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Course Description

Hand tending to small plant seedlings in small brown pots

The course emphasizes “how-to” skills in growing landscape nursery plants.  Extensive video illustrates production practices that are generally representative of those in much of North America.  The text highlights some of the principles of nursery production practices and gives additional detail on many aspects of production.  The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of both container and field production practices for landscape nursery stock. 

In different parts of North America, nursery production practices are not identical.  There is often more than one method, technique or piece of equipment to accomplish a particular task.  Climate, plant species, generational past practices and regional preferences are some of the factors that play a role in altering aspects of production.  In spite of the diversity among regions and individual nurseries, the general principles of production are similar.  

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the learner should be able to:  

  1. Assess the need for different production techniques for growing nursery stock;
  2. Describe the types of equipment used for various aspects of both container and field production of nursery stock;
  3. Select the most appropriate systems for reducing negative root growth patterns or nursery stock; and
  4. Compare overwintering techniques that best enable nursery plants to thrive.

Course Topics

  • Nursery Production, Layout and P. House Construction
  • Growing Medium and Potting
  • Cultural Practices for Container Production
  • Winter Protection
  • Shipping and Loading
  • Pot-in-Pot Production
  • Soil Preparation and Planning
  • Cultural Practices for Field Production
  • Cultural Practices for Field Production Continued
  • Grading and Harvesting
  • Cold Storage
  • Shipping, Equipment Storage and Repairs, Office


Assessment Item Weight
Group Discussion Participation 50%
Test 1 25%
Test 2 25%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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