HORT206 – Plant Propagation

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Module code
HORT206
Module title
Plant Propagation
Prescription
The aim of this module is to develop students knowledge of sexual and asexual plant propagation.
Programmes
  • SX1702
NZQA Level
Level 2
NZQA Credits
6
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
40
Self directed hours
20
Total learning hours
60
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Explain the difference between sexual and asexual plant propagation
Describe the propagation of plants from seed
Describe the propagation of plants by division
Describe the propagation of plants by cuttings
Outline plant breeder rights
Content
- Sexual and asexual plant propagation
- Advantages and disadvantages for propagators
- Seed sources and storage
- Seed germination; treatments, requirements, viability
- Seed raising media, containers, soil conditions for field sown
- Seed sowing methods
- Maintenance of seed germination conditions
- Reasons for growing from seed
- Types of divisions and plants; crowns, rhizomes, tubers, bulbs, corms, runners
- Division timing and selection of parent plant material
- Establishment and aftercare
- Reasons for division
- Types of cuttings; stem (hardwood, semi-hardwood, soft wood, leaf, root) evergreen and deciduous
- Selection of suitable cutting material
- Selection of suitable propagation media, soils and containers
- Propagation environments; greenhouse, protected environments
- Care of cuttings
- Reasons for cuttings
- Plant breeder rights; forms of protection available; Plant Variety Rights, trademarks, copyright, patents
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is competency-based. In order to pass this module, students must attempt and meet all the requirements of the competency-based assessments including carrying out all tasks in a safe manner and to industry standard.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Theoretical face-to-face and online sessions including tutorials, workshops, group activities, discussion, workbooks, independent learning, and assignments.