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HORT353 – Growing Media

Module code
Module title
Growing Media
The aim of this module is to develop student’s skill and knowledge in describing and using soil-less growing media
  • SX1701
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1.Demonstrate understanding of soil-less growing media constituents.
2.Demonstrate understanding of the characteristics of soil-less growing media.
3.Mix soil-less media.
-Common constituents of soil-less media and their effects on physical properties; 8 types of media
-Purpose of common fertiliser and additives in soil-less media
-Desired physical, chemical and biological properties of soil-less media and how constituents used can achieve these.
-Characteristics of at least 5 types of media
-Limitations of soil-less media for a particular use; 3 limitations
-Potential sources of growing media contamination at preparation, mixing, storage, and movement stages; avoidance and control
-Soil-less media requirements for a range of plants; 5 different nursery crops, and 3 different types of soil-less media
-Mixing soil-less media for 2 uses
-Use of correct required PPE, Legionella bacteria.
-Selection and measuring quantities consistent with media use and workplace procedure recipe
-Mixing for even distribution; hand mixing, mechanical media mixer, front-end loader
-Use of contamination prevention measures; preparing, storing and moving.

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