Fruit Production (Temperate Climate) Online Course

Fruit Production (Temperate Climate) Online Course

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

An essential introduction to the fruit growing industry for temperate climates.

Gain important skills for successful fruit growing. Learn orchard management, soils, planting, irrigation, pruning, cultural practices, pest control, stone fruits, fruit trees, nuts, vines and much more.

This course is for the serious grower!

All you need to know to set up a successful fruit growing farm.

Course Aims:

  • Identify different types of fruit crops, which can be successfully grown in your region
  • Explain the nature of the fruit industry in your region (locality)
  • Determine the cultural requirements for different fruit crops
  • Develop a plan for the establishment of an orchard
  • Formulate appropriate methods for marketing specific fruit crops grown in your locality
  • Develop a calendar for cultural management of a fruit plantation, or orchard


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 8 lessons in this course:

Introduction to Temperate Fruit Growing

  • Deciding What to Grow
  • Crop Selection Criteria
  • Options:Citrus, Berries, Vine Fruits, Pome Fruits, Stone Fruits, Nuts, etc
  • The Botany of a Fruit and Fruit Development
  • The Flower and Inflorescence
  • Types of Fruit: simple, aggregate, multiple
  • Modification of Fruits
  • How Seed Forms, Buds
  • Terminology
  • Morphological Changes in Plants

Establishing an Orchard

  • Considerations when Establishing an Orchard
  • Site Selection; size, location, climate, water, pest and disease exposure, etc
  • Calculating Effective Rainfall
  • Drawing an Orchard Plan

General Cultural Practices

  • Understanding Soils
  • Physical Soil Characteristics; soil texture, structure, etc
  • Chemical Characteristics of Soil; pH, Nutrition
  • Soil Water
  • Simple Soil Tests
  • Dealing with Fruit Tree Problems
  • Identifying a Problem
  • Pests; chewing insects, sucking insects, other pests, birds
  • Diseases; fungal, virus, bacterial
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Chemical Pest Control
  • Non Chemical Pest Control
  • Common Environmental Problems
  • Staking Plants, Cages and tree guards
  • Weed Control
  • Nutrition and Plant Feeding
  • Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Pruning Systems
  • Water, Drainage and Irrigation

Tree Fruits

  • Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Winter Chilling Requirements
  • Climate Needs
  • Choosing Varieties
  • Pollination Needs
  • Growing Apples
  • Apricot
  • Cherry
  • Fig
  • Loquat
  • Asian Pear or Nashi
  • Olive
  • Peach and Nectarine
  • Pear, Plum
  • Pepino, Pomegranate, Quince, Tree Tomato
  • Using Compost

Vines, Nuts and Berries

  • Nut Growing Introduction
  • Walnut Culture
  • Chestnut, Almond, Macadamia, Pecan, American Hazelnut, Filbert, etc
  • Passionfruit Culture
  • Chinese Gooseberry
  • Grape Cultivation
  • Overview of Berry Fruit Growing
  • Strawberry Growing
  • Raspberry, Cape Gooseberry, Mulberry, Blueberry, Elderberry, Currants, Cranberry, Brambles


  • Introduction to Citrus Culture
  • Overview of Species
  • Temperature Tolerance
  • Culture and Planting Citrus
  • Citrus Problems and treatments
  • Citrus Directory; review of main types

Cultural Management of a Fruit Plantation or Orchard

  • Developing a Maintenance Program
  • The Production Plan
  • Producing a Flow Chart (Timetable) for a crop

Marketing Your Produce

  • Introduction
  • Marketing Options
  • Conducting Market Research
  • Standards; quality, quantity, cost efficiency
  • Sales Price
  • Example of Harvest and Post Harvest treatment of a Crop

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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    Course Tutor

    Agriculture spans a wide variety of specializations.  Who your tutor is will depend on which area of agriculture you are studying.  Upon enrollment you will be assigned your own personal tutor who is there to support you throughout your studies.

    How It Works

    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

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

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    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?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.