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Course Description

Rows of seedlings in round containers

Plant Propagation details the major aspects and fundamental principles of the propagation of higher plants, using sexual and asexual propagation techniques. Reference to specific plants may be used as examples, however this course will not deal with specific propagation methods for individual species. General techniques and requirements for seed production, cuttings, division, grafting, budding and layering are discussed. A brief introduction to tissue culture and micropropagation is discussed.

Designed For

Nursery and greenhouse personnel interested in effectively propagating healthy crops while generating a positive financial return.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Comprehend the basic principles and techniques of plant propagation as used in the horticultural industry;
  2. Analyze and choose the correct propagation method for common plants;
  3. Determine the best storage and seed treatments to maximize germination;
  4. Identify the plant structures and how they are involved in propagation;
  5. Identify and describe the procedures for a successfully rooted cutting; and
  6. Explain the use of graft techniques and know the procedure for a successful graft.

Course Topics

  • Sexual Propagation
  • Asexual Propagation/Physiology
  • Asexual Propagation/Grafting
  • Asexual Propagation/Division and Specialized Stems
  • Micropropagation and Tissue Culture


Assessment Item Weight
Graded Discussions 10%
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Quizzes (4 x 15%) 60%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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