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Course Description

Nursery Production outlines the relevance and importance of the nursery industry within the Canadian landscape, North America and globally. As a foundation, this course outlines how nursery facilities are organized and what infrastructure, equipment and facilities are required to operate successfully.

Examine the fundamental concepts and methods of nursery production for deciduous and coniferous trees, shrubs, and specialty crops. The course will focus on plant health, irrigation, fertilization, pruning, winter storage and shipping—the key elements to understanding the seasonal flow of nursery operations and preparing products for distribution and sale.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and determine effective production methods and processes that are required to grow a diversity of trees, shrubs and perennials
  • Examine governmental laws, professional association standards and regional by-laws applicable to the nursery industry
  • Recognize the importance of nursery trades and supporting manufacturing sectors within the green industry throughout Canada
  • Differentiate between the various types of nurseries within the industry and describe their focus, importance and relevance
  • Discuss forecasting techniques and production analysis to facilitate production, sales, shipping schedules and future trends
  • Analyze the operational requirements for a nursery including the required personal, infrastructure, equipment, building and land to grow various crops with varied production methods
  • Summarize the important cultural practices and seasonal tasks that are completed throughout the year in a nursery setting

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Nursery Production
  • Nursery Operations
  • Important Cultural Practices
  • Seasonal Overview of Nursery Production
  • Propagation Techniques
  • Seed Collection, Processing and Storage
  • Deciduous Seedlings and Whip Production
  • Caliper Sized Deciduous Tree Production
  • Coniferous Shrubs and Trees Production
  • Production of Flowering Shrubs, Top Grafted Stock and Perennials
  • Production Analysis and Planning
  • New Technologies and Innovations
  • Global Trends and Marketing

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Nursery Production and Plant Propagation complete an area of focus in Nursery Production.

Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Nursery Production (310-0007).


Assessment Item Weight
Class Discussions 5%
Case Study (1) 20%
Assignments (2) 45%
Quizzes (2) 30%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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