Centre for Continuing Education

Plant Propagation Techniques Course

Horticulture and gardening. Open to everyone.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.

Researchers have discovered that creative people are among the happiest in our society and gardeners are amongst the most optimistic. Enjoy the best of both worlds by learning how to create new plants for your garden area. Unearth the mysteries of propagating plants by sowing, cuttings, division, layering, budding and various methods of grafting to produce new and exciting plant forms.

Comprehensive notes provided. New and experienced green thumbs welcome.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • distinguish between various types of seeds and determine their preferred means of germination
  • select and reproduce plants by soft-tip, semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings
  • recognise and propagate plants by stem, root and leaf cuttings
  • identify and create new plants by tip and air layering
  • cultivate and reproduce bulbs, corms and tubers
  • implement the principles of budding and grafting.


This course covers the following topics:

Equipment and plant material

  • Media – seed raising/propagation mix
  • Containers
  • Cutting powder/gel
  • Budding tape/grafting knife
  • Miscellaneous equipment and materials

Methods of plant propagation described, explained and demonstrated

  • Sowing seeds
  • Division
  • Soft-tip cuttings
  • Semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Hardwood cuttings
  • Bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizomes
  • Stem, root and leaf cuttings
  • Serpentine layering
  • Air layering
  • Budding – shield, etc.
  • Grafting – whip and tongue, saddle, etc.
  • Tissue culture – explanation

Intended audience

Suitable for anyone who would like both the enjoyment and satisfaction of saving money as well as the success of creating new plants.

Delivery style

Delivered in a interactive classroom setting where methods of plant propagation will be demonstrated.


Comprehensive course notes are provided in class.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

What others say.

  • The presenter shared knowledge without restriction and the notes were easy to understand and contain practical information on the subject matter. Theory was reinforced with the practical – and the fact you could take away plants to start your own propagation just added to the whole day.

  • A very professional and friendly presentation.

  • Excellent, I loved every minute of it. It was very informative and interactive. This course is great for novice gardeners and experienced gardeners alike.

  • The presenter was outstanding – explicit, prepared, excited with sharing of knowledge, helpful, and encompassed the many understanding levels in the class. An exciting teacher and one who has inspired me to do great things. I endorse the enthusiasm for the subject and dedication to encouraging students. A great course and well worth my effort and money to attend.

  • Excellent tutor, course is informative and fun. Will definitely recommend.

Plant Propagation Techniques Course

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What others say.

  • The instructor was knowledgeable, engaging and fun. The course was very informative with plenty of written notes as well as practical, hands-on learning. I enjoyed the day immensely.
  • The skills I have learnt from this course have already been put into practice. It was very well presented and I have already mentioned it to several friends and colleagues.
  • The tutor was knowledgeable and the hands on work was great!
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