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This subject provides an overview of the horticultural industry from plant production to plant use in the landscape. It introduces plant propagation techniques and plant production systems, site analysis (with specific reference to the properties of urban soils and related issues affecting plant performance), plant quality, planting techniques, plant establishment, water management issues, and plant maintenance activities required for successful landscape management.
Intended learning outcomes
At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to:
- Describe methods of propagating and producing landscape plants;
- Perform the skills involved in plant handling and transplanting;
- Describe the requirements for successful plant establishment;
- Assess and analyse sites for planting;
- Discuss the main requirements for successful maintenance and management of plants in designed landscapes.
As a result of attendance at scheduled classes, participation in planned activities, and timely completion of assignments, students completing this subject should acquire skills in the following areas:
- a sound understanding of the theory of modern plant production and establishment techniques
- the capacity to apply this theory in the conduct of practical research projects
- an aptitude for interpreting research results and using this information, with appropriate recognition, in reporting simple experiments
- scientific report writing
Last updated: 18 December 2020