The students by attending this course and participating in the labs:
1. get familiar with the greenhouse operation and management
2. obtain experience with the use of cutting rooting systems
3. obtain skills in using floriculture machinery, devices and instruments
4. obtain basic knowledge on floral production and get good grounding in understaning the special courses in floriculture.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Statistical and economic information on floricultural production in Greece and overseas. International commence of flower produce. Applications of supplemental and photoperiodic light, as well as carbon dioxide in floricultural cultivation. Production and trade of floricultural propagation material. Rooting systems. Micro-propagation of floricultural species. Cultivation of rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, gerbera, gypsophila, gladiolus, anemone, tulip and lilium for cut flowers. Cultivation of gardenia as pot plant.
Practicals: Greenhouse operation and management for floricultural crop production. Greenhouse heating, cooling and shading. Soil pasteurization. Supplemental and photoperiodic lighting, irrigation and liquid fertilization systems. Benches, floricultural equipments and instruments. Substrates and containers. Rooting systems for cuttings (intermittent mist, fog, aeroponics). Field trips to floricultural greenhouses and nurseries.
Additional bibliography for study
-Nelson, P.V. 2002. Greenhouse Operation and Management. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N. Jersey (6th edition).
-Οικονόμου, Α. 2011. Σημειώσεις Παραδόσεων, Θεσσαλονίκη.