HRT 243: Organic Transplant Production
Dr. John Biernbaum (lead)
1066 Bogue Street, Room A440-C
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
Credits and Offerings
- 1 credit
- Spring semester of every year
Students will be able to:
- Describe and use the principles of seed selection, storage, treatment and germination to produce transplants.
- Know how to collect vegetative cuttings, prepare them for “sticking”, and provide conditions for rapid formation of adventitious roots and production of young plants.
- Evaluate and select appropriate growing containers and prepare root media suitable for organic certification and correctly water and add fertilizer during transplant production.
- Plan, evaluate and implement options for germination and transplant chambers, cold frames and greenhouses for producing organic transplants.
- Describe how temperature and light impact seedling growth and how to achieve the desired type of transplant growth in a lighted chamber or a greenhouse.
- Maintain plant health, protect plants from insects and pathogens using methods suitable for organic certification, and properly harden transplants prior to establishment.
- Complete the seeds and plant material section of an Organic Systems Plan required for certification of a diversified organic farm.
- Develop and implement a transplant production action plan using available production scheduling information for vegetable and flower transplants.
- Field trip to MSU Student Organic farm or an organic farm
- Development of transplant action plan for growing transplants
- Weekly Reading Reflections
- Six on-line quizzes