Nut Production (Warm Climates) Online Course

Nut Production (Warm Climates) Online Course

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

For most people, a nut is a type of food and a delightful food at that! Strictly speaking, not all nuts are edible; but this course is only concerned with edible nuts and in particular, the ones that are grown more extensively around the world in warm climates.

The tropical nut trees are dependent on your locality and conditions can vary quite considerably even in tropical areas, for example certain tropical areas may experience frosts. However there are so many varieites worth trying that it is worth learning about them all!

There are eight lessons including a special project in this course. This course is designed as a detailed look at identification and culture of nuts in warmer climates. Emphasis is placed on the species that are of horticultural value.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about the classification of nuts
  • Learn to access sources of organisations specific to nut production
  • Learn about the cultural requirements of tropical nuts, as most of the varieties we look at are for the tropics or warm climates.
  • Discover the characterisitics of soils. Understand plant nutrition, plant health, watering techniques,environmental protection for your crops, pest and disease management
  • Learn techniques for pruning and maintenance
  • Learn how to successfully propagate nut trees; propagtion from nut seeds and cuttings grafting, layering,establishing rootstocks.
  • Macadamia nut trees are looked at in detail
  • Peacan nut trees are looked at in detail.
  • Other varieities of nuts such as Pistachio, Cashew Almond, Brazil and other varieties you never knew exsisted, are looked at
  • Establishment and horticultural management of tropical nut trees is looked at. Learn about site selection for successful cultivation, planting techniques and factors affecting the selection of a site.
  • Then when you have all these factors taken into consideration, the harvesting and storage of nuts is reviewed.


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:


  • What is a Nut
  • Review of the system of plant identification
  • Main family groups of nuts
  • Family Juglandaceae
  • Family Corylaceae
  • Family Characteristics
  • Family Fagaceae
  • Family Proteaceae
  • Family Burseraceae
  • Family Lecthidaceae
  • Family Sterculiaceae
  • Family Anacardiaceae
  • Family Rosaceae
  • Family Leguminosae
  • Family Asteraceae
  • Family Cucurbitaceae
  • Family Palmaceae
  • Family Pinaceae
  • Information contacts (i.e. nurseries, seed, clubs etc.)
  • Potential for Nut Growing

Nut Plant Culture

  • Terminology
  • Soil and Nutrition Management
  • Planting,water management, plant health, pruning, etc.

Propagation of Nut Plants

  • Seed
  • Cuttings
  • Propagating Media
  • Hardening off Young plants
  • Layering
  • Budding and grafting

The Macadamia

  • Magadamia growing in Australia & elsewhere
  • Cultivars
  • Macadamia recipes

The Pecan

  • Nutritional components of the nut
  • Culture
  • Climate
  • Propagation
  • Cultivars
  • Problems
  • Uses

Other Varieties which Grow in Warm Climates

  • Pistacio
  • Cashew
  • Peanut
  • Almond
  • Baobab (Andersonia)
  • Brazil Nut
  • Coconut
  • Guarana
  • Cola
  • Sunflower
  • Cocao
  • Coffee
  • Sesame Seed
  • Others are reviewd briefly, including: Pili Nut, Acacia, Hausa Ground Nut etc

Selecting a site and planting a plot

  • Site Selection and management
  • Site characteristics
  • Climate
  • Biological characteristics
  • Water
  • Other factors
  • Using weedicides with nut plantings

Growing, harvesting and using nuts

  • Harvest and storage of nuts
  • Sorting, Cleaning, Drying
  • Uses for nuts -food, crafts, timber etc

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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    Do I have to sit an Exam?

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    Do you have set start dates?

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