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COMMERCIAL HYDROPONICS COURSE BHT224

Distance Learning Hydroponics Course

“A detailed introduction to hydroponics”

Develop a sound understanding of the theory and practice of hydroponics. This is a serious grounding for working in the hydroponic industry and concentrates on the horticulturaly valuable crops, such as cut flowers and vegetables.

Course Outline

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • hydroponic systems
    • global industry
    • comparision to growing in soil
    • resources and contacts.
  2. How a Plant Grows
    • plant structure
    • biochemistry
    • biochemical cell processess
    • mechanisms of nutrient uptake
    • photosynthesis; minerals and nutrients
    • the role of pH in plant growth
    • hydroponic nutrient solutions
    • preparing nutrient solutions.
  3. Hydroponic Systems
    • location
    • equipment
    • systems
    • soilless mixes
    • rockwool
    • rockwool manufacture
    • rockwool properties
    • development of propagating blocks
    • propagation applications
    • recommended practices for propogation
    • nutrient film techniques
    • alternative layouts for NFT
    • methods of solution dispention, closed and open systems; techniques.
  4. Nutrition & Nutrition management
    • understanding nutrient formulae
    • atoms, elements & compounds
    • chemical names
    • what does a plant need
    • calculating formulae
    • mixing nutrients
    • symptoms of nutrient deficiency
    • recommendations
    • adjusting the pH
    • using electrical conductivity measures
    • conductivity
    • conductivity and hydroponics.
  5. Plant Culture
    • flow charting the crop
    • controllers
    • salinity controllers
    • pH controllers
    • post harvest storage
    • cooling
    • drying
    • canning/bottling
    • controlled atmosphere storage
    • relative humidity
    • vacuum storage
    • freeze drying
    • freezing
    • pest and diseases in controlled environments
    • fungi, common fungal problems
    • cultural controls
    • current legislation
    • biological and integrated pest management
    • beneficial agents
    • economic thresholds
    • methods of introduction
    • major pests, diseases and disorders of crops identified
    • problem solving and identification of illness
    • difficult to diagnose problems
    • leaf hoppers; thrip; virus; bacteria; caterpillars; harlequin bugs and more.
  6. Hydroponic Vegetable Production
    • commerical cultivation of vegetables
    • propagation
    • temperatures required for seed germination
    • optimum monthly temperatures for vegetable growth
    • harvesting vegetables
    • growing vegetables hydroponically
    • vegetable families
    • fresh-cut herbs in hydroponic culture
    • nutrient solution
    • materials and handling
    • notes on selected crops.
  7. Hydroponic Cut Flower Production
    • growing flowers in hydroponics
    • carbon dioxide
    • automation
    • flower varieties
    • indoor plants.
  8. Solid Media vs Nutrient Film
    • growing media
    • NFT system choices
    • header tank or direct pumping
    • construction materials
    • solution delivery
    • capillary matting
    • channel width and length
    • slope
    • temperature
    • types of media
    • vermiculite; sand; perlite; expanded plastics; scoria; expanded clay
    • organic media; sawdust; peat moss; coir fibre; composted bark
    • indoor plants
    • plant directory
    • transplanting a pot grown plant into a hydroponic ‘culture pot’.
  9. Greenhouse Operation & Management
    • growing crops in greenhouses
    • solar energy
    • greenhouses
    • nature of active solar heating systems
    • examples of solar greenhouse facilities
    • greenhouse management
    • what you can grow
    • greenhouse and other growing structures
    • environmental factors that influence plant growth
    • plant needs
    • temperature control
    • heat loss
    • heaters
    • light factors
    • artificial light
    • horticultural management in a greenhouse
    • greenhouse benches
    • greenhouse cooling
    • fog.
  10. Special Assignment
    • plan a hydroponic enterprise.

