Cut Flower Bulbs

Course CodeBHT317
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Cut Flower Bulb

  • Come in different shape, sizes and colours
  • Can be used indoors as home décor or placed as border plants in the garden
  • They have big marketing advantage over other flowers as both the flowers and bulbs can be sold
  • Many have festivals to celebrate their blooms

Are you Passionate about Growing Cut Flowers from Bulbs?

This course will do more than just expand your knowledge of growing bulbs. We have planned and will deliver a learning experience that provides knowledge and understanding first, then reinforces that learning - developing your capacity to apply your learning in a whole range of real world situations small scale through to large scale.

If you have always wanted to learn more about flowering bulbs and how to grow them commercially or at home, this is the place to start!

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Cut Flower Bulb Production
  2. Cultural Practices that effect the production of flowering bulbs, such as soils, nutrition, etc.
  3. Flower Initiation & Development. Consideration for the affects different cultural practices can have on flower production.
  4. Pest & Disease Control. various pest and disease problems are over-viewed.
  5. Managing Yield, Greenhouse Culture. We look at the specific aspects of growing greenhouse crops.
  6. Management, Harvest & Post Harvest
  7. Gladiolus and Liliums
  8. Narcissus
  9. Iris
  10. Other Bulbs

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.


  • Describe cultural practices for production of different cut flower bulbs and the basis of good horticultural practice: soils and soil types, plant nutrition, pest and disease management and weed control.
  • Understand the initiation and development of flowers in plants with bulbs, rhizomes, tubers, corms or other specialized parts. A look at the factors affecting the flowering stages.
  • Learn how to manage any pests and diseases for a crop of cut flower bulbs or in the home garden.
  • Manage the quantity and quality of a crop of cut flower bulbs, both grown in the open and in a greenhouse. In this lesson we also have a good look at the various systems of growing cut flower bulbs in greenhouses and look at ways to manage the environmental conditions in them.
  • Learn about the management and the harvest/post harvest of cut flower bulbs.
  • Explain the production of Lilium and Gladioli cut flower crops.
  • Explain the production of Narcissus cut flower crops.
  • Explain the production of Iris and Gladioli cut flower crops.
  • In this lesson we look at the a comparison of a variety of different cut flower bulb crops.


  • Cut flower bulb production farmers
  • Greenhouse managers: management of cut flower bulb production
  • Those managing the production of cut flower bulbs for the commercial market
  • Those responsible for the maintenance of flowering bulbs in garden displays
  • Those running or wanting to set up their own business growing cut flower bulbs

We encourage and support our students to connect with industry and start to develop networking. In doing these things, what you learn becomes embedded in your long term memory and your ability to detect and adapt to opportunities that emerge in the future will grow not only through the course, but well beyond your studies as well.

Suggested Reading

Growing and Knowing Bulbs
is an ebook written by our principal and staff
It is available to purchase as a download from our online bookstore




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