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Take the first Step toward Being a Serious Gardener

This course covers everything the budding botanist or propagator needs to know to satisfy their immediate hunger for knowledge. It begins by explaining the binomial naming system of plants and helps students with methods of plant identification before going on to deal with all aspects of plant growth.

Learn about cell structures and processes in different plant parts from roots to shoots and flowers. Find out how plants reproduce and how to create your own plants through sexual or asexual methods. Discover how plants feed, the significance of different chemical nutrients and how things can go wrong for plants.


Course Code: VHT040

Course Duration: 150 hours of self paced studies


Thus course is split into the following ten Lessons

1.   Classification of Plants and the Plant Naming System
        Botanical and Horticultural Nomenclature: common names, scientific names
        The Binomial System
        Botanical Classification levels
        Horticultural Groups
        Plant Families and their distinguishing characteristics
        Species, Hybrids, Varieties, Cultivars
        Review of significant Dicotyledon and Monocotyledon families
        Plant Lifecycles
        Stages in Plant Development
        Plant Collection Reviews
 2.  The Internal Structure of Higher Plants
        Plant Cell Structure
        Cell Components
        Cell Division; mitosis and meiosis
        Types of Plant Cells; Parenchyma, Collenchyma, Sclerenchyma, Xylem, Phloem, Epidermal
        Internal Structure of Dicotyledon Stems: Epidermis, endodermis, cortex, vascular bundles, etc
        Structure of Monocotyledon Stems
        External Differences between Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons
        Anatomical features of leaves and stems in cross section
        Plant Tissues
        Primary and Secondary Growth
        Botanical Keys and their use
3.  The External Structure of Higher Plants, Roots, Leaves, Stems and Buds
        Stems; the framework, functions of the stem
        Stem modifications
        Functions of leaves
        Respiration, transpiration and photosynthesis
        Leaf shapes
        Compound leaves
        Leaf modifications
        Buds: adventitious, apical, flower, vegetative
        Root Structure
        Types of Root Systems
        Root Modifications
        Morphological Changes due to Maturation
4.  Identification and Function of the Reproductive Parts of the Plant
        Parts of a flower: Sepals, Petals Stamens, Carpel
        The Inflorescence
        Flower Structure
        Types of Fruits
        Fruit and Seed Terminology
        Modification of Fruits -dry fruits, succulent fruits, composite fruits, false fruits
        Key to Main Fruit Types
5.  Pollination and Fertilisation in Higher Plants
        Pollination Processes
        Self Pollination, Cross pollination
        Pollination Mechanisms
        Fertilisation, Embryo and Seed Formation
        Post Fertilisation
        F1 Hybrids
        Genotype versus Phenotype
        Male Sterility
        Hybrid Seed Production
        Seed and Fruit Development
        Seed Structure
        Seed Germination
        Fruit Set, Growth and Development
6. The Fundamental Physiological Processes in Plants, Plant Growth and Developmental Relationships
        Importance of Photosynthesis
        The Light Reactions
        The Dark Reactions
        Chloroplasts in Photosynthesis
        C3, C4 and CAM Plants
        Rate of Photosynthesis
        Chemistry of Respiration
        Rate of Respiration
        Stages of Respiration
        Aerobic versus Anaerobic Respiration
        Transpiration and Translocation of Water
        Mechanisms of Nutrient Uptake
        How Water, ions and metabolites move through a plant
        Tropisms; Phototropism, Geotropism, etc
        Chemical Growth Modification; Auxins, Gibberellins, AA, Ethylene, Cytokinin, etc
        Effects of Chemical hormones
        Light factors in plant growth
        Artificial Light
7. Soils and the Root Environment
        Soil Profile
        Importance of Soil
        Soil Composition
        Structure and soil types
        Soil Horizons (A, B, C and R)
        Naming the Soil
