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This course is the next step for those who want to start making a living from Hydroponics. It takes you into production systems and commercial growing, which is perfect for the person who wants to start earning income from this method of horticulture.
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There are 10 lessons:
comparision to growing in soil
resources and contacts.
How a Plant Grows
biochemical cell processess
mechanisms of nutrient uptake
photosynthesis; minerals and nutrients
the role of pH in plant growth
hydroponic nutrient solutions
preparing nutrient solutions.
development of propagating blocks
recommended practices for propogation
nutrient film techniques
alternative layouts for NFT
methods of solution dispention, closed and open systems; techniques.
Nutrition & Nutrition management
understanding nutrient formulae
atoms, elements & compounds
what does a plant need
symptoms of nutrient deficiency
adjusting the pH
using electrical conductivity measures
conductivity and hydroponics.
flow charting the crop
post harvest storage
controlled atmosphere storage
pest and diseases in controlled environments
fungi, common funal problems
biological and integrated pest management
methods of introduction
major pests, diseases and disorders of crops identified
problem solving and identification of illness
difficult to diagnose problems
leaf hoppers; thrip; virus; bacteria; caterpillars; harlequin bugs and more.
Hydroponic Vegetable Production
commerical cultivation of vegetables
temperatures required for seed germination
optimum monthly temperatures for vegetable growth
growing vegetables hydroponically
fresh-cut herbs in hydroponic culture
materials and handling
notes on selected crops.
Hydroponic Cut Flower Production
growing flowers in hydroponics
Solid Media vs Nutrient Film
NFT system choices
header tank or direct pumping
channel width and length
types of media
vermiculite; sand; perlite; expanded plastics; scoria; expanded clay
organic media; sawdust; peat moss; coir fibre; composted bark
transplanting a pot grown plant into a hydroponic 'culture pot'.
Greenhouse Operation & Management
growing crops in greenhouses
nature of active solar heating systems
examples of solar greenhouse facilities
what you can grow
greenhouse and other growing structures
environmental factors that influence plant growth
horticultural management in a greenhouse
plan a hydroponic enterprise.
This course is taught by:
BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, (University of Bath); RHS General Examination; FI Hort; MIfpra.
An experienced and professional horticulturist with extensive management skills gained internationally; experienced in landscape management, staff supervision and management, written and oral communication, horticultural knowledge and application, supported by organisational and administrative skills and attention to detail.
Katie brings 20 years experience in Horticulture and is an accomplished lecturer, horticulture consultant and freelance writer. Katie is a judge for the International Awards for Liveable Communities in the Whole City Category.
Katie also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France for approx 5 years first as a Sector Manager and then as an Area Manager; management of the cemeteries, peripatetic teams of gardeners (UK & French nationality) for the constructed cemeteries and memorials and static French nationality gardeners for small town/village plots.
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer€“ in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.
Learning Goals: Hydroponics I BHT224.
Explain different hydroponic systems.
Select appropriate media for specified hydroponic crops.
Describe the equipment used in hydroponic systems.
Determine the management of nutrition in hydroponic systems.
Explain the management of a greenhouse in the production of a hydroponic crop.
Plan the establishment of hydroponic facility to satisfy specified criteria, both commercial and cultural.
Develop a management plan for a hydroponic facility.