Home Propagation (Beginner) Online Course

Home Propagation (Beginner) Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Qualification Certificate
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email

Save Money by Propagating your own Garden Plants at Home.

  • A starter course for students with no previous experience of propagation.
  • Covers all aspects of propagating plants.
  • Develop a sound knowledge in starting and running your own propagation nursery.
  • Learn about seed, cuttings, grafting, division, layering, materials and equipment.

Course Aims:

  • Obtain leaflets or catalogues plus prices for a range of plant containers.
  • Obtain samples of at least 6 different potting soil components and make up a mix which could be used for general potting of outdoor shrubs and trees into 6 inch pots.
  • Collect samples of at least six types of plant labels.
  • Collect at least three different types of seed to plant and germinate.
  • Obtain catalogues or price lists from at least six companies or organisations which supply seed.
  • Put in cuttings of at least three different types of plants.
  • Use diagrams to explain how you would grow four different cuttings.
  • Contact a bulb or herb farm to research the type of propagation program they have.
  • Carry out aerial layering.
  • Practice budding and grafting.
  • Prepare a work schedule for a propagation set up.
  • Design the layout for a new nursery or propagation area which would be ideal for your purposes.


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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 10 lessons in this course:

    Methods of Propagation

    • Methods of Propagating Plants

    Propagating Structures and Techniques

    • Growing Plants in a Greenhouse
    • What can you grow?
    • Types of Greenhouses
    • Heated or Unheated
    • Deciding on What You Need
    • Siting Greenhouses
    • Greenhouse Benching
    • Problems with Greenhouses
    • Other Structures for Growing Plants
    • Cold Frames
    • Heated Propagators
    • Shade Houses

    Propagating Materials

    • Propagating Mixes
    • Potting Media
    • Containers for Propagation
    • Propagation Tools

    Seed Propagation

    • Growing Plants from Seed
    • Sowing Seed in Containers
    • Storing Seeds
    • Pricking Out or Tubing Seedlings

    Propagating by Cuttings

    • Cuttings
    • Types of Cuttings
    • Stock Plants
    • Other Factors Affecting Rooting of Cuttings
    • Hormone Treatments
    • The Alternative Hormones
    • How to Maintain Plants in Pots
    • Labels

    Miscellaneous Propagating Techniques

    • Layering
    • Propagation Using Parts of Specialised Stems and Roots
    • Tissue Culture

    Budding and Grafting

    • Reasons for Budding and Grafting
    • How to Graft Forms
    • Factors with Influence Healing of a Graft
    • Carpentry of Grafting
    • What can be grafted onto what?
    • Examples of Compatible Rootstocks and Scions
    • Types of Grafts
    • Some Species that can be Root Grafted

    Propagation of Specific Plants

    • Choosing Species
    • Typical Propagation Methods

    Nursery Management

    • Plants and Water
    • Greenhouse Irrigation Methods
    • Irrigation Systems
    • Pest and Disease Management in a Greenhouse
    • The U.C. System and Minimising Disease
    • Integrated Pest and Disease Management
    • Diseases
    • Plant Viruses
    • Pests
    • Nursery Nutrition
    • The Nutrient Elements
    • Plant Modification to Achieve Uniformity

    Layout and Organisation of a Propagating Area

    • Area of the Nursery Site
    • Production Systems

    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.