Course Title: Ferns BHT314
Learn to identify, culture and care for ferns. A detailed look at the identification and culture of ferns. You learn to propagate (spores, division, tissue culture), different groupings (e.g. epiphytes, ground ferns, tree ferns) and both common & uncommon species. Growing techniques (baskets, indoor/outdoor containers, terrariums) and cultural methods (soils, watering, pest & disease control) are also examined.
Course Structure for Ferns BHT314
- Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the ferns (especially the fronds), main groups of ferns (filmy, tree, terrestrial, epiphytic and water ferns), information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.), pronunciation of plant names
- How best to grow ferns and what conditions do they need. Planting, mulching, watering, pest & disease and their control, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, etc., compost making
- Methods of propagating ferns – spores, division, tissue culture. Propagation of selected varieties
- The Most Commonly Grown Varieties
- Maidenhairs, tree ferns, stags, elks, common ground ferns. How to grow and propagate these ferns
- Other Important Groups
- Asplenium, Blechnum, Nephrolepis, Pteris and other groups. Group characteristics, cultural details, propagation methods
- Other Varieties
- Hares foot fern, Bracken, Fans, Corals and Combs
- Making the best use of these Plants
- In containers, hanging baskets, terrariums, in the ground, as indoor plants, growing and showing, growing for profit (to sell the plants or what they produce)
- Special Assignment – Detailed culture and identification of one genera
Aims for Ferns BHT314
- Distinguish between different types of ferns in cultivation
- Determine critical cultural practices required to successfully grow ferns in different situations
- Propagate ferns using different methods
- Determine the cultural requirements of specific fern varieties
- Apply various specialised techniques to the culture of ferns.
- Prepare a planting plan for an area using ferns.
Estimated Course Duration: 100 hours
Available Learning Methods: Online, USB (+£5) and Correspondence (+£35)
Enrolment Dates: Our courses are self-paced and you can start at anytime
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