Greenhouse Management BHT257

Learn to grow plants commercially in a greenhouse

Learn about different greenhouse designs and how to manage the environment to propagate and grow marketable plants

Course Duration- 100 hours

Course Structure and Content
There are nine lessons in this course:

1.Types of Greenhouses

  • Greenhouse Designs for Commercial Nursery Production
  • Greenhouse Construction Methods and Materials
  • What Type of Greenhouse is Appropriate for Your Nursery?
  • Siting Greenhouses
  • Greenhouse Benching
  • What Can You Grow?
  • Environmental Control in Greenhouses
  • Computerised Environmental Control

2.Growing Systems and Equipment

  • How to Grow Plants
  • Measuring Conditions Inside a Greenhouse
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Getting Plants to Flower Out of Season

3.Pest and Disease Management in Greenhouses

  • How to Stop Pests and Diseases Entering the Greenhouse
  • Detecting and Controlling Pests and Diseases in the Greenhouse
  • Common Greenhouse Diseases
  • Disease Control

4.Temperature Control in a Greenhouse

  • Heating Systems
  • Ventilation Systems

5.Water Management 

  • Greenhouse Irrigation
  • Soil and Water
  • When to Irrigate
  • The Nursery Irrigation Program
  • Plants and Water
  • Equipment and Methods
  • Maintenance of Watering System

6.Nutrition Management

  • Irrigation and Nutrition Control
  • Liquid Feed Systems

7.Managing Light

  • Importance of Lighting in a Greenhouse
  • Artificial Lighting
  • Measuring Light
  • Controlling Light in the Greenhouse
  • Photoperiod Manipulation
  • Growth Rooms
  • Efficient Lighting Control

8.Managing Gasses 

  • Carbon Dioxide Enrichment
  • Pollutant Gases
  • Temperature Control Systems (Ventilation)

9.Automation and Robotic Application for Greenhouse Production

  • Automation in Vegetable Nurseries

Lesson Aims

  • Compare different types of greenhouses to better match the plants to be grown inside the greenhouse to be built.
  • Explain the equipment and measuring devices (manual and automated) used inside a greenhouse to help grow plants more effectively.
  • Explain options for reducing the impact of pests and diseases on plants grown inside greenhouses.
  • Detect and control the temperature within an optimal growing range for plants being grown in a greenhouse.
  • Control water in a greenhouse, including irrigation and humidity. 
  • Control nutrient levels in a greenhouse at optimal levels for plant growth and health
  • To explain how light levels can be maintained in a greenhouse for optimal plant production.
  • Explain how to best manage the air characteristics inside a greenhouse. 



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B 2 x $407.00  2 x $370.00

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