Practical Horticulture B Online Course

Practical Horticulture B Online Course Sale!
Full Fee $649.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Improve your career opportunities and develop your business aspirations! The course contains all the tips to develop excellent practical skills in the management of a variety of horticultural situations. It covers subject areas such as: horticultural calculations, propagation management, hard and soft landscape management, planning – identifying needs for management of horticultural sites, identifying plant tissue and much more.

This course will help you to stay ahead of the competition and fulfill your managerial or business goals. Although the course covers areas complementary to Practical skills I. You can take this course by itself, though for most students it will be taken after Practical Horticulture I.


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of 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 11 Lessons in this course:

    Materials and Equipment

    • Power Tools: Types of Power Tools, Buying Power Tools, Hedge Trimmers, Lawn-edger
    • Other Common Horticultural Power Tools: Mowers, Brushcutters/Trimmers, Mulchers, Rotary Hoes/Rotovators, Tractors, Chain Saws
    • Petrol or Electric Lawn Aerators
    • Hand Tools
    • Nursery Tools and Equipment
    • Deciding what is good to buy
    • Manual Potting Equipment
    • Additional Potting Equipment for Larger Nurseries
    • Miscellaneous Ancillary Equipment
    • Materials
    • Hard Landscaping Material
    • Pavers, Stone and Gravel
    • Paving
    • Selecting Materials
    • Fences
    • Associated Hard Landscaping Materials Statues, Sundials and Figurines
    • What Materials?
    • Lighting
    • Main Types of Lighting
    • Urns, Pots and Tubs
    • Statues
    • Sculpture
    • Water
    • Soft Landscaping Materials
    • Conservation Issues Associated With Some Soft Landscaping Materials
    • Horticultural Planning
    • Example of Planning: Conserving a Heritage Garden

    Horticultural Calculations

    • Horticulture Mensuration
    • Calculating Areas and Volumes
    • Measuring and Calculating Soil Properties
    • Understanding Soil Analysis
    • Soil Sampling
    • Texture and its Effect on Plant Growth
    • Structure and its Effect on Plant Growth
    • Soil Structural Decline
    • Porosity and How it Relates to Plant Growth
    • Soil Fertility
    • Tissue Analysis
    • Soil and Water
    • When to Irrigate
    • Types of Soil Moisture
    • Measuring Water Available to Plants
    • Rooting Depths of Selected Plants
    • Estimating Water
    • Deciding When, What and How to Test Heat
    • Loss from Protected Structures

    Practical Risk Management

    • Work Safety
    • Assessing Sites and Operations for Risk
    • Example of How to Assess a Site For Risk
    • Audit Forms/Checklists Example of an Audit Checklist
    • Using Tools
    • How to Manually Handle Objects in a Nursery
    • Safety Procedures When Using Agricultural Chemicals

    Machinery and Equipment Assessment and Maintenance

    • General Maintenance of Tools and Equipment
    • 2 Stroke and 4 Stroke Engines
    • Chainsaws Mowers
    • Hedge Trimmers
    • Manual Sprayers
    • Maintenance of Watering Systems

    Propagation Management

    • Propagation: Media, Facilities and Locations
    • Conductivity
    • Salinity Build Up
    • Types of Media
    • Nursery Irrigation
    • Sexual Propagation
    • Asexual Propagation (Vegetative Propagation)
    • Budding
    • Whip and Tongue Craft
    • Tips
    • Efficiencies in Cutting Production
    • Practical Exercise
    • Propagation Aftercare
    • Operational Flow Charts

    Hard Landscape Maintenance

    • Protecting Outdoor Furniture
    • Painting Outdoor Surfaces
    • Pond Management
    • Oxygenating Plants
    • Troubleshooting Maintenance of Play Areas
    • Maintaining Stone and Brick Walls

    Soft Landscape Maintenance

    • Why Prune?
    • Pruning Evergreens
    • General Pruning Techniques for Ornamental Flowering Shrubs and Trees
    • Timing Pruning
    • Stopping
    • Disbudding
    • Thinning
    • Pruning Lemon Trees
    • Pruning Perennials
    • Supporting Trees
    • Tying Trees
    • Mulch
    • How to Aerate, Scarify, Top Dress and Fertilise a Lawn
    • Fertilisers
    • Minor Elements
    • Diagnosis of Nutritional Problems
    • Determine Harvesting, Grading and Packing Procedure of Crops
    • Post Harvest Treatment of Crops
    • Environmental Control of a Protected Plant Production System
    • Terminology

    Practical Plant Identification Techniques

    • Flower Structure
    • The Flower Fruits
    • Botanical Keys
    • Key to Lamiaceae Leaf Structure and Arrangement
    • Terminology

    Pest, Disease and Weed Control

    • Weeds and Steps in Controlling Them
    • Pesticides
    • Types of Herbicide Chemicals
    • The Main Ways of Controlling Pests or Disease
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Plant Viruses: Detection and Diagnosis Pests
    • Environmental Problems
    • Definition of Pesticide Terms

    Identifying Plant Tissues

    • Plant Cells
    • Plant Tissues
    • Stems
    • Root Systems
    • Leaves

    Planning - Identifying Needs for Management of Horticultural Sites

    • Pre-planning
    • Managing Risk
    • Quality Management Systems
    • Work Scheduling
    • Project Component Estimate Form
    • Planning a Nursery Operation
    • Nursery Standards
    • Budget
    • Production Systems
    • Production Plan
    • Production Methods
    • Comparison of Container Versus In-Ground Nursery Production
    • Efficiencies in Cutting Production
    • Practical Exercise
    • Developing a Nursery Stock List
    • Nursery Stock List Worksheet Exercise
    • Quarantine Issues When Selecting Stock

    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.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    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.