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Grow Plants from Anywhere and Start a Small Business
An introductory course which shows the beginner how to get started in the nursery business.
You learn how to propagate plants, decide what to propagate, how to
start a small inexpensive operation, and to go about selling what you
grow. Part of every 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, do not do this course!).
Want to start a small business growing and selling plants from home?
This course is designed to help you do just that! This is the way many plant nurseries start. If you want to avoid some of the big pitfalls, and minimise the chances of wasting time and money; a course like this is a very wise move before you begin.
Comment from a Student
"This is the first correspondence course I have done and I have
thoroughly enjoyed it and I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU. I
appreciate everyone's effort in such a professionally-run organisation
with seamless administration. The office staff's happy can-do attitude,
their fast responses to all queries, tutor Shane Gould's quick
turnaround in assignment marking and his supportive and motivational
feedback and last but not least, the sound subject guides. Most
importantly I hope my thanks and appreciation can be communicated to all
the staff who have supported me long the way of my learning! I work
full time and study on the weekend but really don't stop thinking about
what gardening solution I need in order to answer my assignments every
day of the week. Thank you for such a great learning experience and I
can't wait to start the second half of my course!!"
There are 6 lessons in this course:
Plant Identification and Culture. How plants are named, scientific and common names, watering, weed control, when and how to use a glasshouse/shadehouse.
Plant Propagation. Overview of propagation techniques, propagating mixes, pots, hormones, propagating structures and aids.
Soils and Nutrition. Soil structure, soil additives, major nutrients, minor nutrients, nutrient deficiencies, salt toxicity, soil mixes, fertilisers.
Seed Propagation and Nursery Business. Handling seed, pre-germination treatments, handling seedlings, propagating selected species.
Cutting Propagation. Stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, leaf bud cuttings, propagating selected species by cuttings.
Pest and Disease. Identifying a problem, insects, fungal diseases, nursery hygiene.
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Understand plant identification and culture.
Describe a range of growing structures including a greenhouse, glasshouse and shadehouse.
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 basal cuttings.
What You Will Do
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 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.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM DOING THIS COURSE?
- If you love growing plants but need more knowledge to refine your skills this course can help you
- Great course for those who would like to operate a small nursery from your own home
- If you are thinking of entering the nursery trade working for others this is a great starting point