|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Exhibit understanding of the basic techniques used in plant propagation.
- Demonstrate ability to utilize various propagation techniques in nursery and greenhouse environments.
|Description - |
|Introduction to propagation of plants by sexual and asexual methods. Seeding, cutting, grafting, division of specialized structures, and micro-propagation discussed and demonstrated. Discussions include growing media, fertilizers, hormones, and other plant supplements.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- exhibit an understanding of the basic techniques used in plant propagation.
- list basic terminology associated with plant propagation.
- demonstrate the ability to utilize various propagation techniques in nursery and greenhouse environments.
- describe methods for maintaining sterile and/or disease-free growing environments.
- recognize the variety of ways plant propagation techniques are utilized by different cultures around the world.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Horticultural laboratory, greenhouse, nursery, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide seeds, pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for field work. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Introduction to propagation of plants
- Sexual propagation techniques
- Asexual propagation techniques
- Hybridization versus cultivation
- Terminology associated with plant propagation
- Practical application of propagation techniques
- Division of specialized structures
- Media and supplements
- Growing media
- Plant supplements (vitamins, micro-nutrients, etc.)
- Techniques for sterile working environments
- Dealing with pests and diseases
- Cultural use of propagation techniques around the world
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Student field demonstration of concepts taught during course.
- Plant propagation and production project.
- Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of different plant propagation techniques.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Toogood, Alan. American Horticultural Society - Plant Propagation. Hancock, MI: DK Pub., 1999. |
|Disciplines - |
|Environmental Horticulture & Design |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lab Content - |
- Woody cuttings propagation lab: Students will practice a variety of propagation techniques which are utilized by the industry in propagating woody plant materials.
- Herbaceous tissue propagation lab: Students will practice a variety of propagation techniques which are utilized by the industry in propagating herbacious plant materials.
- Plant meristem propagation lab: Students will practice tissue culture techniques employed by the nursery industry.
- Sexual and asexual propagation labs: Students will compare, contrast, and utilize sexual and asexual techniques of plant propagation. Seeding techniques will be utilized in the greenhouse propagation room.
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hours).
- Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.