Jim Faust, Ph.D
Office: 169 Poole
HORT 310 will focus on the commercial production of flowering plants in greenhouses,
including manipulation of vegetative growth and flowering, nutritional management,
integrated pest management, scheduling and cost analysis.
Objectives and Policies
This course is designed to introduce the physiology and the greenhouse production
of floriculture crops through hands-on experience in the class and lab sessions.
Students will have the opportunity to work on projects that will allow
them to develop their writing and oral communication skills.
Having successfully completed
this course, the student will be able to:
• Walk into any commercial greenhouse and have a meaningful
insightful discussion of greenhouse crop production
• Understand the factors involved in the manipulation of flowering
• Develop the protocol and cost analysis for producing any
• Summarize the most important points contained within a particular
lecture topic or written article and coherently communicate
those points through writing and oral presentations.
Floriculture: Principles and Species. John M. Dole and Harold
F. Wilkins. Prentice Hall.
Ball Culture Guide (3rd Ed.). Jim Nau. Ball Publishing.
Attendance and Class Policy:
Punctual attendance and participation are expected for all class meetings.
Students are expected to maintain the appearance of the lab.
Written Exams (Written tests
will include lab and lecture material.)
Test I 10%
Test II 10%
Test III 10%
Eight one-page reports: 30%
Bi-Weekly Crop Grades: 20%
Term Project Presentation:
B=80 to 89.9%
C=70 to 79.9%
D=60 to 69.9%
(Grades will not be placed on a curve.)
Groups of three will work together to develop a presentation on a specific
topic of interest to the floriculture industry. The group will decide
on their topic with approval from the facilitator. The expectations are
• Will develop a
very thorough understanding of their topic,
• Will cooperatively work with their group,
• Will carry their fair share of the groupís work load,
• Will be able to think critically and creatively about their
• Will be able to clearly present the information that they
learned to the
other students in the class during their
term project presentations,
• Will be able to any questions about their project in front
of the class.
The presentation will be given near
the end of the semester. Each group will have ~20 minutes for the presentation
and ~10 minutes to answer questions. The class will have the opportunity to
review and discuss each groupís performance and suggest grades.
First draft of a one-page summary report covering the material presented in
the preceding three lectures due on the indicated dates. Also, one proposed
test question and answer will be provided on a second page. For example,
the first one is due on Jan. 24, the second on Feb. 2, and so on. In total,
seven reports are due in addition to an impact report following the field trip.
The first draft is passed on to a colleague for editorial review. The
reviewer will return the review to the author during the next class, at which
time the reviewer will have an opportunity to constructively explain corrections.
The author will incorporate the changes and turn in the final draft at the beginning
of the following lecture:
The primary purpose of the laboratory section is to provide students with a
hands-on opportunity to grow plants in situation that resembles commercial production.
The class will be responsible for
producing the plants for the annuals trial garden. Students will work
in teams of three. These teams will each receive a group of ~20 varieties
from an assortment of annual bedding plant species. The groups will determine
the proper schedule for their species/varieties and will be responsible for
germinating their seeds in growth chambers. Once germination occurs, plugs will
be moved to the campus greenhouse. Once the plugs are transplanted to
Greenhouse 7 at the Botanic Garden, a different group of students will be responsible
for care of the entire greenhouse of plants each week. The groups will also
be responsible for sharing their knowledge concerning the species that they
had responsibility for to their classmates via informal oral presentations.
Students will be graded on the quality of their plugs, their oral presentation
and for the quality of the plants in the greenhouse during the week(s) that
they were responsible.
A crop log book will be kept by each
student. Throughout the semester, students will also have the opportunity
to grow some perennials, vegetatively-propagated annuals, flowering bulbs and
The university policy on academic dishonesty is outlined in the student handbook.
Please read this section and know that academic dishonesty will result in an
"F" in this course.