ORCHID CULTURE – Distance Learning Course

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

There are 8 lessons in this course: 1. Introduction • Introduction to Orchid Species • Plant Names and the System for Naming Orchids • Orchid sub families and tribes • Plant Name Pronunciation • Orchid Plant structure. • Resources • Terminology 2. Culture • Overview of Growing Orchids • Guidelines; temperature, light, humidity, ventilation, watering, feeding, potting mixes • Growing Cattleyas • Substrates for Geophytes and Epiphytes • Understanding Soils; texture, pH, nutrient availability, fertility, • Mycorrhyza and Orchids • Propagating and Potting Media • Nutrients and Nutrition • Plant Health; orchid pests, orchid diseases, other problems • Pruning Orchids • Watering Orchids 3. Propagation • Sexual vs. asexual propagation • Asexual Propagating sympodial Orchids • Asexual Propagation of Monopodial Epiphytes • Aerial Offset Propagation (Keikis) • Propagating Orchids by Seed • Hybrid Seed Production • Harvesting Orchid Seed • Flasking Method of Seed Sowing • Tissue (Meristem) Culture of Orchids • Propagation Equipment; greenhouses, hotbeds, cold frames, mist systems, furo light boxes, etc 4. Cymbidiums And Dendrobiums. • Cymbidium culture • Dendrobium Types -soft cane, hard cane, black haired • Dendrobium Culture • Dendrobium species 5. Cattleyas, Vandas And Other Commonly Grown Orchids. • Cattleya varieties and culture • Vandas; main species and culture • Odontoglossum • Oncidium -types (climbing and spreading), culture • Paphiopedalum (Slipper Orchids) • Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids) • Pleione (Indian Crocus) • Crucifix Orchids (Epidendrum) 6. Australian Native Orchids. • Endemic, naturalised and indigenous plants • Problem Based Learning Project, with the following Learning Outcomes: • Determine which species of orchids are most commonly sold in your locality. • Determine orchid varieties which are being grown in your locality • Determine any orchid genera suited to growing in a warm climate. 7. Growing Orchids: Commercial and general uses • Cut Flower Production • Basket Plants • Epiphytes • Review of Orchid Genera for Cut Flower Production • Environmental Requirements for many significant orchid genera • Vanilla Bean Culture and Production • Greenhouse Management for Orchids 8. Harvest and Special Project On One Group Of Orchids. • Crop Scheduling; Writing a schedule for production of an Orchid Crop • Harvest and Post Harvest of Selected Orchid Cut Flowers; bud opening, transport, storing flowers, etc • Cattleya, Cymbidium, Dendrobium Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Plant-Varieties/ORCHID-CULTURE-BHT232-166.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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