Indoor Plants Short Course

Course CodeSGH14
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

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Indoor Plants Short Course

This course teaches you how to better manage indoor plants:

  • What to grow where
  • How to grow it
  • How to keep it in good condition
  • How to detect and attend to problems
  • In many respects, it is "Landscaping for inside a building"


Some people will do this course as an amateur who just wants to grow and use indoor plants better in their own home.

Others though, will do this course in preparation for working with indoor plants; or to improve your ability to work with them.

Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Indoor Plants
    • Psychological and physical benefits of plants
    • Where indoor plants are used
    • Considerations when introducing indoor plants
    • Groups of indoor plants
  2. Ways to Grow plants inside
    • Containers and growing systems for indoor plants
    • Planters, pots or tubs
    • Problems with containers
    • Hanging baskets, hanging pots, wall baskets and planter boxes
    • Atriums and terrariums
    • Green walls
    • Tower gardens
    • Systems used for indoor plant installations
    • Water and watering
    • Watering systems
    • Fertigation
    • Potting media
  3. Planning and installation
    • Formulating a design approach
    • Design
    • Placing container plants
    • How to use colour with indoor plants
    • Principles of design
    • Design elements
    • Evaluating a building
    • Choosing the system
    • Environmental controls/improvements
    • Choosing the plants and conditioning them
    • Conditioning plants for indoors
    • Providing drainage
    • Installation techniques
    • Installing baskets and hanging pots
    • Installing window boxes
    • Atriums
    • Terrariums
    • Placing container plants
    • How to use colour with indoor plants
    • Mixing colours
    • Walls
    • Mirrors
  4. Maintenance of indoor plants
    • General care
    • Maintenance of hanging baskets
    • Maintaining a terrarium
    • General maintenance tasks for vertical gardens
    • Water movement from soils to roots
    • Understanding soil and potting mix
  5. Pest and disease
    • Identifying problems
    • Maintaining plant health
    • Symptoms and diagnosis
  6. Hardy indoor plants
    • Plants species that grow in low - moderate light
    • Plants species that grow in air conditioning
    • Plants species that grow in temperature extremes
    • Growing culinary herbs indoors in winter
  7. Air quality management and indoor plants
    • What is in the air?
    • Humidity
    • Pollutants
    • Ventilation
    • Plants
    • Plant species that grow in poor air and pollution

How Does this course differ to our 100 hour Indoor Plant Course?

Growing indoor plants well involves both knowing the plants, and also in a broader sense knowing how to use the.  There are thousands of different types of plants that can be used indoors, and quite obviously, it would take much more than even our 100 hour course to learn the differences between thousands of different plants.

  • This 20hour course has the greater focus on "How to use the plants" and the "Interior landscaping" aspects of growing plants indoors. 
  • The 100 hour indoor plant course has the greater focus on knowing the actual plants, focussing on all the main "groups" of different indoor plants
  • The two courses are developed to complement each other; but if you can only afford the time to do one; start with this 20 hour couse,unless you have a specific need to only broaden plant knowledge specifically.


Learn to Manage Indoor Plants and Indoor Plantscapes

  • Broaden the range of different plants you know
  • Know more different ways to grow them effectively
  • Understand how to better incorporate plants into interior design



People work with indoor plants in various ways, including:

  • Plantscaping companies - design, build and sometimes maintain indoor plantscapes
  • Specialist nurseries - propagate, grow and sell indoor plants to retailers, contractors or direct to the public
  • Contractors who visit (mostly commercial) buildings routinely, inspecting, carrying out maintenance, and if needed, replacing sick plants
  • Environmental companies -may focus on creating  better environments within a building; through a number of initiatives - and plants may be a part of their broader strategy

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