Cut Flower Bulbs Online Course

Cut Flower Bulbs Course

Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

This course is designed to develop your ability to select and cultivate appropriate varieties of bulbs as cut flowers, in different situations.

It gives you an understanding of the plant families bulbs belong to, their cultural needs, how to prevent and treat pest and disease problems plus the basis of horticultural knowledge: soil types and plant nutritional needs.

Course Aims:

  • Describe cultural practices for production of different cut flower bulbs, including the basis of all good Horticulture with understanding of soils, plant nutrition, and weed control
  • Understand the initiation and development of flowers in plants with bulbs, rhizomes, tubers, corms or other specialized parts. A look at the factors affecting the flowering stages
  • Learn how to manage any pests and diseases for a crop of cut flower bulbs or in the home garden
  • Manage the quantity and quality of a crop of cut flower bulbs, both grown in the open and in a greenhouseIn this lesson we also have a good look at the various systems of growing cut flower bulbs in greenhouses and look at ways to manage the environmental conditions in them
  • Learn about the management and the harvest/post-harvest of cut flower bulbs
  • Explain the production of Lilium and Gladioli cut flower crops
  • Explain the production of Narcissus cut flower crops
  • Explain the production of Iris and Gladioli cut flower crops
  • We look at the a comparison of a variety of different cut flower bulb crops


Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

Introduction to Cut Flower Bulb Production

  • Floriculture: An Overview
  • Flower Structure
  • How Plants Grow
  • Specialised Vegetative Structures
  • Hydroponics: An Introduction

Cultural Practices Affecting Production of Flowering Bulbs

  • Understanding Soil
  • Soil Chemical Characteristics
  • Soil or Plant Tissue Analysis
  • Soil Degradation and Other Problems with Soils
  • The Nutrient Elements
  • Diagnosis of Nutritional Problems
  • Fertilisers
  • Weed Control

Flower Initiation & Development

  • Encouraging Plants to Flower Out of Season
  • How Plants Modify their Environment
  • Planting Bulbs
  • Potting Soil Mixes

Pest & Disease Control

  • Pests and Diseases
  • Plant Viruses: Their Detection and Diagnosis
  • Pests
  • Environmental Problems

Managing Yield, Greenhouse Culture

  • Greenhouse Growing
  • Types of Greenhouses
  • Commonly Used Greenhouse Designs
  • Shade-Houses
  • Siting Greenhouses
  • Greenhouse Benches and Beds
  • Environmental Control in Greenhouses
  • Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Systems
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Horticultural Management in a Greenhouse
  • Plants and Water
  • Greenhouse Irrigation Methods
  • Growing Bulbs in the Open Ground
  • When to Irrigate Field Grown Bulbs
  • Irrigation Types

Management, Harvest & Post Harvest

  • Managing a Market Design
  • Standards
  • Marketing Your Flowers
  • Aging in Cut Flowers

Gladiolus and Liliums

  • Species
  • Classification into Divisions
  • Growing Conditions
  • Planting
  • Propagation
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Nutrient Requirements
  • Special Cultural Techniques
  • Problems
  • Harvest and Post Harvest


  • Growing Conditions
  • Nutrient Requirements
  • Planting
  • Problems
  • Harvest and Post Harvest
  • Varieties
  • Trumpet Types
  • Large Cupped Types
  • Small Cupped Types
  • Double Flowered Types
  • Jonquilla Types
  • Poetaz and Tazetta
  • Cyclamineus
  • Bulb Cuttings
  • Scaling
  • Twin Scaling
  • Sectioning
  • Basal Cuttage (Chipping)
  • Coring
  • Where to Plant Bulb Cuttings


  • Classification of Iris
  • Growing Conditions
  • Nutrient Requirements
  • Suitable Systems
  • Planting
  • Problems
  • Harvest
  • Propagation
  • Gladiolus (Iridaceae)

Other Bulbs

  • Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)
  • Amaryllis
  • Dahlia
  • Freesia
  • Hyacinth
  • Ranunculus
  • Orchids
  • Judging Flowers

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

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    Can I pay in installments?

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    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

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    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

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