Practical Horticulture 2

Course CodeBHT323
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
  • Improve your career opportunities and develop your business aspirations!
  • Lean skills and techniques including assessment, planning, and management of horticulture operations.
  • Explore how horticultural knowledge can be applied in a practical way to solve problems in gardens, nurseries and on farms.
This course covers different things to Practical skills I. You can take this course by itself, though for most students it will be taken after Practical Horticulture I.

Lesson Structure

There are 11 lessons in this course:

  1. Materials and Equipment
    • Introduction
    • Power Tools
    • Hand Tools
    • Nursery Tools and Equipment
    • Weed Bags
    • Materials
    • Hard Landscaping Material
    • Fences
    • Statues, Sundials & Figurines
    • Soft Landscaping Materials
    • Horticultural Planning
    • PBL Project: Horticultural Equipment, Materials and Sundries
  2. Horticultural Calculations
    • Horticultural Mensuration
    • Calculating Areas and Volumes
    • Measuring And Calculating Soil Properties
    • Understanding Soil Analysis
    • Soil Sampling
    • Soil Colour
    • Soil Fertility
    • Tissue Analysis
    • Calculating Fertiliser Requirements
    • What Does a Plant Need?
    • Irrigation Requirements
    • When To Irrigate
    • Types Of Soil Moisture
    • Measuring Water Available to Plants
    • Available Moisture Range
    • Rooting Depths of Selected Plants
    • Estimating Water
    • The Water Needs of Turf Grasses
    • Deciding When, What and How to Test
    • Temperature Control in A Greenhouse
  3. Practical Risk Management
    • Work Safety
    • Conducting A Safety Audit
    • Audit Forms/Checklists
    • Using Tools
    • Safe Use of Chemicals
    • Safety Procedures When Using Agricultural Chemicals
  4. Machinery and Equipment Assessment and Maintenance
    • General Maintenance of Tools And Equipment
    • Power Tool Maintenance
    • 2-Stroke And 4-Stroke Engines
    • Common Problems with Petrol Engines
    • Oil
    • Chainsaws
    • Mowers
    • Hedge Trimmers
    • Manual Sprayers
    • Maintenance Of Watering Systems
  5. Propagation Management
    • Propagation: Media, Facilities and Locations
    • Ph
    • Conductivity
    • Salinity Build Up
    • Types Of Media
    • Propagation Facilities and Locations
    • Containers For Propagation
    • Nursery Irrigation
    • Sexual Propagation
    • Asexual Propagation (Vegetative Propagation)
    • Budding
    • Whip & Tongue Graft
    • Leaf Petiole Cuttings
    • Growth Control: Chemical and Cultural
    • Efficiencies In Cutting Production
    • Practical Exercise
    • Propagation Aftercare
    • Operational Flow Charts
    • PBL Project: Propagation Management
  6. Hard Landscape Maintenance
    • Protecting Outdoor Furniture
    • What Can Go Wrong with Outdoor Furniture?
    • Better Furniture Lasts Longer
    • What is UV Stabilised?
    • Painting Outdoor Surfaces
    • What is the Difference between Paint, Stain and Sealer?
    • Oxygenating Plants
    • Troubleshooting
    • Problems
    • Re-Pointing
    • Pond Management
    • Maintenance Of Play Areas
    • Maintaining Stone and Brick Walls
  7. Soft Landscape Maintenance
    • Pruning
    • Mulch
    • How To Aerate, Scarify, Top Dress and Fertilise a Lawn
    • Fertilisers
    • Minor Elements
    • Fertilising
    • Diagnosis of Nutritional Problems
    • Irrigation
    • Herbaceous Borders
    • Wildflower Meadows
    • Determine Harvesting, Grading and Packing Procedures of Crops
    • Environmental Control of a Protected Plant Production System
    • Environmental Factors
    • Problems With Greenhouses
    • Heating & Ventilation Systems
    • Thermal Screens
    • Insulation
    • Lighting Equipment
    • Day-Length Manipulation
    • Irrigation & Nutrition Control
    • Terminology
  8. Practical Plant Identification Techniques
    • Flower Structure
    • Different Types of Flowers
    • The Flower
    • The Inflorescence
    • Fruits
    • Seed Diagrams
    • Botanical Keys
    • Floral Keys
    • Leaf Structure and Arrangement
    • Terminology
  9. Pest, Disease and Weed Control
    • Weeds
    • Pesticides
    • Types Of Herbicide Chemicals
    • The Main Ways of Controlling Pests or Diseases
    • IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
    • Non-Chemical Pest Control Methods
    • Pests And Diseases
    • Law In Relation to Chemical Use
    • Diseases
    • Plant Viruses: Their Detection and Diagnosis
    • Virus Control
    • Pests
    • Birds
    • Bugs
    • Caterpillars
    • Leafhoppers
    • Leaf Miner
    • Mealy Bug
    • Millipedes
    • Mites Including Red Spider Mite
    • Nematodes
    • Scale Insects
    • Slugs & Snails
    • Thrips
    • Whitefly
    • Environmental Problems
    • Definitions Of Pesticide Terms
  10. Identifying Plant Tissues
    • Plant Cells
    • The Cell Wall
    • The Nucleus
    • Types Of Plant Cells
    • Plant Tissues
    • Plant Parts
    • Stems
    • Root Systems
    • Roots
    • Leaves
  11. Planning - Identifying Needs for Management of Horticultural Sites
    • Pre-Planning
    • Managing Risk
    • Quality Management Systems
    • Work Scheduling
    • Planning A Nursery Operation
    • Nursery Standards
    • Production Systems
    • Production Plan
    • Production Methods
    • Efficiencies In Cutting Production
    • Practical Exercise
    • Developing A Nursery Stocklist
    • Criteria For Selecting Plants
    • Quarantine Issues When Selecting Stock
    • PBL Project: Horticultural Planning


  • Identify a range of horticultural materials and equipment and sundries
  • Specify assessments necessary to perform horticultural operations, and carry out calculations for these assessments
  • Assess horticultural situations for risks and hazards, and demonstrate methods and procedures to minimise risk
  • Assess the state of repair of a powered implement and carry out routine maintenance or calibration.
  • Organise the propagation of a range of plants
  • Carry out routine maintenance on a variety of hard landscape features.
  • Demonstrate and determine the routine maintenance and future management for production and amenity situations of a variety of soft landscape features.
  • Identify a range of seeds and plants
  • Identify a range of weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders, and state methods of their prevention and control.
  • Identify plant tissues and state their functions
  • Carry out a planning exercise to determine future management of a given area of plants, and all hard or soft landscape features


Take the next step in your career: this course is geared more towards people working in supervisory or managerial roles and positions of greater responsibility 



This course will suit people looking to work in:

  • Site foreman roles
  • Horticulture management
  • General horticulture
  • Garden maintenance
  • Parks & gardens
  • Landscaping
  • Nursery & propagation






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