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HORT337 – Pruning and Training

Module code
Module title
Pruning and Training
The aim of this module is to develop student’s knowledge of pruning and training amenity trees and shrubs.
  • SX1701
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of common pruning tools and equipment
Demonstrate knowledge of the growth characteristics of plant types used in amenity horticulture
Describe tree and shrub responses to pruning and training techniques
-Pruning tools and their functions; parrot-beak secateurs, anvil secateurs, loppers, pruning saws
-Tools and their uses; woody, herbaceous, thorny material, differing branch thicknesses
-Growth characteristics; evergreen, deciduous, conifer, climbing plant, rose
-Growth and flowering characteristics; current seasons growth, previous seasons growth, vegetative buds, flower buds, spurs
-Natural plant forms; single leader, branched head, multi-stemmed, divaricating, fastigiate pyramid, weeping, rounded, vase, prostrate, trailing, climbing
-Pruning and training fruiting and flowering plants; flowering on current seasons growth, previous seasons growth, spurs on older wood, flowering seasons
-Pruning to promote desired growth; clipping, heading back, shaping, shearing, tipping
-Correcting plant defects; double leaders, broken leaders, broken limbs, imbalance, reversion, diseased wood, dead wood
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Theoretical face-to-face and online sessions including tutorials, workshops, group activities, discussion, workbooks, independent learning, and assignments.
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.

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