Short Title:Plant Propagation
Full Title:Plant Propagation
Module Code:HTSC H1021
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Eamon Kealy
Module Description:This module introduces the learner to the basic concepts behind the most important methods of plant propagation, their basis in science and their uses in the Horticulture industry.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Have a working knowledge of the methods of propagating a wide range of plants and the scientific basis for these methods.
  2. Choose an appropriate method for propagation of a given plant in a particular commercial or other context, including the ability to select the relevant tools and materials needed for each method.
  3. Draw upon their existing scientific knowledge of plant physiology and biology as they employ and learn the techniques taught in this module
  4. Integrate this learning into the knowledge acquired in the plant production and management modules in the programme.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Methods of Propagation
The methods of propagation for propagation from seeds, including bulbs, corms and tubers. Common types of propagation media. Methods of propagation from cuttings. Propagation of plants by grafting, budding, division, layering. The uses of tissue culture methods.
The student will learn propagation methods applicable to different plants, including the tools used for these methods. Plants studied will include: • Trees and shrubs, • Conifers and heathers. • Climbers, • Annuals, biennials and Herbaceous perennials • Alpines and rock garden plants, • Bamboos • Ferns. • Fruit • Vegetables. The performance of cultural techniques for • Trees and shrubs, both open ground and containerised, • Herbaceous perennials, alpines, bamboos and ferns.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %50.00%
Final Exam Assessment %50.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Field Trip Reports 1,4 10.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students to demonstrate numerous plant propagation techniques for various plants 2 20.00 n/a
In-class test In-class assessment on both practical and lecture content. 1,2,3,4 10.00 n/a
Project Plant propagation specific project. 1,2 10.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • J. G. D. Lamb, J. C. Kelly, P. Bowbrick 1975, Nursery stock manual, Grower Books London [ISBN: 978-0901361172]
  • Hudson T. Hartmann, Dale E. Kester, Fred T. Davies, Jr., Robert L. Geneve 2002, Hartmann and Kester's plant propagation, Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River, NJ [ISBN: 0136792359]
  • Bruce Macdonald 1986, Practical woody plant propagation for nursery growers, Timber Press Portland, Or. [ISBN: 0881920622]
  • Peter Thompson; with line drawings by Josie Owen 2005, Creative propagation, Timber Press Portland [Or.] [ISBN: 0881926817]
  • Alan Toogood, editor-in-chief; Peter Anderson, photography 1999, Plant propagation, DK Pub. New York [ISBN: 978-0789441164]
  • Lydiane Kyte and John Kleyn 1996, Plants from test tubes, Timber Press Portland, Or. [ISBN: 978-0881923612]
  • Miranda Smith,, Plant Propagator's Bible [ISBN: 978-1594864483]
  • Donald McEwan Alexander, William J. Lewis,, Grafting and Budding: A Practical Guide for Fruit and Nut Plants and Ornamentals [ISBN: 978-0643093973]
  • Philip Mcmillan Browse,, Plant Propagation Pb [ISBN: 978-1857329032]
  • Alan Toogood,, RHS Propagating Plants [ISBN: 978-1405315258]
  • Royal Horticultural Society,, Rhs Propagation Techniques Simple Guide for 1000 Garden Plants [ISBN: 978-1845335656]
  • Michael A. Dirr, Charles W. Heuser Jr.,, The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation [ISBN: 978-1604690040]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 2 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 2 Mandatory