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Course Description

A career in horticulture is perfect for individuals who adore gardening, love working outdoors, and want to put their management, design, planning, science, and technical skills to good use. At ICI, we introduce to you a comprehensive horticulture course that endows you with skills necessary to be successful in this field.

A career in horticulture is perfect for individuals who adore gardening, love working outdoors, and want to put their management, design, planning, science, and technical skills to good use. At ICI, we introduce to you a comprehensive horticulture course that endows you with skills necessary to be successful in this field.

Course Content

Students will complete the following units:

1 The Plant Kingdom

  • The classification and taxonomic hierarchy of seed-bearing plants
  • The use of botanical keys to identify plants
  • Stages of plant growth and life cycles
  • The structure and function of plant cells and tissues
  • The processes of meiosis and mitosis
  • The differences in the external and internal structure of monocotyledons and dicotyledons.
  • The identification and function of the external vegetative parts of higher plants: roots, leaves, stems and buds
  • The identification and function of flowers
  • The identification and function of fruits and seed
  • The importance of photosynthesis and respiration
  • Transpiration and translocation of water throughout the plant
  • Pollination and fertilisation
  • Seed formation and germination
  • Growth regulation

2 Plant Propagation

  • How to differentiate between plants produced by seed and plants produced by vegetative propagation methods
  • Seed propagation
  • Cutting propagation
  • Propagation aftercare
  • Layering
  • Propagation tools
  • Grafting
  • Propagating plants in a greenhouse

3 Outdoor Food Production

  • Growing outdoor food crops
  • Timing crops
  • Making gardens more productive
  • Sustainable land management
  • Composting
  • Companion planting
  • Vegetable crowing
  • Fruit crops
  • Pests and diseases of crops
  • Windbreaks
  • Crop harvesting

4 Garden Planning

  • Collecting pre-planning information
  • Preparing landscape plans
  • The principles, elements and procedures of landscape design
  • Creating landscape effects
  • Using hard and soft landscaping materials.

5 The Root Environment and Plant Nutrition

  • The physical properties of soil
  • Techniques for improving soil
  • The importance of organic matter in the soil
  • Soil water
  • Watering systems
  • Drainage systems
  • Soil pH
  • Carbon and nitrogen cycles
  • Soil nutrients and their effect on plant growth
  • Fertilisers
  • Properties of growing media

6 Protected Cultivation

  • Protected cultivation
  • Greenhouse types and shade houses
  • Environmental controls in protected environments
  • Irrigation and nutrition control
  • Containers and growing media in protected environments
  • Care and display of indoor plants
  • Production of selected crops in protected cultivation (tomato, lettuce, begonia, rose).

7 Horticulture Plant Selection, Establishment and Maintenance

  • The selection of plants for different purposes
  • Guidelines for selecting plants
  • Environmental factors affecting plant selection
  • Selecting particular plants (which ones to buy)
  • Planting techniques
  • Selection, establishment and maintenance of turf, annuals, herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, hedging plants and climbing plants
  • Pruning in the home garden
  • Mulching

8 Horticultural Plant Health Problems

  • Plant problems and their identification
  • Pests
  • Diseases
  • Environmental problems
  • Chemicals and their use
  • Non-chemical controls
  • Weed problems and their identification control

Students will complete the following units:

1 The Plant Kingdom

  • The classification and taxonomic hierarchy of seed-bearing plants
  • The use of botanical keys to identify plants
  • Stages of plant growth and life cycles
  • The structure and function of plant cells and tissues
  • The processes of meiosis and mitosis
  • The differences in the external and internal structure of monocotyledons and dicotyledons.
  • The identification and function of the external vegetative parts of higher plants: roots, leaves, stems and buds
  • The identification and function of flowers
  • The identification and function of fruits and seed
  • The importance of photosynthesis and respiration
  • Transpiration and translocation of water throughout the plant
  • Pollination and fertilisation
  • Seed formation and germination
  • Growth regulation

2 Plant Propagation

  • How to differentiate between plants produced by seed and plants produced by vegetative propagation methods
  • Seed propagation
  • Cutting propagation
  • Propagation aftercare
  • Layering
  • Propagation tools
  • Grafting
  • Propagating plants in a greenhouse

3 Outdoor Food Production

  • Growing outdoor food crops
  • Timing crops
  • Making gardens more productive
  • Sustainable land management
  • Composting
  • Companion planting
  • Vegetable crowing
  • Fruit crops
  • Pests and diseases of crops
  • Windbreaks
  • Crop harvesting

4 Garden Planning

  • Collecting pre-planning information
  • Preparing landscape plans
  • The principles, elements and procedures of landscape design
  • Creating landscape effects
  • Using hard and soft landscaping materials.

5 The Root Environment and Plant Nutrition

  • The physical properties of soil
  • Techniques for improving soil
  • The importance of organic matter in the soil
  • Soil water
  • Watering systems
  • Drainage systems
  • Soil pH
  • Carbon and nitrogen cycles
  • Soil nutrients and their effect on plant growth
  • Fertilisers
  • Properties of growing media

6 Protected Cultivation

  • Protected cultivation
  • Greenhouse types and shade houses
  • Environmental controls in protected environments
  • Irrigation and nutrition control
  • Containers and growing media in protected environments
  • Care and display of indoor plants
  • Production of selected crops in protected cultivation (tomato, lettuce, begonia, rose).

7 Horticulture Plant Selection, Establishment and Maintenance

  • The selection of plants for different purposes
  • Guidelines for selecting plants
  • Environmental factors affecting plant selection
  • Selecting particular plants (which ones to buy)
  • Planting techniques
  • Selection, establishment and maintenance of turf, annuals, herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, hedging plants and climbing plants
  • Pruning in the home garden
  • Mulching

8 Horticultural Plant Health Problems

  • Plant problems and their identification
  • Pests
  • Diseases
  • Environmental problems
  • Chemicals and their use
  • Non-chemical controls
  • Weed problems and their identification control

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to enrol in the course.

There are no prerequisites to enrol in the course.

Assessment Methods

At the end of certain modules, you will be assessed via project-based or written assessment tasks. You are to submit these assessments to your tutor who will mark and return your submissions. You will find the submission link on the course page. The process is repeated until you have completed all the assessment tasks.

At the end of certain modules, you will be assessed via project-based or written assessment tasks. You are to submit these assessments to your tutor who will mark and return your submissions. You will find the submission link on the course page. The process is repeated until you have completed all the assessment tasks.

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