Poole Agricultural Center
Credits: 3(2 and
Plant Propagation - Principles and Practices, H.T. Hartman, D.E.
Kester, F.T. Davies, Jr., and R.L. Geneve Sixth Edition
Nature of the Course:
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.
Goals and Objectives:
- To enable students to acquire
a comprehensive knowledge of the science of plant propagation including
the effects of plant physiological reactions, anatomical structure, and environmental
influences on material used in plant propogation.
- To develop a level of skill in
the art of plant propagation by seeds and vegetative organs.
- To stimulate critical thinking
through class discussions, outside reading assignments, and field practice.
- To develop a vocabulary of plant
propagation terminology and its proper use orally and in writing.
- To encourage an interest, understanding,
and appreciation of the principles and techniques of plant propagation.
Assigned Text Reading:
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.
Grading: Four Hour Tests @12.5% each for
a total of 50%
Laboratory portion a total of 30%
Final Comprehensive Examination
a total of 20%
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.
Attendance and Participation:
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.
Hort 305 - Plant
Propagation Reading Assignments