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  • Certificate sent to you
  • Online study (Printed notes available)
  • Self paced - no set timetable
  • 12 months to complete course

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    Distance Learning Hydroponics Course

    “A detailed introduction to hydroponics”

    Develop a sound understanding of the theory and practice of hydroponics. This is a serious grounding for working in the hydroponic industry and concentrates on the horticulturaly valuable crops, such as cut flowers and vegetables.

    Course Outline

    There are 10 lessons in this course:

    1. Introduction
      • hydroponic systems
      • global industry
      • comparision to growing in soil
      • resources and contacts.
    2. How a Plant Grows
      • plant structure
      • biochemistry
      • biochemical cell processess
      • mechanisms of nutrient uptake
      • photosynthesis; minerals and nutrients
      • the role of pH in plant growth
      • hydroponic nutrient solutions
      • preparing nutrient solutions.
    3. Hydroponic Systems
      • location
      • equipment
      • systems
      • soilless mixes
      • rockwool
      • rockwool manufacture
      • rockwool properties
      • development of propagating blocks
      • propagation applications
      • recommended practices for propogation
      • nutrient film techniques
      • alternative layouts for NFT
      • methods of solution dispention, closed and open systems; techniques.
    4. Nutrition & Nutrition management
      • understanding nutrient formulae
      • atoms, elements & compounds
      • chemical names
      • what does a plant need
      • calculating formulae
      • mixing nutrients
      • symptoms of nutrient deficiency
      • recommendations
      • adjusting the pH
      • using electrical conductivity measures
      • conductivity
      • conductivity and hydroponics.
    5. Plant Culture
      • flow charting the crop
      • controllers
      • salinity controllers
      • pH controllers
      • post harvest storage
      • cooling
      • drying
      • canning/bottling
      • controlled atmosphere storage
      • relative humidity
      • vacuum storage
      • freeze drying
      • freezing
      • pest and diseases in controlled environments
      • fungi, common fungal problems
      • cultural controls
      • current legislation
      • biological and integrated pest management
      • beneficial agents
      • economic thresholds
      • methods of introduction
      • major pests, diseases and disorders of crops identified
      • problem solving and identification of illness
      • difficult to diagnose problems
      • leaf hoppers; thrip; virus; bacteria; caterpillars; harlequin bugs and more.
    6. Hydroponic Vegetable Production
      • commerical cultivation of vegetables
      • propagation
      • temperatures required for seed germination
      • optimum monthly temperatures for vegetable growth
      • harvesting vegetables
      • growing vegetables hydroponically
      • vegetable families
      • fresh-cut herbs in hydroponic culture
      • nutrient solution
      • materials and handling
      • notes on selected crops.
    7. Hydroponic Cut Flower Production
      • growing flowers in hydroponics
      • carbon dioxide
      • automation
      • flower varieties
      • indoor plants.
    8. Solid Media vs Nutrient Film
      • growing media
      • NFT system choices
      • header tank or direct pumping
      • construction materials
      • solution delivery
      • capillary matting
      • channel width and length
      • slope
      • temperature
      • types of media
      • vermiculite; sand; perlite; expanded plastics; scoria; expanded clay
      • organic media; sawdust; peat moss; coir fibre; composted bark
      • indoor plants
      • plant directory
      • transplanting a pot grown plant into a hydroponic ‘culture pot’.
    9. Greenhouse Operation & Management
      • growing crops in greenhouses
      • solar energy
      • greenhouses
      • nature of active solar heating systems
      • examples of solar greenhouse facilities
      • greenhouse management
      • what you can grow
      • greenhouse and other growing structures
      • environmental factors that influence plant growth
      • plant needs
      • temperature control
      • heat loss
      • heaters
      • light factors
      • artificial light
      • horticultural management in a greenhouse
      • greenhouse benches
      • greenhouse cooling
      • fog.
    10. Special Assignment
      • plan a hydroponic enterprise.

    Send me free info pack

      Enrol Now

      • Experienced Tutor support
      • Certificate sent to you
      • Online study (Printed notes available)
      • Self paced - no set timetable
      • 12 months to complete course

      From: $35.00 / week for 19 weeks

      Clear

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