Issue 4
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Horticulturalist Sarah Roberts (right) introduces students to a flowering Crotalaria cunninghamii
Horticulturalist Sarah Roberts (right) introduces students to a flowering Crotalaria cunninghamii

Plant course provides food for thought

By Patrick Nelson

A new plant propagation course at Charles Darwin University in Alice Springs has been designed to encourage students to have a go at growing both native plants and food plants.

Conservation and Land Management lecturer Sarah Roberts said students were propagating a variety of plants during the 10-week course, which began recently. 

“We’re drawing up a propagation plan, which will spell out when and how to grow certain species.

“And we’ll apply various propagation techniques such as seed sewing and seed treatments, cuttings, layering and grafting.  

“With winter approaching, we’ll grow some veggies, such as broccoli, leek, lettuce and Chinese greens, all of which can be grown in the backyard.

“We’ll also have a go at striking hardwood cuttings from fruit trees, such as fig, mulberry and pomegranate.”

Ms Roberts said the course was being run in the evening at the CDU Nursery to accommodate people who work regular business hours. The content is drawn from the Certificate III in Horticulture course.