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Printed on 5/25/2018

Greenhouse Grower/Plant Propagation Technician

20-001-3 Certificate (C) 17 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Put your green thumb to good use while preparing for this satisfying career field. Through hands-on experience and the study of industry best practices, you will learn about plant propagation and diagnostics, and will gain skills in greenhouse management. You’ll also learn how to design and maintain an interior plantscape. The study of ornamental plant health care is included to provide you with a broad knowledge base.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Plant Propagation
Addresses production and propagation techniques for growing plants. Students will explore using a variety of equipment and methods.
Survey of Herbaceous Plants
Studies commonly used annual, bulb and perennial herbaceous plants, with an emphasis on their use in the landscape, culture and care.
Greenhouse and Turf Pest Management
Focuses on training to successfully pass the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam (which is proctored in this class). Additionally, students will be familiarized with chemical handling, mixing, calibration and application via field exercises.
Tissue Culture Propagation
Teaches students how to set up a tissue culture lab and propagate plants, in vast numbers, using laboratory conditions. Class will propagate several types of plant material.
Greenhouse Transition to Summer
Is designed to give the learner the experience of working in a greenhouse during the transitional period of spring to summer plant tasks and needs. This class will include plant care both in greenhouse and in shade house. Also covered will be after care of greenhouse, hoop houses, and shade house facilities.
Studies the identification, characteristics, and physical requirements of interior plants.
Greenhouse Management & Control Systems
Examines the day-to-day operation of a greenhouse to include operating systems, spatial management and planning crop timing.
Plant Diagnostics
Covers the science of making proper diagnoses of plant insects and disease problems and appropriate control strategies. Students will learn the difference between signs and symptoms and identification of problem plants.

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