AUSTRALIAN NATIVES I – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  07/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are nine lessons in this course, as follows: 1. Introduction • Scope and nature of Australian indigenous plants • Review of the system of plant identification • Origins of Australian flora, and three main flora types • General characteristics of Australian flora, • Resources : Information contacts,: nurseries, seed, clubs • Review of major Australian plant families. 2. Cultural Techniques • Environmental factors • Nutrition • Pest and disease • Soils, characteristics and management • Watering and water management • Drainage • Limestone underlay technique • Compost, no dig growing, feeding • Pruning Australian plants • Planting • Staking • Temperature requirements • Mulching • Plant Establishment ... special techniques • Natives in Shade • Weed Control • Propagation of Australian plants 3. Eucalypts • Sub groups (gums, stringy barks, messmates, boxes, etc) • Hybrid Eucalypts • General culture of the genus Eucalyptus • Review of selected species 4. Native Trees • Casuarina, Allocasuarina, Gymnostoma and Ceuthostoma • Macadamia • Australian conifers • Callitris • Araucaria • Palms, etc. 5. Acacias • Overview of Acacias -scope and nature • Cultural needs of Acacias • Review of popular Acacia species • Drawing a garden Design • Using plants effectively in the garden 6. Melaleucas, Callistemons and Leptospermums • Review of the Myrtaceae family • Callistemon ... culture, profile of popular species • Leptospermum • Baeckea • Calothamnus • Calytrix • Eugenia • Homoranthus • Kunzea • Melaleuca • Scholtzia • Syzygium • Verticordia • Thryptomene 7. Grevilleas • Scope and nature of the genus • General culture of Grevilleas • Types of Grevilleas ... classified according to flower type ...erect, pendant, toothbrush, cylinder • McGilveray classification system intoeleven main groups • Describing Grevilleas ... using botanical terms • Low growing Grevilleas • Banksii types • Warm climate Grevilleas • Poorinda hybrids • Other popular Grevillea species • Related Proteaceae Natives o Dryandra o Hakea o Banksia o Telopea 8. Ground Cover and Small Shrubs • Fabaceae (Papillionaceae) Pea Family Australian Plants • Boronias • Prostanthera 9. Commercial Applications • Fragrant Australian Native Plants • Cut flowers, Bird attractants, timber, bush tucker, etc • Growing Australian Plants in containers Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Plant-Varieties/AUSTRALIAN-NATIVES-I-BHT113-145.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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