Learn how to Make a Start in the Nursery Business.
This is an introductory course which shows the beginner how to get started in the nursery business.
STUDY NOW AT A SPECIAL OFFER PRICE!
PLUS GET 6 FREE ACS EBOOKS WHEN YOU ENROL!
- Learn how to propagate plants.
- Decide what to propagate.
- Learn how to start a small inexpensive operation.
- Learn how to go about selling what you grow.
- Part of each lesson is devoted to the important area of building up your knowledge of plants.
Through six lessons you will learn how
many established nurseries have started out slowly as a small part time
operation, and how you can follow the same path. (If you intend studying
propagation and wholesale nursery management, this course is not
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
The course is divided into six lessons as follows:
1. Plant Identification and Culture. How plants are named, scientific and common names, watering, weed control, when and how to use a glasshouse/shadehouse.
2. Plant Propagation. Overview of propagation techniques, propagating mixes, pots, hormones, propagating structures and aids.
3. Soils and Nutrition. Soil structure, soil additives, major nutrients, minor nutrients, nutrient deficiencies, salt toxicity, soil mixes, fertilisers.
4. Seed Propagation and Nursery Business. Handling seed, pre-germination treatments, handling seedlings, propagating selected species.
5. Cutting Propagation. Stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, leaf bud cuttings, propagating selected species by cuttings.
6. Pest and Disease. Identifying a problem, insects, fungal diseases, nursery hygiene
At the completion of this course you should be able to:
- Understand plant identification and culture.
- Describe a range of growing structures including a greenhouse, glasshouse and shade house.
- Understand the differences between sexual and asexual plant propagation.
- Have and understanding of basic nursery management principles.
- Understand the uses of a range of different materials used in plant propagation.
- Explain the main components of common potting mixes and how they contribute to the final product.
- Describe seed sources and how to store a range of different seeds for maximum viability.
- Explain how to overcome dormancy in seeds.
- Understand a range of cutting
techniques including hardwood cuttings, softwood cuttings, semi hardwood
cuttings, tip cuttings, heel cuttings, nodal cuttings, can cuttings and
EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
- Develop a budget for a hypothetical nursery operation
- Name a soil based on criteria given in the course
- Create a potting mix using a given recipe
- Assess a number of plants for growing profitability
- Prepare a pot of cuttings and estimate the cost of production for each cutting produced
- Prepare a range of different types of cuttings
- Find two plants with insect damage and determine the problem and possible remedies.
- Collect information on various chemicals used in the nursery industry.
- Assess plant ill health caused by agents other than insects.
Starting A Nursery -The Possibilities
In the past, nurseries were involved in almost all aspects of the
production and culture of plants. They grew a wide variety of plants,
and they sold them both wholesale and retail, as well as supplying a
wide range of allied products and services. Today all but the largest
nurseries tend to specialise. Many nurseries still begin (and often
remain) as relatively small family businesses.
there a market in my community for this kind of business? Will people
buy my product or service, and are there enough buyers to sustain this
business in this area?
much money would it take to start the nursery? Will I be able to borrow
that much money? How much will it cost me in the long run?
- How many hours a week is it likely to take to run the nursery? Am I willing to commit that much time?
are the particular risks associated with this nursery? What is the rate
of business failure? Why have similar businesses failed, and how can I
overcome these risks?
- Does my
background prepare me to run this kind of nursery? Do most people who
own this kind of nursery have more or different experience or knowledge
than I do? What do I need to learn, and am I willing or able to learn it
much money could I make running this business? What is my lowest likely
net profit? Is this sufficient to meet my needs, and when can I expect
to make this?
new business, introducing a product or service, and buying advertising
are so expensive that misjudgements can mean disaster for an
entrepreneur. Market research can avoid costly errors by telling you
what people want to buy, and how they want it presented to them.
of how great you think your product/service is, it is virtually
impossible to sell any product or service that people do not want. On
the other hand, it is very easy to sell people what they do want. That
is the whole point of market research: to find out what people want so
you can provide it for them. To be successful, a business owner must
know the business’s market; who are its customers and potential
customers; and how they perceive the business’s products and services.
step is to know the industry; the next step is to find a viable market;
and only after you have done these things, will you be ready to start a
The Benefits of Studying This Course
This course is suited to those who may have some industry
knowledge or horticulture skills and are looking to grow plants. You
may just want to add some skills to improve your employment prospects or
you may want to brush up on an area where you feel you are lacking
knowledge. This course will do this for you.
Those interested in this course are likely to be working in the following areas:
Enrolling is easy - just go to the box at the top right-hand side of this page.
If you have any questions, or need help
in choosing the right course for you please do get in touch with us -
connect with our expert tutors, use our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE.
Stay in Touch. Follow us on: