Protected Plant Production - BHT223

Learn to Grow Crops in a Greenhouse.

  • Extend crop production throughout the year.
  • For vegetable, cut flower or herb farming


This course consists of 10 Lessons:

  1. Structures For Protected Cropping
  2. Environmental Control
  3. Cladding Materials And Their Properties
  4. Irrigation
  5. Nursery Nutrition
  6. Relationship Between Production Techniques And Horticultural Practices
  7. Horticultural Management In A Greenhouse: Pests And Diseases
  8. Harvest & Post Harvest Technology
  9. Greenhouse Plants
  10. Risk Assessment

Course Aim   

Successful completion of this course/module will develop your broad understanding of practices and processes involved in successful protective plant cropping.

It will develop a clear understanding of environmental control and plant growth within a protective environment, together with a practical knowledge of plant husbandry techniques.


  • Describe and Evaluate the type and shape of modern growing structures
  • To describe and evaluate environmental controls in protected cropping
  • To explain the nature of solar radiation, transmission properties of glass and its substitutes
  • Determine the water requirements of a crop; and methods of irrigation.
  • Relate horticultural principles to the production and harvesting of a range of crops.
  • Evaluate the factors involved in marketing protected crops
  • Evaluate the factors involved in marketing protected crops
  • Undertake risk assessment

This course involves both practical and theoretical tasks which involve you doing a wide variety of things, including:

  • Identify the main types of growing structure
  • Relate use of structures to shape and type of construction
  • Identify the range of environmental factors controlled within a growing structure
  • Describe the use of the equipment used to measure and monitor these factors
  • Name and describe a range of types of environmental controls
  • Evaluate the use of IT facilities for environmental control
  • Describe the meaning of “daylight” and explain the role of sunlight and diffused light
  • Relate time of year to the quantity and quality of available light
  • Evaluate how the shape and orientation of a structure will affect light transmission
  • Assess the effectiveness of glass and cladding alternatives for light transmission
  • Describe the durability and insulation properties of glass and alternative materials
  • Select and describe appropriate systems of irrigation for plants grown in situ
  • Select and describe appropriate systems of irrigation for container grown plants
  • Specify and evaluate systems for incorporating plant nutrients into the irrigation water
  • Explain the effects of environmental control on a range of plants
  • Relate the essential features necessary for successful plant establishment and development to their underlying scientific principles.
  • Describe the production of a range of crops
  • State the optimum stage of growth for harvesting a range of crops
  • Describe the harvesting systems for protected crops
  • Explain how shelf life can be affected by treatment of the crop before and after harvest
  • State the factors to be considered when marketing crops
  • Evaluate alternative marketing outlets
  • Relate packaging and presentation to marketing
  • Assess benefits to the grower and customer, of grading a crop before marketing
  • Determine elements of risk in the practical operations associated with protected plant production.
  • Identify safe working practices

Duration - 100 hours


Greenhouses Extend the Possibilities for a Farm

Using a greenhouse (or any other protective structure) can make it possible not only to grow things faster; but sometimes grow things that may have otherwise been difficult or impossible to grow.

Greenhouses are used to control the environment which plants grow in. The environment is extremely complex though, and there are many interactions between the different aspects of the environment. The amount of light allowed to get to plants might affect the temperature. If you close the vents or doors of a glasshouse, you may stop the temperature from dropping, but at the same time, you may be changing the balance of gasses in the air. Every time man interferes to alter one thing, he ends up altering a number of things. 

This course shows you how to use a greenhouse, shade house, cloche or other such structure; expanding your understanding and awareness of both what you might grow and how you might best grow a wide range of different crops.


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PlanAust. PriceOverseas Price
A 1 x $748.00  1 x $680.00
B 2 x $407.00  2 x $370.00

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