Learn to identify and grow a wide range of Australian Native Trees
This is a serious course for the plant enthusiast, collector, nurseryman, landscaper or aspiring horticulturist.
- 100 hours of learning
- Tutored by qualified, Australian Plant experts with decades of experience
- Course developed by a team of experts led by John Mason, nurseryman, parks director , author of Growing Australian Natives" (pub. Simon & Schuster) and over 40 other books.
We mostly use Australian plants as garden specimens but they have many other valuable domestic and commercial uses. In the home garden we grow native plants to attract birds and wildlife. Native plants are also grown for their distinctive flowers, foliage and fruits which are highly valued by florists and craftspeople. Other useful products from native plants include essential oils, bush tucker and timber.
WHAT'S IN THE COURSE?
The content of each of the eight lessons is as outlined below:‑
Review of the system of plant identification
Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons
Characteristics of main Australian Plant Families
General characteristics of native trees
Information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.)
History of nomenclature
Ranks of Taxa
Principle of priority
Selection and spelling of plant names
Planting on slopes
Time of planting
Pruning native trees
Steps in removing a branch from a tree
Soils (Physical, chemical, biological structure)
Improving soil profile
Water and air
Soil Problems (Loss of soil fertility, Erosion, Salinity, Soil compaction, Soil acidification, Build up of dangerous chemicals)
Improving soils (soil additives etc)
Limestone Underlay Technique
Fertilising established trees
Choosing the right propagating technique
Hybrid seed production
Maintaining genetic identity
Improving curtting success rates
Whip & Tongue graft
Grafting selected plants ... Eucalypts, Grevilleas, Banksias, Hakeas
After care of seed and cuttings
Transplanting (seedlings, cuttings)
Potting up plants and Growing on
- Most Commonly Grown Varieties
Review dozens of relevant genera
- More About Important Groups
Diagnosing Tree Problems
Tree Surgery Techniques
- Other Varieties
Constructing a Rainforest
- Making The Best Use of Native Plants
Why plant trees in the Landscape
Problems with trees
Planting Techniques (Pocket planting, slope serrration, Wattling, Planting arid sites, Direct seeding, Spray seeding)
Edible Australian Tree Crops (Davidsonia, Quandong, Backhousia, Citrus, Acacia, Syzygium, Tasmannia, Kunzea)
Australian indigenous timber trees
Useful Australian Conifers (Actinostrobus, Athrotaxus, Agathis, Araucaria, Callitris, Podocarpus)
Australian Indigenous Palms
- Special Assignment
You select and conduct an in depth study of one plant genus or group (eg. Timber trees, conifers, trees from a particular region)
NB: Tree Identification is an important part of this course. You will develop a systematic approach to tree identification based upon a knowledge of plant families and the taxonomic system.
- To identify a wide variety of trees that are indigenous to Australia
- To describe the culture of Australian Native Trees.
- To propagate Australian Native Trees
- Compare characteristics and cultural requirements of different commonly grown species of Australian Native Trees.
- To compare characteristics and cultural requirements of conifer and rainforest species of Australian Native Trees.
- To describe a range of uses for Australian native trees.
- To study one type of Australian Native Tree in depth.
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Australian resident you may also be eligible to
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