Commonly called ‘wattles,’ acacia plants are the largest vascular plants in Australia. If you want to learn to grow a wide variety of acacia plants, this course is ideal for you.
Growing Acacia Plants is a professional development course that will help you identify, grow and use a wide variety of acacias.
In this acacia plants course, you will learn about the physiology of acacias, propagation methods, plant selection for climate, landscaping and design processes.
You will also learn about other uses of acacias, including timber, tanning, cut flowers, food sources and gum Arabic and how to deal with pests and diseases.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation knowledge of how to select, grow and use a variety of acacia plants.
Unit - Acacias
Unit 1 – Introduction
Periodicals: magazines and journals.
Appreciating acacia ecosystems
List of significant acacias
Unit 2 – Physiology of acacias
Physiology of acacia
Acacia fruits (seed pods)
Unit 3 – Culture
Consider where the plant grows naturally.
Consider light and temperature conditions.
Pests and diseases
Soil is the key to good health
Improving soil structure
The nutrient elements
The major elements:
The minor elements
Acacia deficiencies and toxicities
Improve different types of soils problems
Acacia at a glance
Weeds and their control
Steps to control weeds
Methods of weed control
Unit 4 – Propagation
Growing from seed
Germination of seed
Boil water treatment
Hot water treatment
Improving success with cuttings
Transplanting seedlings or rooted cuttings
Unit 5 -Using acacias
Uses of acacias
Plants for different situations
The planning and design process
Creating landscape effects
Recommended acacias for different situations
Hardy and cold tolerant
Drought tolerant plants
Low growing wattles for warm humid places
Tall shrubs for warm, humid places
Summer flowering acacias
Autumn flowering acacias
Australian acacias beyond Australia
Unit 6 – Other uses for acacias
Postharvest of flowers
Acacias for food
How seeds are eaten
Making wattle seed essence
Using acacias for fodder
Unit 7 – Pests and diseases
Problems detected on specific acacias
Galls, beetles, weevils, mildew
Cinnamon fungus (phytopthora sp.)
Common environmental problems
Burn of foliage
Law in relation to chemical use
Cold weather and extreme heat treatment
Unit 8 – PBL Project
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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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.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.