Floriculture Root Zone Management

Date: June 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017
Location: Webinar
Contact: Heidi Lindberg, wollaege@anr.msu.edu, 616-994-4701.

Michigan State University Extension is now offering a summer term of the non-credit pre-recorded online course on root zone management for floriculture crops. It is one of the three courses in Michigan State University Extension’s College of Knowledge Online series offered on the eXtension campus, the national Extension website. The course is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts about irrigation water, media, and their effects on plant nutrition. The course covers the latest practical information on root zone management techniques for ornamental crops in a greenhouse.

The 2.5-hours of pre-recorded lecture are divided into three units:

  • Unit 1: Irrigation Water
  • Unit 2: Media   
  • Unit 3: Nutrition

Unit 1 covers topics about irrigation water including water sources, water quality, water treatment, and irrigation timing and methodology. Unit 2 discusses the physical and chemical properties of media as well as substrate components and amendments. The third unit covers the essential elements for plant nutrition, how to select a fertilizer, and how to monitor nutrition of greenhouse crops. 

Students enrolled in this self-paced course will take a pre-test and a final exam to gauge their progress on the topics of the course. Self-assessment quizzes will engage students with the material throughout the course.

Dr. Kristin Getter, an academic specialist in the Department of Horticulture, designed and instructed the course. It is now co-instructed by Heidi Lindberg, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator, with Michigan State University Extension. The course was adapted and updated from the original College of Knowledge unit developed by Dr. John Biernbaum and edited by Dean Krauskopf.

Floriculture Root Zone Management is available through campus.extension.org.

Course offerings: This course is offered twice a year (summer and winter). Students enrolled in the summer course will have access to the material from June through August 2017.

Cost: $129* per student
*The individuals have paid for the course, completed the pre-test, final exam, and the post-course evaluation, will be entered into a raffle for one of three $75 gift cards! (Available to U.S. residents only)

*For Summer 2017 Course: There are four scholarships available for those that are interested in the course but do not currently have the financial means to take it. Greenhouse growers interested in the scholarship will be able to apply for it upon registering by writing a short paragraph about why you feel you should be awarded this scholarship and how you plan to use the information you learn in your business or professional endeavors. The applicants and winners will be kept confidential. The cost of the course will be $39.99 for scholarship winners.

Cancellation policy:
 Due to the online nature of this course, students wishing to cancel their registration are subject to a $129 fee.



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