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COURSE TITLE:Introduction to Horticulture Science

An introduction to the principles and practices involved in the development, production, and use of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, greenhouse, turf, nursery, floral, and landscape). This class is a Transfer Ag course.



Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate expertise in identifying professions in alternative agriculture.
  • Perform a presentation detailing the career path they are currently taking.
  • Correctly identify plant structures including the leaf, stem, seed, and roots.
  • Display an understanding of the role soil, nutrients, and proper management skills plays in maintaining a healthy plant for its desired use.
  • Demonstrate proper propagation techniques.

  1. Lecture: Introduction to Horticulture
    1. Internet Lab—Discover botanical gardens, horticulture, societies, photography, and art in horticulture. Share findings at the end of class.
  2. Lecture: Horticulture Industry
    1. Explore Opportunities in Horticulture. Students are required to research a career in horticulture, determine a career they are interested in, find a position open in the U.S. and print PowerPoint to share. Explain a career path or plan needed to obtain the position. Report to the class their findings.
  3. Lecture: Horticulture and the Environment
    1. Research new techniques in water conservation. Students are required to find an article on water conservation techniques and complete a written summary. Invite a soil and water conservation personnel or a landscape designer that specializes in rain gardens, basins, swales to come in and speak.
  4. Lecture: Plant Structure and Functions
    1. Light and Photosynthesis (testing for starch). Students each choose a geranium, place a shaped sticker on a leaf during the first week of class. Boil leaf in alcohol to break leaf cells and remove chlorophyll, test for starch (plant food) in the leaf by using iodine. Sticker shape should appear. Students hypothesize what happened and write a report.
  5. Lecture: Plant Structure and Functions
    1. Dissect/Micro. Corn, Bean Root Cap/Hairs Corn and bean dissection. Students are required to orally identify each of the parts outlined in the handout. Students are tested next lab period over parts labeled.
  6. Lecture: Vegetative/Reproductive Structures of Plants
    1. Collecting/Planting seed, Breaking dormancy
      1. Lab 1: Students will collect hardy hibiscus and honey locust seeds at the proper time, clean and process them for storage.
      2. Lab 2: Students will conduct an experiment on seed coat dormancy with the honey locust seed. Boiling water, sulfuric acid 30 min and 1 hr and a control. Students are required to check daily on their own to record germination results.
  7. Lecture: Plant Propagation
    1. Lab: Propagation Students will take leaf, leaf bud and stem cuttings from specified plants. They also have the option of researching other plants they are interested in and determining the best propagation method available to us.
  8. Lecture: Soil, Media, and Nutrients
    1. Lab: Soil testing, tissue testing. Students will use testing kits to determine nutrients available in soil and nutrients found in the leaf tissue. Students will observe plants growing in hydroponic solution without nutrients. Students will use the hydroponic system to adjust PH and nutrients in solution and analyze the outcome.
  9. Lecture: Plants and their Environment
    1. Tissue Culture
      1. Lab 1: Students will meet at the science lab and learn how agar/multiplication medium is made, learn the importance of cleanliness, and how to use the autoclave. Students will also learn how to sanitize equipment and plant tissue.
      2. Lab 2: Students will meet at the science lab and sanitize their area, sanitize the tissue and equipment. They will use the multiplication medium to put the tissue cuttings on and will be graded according to the success or if unsuccessful, a report can be turned in to explain why their cuttings failed.
  10. Lecture: Pest Management
    1. Lab: Greenhouse Pest Students will observe and identify greenhouse pests. They will also be responsible for determining the best non-chemical strategy to reduce the pest population.
  11. Lecture: Greenhouse/Nursery Management
    1. Lab: Determining planting date and planting seeds Students will learn how to determine when to plant plants in the greenhouse. They will plant plug trays and transplant from plug trays to larger pots. Students will be graded by following instructions and planting and watering transplants properly.
  12. Lecture: Landscaping/Turfgrass Management
    1. Lab: Scale, basic tools, simple design Students will learn to use the architects scale, how to use the drafting table, and how to choose the proper plants for the location.
  13. Lecture: Floriculture
    1. Lab: Floral Design Students are required to prepare a container for a design, follow instructions on how to assemble design. Graded on final design. Students will be give grades based on performance

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Laboratory grade is determined by written laboratory exercises, ability to perform taught skills, clean-up after laboratory class, and general attitude during class.


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