Become an expert in growing and maintaining annual flowering plants”Become an expert with annual flowers. Learn to identify and grow them, to produce a continual blaze of colour through the seasons. An annual is any plant which completes its full lifecycle in one year.Generally annuals are grown in the garden for a period of less than one year, with the expressed purpose of providing flowers and colour.Annuals are grown both as commercial cut flower crops and as bedding plants (bedding plants are plants grown in a garden bed on a temporary basis). Annuals can be grown as a bedding plant; in a tub or pot; as a hanging basket, or even as a cut flower. They can be grown organically, through hydroponics or using standard horticultural practices. The what, when, where, how and why of growing annuals will vary from place to place and person to person.
- Discuss the classification of annual flowering plants through the plant naming system.
- Discuss culture requirements of annuals.
- Propagate annuals.
- Explain methods of hydroponic culture in relation to annuals
- Identify pest and diseases of annuals
- Describe various types of irrigation systems and the water requirements of annuals.
- Describe various greenhouses and related equipment available.
- Determine procedures for the handling of annuals during and after harvest.
- Design annual flower beds.
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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:
- The system of plant identification, physiology, information sources
- Types of Inflorescence
- Choosing Flowers for an occasion
- What flowers last longest as cut flowers
- Care of cut flowers
- Planting, staking, mulching, watering, feeding, pruning, etc
- Review of more commonly cultivated annuals
- Methods of propagating annuals.
- Seed sources
- Sowing Seed
- Greenhouses and other propagation aids
Hydroponic growing of selected varieties of annuals
- Annuals in hydroponics
- Understanding hydroponic systems
- Culture of selected annuals in hydroponics -Aster, Carnation, Gerbera, Stock etc
Pest & Disease
How to Grow Annuals
- Growing in Greenhouses (shade houses or other controlled environments)
- Growing in Flower Beds
- Types of bedding systems
- Judging flowers
Harvest, Post Harvest & Quality
- Deterioration of flowers
- Shelf life
- Post harvest treatment
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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