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Effective: Summer 2014

Advisory: Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate skill required to maintain greenhouse and nursery facilities
  • Identify major types of growing structures and their respective roles in commercial plant production.
Description -
Commercial greenhouse management as related to the production of plants in California. Emphasis is on greenhouse operations. Class will focus on organization, management, and production practices used in large and small-scale commercial greenhouse plant production. Greenhouse operations and the utilization of technology will be emphasized through use of on-campus facilities and observation of off-site operations.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. organize, schedule, and implement skills and practices used in the production and merchandising of a greenhouse crop.
  2. demonstrate skills required to maintain greenhouse facilities.
  3. identify major types of growing structures and their respective roles in commercial plant production.
  4. determine the types of materials and environmental control systems required for the production of major greenhouse crops.
  5. demonstrate, through written examinations, the various aspects of greenhouse design, construction, and operation utilized in the green industry.
  6. demonstrate, through written examinations, the development and care of horticultural crops in a greenhouse environment.
  7. recognize the use of greenhouse operations in different cultures.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, greenhouse, lath house and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for fieldwork.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to Plant Production
    1. Business organization
    2. Personnel Management
    3. Scheduling
    4. Maintenance
    5. Harvesting
    6. Marketing / Merchandizing
    7. Shipping requirements
  2. Greenhouse Maintenance
    1. General maintenance of structures
    2. Analysis of greenhouse operational systems
    3. Pest Control
    4. Irrigation troubleshooting
  3. Growing Structures & Commercial Plant Production
    1. Greenhouse technology
    2. Evaluation of structural materials
    3. Framework
    4. Glazing
  4. Materials & Control Systems
    1. Environmental control systems
    2. Software and hardware components
  5. Current Design, Construction, & Operation of Greenhouses
    1. Irrigation techniques
    2. Nutritional analysis
    3. Methods of fertilizer application
    4. Types of container media and methods of preparation
    5. Identification and control of pests
    6. Responsible decision making as part of integrated pest management program
  6. Development and Care of Horticultural Crops
    1. Media preparation
    2. Planting
    3. Specific production methods
    4. Crop development
    5. Plant care
    6. Cultural requirements
    7. Harvesting
    8. Technologies for optimizing post-harvest quality
  7. Greenhouse operations internationally
    1. Greenhouse development and use in different cultures
    2. Plant production by different cultures around the world
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Exercises related to facilities and crop planning
  2. Practical skills labs
  3. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Nelson, Paul V. Greenhouse Operation and Management, 7th Ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2011. (recommended only)

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures.
  2. Participate in discussions.
  3. Engage in lab activities.
  4. Field trips.
  5. Engage in small group discussions.
  6. Read assigned reading activities.
  7. Perform self-guided research.
Lab Content -
  1. Greenhouse mechanical and cultural setup.
    1. Greenhouse sterilization
    2. Fertilization equipment setup
    3. Computer control setup
    4. Zone setup
  2. Plant propagation.
    1. Starting seeds
    2. Dividing plants
    3. Cuttings
  3. Plant production management.
    1. Maintain proper cultural conditions
    2. Maintain pest control
  4. Plant marketing strategy.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20-30 pages per week from assigned text. Supplemental reading will be provided in hand-out form or through reference to on-line resources.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Writing assignments include:
    1. topical white papers
    2. production reports