Develop a deeper understanding of seed propagation for professional development or to grow your own garden. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to undertake seed propagation for many professions confidently.
Certificate of Seed Propagation is a professional development course that provides the knowledge and skills to seed propagate successfully.
In this seed propagation course, you will learn about commercial seed propagation, including components of a greenhouse facility, pollination, reproduction and hybridising techniques, and disease control. You will also learn propagation techniques for various woody plants and climbers and how to manage germinated seedlings to optimise survival rate.
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of how to propagate plants from seeds.
Unit - Seed Propogation
Unit 1 – Introduction
Scope of commercial seed propagation
Seed growing methods
General soil preparation
Open ground production
Controlled environment production
What can you grow in a protected environment?
The greenhouse system
The components of a greenhouse facility
Types of greenhouses
Unit 2 – Seed Botany
Structure and development of seeds
The storage tissues of seeds
Three means of pollination
Phases of plant reproduction
Modification of fruits
Key to main types of fruits
Maintaining genetic purity
Methods to breed self-pollinated crops
Importance of genetic purity to agriculture and horticulture
Hybrid seed production
Hybridising techniques a step-by-step program
Unit 3 – Seed Sources
Sources of seed
Seed collected from the wild
Seed exchanges/seed banks
Looking to the future
Commercial seed suppliers
Advantages and problems using commercial seed suppliers
Why do plants produce so much seed
What seed is best
Age of parent plant
Selecting a parent plant – what affects quantity of seed produced
Collecting and harvesting wild seed – guidelines
Selecting plants to collect from
Timing for seed harvesting
Methods of collecting
Choosing seed plants for vegetable crops
Collecting vegetable seeds
Unit 4 – Seed Storage
Seed Storage Behaviour
Factors Affecting Storage of Seed
Seed Storage Longevity
Types of Seed Storage
Open storage with no controls
Cold moist storage
Disease Control in Seeds
tests designed to evaluate the various qualities of the seed
Tetrazolium (TZ) Test
Excised Embryo Test
Longevity of Some Vegetable Seed Species
Approximate Number of Vegetable Seeds per Gram
Unit 5 – Dormancy
Difficult Seeds to Germinate
Non Endospermic Seeds
Dormancy factors affecting germination
Seeds that are impermeable to water
Mechanically Resistant Seed Coats
Inhibiting Seed Layers
Dormant Embryos Which Respond to Chilling
reasons some seeds do not germinate
Soaking in Boiling Water
Stratification or Moist Chilling
The Bog Method
Unit 6 – Germinating Annuals, Perennials and Vegetables
Germinating annuals, perennials and vegetables
General characteristics of seed propagating media
Determining air space
How to sow seeds in containers
Environmental factors which affect photosynthesis
Sowing seed outdoors
How to cultivate an area in preparation for seed sowing
Sowing the seed
Vegetable sowing and transplanting guide
Unit 7 – Selected Woody Plants
Growing seedling rootstock
Reasons for budding and grafting
Examples of compatible rootstocks and scions
Fruit and nuts
The most used scion/rootstock combinations for citrus fruit trees
Selected seedlingrootstock and suitable scions for a range of fruiting trees
How to propagate selected ornamental trees
Unit 8 – Direct Seeding
Revegetation – direct seeding of woody and other plant species
Plant establishment considerations
What to plant where
When to plant
Frost and young plants
Preparation of the land for pasture
Unit 9 – Seedling Management
Pricking out or tubing seedlings
How to maintain plants in pots
Feeding and watering
Ventilation and light
Growing-on areas for container plants
Propagation aftercare – hardening off young plants
Environmental influences on plants
Transplanting seedlings into open ground
Healthy seedling growth – nutrients
List of selected species
Estimated duration 50 hours
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