        Improving Soil Structure
        Soil Sampling
        Improving Fertility
        Organic Matter
        Benefits of adding Organic Matter
        Soil Water and it's Value to Plants
        Water Loss from Soils
        Improving Water Retention
        Hygroscopic Water, Gravitational Water, Field Capacity and other terminology
        Rate of Watering
        Plant Health and Drainage
        Symptoms of Poor Drainage, Improving surface and subsurface drainage
        Soil pH
        Nutrient Availability and pH
        Calcifuges and Calcicoles
        Adding Lime
        Adding Acidic Materials to Lower pH
        Conservation Issues: Peat
8. Plant Nutrition
        Soil Life: Earthworms, Mycorrhizae, Nitrogen Fixing
        Nitrogen Cycle; Ammonification, Nitrification, Denitrification, Nitrogen Loss
        Forms of Nitrogen
        The Nitrogen Cycle
        The Carbon Cycle
        The Nutrient Elements
        The Major Elements
        The Minor Elements (Trace Elements)
        Total Salts
        Diagnosis of Nutrient Problems
        Types of Fertilisers
        Applying Fertilisers
        Natural Fertilisers
        Manures, Rock Dusts, Seaweed
        Composting Methods: sheet composting, Indore method, 14 day method, compost bins, trench composting, etc
        Green Manures
        Mulch and Mulching
        Cultivation Techniques
        Cultivation Tools and Equipment
        Improving Water Infiltration into Soil
        Non Dig Growing Method
        Soil Problems
        Soil Rehabilitation
        Properties of Growing Media
        Potting Media: Components and mixes
        Choosing Growing Media
        Air Filled Porosity
        Hydroponics defined
9. Plant Health Problems
        Factors Affecting Plant Health and Growth
        Types of Problems
        Conducting an Inspection
        Determining and Recommending Treatments
        Responding to Difficult to Diagnose Problems
        Plant Pests -major groups
        Pest Treatments - Sanitation, Physical control methods, Resistant varieties, Biological controls, Chemical controls, Soil drenches
        Insect Biology; structure, lifecycles, etc
        Review of Major Pests and their Treatments
        Review of Major Diseases and their Treatments
        Review of Environmental Problems and their Control
        Types of Weeds
        Identifying Weeds
        Weed Control Methods; suffocation, burning, cultivation, grazing, mowing, solarisation, chemicals, etc
10. Plant Propagation Principles and Practice
        Sexual Propagation
        When to Sow Seed
        Why Some Seeds Don't Germinate
        Dormancy Factors in Seed -Hard Seed Coat, Chemical Inhibitors, Undeveloped Embryos etc
        Difficult to Germinate Seeds
        Treatments to Break Seed Dormancy
        Seed Sources
        Seed Saving; Seed Storage
        Sowing Seed Indoors
        Seed Sowing: Germination, Temperature Control Hygiene
        Seed Propagating Media
        Sowing Seed Outside
        Handling and caring for Seedlings
        Potting Up
        Propagation after care
        Propagation from Cuttings
        Succeeding with Cuttings
        Types of Cuttings
        Softwood, Semi Hardwood and Hard wood Cuttings
        Variations on Cuttings: nodal, heel, tip, etc
        Leaf Cuttings, Leaf bud cuttings, Root Cuttings, Bulb Cuttings, etc
        Stock Plants for Cuttings
        Propagation from Specialised Stems and Roots; Offsets, Division, etc
        Propagating Tools: Secateurs, How to Cut, Knives
        Propagating Plants in a Greenhouse
        Cold Frames
        Heated Propagators

How This Course Could Help You

This course is valuable to those who want to expand their horticultural knowledge whether for their own personal development or for employment purposes.

The course will appeal to people looking to get involved in different areas of horticulture like garden maintenance, landscaping, and propagation.

It may also appeal to those wishing to explore garden consultation work or horticulture research.


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Foundation Certificate in Plant Growth for Horticulture Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Plant Growth for Horticulture Level 2
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