate and manage a greenhouse, and plan your own hydroponic enterprise.
On completion of this course, you will be able to use your passion for applying technology to grow herbs, vegetables and other plants using hydroponics … all from the comfort of your own home!
Unit - Hydroponics I
Unit 1 – Introduction
Comparison to growing in soil
Resources and contacts
Unit 2 – How a plant grows
Biochemical cell processes
Mechanisms of nutrient uptake
Photosynthesis; minerals and nutrients
The role of pH in plant growth
Hydroponic nutrient solutions
Preparing nutrient solutions
Unit 3 – Hydroponic systems
Development of propagating blocks
Recommended practices for propagation
Nutrient film techniques
Alternative layouts for NFT
Methods of solution dispention, closed and open systems; techniques
Unit 4 – Nutrition and nutrition management
Understanding nutrient formulae
Atoms, elements & compounds
What does a plant need
Symptoms of nutrient deficiency
Adjusting the pH
Using electrical conductivity measures
Conductivity and hydroponics
Unit 5 – Plant culture
Flow charting the crop
Post harvest storage
Controlled atmosphere storage
Pest and diseases in controlled environments
Fungi, common fungal problems
Biological and integrated pest management
Methods of introduction
Major pests, diseases and disorders of crops identified
Problem solving and identification of illness
Difficult to diagnose problems
Leaf hoppers; thrip; virus; bacteria; caterpillars; harlequin bugs and more
Transplanting a pot grown plant into a hydroponic ‘culture pot’
Unit 9 – Greenhouse operation and management
Growing crops in greenhouses
Nature of active solar heating systems
Examples of solar greenhouse facilities
What you can grow
Greenhouse and other growing structures
Environmental factors that influence plant growth
Horticultural management in a greenhouse
Estimated duration 50 hours
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