Plant Propagation Course

Plant Propagation Course

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With the increases in the cost of living and the demand on disposable income, you can save (and potentially make) money by propagating plants. Plant propagation is the simple and inexpensive way of creating new plants from those you already have. Whether it’s by seed, division, cuttings, layering, budding or grafting, plant propagation is both satisfying and rewarding. This plant propagation course will teach you all you need to know about the various methods of propagation; the best techniques to propagate different plant species; the most favourable time of year to achieve success and the equipment you need. At the conclusion of this plant propagation course you will not only create new plants for yourself, family and friends but might also consider propagating plants for profit.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this plant propagation course you should be able to:

  1. Harvest and store seeds efficiently.
  2. Identify different seed types.
  3. Understand the preferred means of germination of various types of seed.
  4. Recognise which plants may be propagated by soft-wood, semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings and apply the most effective techniques.
  5. Know the optimum time of year to achieve propagation success.
  6. Reproduce plants from leaf, stem and root cuttings.
  7. Create and cultivate bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes.
  8. Explore the reasons for budding and grafting plants.
  9. Implement the principles of budding and grafting.
  10. Use equipment suitable for plant propagation.

Course Content

The following content will be covered in this plant propagation course:

Introduction

  • Overview.
  • Reasons for propagation.
  • Materials/equipment.
  • Benefits.

Seeds

  • Types.
  • Collection.
  • Storage.
  • Environmental conditions.
  • Germination.

Division

  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Soft-wood Cuttings

  • Suitable plants
  • Method/Demonstration.

Semi-hardwood Cuttings

  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Hardwood Cuttings

  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Leaf Cuttings

  • Types.
  • Suitable Plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Stem Cuttings

  • Types.
  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Root Cuttings

  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Bulbs

  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Corms

  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Tubers

  • Types.
  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Rhizomes

  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Layering

  • Reasons.
  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Air layering

  • Reasons.
  • Suitable plants.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Grafting

  • Reasons.
  • Types.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Budding

  • Reasons.
  • Types.
  • Method/Demonstration.

Tissue culture

  • Reasons.
  • Method.
  • Laboratory.

Conclusion

  • Course review.

Intended Audience

This plant propagation course would be suitable for anyone interested in discovering the many benefits of producing new plants.

Delivery Style

This plant propagation course is conducted in an interactive classroom environment. Methods of propagation are discussed and demonstrated. To encourage students, cuttings to create new plants and comprehensive notes are provided.

About your instructor

Judith Sleijpen

Judith Sleijpen

Judith Sleijpen graduated from Ryde School of Horticulture with distinction in Urban Horticulture and gained experience in the retail nursery industry for several years.

As a Member of the Horticultural Media Association, Judith writes a monthly gardening column for Peninsula Living and Northshore Living. She has also published articles in Landscape Contractor and Manager, Better Homes and Gardens, Gardens and Outdoor Living and The Garden Gurus.

Judith is a Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture and a former member of the Sydney Executive Committee of Open Gardens Australia and the Speakers' Bureau of the Royal Botanic Gardens. She is passionate about garden design, plants and bees.

Judith now conducts her garden design and horticultural consultancy business, Gardens, Balconies and Beyond.


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