Face to Face Courses

Popular Plant Propagation

Course dates at RytonTimePlacesPrice
24th September 202213.30 pm16£825.00

Enrol for this course

 Courses for September 2022 can be booked from June.

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 taking cuttings, simple division, layering to grafting. Naturally students get to keep and take home all the plants that they propagate 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 30 weeks over a year, and the topics covered 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.  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, however students will be encouraged to keep a propagation log book summarising what they did, how it was carried out, i.e. timing, methods, treatments and the results. 


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)?

Course costs (including the windowsill propagator) are £825. This can also be paid in instalments (icluding a supplement), with a deposit of £211.25 and three further instalments of £211.25 on approximately weeks 8, 16 and 24.

This course  runs at the Ryton Centre from 13.30 to 16.30 on Saturdays.



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 practical's 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.