HORT 31: HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES: PLANT PROPAGATION
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2022|
|Hours:||2 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 strongly recommended; not open to students with credit in HORT 52B.|
|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:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the propagation methods used in the commercial production of plants around the world.
- Identify the basic anatomy of various different types of seeds and determine requirements for germination, harvesting storage and propagation.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to select and employ common techniques of vegetative propagation for various plants species.
- Organize, schedule, and implement skills and practices used in the production and merchandising of selected nursery crops.
- Manage the environmental conditions for growing propagules.
- Interpret experimental results and determine their significance relative to commercial crop production.
- Seed anatomy and development
- Methods for selecting seeds
- Methods for preserving seed quality
- Evaluation of seed lots based on experiments to determine germination rate and percentage
- Techniques in seed handling and commercial seed production
- Vegetative methods of propagation
- Cutting propagation
- Separating and division of specialized structures
- Grafting and layering
- Schedule and implement a variety of propagation experiments
- Evaluation of cuttings based on responses to various concentrations of root stimulating hormones
- Overview of current tissue culture techniques
- Culture preparation
- Plant separation and grow out
- Overall comparison of propagation techniques and their application to production of specific crops worldwide
- Use of techniques specific to certain crops
- Use of general techniques applied to a variety of crops
- Starting seed
- Light treatment
- Heat treatment
- Other seed treatments
- Division of plants
- Cutting plants
- Hardwood cuttings
- Softwood cuttings
- Tip cuttings
- Root cuttings
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
2. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for fieldwork.
3. When taught online, on-going access to computer with email and internet access.
Method(s) of Evaluation
Lab journal and/or project
Method(s) of Instruction
Assigned reading activities
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Toogood, Allan. The Complete Book of Plant Propagation. 2001.
Hartmann, Hudson, and Dale Kester. Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices, 8th ed.. 2010.
Despite being older than five years, these books are seminal works in the field of plant propagation.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
- 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
- Boodley, The Commercial Greenhouse: Propagation
- Writing assignments include:
- Topical white papers
- Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided
- Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration