RHS Certificate II - Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation & D

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NEW CERTIFICATE Enrol Now. This is one of a new generation of certificates being launched by the RHS to replace older qualifications. This course covers 4 units...

This course covers 4 units...

  • The Plant Kingdom (Unit 1)
  • Plant Nutrition, The Root Environment (Unit 2)
  • Pests, Diseases and Weeds (Unit 3)
  • Sexual and Asexual Propagation (Unit 4)

Duration: 100 hours

Prerequisites: Tthere are no prerequesites for this certificate

Lesson Structure
There are 10 lessons in this course:

1. Classification of Plants and the Plant Naming System
  • Botanical and Horticultural Nomenclature: common names, scientific names
  • The Binomial System
  • Botanical Classification levels
  • Horticultural Groups
  • Plant F…

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NEW CERTIFICATE Enrol Now. This is one of a new generation of certificates being launched by the RHS to replace older qualifications. This course covers 4 units...

This course covers 4 units...

  • The Plant Kingdom (Unit 1)
  • Plant Nutrition, The Root Environment (Unit 2)
  • Pests, Diseases and Weeds (Unit 3)
  • Sexual and Asexual Propagation (Unit 4)

Duration: 100 hours

Prerequisites: Tthere are no prerequesites for this certificate

Lesson Structure
There are 10 lessons in this course:

1. Classification of Plants and the Plant Naming System
  • Botanical and Horticultural Nomenclature: common names, scientific names
  • The Binomial System
  • Botanical Classification levels
  • Horticultural Groups
  • Plant Families and their distinguishing characteristics
  • Species, Hybrids, Varieties, Cultivars
  • Review of significant Dicotyledon and Monocotyledon families
  • Plant Lifecycles
  • Stages in Plant Development
  • Plant Collection Reviews

2. The Internal Structure of Higher Plants

  • Plant Cell Structure
  • Cell Components
  • Cell Division; mitosis and meiosis
  • Types of Plant Cells; Parenchyma, Collechyma,Sclerenchyma, Xylem, Phloem, Epidermal
  • Internal Structure of Dicotyledon Stems: Epidermis, endodermis, cortex, vascular bundles, etc
  • Structure of Monocotyledon Stems
  • External Differences between Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons
  • Anatomica features of leaves and stems in cross section
  • Plant Tissues
  • Primary and Secondary Growth
  • Terminology
  • Botanical Keys and their use

3. The External Structure of Higher Plants, Roots, Leaves, Stems and Buds

  • Stems; the framework, functions of the stem
  • Stem modifications
  • Leaves
  • Functions of leaves
  • Respiration, transpiration and photosynthesis
  • Leaf shapes
  • Compound leaves
  • Leaf modifications
  • Buds: adventitious, apical, flower, vegetative
  • Root Structure
  • Types of Root Systems
  • Root Modifications
  • Morphological Changes due to Maturation

4. Identification and Function of the Reproductive Parts of the Plant

  • Parts of a flower: Sepals, Petals Staemens, Carpel
  • The Inflorescence
  • Flower Structure
  • Types of Fruits
  • Fruit and Seed Terminology
  • Modification of Fruits -dry fruits, succulent fruits, composite fruits, false fruits
  • Key to Main Fruit Types

5. Pollination and Fertilisation in Higher Plants

  • Pollination Processes
  • Self Pollination, Cross pollination
  • Pollination Mechanisms
  • Compatibility
  • Fertilisation, Embryo and Seed Formation
  • Post Fertilisation
  • F1 Hybrids
  • Genotype versus Phenotype
  • Male Sterility
  • Parthenocarpy
  • Hybrid Seed Production
  • Terminology
  • Seed and Fruit Development
  • Seed Structure
  • Seed Germination
  • Fruit Set, Growth and Development

6. The Fundamental Physiological Processes in Plants, Plant Growth and Developmental Relationships

  • Importance of Photosynthesis
  • The Light Reactions
  • The Dark Reactions
  • Chloplasts in Photosynthesis
  • C3, C4 and CAM Plants
  • Rate of Photosynthesis
  • Chemistry of Respiration
  • Rate of Respiration
  • Stages of Respiration
  • Aerobic versus Anaerobic Respiration
  • Transpiration and Translocation of Water
  • Osmosis
  • Diffusion
  • Mechanisms of Nutrient Uptake
  • How Water, ions and metabolites move through a plant
  • Tropisms; Phototropism, Geotropism, Thigmotropism, etc
  • Chemical Growth Modification; Auxins, Gibberellins, AA, Ethylene, Cytokinin, etc
  • Effects of Chemical hormones
  • Light factors in plant growth
  • Artificial Light

7. Soils and the Root Environment

  • Soil Profile
  • Importance of Soil
  • Soil Composition
  • Texture
  • Structure and soil types
  • Soil Horizons (A, B, C and R)
  • Naming the Soil
  • Improving Soil Structure
  • Soil Sampling
  • Improving Fertility
  • Organic Matter
  • Benefits of adding Organic Matter
  • Soil Water and it\'s Value to Plants
  • Water Loss from Soils
  • Improving Water Retention
  • Hygroscopic Water, Gravitational Water, Field Capacity and other terminology
  • Saturation
  • Rate of Watering
  • Plant Health and Drainage
  • Symptoms of Poor DrainageImproving surface and sub surface Drainage
  • Tensiometer
  • Soil pH
  • Nutrient Availability and pH
  • Calcifuges and Calcicoles
  • Adding Lime
  • Adding Acidic Materials to Lower pH
  • Conservation Issues: Peat
  • Terminology

