AGH 106 - Introduction to Horticulture Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course introduces students to basic horticulture. Includes plant anatomy and physiology, plant classification and identification, and basic plant care.
- Evaluate the commercial horticulture industry in the region.
- Outline the segments within the commercial horticulture industry.
- Identify career paths in the commercial horticulture industry.
- Discuss situations horticulture business encounter.
- Differentiate between plant groups, plant life cycles and growth habits.
- Discuss the botanical classification of plants.
- Identify key plant families.
- Compare annuals, perennials, biennials, and monocarps.
- Distinguish between herbaceous plants, woody plants, rosettes, vines, trees, shrubs.
- Differentiate between angiosperms, gymnosperms, monocots, and dicots.
- Examine the morphology of plant organs.
- Identify the vegetative structures, arrangements and modifications of roots, herbaceous stems, woody stems, simple leaves, and compound leaves.
- Identify the reproductive structures, arrangements and modifications of flowers, seeds, and fruits.
- Appraise the plant anatomy.
- Outline the roles of major plant cell organelles.
- Compare and contrast between xylem, phloem, vascular cambium, cork cambium, bark, heart wood, and sap wood.
- Critique how plants function and grow.
- Outline concepts of photosynthesis and respiration.
- Differentiate between transpiration and translocation.
- Describe the plant processes of floral development, dormancy, senescence.
- Outline the roles of key plant hormones such as auxins, gibberellins, cytokinins, abscisic acid, and ethylene.
- Analyze the factors which impact plant growth.
- Investigate the impact that light quantity and photoperiod has on plant growth.
- Outline the role of water use in plants.
- Outline key plant nutrient needs and fertilization practices.
- Explain the role that the rooting environment has on plants.
- Identify soil textures.
- Examine climate factors that affect plant growth.
- Discuss the impact seasonal changes has on plants.
- Identify the frost free days, USDA Heat Zone, USDA Hardiness Zone of a region and how they limit plant growth.
- Generalize the effects that topography and slope aspect have on plant growth and development.
- Identify factors that can create microclimates.
- Investigate basic plant propagation methods.
- Identify the positive and negative traits of seed and vegetative propagation.
- Distinguish between bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizomes, tuberous roots, and fleshy roots.
- Demonstrate basic sexual and asexual propagation techniques.
- Compare different vegetative propagation techniques such as using division, grafting, cuttings, tissue culture, runners, stolens, suckers, etc.
- Investigate proper planting and pruning techniques.
- Distinguish between proper planting techniques for bare root, containerized, and ball-and-burlaped plants.
- Explain the three step process of limb removal.
- Compare the effect of thinning, hedging, and bench cuts.
- Demonstrate proper pruning.
- Evaluate basic production methods of food crops.
- Differentiate between cool and warm season vegetable crops
- Identify major vegetable groups.
- Summarize differences between direct sowing and transplanting
- Summarize basic pruning techniques of small fruits and tree fruits.
- Investigate turfgrass management practices.
- Distinguish between cool-season and warm-season grasses.
- Summarize the traits of five grass species used in the region.
- Distinguish between bunch and rhizomatous grasses.
- Identify differences between turf and forage type grass cultivars.
- Summarize home lawn management practices.
- Assess practices used in the landscape industry.
- Explain factors that determine where to place plants in the landscape.
- Differentiate between plants purchased for the landscape, such as shrubs, multistem, and clumps.
- Differentiate between woody plant forms such as central leader, open center, modified central leader, and columnar trees; formal and informal shrubs; dense and open branching habits.
- Contrast the challenges of growing plants indoors as compared with growing plants outside.
- List factors that specifically affect plants grown indoors.
- Compare the limitations of artificial light sources and natural lighting.
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