This course provides an overview of plant anatomy and physiology and explores a variety of plant care and plant growth concepts. Topics include plant form and function, soil management, insects, disease plus weed management practices. The growing requirements and cultural practices for trees and shrubs are identified and discussed which include fertilizing, pruning and control options for pests.
Learners wishing to enhance their understanding of basic plant anatomy and physiology and how it applies to plant health and growth.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the components of plant taxonomy
- Differentiate and utilize basic terminology to describe plant parts
- Apply the basics of plant identification using botanical keys and herbaria
- Investigate how various environmental factors and conditions influence desired plant growth
- Recognize and identify the two sources of health problems in herbaceous and woody plants – plant diseases/disorders and problems caused by pests
- Plant Anatomy and Physiology: An introduction to plant cells and tissues, the stages of plant growth, and how plants relate to the environment.
- Soils: An introduction to soil components and management practices, including a discussion on nutrients, soil fertility and fertilizers.
- Arboriculture: An overview of tree care including selection, planting methods, pruning techniques, when to fertilize or not, and common environmental disorders.
- Diseases, Disorders and Insects: A discussion of the systematic approach to diagnose plant problems. Common insects, diseases and disorders are described.
- Weed Control: Weed life cycles and weed control methods (preventative, cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical) are discussed.
This course is a required core course within The Horticulturalist Certificate.
|Assignments (3)||60% (20% each)|
*Grading scheme is subject to change.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Horticulturist Certificate : Required Courses