8. Plant Nutrition

  • Soil Life: Earthworms, Mycorrhyzae, Nitrogen Fixing
  • Nitrogen Cycle; Ammonification,Nitrification, Detritrification, Nitrogen Loss
  • Forms of Nitrogen
  • The Nitrogen Cycle
  • The Carbon Cycle
  • The Nutrient Elements
  • The Major Elements
  • The Minor Elements (Trace Elements)
  • Total Salts
  • Diagnosis of Nutrient Problems
  • Fertilisers
  • Types of Fertilisers
  • Applying Fertilisers
  • Natural Fertilisers
  • Manures, Rock Dusts, Seaweed
  • Composting Methods: sheet composting, Indore method, 14 day method, compost bins, trench composting, etc
  • Green Manures
  • Mulch and Mulching
  • Cultivation Techniues
  • Cultivation Tools and Equipment
  • Improving Water Infiltration into Soil
  • Non Dig Growing Method
  • Soil Problems
  • Soil Rehabilitation
  • Properties of Growing Media
  • Potting Media: Components and mixes
  • Choosing Growing Media
  • Air Filled Porosity
  • Hydroponics defined

9. Plant Health Problems

  • Factors Affecting Plant Health and Growth
  • Types of Problems
  • Conducting an Inspection
  • Determining and Recommending Treatments
  • Responding to Difficult to Diagnose Problems
  • Plant Pests -major groups
  • Pest Treatments - Sanitation, Physical control methods, Resistant varieties, Biological controls, Chemical controls, Soil drenches
  • Insect Biology; structure, lifecycles, etc
  • Review of Major Pests and their Treatments
  • Review of Major Diseases and their Treatments
  • Review of Environmental Problems and their Control
  • Types of Weeds
  • Identifying Weeds
  • Weed Control Methods; suffocation, burning, cultivation, grazing, mowing, solarisation, chemicals, etc

10. Plant Propagation Principles and Practice

  • Sexual Propagation
  • When to Sow Seed
  • Why Some Seeds Don\'t Germinate
  • Dormancy Factors in Seed -Hard Seed Coat, Chemical Inhibitors, Undeveloped Embryos etc
  • Difficult to Germinate Seeds
  • Treatments to Break Seed Dormancy
  • Seed Sources
  • Seed Saving; Seed Storage
  • Sowing Seed Indoors
  • Seed Sowing: Germination, Temperature Control Hygeine
  • Seed Propagating Media
  • Sowing Seed Outside
  • Handling and caring for Seedlings
  • Potting Up
  • Propagation after care
  • Propagation from Cuttings
  • Succeeding with Cuttings
  • Types of Cuttings
  • Softwood, Semi Hardwood and Hard wood Cuttings
  • Variations on Cuttings: nodal, heel, tip, etc
  • Leaf Cuttings, Leaf bud cuttings, Root Cuttings, Bulb Cuttings, etc
  • Stock Plants for Cuttings
  • Layering
  • Propagation from Specialised Stems and Roots; Offsets, Division, etc
  • Propagating Tools: Secateurs, How to Cut, Knives
  • Grafting
  • Propagating Plants in a Greenhouse
  • Cold Frames
  • Heated Propagators


Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school\'s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

AIMS

  • Describe the classification of higher plants
  • Describe the internal structure of higher plants
  • Describe the structure and functions of roots, leaves, stems and buds.
  • Describe the functions of the reproductive parts of the plant
  • Describe the process of pollination and fertilisation in higher plants.
  • Describe the processes photosynthesis, respiration, the movement of water in plants and plant growth and development.
  • Develop an understanding of the constituents, properties and management of soils and growing media.
  • Describe the nutrient elements and plant nutrition in relation to soil and growing media.
  • Describe the uses of organic matter and the importance of living organisms in the soil
  • Develop an understanding of pest, diseases and weeds that affect horticultural plants, and the cultural, biological, chemical and integrated systems used to control those problems.
  • Develop an understanding of the principles and main practices of plant propagation in horticulture.


To obtain the certificate, awarded by the RHS in England, the student needs to sit and pass written exams conducted under supervision, and assessed by the RHS. Exams can be arranged to be sat anywhere in the world.

Examination fees:

Plant classification, structure, and function £12 Understanding plant propagation £10 Plant nutrition and the root environment £10 Maintaining plant health £10

Examination Dates

Examination dates for February 2011 Plant classification, structure, and functio 14 February 2011 @ 9:30 – 10:20 Understanding plant propagation 14 February 2011 @ 11:00 – 11:30 Plant nutrition and the root environment 14 February 2011@ 13:30 – 14:00 Maintaining plant health 14 February 2011 @ 14:30 – 15:00 Closing date for Entries: 30 November 2010 Examination dates for June 2011 Plant classification, structure, and function 27 June 2011 @ 9:30 – 10:20 Understanding plant propagation 27 June 2011 @ 11:00 – 11:30 Plant nutrition and the root environment 27 June 2011 @ 13:30 – 14:00 Maintaining plant health 27 June 2011@14:30 – 15:00 Closing date for Entries: 6 May 2011


Exams are offered twice annually; in February and June. A separate fee applies for exams; set by and paid to the RHS.
A network of exam centres are located across the UK for students located in the UK.
For students located elsewhere; a provision is made for exams to be conducted under arrangements for exceptional supervision.

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