Learn all aspects of Protea botany and culture in this unique home study course.
Proteas would be perfect for use in low maintenance low water use gardens. Visitors to this is the same situation as natives. They will fit good in most Australian native landscape and garden styles, from large courtyard attributes. They will give color throughout the year and the added bonus of fascinating cut flowers
- Explain the taxonomy of Proteas and closely related genera.
- Describe the cultural requirements of Proteas and related Proteaceae plants
- Propagate Proteas.
- Compare a range of commonly grown Protea species.
- Manage problems including pests and diseases with Proteas.
- Discuss a range of different Protea species and cultivars.
- Determine and describe a range of ways to grow and use Proteas; including as a landscape plant and as a cut flower.
- Discuss a subject related to Proteas in depth.
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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:
- Review of the system of plant identification
- General characteristics of Proteas
- Information contacts (i.e: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.)
- Protea Botany
- One way of Classifying Proteas
- feeding (nutrition requirements, deficiencies etc)
- protection from wind, salt air etc.
- drainage requirements
- techniques for providing drainage, etc.
- Methods of propagating this group of plants (cuttings & seed)
- Propagation of selected varieties, etc.
Most Commonly Grown Varieties of Proteas
- Protea cynaroides
- Protea mellifera
- Protea repens
Pests, Diseases and Problems
- Protea botany
- Pest & diseases
- Drainage problems
Other Proteas to Grow
- Protea aristata
- Protea caffra
- P. coronata
- P. cedromontana
- P. compacta
- P. exima
- P. grandiceps
- P. holosericea
- P. lacticolor
- P. laevis
- P. laurifolia
- P. longiflora
- P. longifolia
- P. lorifolia
- P. pulchra
- P. punctata
- P. rubropilosa
- P. recondita
- P. speciosa
- P. stokoei
Making the Best Use of Proteas
- Reasons for Growing Proteas
- Proteas for warm climates
- More cultivars for landscaping
- Foliage affects
- Harvest and post harvest
- Dried Flowers
- Growing Proteas in Containers
Special Assignment - based on one of the following (your choice)
- How to grow Proteas for commercial flower production.
- The botanical characteristics and cultivation requirements for a selected Protea culivar.
- A collection of different Protea cultivars on a budget equal to an average one weeks wage for workers in your country. selection of the varieties to grow, how to establish them in
- containers, how to maintain peak health throughout the year.
- Month by month what to do to proteas to achieve and maintain peak health in your garden. You should indicate when to feed, how much & what…..when to prune, and how, when & if to mulch, pest control measures etc.
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.