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Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Plant Varieties

Course CodeVHT220
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)1000 hours
QualificationFoundation Diploma

An Exceptional Opportunity to Learn about Plants

Do you work in the horticulture industry and would like to learn more about specific plant varieties? This 1000 hour Foundation Diploma allows you the flexibility to learn more about the plants that YOU are interested.

  • Choose ten modules from a list of over 29.
  • Learn more about the plants of your choice with support from our highly experienced and well qualified horticultural tutors.
  • A must do course for anyone who loves plants and wants to know more.

One of the Most Valued Skills in Horticulture

Leading horticulturists across the world will tell you that a lack of plant knowledge is one of the biggest problems in the industry today. Plant nurseries and garden centres often deal with well over a thousand different varieties of plants, but finding staff who know how to identify, propagate and care for such a range of species is a constant challenge. Home gardens and parks in many countries may contain tens of thousands of different cultivars, but outside of the odd (usually older) plantsman; there are few in the industry who can come anywhere near to properly understanding the broad range of plants they are likely to encounter.

If you do this course; you will be joining an elite and rare group of horticulturists. This is a course with potential to make a real difference to your career or business.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Plant Varieties.
 Plant Taxonomy BHT344
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 9 of the following 28 modules.
 Acacias VHT114
 African Violets VHT105
 Annuals -for Landscape Display Bedding or Cut Flowers BHT115
 Australian Native Ferns VHT116
 Australian Native Trees VHT115
 Australian Natives I BHT113
 Azaleas And Rhododendrons VHT106
 Cacti And Succulent Culture VHT108
 Carnivorous Plants VHT107
 Eucalypts VHT117
 Fuchsias VHT112
 Geraniums & Pelargoniums VHT113
 Growing Camellias VHT109
 Growing Carnations VHT110
 Growing Grevilleas VHT118
 Growing Iris VHT111
 Australian Natives II BHT225
 Conifers BHT230
 Deciduous Trees BHT244
 Orchid Culture BHT232
 Palms & Cycads BHT233
 Roses BHT231
 Tropical Plants BHT234
 Bush Tucker Plants: Growing and Using BHT328
 Ferns BHT314
 Interior Plants (Indoor Plants) BHT315
 Perennials BHT316
 Proteas BHT318

Note that each module in the Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Plant Varieties is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Learn to Identify, Discuss and Grow more than 1,000 Different Plants

  • You will know about the plant's appearance - characteristics that are usually representative of the genus.

  • You will understand what is needed for establishment - how and where to start the plant growing in the garden.

  • You will discover the cultural needs of each plant you study -tjis is the most important things which you need to know about keeping the plant growing and healthy.

  • You will become aware of different cultivars - some of the more important differences between selected species, hybrids and/or varieties from the genus which are cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas.