Open Study College

Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth Propagation and Development

Open Study College

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Are you interested in Horticulture? Then this is the course for you. Study the convenient way - from home!

This course is ideal for those wishing to work in professional horticulture. It is ideal for those who are wishing to enter the profession for the first time, or for those who are currently working in horticulture and wish to improve their knowledge.

Gain the underpinning scientific knowledge of plants and horticultural practices
Study plant classification, structure and function
Learn about plant nutrition and the properties and management of soils and growing media
Discover how to maintain plant health through understanding pest, disease and weed lifecycles
Develop your knowledge of the principles and practices of plant propagation in horticulture

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Unit 1: Plant Classification, Structure and Function

  • Characteristics and the naming of the main groups of plants and their life cycles
  • Structure and function of plant cells, tissues and vegetative organs
  • Structure and function of flowers fruits and seeds
  • Importance of photosynthesis, respiration, and the movement of water and minerals through the plant

Unit 2: Plant Nutrition and the Root Environment

  • Physical and chemical properties of soils
  • Importance of organic matter in the root environment
  • Plant nutrition provided by soil and other growing media
  • Uses of growing media

Unit 3: Maintaining Plant Health

  • Importance of using safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable practices for the maintenance of plant health
  • Problems posed by weeds in horticulture and how these problems can be minimised
  • Problems posed by pests and methods by which they can be minimised
  • Problems caused by diseases and methods by which they can be minimised
  • Problems caused by plant disorders and methods by which they can be minimised

Unit 4: Understanding Plant Propagation

  • The role of seeds in plant propagation
  • Methods of propagation from seeds and spores
  • The role of vegetative reproduction in plant propagation
  • Methods of vegetative propagation

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