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Masterclass in Plant Propagation

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Important note: some places are still available for the course starting on 23 September, although the last booking date has passed: please contact our Administrator to book.

This is a hands-on course for enthusiasts to discover and try out for themselves a wide range of seasonal propagation techniques with an expert propagator, ranging from simple division to grafting, orchid keiki and air layering. Students keep the plants which they produce on the course.

What will I study?

Each session looks at the facilities, equipment and materials required for successful propagation by a seasonal technique, and then after demonstrations students try the technique for themselves, and take home the resulting plants.

All course students will be given free of charge a Garland heated window sill propagator. (Size: 76cm (30") Long 18.5cm (7.25") Wide 15cm (6") High)

“The Garland Super 7 Electric Windowsill Propagator is a complete nursery for the windowsill. The Garland Super 7 allows the user to grow a large number of plant varieties on just one unit. The heated base contains a 13 Watt carbon fibre element for even heat distribution”.

What is covered?

The course runs for 28 weeks over a year, and can be joined in September or January.  Topics are seasonal.

September, November and December:

Course introduction; sowing ripe seed, seed dormancy; easy semi-ripe cuttings  - pipings, and evergreens; bulb division, scaling, bulbils, corms and cormels; simple layering; conifer cuttings; division - suckers, crowns; leaf cuttings; hardwood cuttings; root cuttings

January, February and March:

Air layering; stooling, dropping; knife work practice; splice graft; whip and tongue graft; apical wedge graft; cleft inlay; side veneer graft for conifer; saddle graft

April, May and June:

Stem cuttings, various; Greenwood, mallet, leaf bud cuttings; serpentine layering;  rhizome and fleshy root division; offsets; runners and tip layers; knife work practice; side veneer graft; chip budding; T-budding.


How is it delivered and assessed?

There is some essential light background reading which will be given to new attendees. This includes an outline of the possible methods of plant  propagation, the techniques, facilities, equipment and materials required for successful propagation.

After an initial outline of methods, most sessions will involve practical work, generally benchwork in the classroom but also outdoor activities. There may also be some visits to local specialist nurseries to see facilities. The atmosphere of the course is professional but informal, and successful completion will be reflected in the wide range of new plants acquired by students.  There is no written coursework though students may like to keep a log of timings and success rates. 


What qualification will I get?

On completion of the programme you will be given a course completion certificate from the Academy of Practical Horticulture.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

This course runs at the Ryton Centre from 09.30 to 15.30 on Wednesdays.

Course dates are: 23rd and 30th September 2020; 7th and 14th October; 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th November; 2nd and 9th December;

13th, 20th and 27th January 2021; 3rd and 24th February; 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th March; 21st and 28th April; 5th, 12th and 19th May; 9th, 16th and 30th June ( one extra date to be confirmed)

Payment option 1. £625.00 plus V.A.T. at £125.00 for the complete course, total payable £750.00

Payment option 2.  Four instalments of £190.75 payable in weeks 1, 7, 14 and 21; total payable £763.00, which includes an overall administration fee of £13.

What is the enrolment process?

Complete an enrolment form by clicking on the green 'Enrol for this Course' button above; please ensure you provide ALL of the details requested.

What else do I need to know?

 All plant materials, tools and ancillary equipment are supplied. This is predominantly a practical course with some theory underpinning knowledge; therefore you need to wear comfortable casual clothing which should include safety footwear. You WILL NOT be applying commercial plant protection products at any point, however there are practicals involving the application of products (rooting hormones and fungicides) available to the amateur gardener. For those all necessary protective clothing will be provided.

What can I do after completing this course?

You would be welcome to attend any of the short course or masterclasses that we offer, or perhaps (if not already studying one of them) one of the Royal Horticultural Society Courses at one of our centres.