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Effective: Fall 2011
HORT 90LPLANT PROPAGATION: BASIC SKILLS1 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 4 times per quarter. (15 hours total per quarter)

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:
  1. exhibit an understanding of the basic techniques used in plant propagation.
  2. list basic terminology associated with plant propagation.
  3. demonstrate the ability to utilize various propagation techniques in nursery and greenhouse environments.
  4. describe methods for maintaining sterile and/or disease-free growing environments.
  5. 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) -
  1. Introduction to propagation of plants
    1. Sexual propagation techniques
    2. Asexual propagation techniques
    3. Hybridization versus cultivation
  2. Terminology associated with plant propagation
  3. Practical application of propagation techniques
    1. Seeding
    2. Cutting
    3. Grafting
    4. Budding
    5. Division of specialized structures
    6. Micro-propagation
  4. Media and supplements
    1. Growing media
    2. Fertilizers
    3. Hormones
    4. Plant supplements (vitamins, micro-nutrients, etc.)
  5. Techniques for sterile working environments
  6. Dealing with pests and diseases
  7. Transplanting
  8. Cultural use of propagation techniques around the world
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Student field demonstration of concepts taught during course.
  2. Plant propagation and production project.
  3. 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 -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
 
Lab Content -
  1. Woody cuttings propagation lab: Students will practice a variety of propagation techniques which are utilized by the industry in propagating woody plant materials.
  2. Herbaceous tissue propagation lab: Students will practice a variety of propagation techniques which are utilized by the industry in propagating herbacious plant materials.
  3. Plant meristem propagation lab: Students will practice tissue culture techniques employed by the nursery industry.
  4. 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 -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hours).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.