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Effective: Summer 2017

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 nursery facilities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of nursery lath house, hoop house, and propagation area operations.
Description -
Commercial & retail nursery management practices as related to the production and sale of plants in California. Emphasis is on nursery operations. Class will focus on the organization, management, and production practices used in large and small-scale commercial and/or retail nursery plant production. Nursery design and utilization of technology will be emphasized through the 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 nursery crops.
  2. demonstrate skills required to maintain and manage nursery facilities.
  3. determine the types of materials and irrigation systems required for the production of major nursery crops.
  4. demonstrate, through written examinations, the various aspects of nursery and lath house design, construction, and operation utilized in the green industry.
  5. demonstrate the various aspects of container and in-ground nursery design.
  6. demonstrate, through written examinations, the development and care of horticultural crops in a nursery environments.
  7. demonstrate an understanding of sale practices utilized in retail nurseries.
  8. recognize the use of nursery operations in different cultures.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, nursery, 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 Nursery Management
    1. Commercial nursery operation
    2. Retail nursery operation
    3. Business organization
    4. Personnel Management
    5. Crop Production
    6. Growing media
  2. Maintenance & Management of Nurseries
    1. Scheduling
    2. Maintenance
    3. Harvesting
    4. Marketing
    5. Shipping requirements
  3. Materials & Irrigation Systems for Crop Production
    1. Nursery containers
    2. Soils and other growing mediums
    3. Materials used for shading plants
    4. Irrigation installation and maintenance techniques
  4. Nursery / Lath House Design, Construction, & Operation
    1. Nursery technologies
    2. Lath House design & construction
    3. Irrigation control systems
  5. Container and In-ground Nursery Design
    1. Selection of containers
    2. Container sterilization methods
    3. Types of container media and methods of preparation
    4. In-ground growing and maintenance methods
  6. Development and Care of Nursery Crops
    1. Specific production methods
    2. Planting
    3. Nutritional analysis
    4. Methods of fertilizer application
    5. Identification of pests
    6. Responsible decision making as part of integrated pest management program
    7. Cultural requirements
    8. Harvesting
    9. Technologies for optimizing post-harvest quality
  7. Sale Practices for Retail Nurseries
    1. Wholesale sales practices
    2. Retail sales practices
    3. P.O.S. systems in retail nurseries
    4. Consumer eduction practices in retail nurseries
  8. International Nursery Operations
    1. Plant production by different cultures
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Exercises related to facilities and crop planning
  2. Practical skills labs
  3. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Mason, Ian J. Nursery Management - 2nd Ed. Landlinks Press / CSIRO Publishing, 2004. (recommended only)
Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it still remains a seminal text in this area of study.

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. Nursery setup.
    1. Soil sterilization
    2. Fertilization equipment setup
    3. Irrigation 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