Learn about care and commercial growing of Acacias – the native Australian food crop
In this course you will learn about the identification, botany, and culture (planting, watering, feeding, propagation) of the wattles. Around 50 species are studied in detail. You also learn about the commercial uses of Acacias as building materials, food plants, for tanning, craft, etc. Suitable for horticulturalist, crop growers and interested students.
- Describe the way in which Acacias are classified.
- Determine how to find reliable resource information that relates to Acacias
- Describe the physiology of Acacias
- Determine cultural requirements that are common to Acacias
- Determine propagation methods that are commonly applicable to Acacias.
- Describe a variety of commercial uses for Acacias.
- Describe a range of other practical uses for Acacias.
- Identify and recommend treatment for a variety of health problems occurring with Acacias.
- Develop an in depth understanding of one aspect of Acacia Growing.
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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 8 Lessons in this course:
Introduction and Resources
- Culture and Scope of Acacias
- Plant/Acacia Taxonomy (classification and naming)
- Acacia Ecosystems
- Significant Acacias from Australia, Africa and the Middle East
Physiology and Botany of Acacias
- Acacia relatives; and the Order Fabales
- Understanding flower structure of Acacias
- An inflorescence
- Using Botanical terms to describe Acacias
- Acacia foliage
- Classifying Acacias according to foliage type
- Classifying Acacias according to flower type
- Acacia fruits (seed pods)
- Environmental considerations
- Pest and Disease
- Soil conditions for Acacias
- Typical cultural requirements
- Australian Acacias (review of size, foliage and flowering)
- Weed management
- Soil testing
- Scope of wattle propagation
- Seed treatments
- Sowing wattle seeds
- Seed storage
- Acacia cutting propagation
- Transplanting seedlings or cuttings
- Potting up
Acacias And Their Uses
- As a landscape plant (windbreaks, screens, shrubberies, erosion control, soil enrichment, rock gardens, tubs)
- Plant selection
- Buying the right specimen
- Using Acasias as specimen trees
- Garden Design with Acacias
- Creating landscape affects
- Acacia species for different conditions
Other Uses For Acacias
- Cut Flowers
- Perfumery with Acacias
- Acacias for human food
- Acacias for animal fodder
- Gum Arabic
Pest & Disease of Acacias
- Nature and scope of Pest and Disease
- Pest and Disease problems detected on Acacias
- Environmental problems
- Problem Based Learning style project, to plan the establishment of a collection of Acacias for a specific location.
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.
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.
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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?
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Do you have set start dates?
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