HRT301 Plant Propagation (8)

In this subject, students will explore the principles and practices associated with the commercial propagation of plants. Students will develop their understanding in the biology of plant propagation by examining a range of techniques such as seed and cutting propagation, budding and grafting, separation and division as well as micro-propagation techniques such as tissue culture. The combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical experience provides students with real-world applications in production horticulture.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRT301. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences


PSC102 or PSC103 or AGR130

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine theoretical aspects of a variety of sexual and asexual plant propagation techniques;
  • be able to evaluate the relative advantages and disadvantages of various plant propagation techniques; and
  • be able to display practical proficiency in a variety of plant propagation techniques.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Seed propagation;
  • Cutting propagation;
  • Layering;
  • Budding and grafting: bench and field techniques;
  • Propagation using bulbs, corms, tubers, etc; and
  • Tissue culture propagation.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HRT301 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Results presentation
Residential school reports
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school will consist of tutorials, experiments, demonstrations and excursions concerning:

  1. Seed collection and propagation;
  2. Cuttings propagation;
  3. Bulbs and corns, separation and division;
  4. Field grafting and budding; and
  5. Tissue culture propagation.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.