Otago Polytechnic

Propagation short course


Central Otago

One day a week (Feb-Nov)

On campus

5 March 2020
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    5 March 2020
    8 June 2020 - 31 July 2020
This course provides a hands-on plant propagation experience in a commercial nursery under the technical guidance of experienced propagators.

Learn to grow a wide range of plants to a saleable grade from seed and cuttings, including vegetables, berry fruit, native trees and shrubs, drought-resistant plants, annuals and specialist plants. The campus nursery is well-equipped with mist and heat beds, glasshouses, hardening and shade houses. You will be encouraged to propagate plants which interest you.

Under the guidance of passionate plantswoman Jo Wakelin, you will learn to collect, process and germinate seed, eco-source native plants, and develop your ability to propagate a wide variety of different plants by cuttings, using our mist and heat bed and large glasshouses. No prior knowledge of propagation required.

There will be a strong focus on increasing knowledge of plants which flourish in dry conditions, and on natives local to Central Otago. Students may be involved in our hydroponics unit growing vegetables, herbs and microgreens for the cookery school. You will be encouraged to follow your own plant interests, whether it be food growing, natives, perennials or trees, and the course will also include some garden and other visits to inspire you.

2020 dates

The course runs one day a week, mostly Thursdays, from 5 March to 24 November 2020, with 9-week winter and term holiday breaks.

Materials and clothing

Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for outdoor activities. All materials and equipment are supplied for this course. 


Assessment is optional for this course. If you are learning for interest, you do not have to complete the assessment and will receive a Certificate of Attendance to demonstrate that you completed the course.   

For more information & to register your interest in the 2020 course

Please email Jo.Wakelin@op.ac.nz or phone 0800 765 9276.

To enrol

Please complete the short course enrolment form and return to Central, PO Box 16, Cromwell.

For help with enrolments, please contact Barbara.Emmit@op.ac.nz


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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