The possible methods of plant propagation, the techniques, facilities, equipment and materials required for successful propagation. The course covers a wide range of seasonal plant propagation techniques:

Masterclass (Ryton) – Plant Propagation

*Rolling programme start at any point in the year

 AoPH Masterclass Plant Propagation

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

The course covers a wide range of seasonal plant propagation techniques:

September, November and December

Course introduction

Sowing ripe seed, seed dormancy

Easy semi-ripe cuttings  - Piping’s, and evergreens

Bulb division, scaling, bulbils, corms and cormals

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

Apical wedge

Cleft inlay

Side veneer for conifer

Saddle graft


April, May and June

Stem cuttings, various

Greenwood mallet leaf bud

Serpentine layering

Rhizome and fleshy root division


Runners and tip layers

Knife work practice

Side veneer graft

Chip budding

T budding.


All course students will be given free of charge a Garland heated window sill propagator.

“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”.

 AoPH Masterclass Plant Propagation - Propagagtor

 (Size: 76cm (30") Long 18.5cm (7.25") Wide 15cm (6") High)


*Dates and times - This is a rolling programme consisting of 28 Weeks

10th, 17th, 24th, 31st January 2018;  21st, 28th February 2018;  7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March 2018

18th, 25th April 2018; 2nd, 9th, 16th May 2018

6th, 13th June 2018

2018-19 programme

12th, 19th, 26th September 2018;  3rd, 10th October 2018; 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November 2018;

5th, 12th December 2018 ; 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th January 2019; 20th, 27th February 2019;

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March 2019; 3rd, 24th April 2019; 1st, 8th, 15th May 2019;

5th, 12th, 19th June 2019.

This course runs from 09.30 to 15.30 each day , it always takes place on Wednesdays

What qualification will I get? On completion of programme you will be given a course completion certificate from the Academy of Practical  Horticulture.

What is the enrolment process? 1. Talk to us first to ensure that there is a place available on the course2. Complete an enrolment form on line, ensure you provide ALL of the details requested. 3. Payment options are: cash or cheque on the first day of the course, BACS or PayPal seven days before the start day of the course. There is an option to pay in instalments:

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 (week1, week 7, week 14 and week 21) of £162.00 plus V.A.T. at £32.50 = £195.00, total payable £ 780.00 (this includes an administration fee of £30.00)

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 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.


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