Learn to grow azaleas and rhododendrons to perfection”Considered by many to be the very best plants a garden can offer, azaleas and rhododendrons are some of the most popular plants grown anywhere. The course shows how to grow them to perfection, and builds your knowledge of varieties available, to give you a long lasting display of colour in the garden. Soils, weed control, feeding, pest and disease control, watering, landscape design and lots more are included over eight lessons.
- Discuss how Rhododendrons and Azaleas are classified.
- Describe the general cultural requirements that are common to all Rhododendron species.
- Select appropriate materials for propagation
- Propagate Azaleas and Rhododendrons.
- Describe species of azalea are most commonly grown.
- Describe a range of common varieties of Rhododendrons.
- Conduct valid research into lesser known varieties of Rhododendron and Azalea.
- Determine various uses and applications of rhododendrons in the home garden.
- Demonstrate the knowledge acquired for a specific group or individual plant in the Rhododendron group of plants.
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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.
- Introducing Rhododendrons
- Introducing Azaleas
- Indica and kurume hybrids
- Deciduous mollis hybrids
- Review of the system of plant identification
- Classification of Azaleas and Rhododendrons-sub genera
- Information and networking
- contacts (i.e.: nurseries, seed, clubs etc.)
- Soils for Azaleas and Rhododendrons
- Most Common pest and disease problems with Azaleas and Rhododendrons
- Other cultural considerations
- Methods of propagating azaleas and rhododendrons
- Using root stimulating auxins
- Propagation of different types
- Layering, cuttings, seed
The most Commonly Grown Varieties
- R. arborescens -a very popular species
- Indica hybrids
- Kurume hybrids
- Mollis hybrids
- Other deciduous hybrids
- Uses for Azaleas
Other important groups
- Rock Rhododendrons
- Other tropical Rhododendrons
- Cultivated Rhododendron species
Lesser Grown Varieties
- Obscure species
- Varieties that have become less popular
- Alpine Roses R. hirstulum, or R. ferrugineum)
- Yak Hybrids
- Lesser grown Azaleas
Making the best use of these plants
- In containers, in the ground, as indoor plants, growing and showing, growing for profit.
- Problem-based Learning: A study of one selected plant or group.
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.
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.