HORT 31: HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES: PLANT PROPAGATION
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||2 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 strongly recommended.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade Only|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an understanding of the propagation methods used in commercial plant production.
- Identify basic anatomy of various different types of seeds.
The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate an understanding of the propagation methods used in the commercial production of plants around the world.
B. Identify the basic anatomy of various different types of seeds and determine requirements for germination, harvesting storage and propagation.
C. Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to select and employ common techniques of vegetative propagation for various plants species.
D. Organize, schedule, and implement skills and practices used in the production and merchandising of selected nursery crops.
E. Manage the environmental conditions for growing propagules.
F. Interpret experimental results and determine their significance relative to commercial crop production.
A. Seed anatomy and development
1. methods for selecting seeds
2. methods for preserving seed quality
B. Evaluation of seed lots based on experiments to determine germination rate and percentage
C. Techniques in seed handling and commercial seed production
D. Vegetative methods of propagation
1. cutting propagation
2. separating and division of specialized structures
3. grafting and layering
E. Schedule and implement a variety of propagation experiments
E. Evaluation of cuttings based on responses to various concentrations of root stimulating hormones
F. Overview of current tissue culture techniques
1. culture preparation
2. plant separation and grow out
G. Overall comparison of propagation techniques and their application to production of specific crops worldwide
1. use of techniques specific to certain crops
2. use of general techniques applied to a variety of crops
A. Starting seed.
3. Light treatment
4. Heat treatment
5. Other seed treatments
B. Division of plants.
D. Cutting plants.
1. Hardwood cuttings
2. Softwood cuttings
3. Tip cuttings
4. Root cuttings
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
C. Lab journal and/or project
D. Final examination
Method(s) of Instruction
C. Lab activities.
D. Guest speakers.
E. Assigned reading activities.
F. Self-guided research.
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Toogood, Allan. The Complete Book of Plant Propagation. New York, NY: American Horticultural Society, DK Press, 2001. (This book is a seminal work in the field of plant propagation.)
Hartmann, Hudson and Dale Kester. Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices. 8th ed. New York: Prentice Hall, 2010.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 30-50 pages per week from assigned text. Supplemental reading will be provided in hand-out form or through reference to online resources.
1. Boodley, The Commercial Greenhouse. Propagation.
B. Writing assignments include:
1. Topical white papers.
1. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
2. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.