Propagation short course

Location

Central Otago

Duration
1 day per week, 9.00am-3.00pm
Delivery

On campus

Start
7 March 2019
Apply
anytime
This course provides a hands-on plant propagation experience in a commercial nursery under the technical guidance of experienced propagators.

Learn to grow a wide range of plants to a saleable grade from seed and cuttings, including vegetables, berry fruit, native trees and shrubs, drought-resistant plants, annuals and specialist plants. The campus nursery is well-equipped with mist and heat beds, glasshouses, hardening and shade houses. You will be encouraged to propagate plants which interest you.

Under the guidance of passionate plantswoman Jo Wakelin, you will learn to collect, process and germinate seed, eco-source native plants, and develop your ability to propagate a wide variety of different plants by cuttings, using our mist and heat bed and large glasshouses.  No prior knowledge of propagation required. There will be a strong focus on increasing knowledge of plants which flourish in dry conditions, and on natives local to Central Otago. Students are involved in our hydroponics unit and flourishing kitchen garden, growing vegetables, herbs and microgreens for the cookery school. You will be encouraged to follow your own plant interests, whether it be food growing, natives, perennials or trees, and the course will also include some garden and other visits to inspire you.

An experienced fruit grower and teacher, Alex Huffadine will lead the grafting and budding within this course, and you will learn the art of grafting apples and other plants at our Bannockburn Road Horticulture Centre.