PALMS & CYCADS – Distance Learning Course

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

There are eight lessons in this course as follows: 1. Introduction • Scope and Nature of Palm Culture • Plant Naming • Species, Cultivars, Varieties • Characteristcs of Palm and Cycad Families • Botanical Characteristics • Review of Australian Cycad Genera • Australian Palm Genera • Review of Palms • Sub families, tribes and genera of palms\ • Resources 2. Culture • Cultivating Cycads • Understanding Soils, Nutrition, pH, etc • Soil Mixes for Palms and Cycads • Mulches • Fertilisers • Drainage • Planting • Water Management • Pruning Palms and Cycads 3. Propagation • Overview • Propagating Palms from Seed • Propagating Media • Other Propagation Methods (for some palms); eg. Offshoots, layering) • Transplanting Seedlings • Cycad Propagation; seed, offsets, suckers • Transplanting cycads • Managing pest and disease • Propagating Equipment 4. Selecting Suitable Palms and Cycads • Growth Habits; solitary, clumping, aerial branching, subterranean branching, climbing • leaf Types; palmate, pinnate, bipinnate, fan • Review of palm genera • Cycad genera • Cold tolerant palms and cycads 5. Pests & Diseases of Palms and Cycads • Scope and Nature of Pest Management • Use of Chemical Legislation • Common palm and cycad pests • Common palm and cycad diseases 6. Using Palms and Cycads • Growing palms in a greenhouse • What palms can be grown in a greenhouse or conservatory • Environmental management and plant needs • Temperature, Ventilation, Light Management • Landscaping with Palms • How palms can be used for different affects • Planting Design • Preparing a Plan 7. Commercial Applications For Palms & Cycads • Scope and Nature of Uses for Palms • Rattan • Palm Oil • Dates • Coconut • Coir Fibre • Palms as Indoor Plants • Species Suited to Indoor Plant Culture 8. Special Assignment Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Plant-Varieties/PALMS-CYCADS-BHT233-169.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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