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Hydroponics A (Introduction) Online Course

$ 800.00$ 595.00

Product Description

This is a course for growers, farm workers, hydroponic shop staff, horticulturists or anyone else seeking to lay a sound foundation in hydroponic growing.

This course introduces you to a wide range of systems, simple and complex, and how to grow many different types of horticulturally valuable crops, such as cut flowers and vegetables.

Course Aims:

  • Explain different hydroponic systems.
  • Select appropriate media for specified hydroponic crops.
  • Describe the equipment used in hydroponic systems.
  • Determine the management of nutrition in hydroponic systems.
  • Explain the management of a greenhouse in the production of a hydroponic crop.
  • Plan the establishment of hydroponic facility to satisfy specified criteria, both commercial and cultural.
  • Develop a management plan for a hydroponic facility.

 

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 funal 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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