Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HOR 266
Course Title:
Interior Plants
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Course Description

Identification of interior plants commonly used in interior plantscaping. Cultural requirements, pests, diseases, propagation and interior use covered. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Interior plant identification skills are basic to Horticulture/Landscape industry. The focus will be on interior plants used in residential and commercial applications. Knowledge of care and culture of plant material is necessary for workers in retail nursery centers, retail and wholesale greenhouses, interior plantscaping companies, and in therapeutic horticulture associated with care facilities.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1.  Identify common interior plants and apply cultural knowledge learned toward the care of interior plants in an interior setting or commercial business.

2.  Manage common pests and diseases for interior plants in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

3.  Be familiar with common techniques used in propagation for the subsequent production of replacement plants.

Course Activities and Design

Lecture time will be focused on delivering the botanical information needed to make accurate identification decisions and general
requirements for growing healthy, useful plants. Lab time will be spent in the greenhouse directly observing plant characteristics for identification, pests and diseases, and propagation methods used in the production of plants. The required plant notebook will require additional time outside of the classroom for obtaining more plant information, graphically documenting plant characteristics, and assembly of the information in a useable format. Students can use electronic information as well as printed materials.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Participate in, and contribute to, all class discussions and activities.
2. Take scheduled ID quizzes and exams.
3. Assembly of plant information in the plant notebook, and building plant lists according to useful categories.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Identification of 90-110 interior plants
Plant Information
Botanical, Common and Family Names
Plant Type
Growth Rate
Physical Characteristics
Light, Soil, and Water Requirements
Diseases and Pests
Interior Use