|Instructor:||Dr. Jeff Adleberg
||247 Poole Agricultural Center|
|Credit:||3(2 and 3)|
Plant Propagation - Principles and Practices, H.T. Hartman, D.E. Kester, F.T. Davies, Jr., and R.L. Geneve Sixth Edition
All facets of plant propagation will be studied to include methods of propagating by seeds, bulbs, divisions, layers, cuttings, budding, grafting, and micropropagation. The timing, manner and material for making cuttings, temperature and media requirements for rooting plants will be studied. Various propagating structures, soils and fertilizer requirements will be considered. Emphasis is placed on the basic principles of plant propagation to furnish an adequate background for the plantsman in the areas of agronomy, horticulture, forestry and other specialized disciplines of plant science.
Students will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss the chapters from the text appropriate for the subject of the day. Read the chapter in advance and be prepared to discuss specific topics.
Students will gain hands-on knowledge of a variety of skills and techniques used in propagation of horticultural crops. Emphasis will be placed on deductive methods used to derive and improve protocols for new or high-value crops. Various facilities and work areas used by horticulturists at Clemson University will be utilized. Class trips to nearby commercial nurseries will expand the student's experience beyond the scale of Clemson's research and demonstration activities. Requirements include reading before lab sessions, keeping a notebook for data collection, and making oral and written reports on observations of laboratory materials. A lab practical will be given at the last laboratory meeting.
Final semester grades will be based on the following:
Make-up tests will not be given. Students who miss a test and who promptly present an adequate excuse, preferably in advance, may be allowed to substitute their grade on the final exam for this test credit. Unexcused absences on a test day will result in a "0" and can not be made up.
Regular attendance is expected at all lectures and laboratory meetings. Excessive absences may result in lowering your semester average by a letter grade. Participation in class discussions is vital to your comprehension of the complexities of plant propagation. Read all assignments beforehand and come to class prepared to ask questions and to add insights to the discussion of the day. If, for some unavoidable reason, the instructor is fifteen minutes late for class, you may leave.