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Spring 2024 Horticulture Courses

HORT-110: Introduction to Horticulture and Plant Science

4 units

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating topic of plant science, based on regenerative practices. Starting with plant morphology, topics include physiology, propagation, growth media, biological competitors, post-harvest technology, plant breeding and cultivation of fiber, ornamental and native plants.

HORT-111: Plant Propagation and Production: Winter and Spring

3 units, requires HORT-110 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent

This course introduces plant propagation and production practices for nursery operations, with an emphasis on sexual and asexual reproduction of winter and spring plants. Topics include winter and spring planting specifications, transplanting, fertilizing, plant pest and disease control; structures and site layout; preparation and use of propagating and planting mediums; use and maintenance of common tools and equipment; regulations pertaining to plant production; and new plant introductions in the nursery industry. Students will also participate in greenhouse management, scheduling of plant production, seed-starting, vegetative propagation and the marketing of winter and spring containerized nursery stock.

HORT-113: Plant Materials and Their Uses: Winter and Spring

3 units, requires HORT-110 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent

This course introduces the identification and landscape uses and growth requirements of plants for California that are of special interest in winter or spring. Topics include native and introduced plant identification, cultural and environmental requirements, and landscape uses. Plants emphasized are selected from the current California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) and Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Certification test plant lists.

HORT-125: Integrated Pest Management

3.5 units, requires HORT-110 or equivalent

This course will introduce students to plant, insect, and disease pests in California. Key concepts emphasized in the course include: applied ecology of pest and beneficial species; insect, vertebrate, and disease identification; control methodologies using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Plant Health Care models.

HORT-168: Nursery and Greenhouse Practices: Winter/Spring

3 units

This course develops the knowledge and skills needed to work as a manager or supervisor in the wholesale and retail plant nursery industry and provides advanced training in the production, staging and marketing of plants, staff management and customer care in winter and spring. Topics include office practices, business operations, and management and marketing for container, hydroponics and aquaponic greenhouse systems.

Summer 2024 Horticulture Courses

HORT-160: Plant Propagation: Summer

1.5 units

This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of plant propagation from seed and vegetative material to marketable nursery stock. The key concepts of physiological processes, environmental requirements, and techniques required for successful plant production will be covered.

Fall 2024 Horticulture Courses

HORT-110: Introduction to Horticulture and Plant Science

4 units

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating topic of plant science, based on regenerative practices. Starting with plant morphology, topics include physiology, propagation, growth media, biological competitors, post-harvest technology, plant breeding and cultivation of fiber, ornamental and native plants.

HORT-112: Plant Propagation and Production: Summer and Fall

3 units, requires HORT-110 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent

This course introduces plant propagation and production practices for nursery operations, with a focus on summer and fall plants. Topics include seasonal planting specifications; transplanting; fertilizing; seasonal plant pest and disease control; light and temperature variables; structures and site layout; preparation and use of propagating and planting mediums; use and maintenance of common tools and equipment; regulations; and new plant introductions. Students will participate in greenhouse management, scheduling of plant production and marketing of summer and fall containerized nursery stock.

HORT-114: Plant Materials and Their Uses: Summer and Fall

3 units, requires HORT-110 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent

This course introduces the identification and uses of common plants in the California landscape that are of special interest in the summer or fall. Topics include native and introduced plant identification, growth habits, cultural and environmental requirements, and uses in the landscape. Plants emphasized will come from the current California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) and Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Certification Tests Plant Lists.

HORT-151: Controlled Environment Growing (CEG): Methods of Plant Production

3 units, requires HORT-110 or equivalent

This course presents the history, current state, and future of Controlled Environment Growing (CEG), also known as Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). Topics include hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponic systems, as well as a review of basic plant anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on cultural practices, plant protection (insects and diseases), pollination/fertilization and bee management, plant nutrition and disorders, irrigation systems and nutrient solutions, transplant production, structures, control systems and energy conservation, harvesting, grading and storage, marketing and economics of CEG systems.

HORT-163: Nursery and Greenhouse Practices: Summer/Fall

3 units

This course develops skills needed for managers and supervisors in the wholesale and retail plant nursery industry. It covers topics such as plant production, staging, and marketing, as well as staff management and customer care during the summer and fall seasons. Additionally, it includes office practices, business operations, and management and marketing for container, hydroponics, and aquaponic greenhouse systems.

HORT-185: Site Analysis

1.5 units

This course provides an introduction to the site analysis skills required by landscape designers, architects, contractors, maintenance technicians and gardeners. Details of specified sites are assessed, inventoried and documented including climatic, geographical, historical, legal, horticultural, and infrastructural conditions.

HORT-187: Sustainable Water Management

3 units

California's relationship with water is complicated, swinging from drought to floods. In this course, we introduce practices in landscape irrigation and sustainable water management for California landscapes. Topics include soil, water and plant relationships, auditing, design, monitoring techniques, groundwater banking, rainwater collection, gray water systems, subsurface systems repair, regulations, storage supply and quality.