Nursery Operations and Management

This course introduces the practical principles of producing plants under nursery conditions and stresses plant identification as an important component. Factors in the selection of an appropriate site, growth media and preparation of the site and plant material are included. The typical operations of planting and/or transplanting, nutritional requirements, irrigation method and amount, digging, grading and shipping will be studied and practiced. Field trips to local nursery farms and stores are an integral part of the students learning experience. This course will be presented with one 1-hour and one 2-hour block so that faculty can use the lecture room, greenhouse, field or laboratory as appropriate from week to week.