Nursery Management

School Year:

2008 –2009

H.S. Credits:1
School Name: Greenup County ATCProgram:


KY Tech Course Name:Nursery ManagementTeacher:

Justin Suttles

 KCTCS           Course Number(s)                  KCTCS Course Name(s)                                  College Credits

HRT 110                                  Nursery Management                                                  3

HRT 111                                  Nursery Management Lab                                          0



 Course DescriptionThis course provides an introduction to the nursery industry. It includes information on soils, plant growth, nutrition and propagation methods; comparison of field and container growing practices; comparison of pest control methods; storing, grading and marketing nursery stock and the importance of keeping records and accounts.  Materials Used

A variety of materials will be used to facilitate learning. The main text for this class will be Nursery Management: Administration and Culture. We will also be using information from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and any other resource the instructor feels necessary.

 Objectives/Task List
1Using a field survey map, identify soild that would be good for field nursery production
2Take a soil and plant sample in the nursery, interpret the results, and apply fertilizer as required
3Identify characteristics of ideal growing media for the nursery
4Identify the proper sequence for preparing nursery soils
5Calculate amounts of plant material for a given area
6Identify the major types of irrigation systems used in nursery production
7Design shading structures
8Identify nursery equipment and safe operating techniques
9Transplant and care for nursery stock
10Dig balled-and-burlapped and bare rooted trees
11Store and handle balled-and-burlapped, bare-rooted and container-grown plants
12Propagate nursery stock through sexual and asexual methods
13Identify and control pests in the nursery
14Identify major marketing outlets for nursery stock
15Calculate profits and losses for a nursery
  • Students will be graded according their performance in class/lab via written tests, performance tests, and hands on projects.
  • The grading scale is as follows:

90% to 100%               A

80% to 89%                 B

70% to 79%                 C

60% to 69%                 D

Below 60%                 F

*Courses with grades of less than a “C” will not count toward a certificate or be eligible for dual credit.

 Procedures for Makeup Work/Tests
  • It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor to make arrangements to makeup work/tests.
  • Students shall be granted the number of days missed plus one (1) to make up any worked missed for an excused absence.
  Attendance Policy/Withdrawal PolicyThere is a lot of information to be presented.  Students are expected to attend and be punctual.  In the event the student misses all or part of a class he or she will be expected to make up that days assignment. Withdrawals from class will be handled by the High School. Unless I am notified by the High School, you are still enrolled, and responsible for your assignments. Supplies    1.   Please bring pencils/pens and paper to class.  There will be written assignments and tests given.  You need to be prepared.     2.   You will also need to bring a pair of quality safety glasses.  Without the proper eye protection, you will not be able to work in the lab.  This is an absolute.  No exceptions will be allowed. Class expectations/Rules    1.   Enter room quietly.    2.   Do not bring pop or snacks into classroom.    3.   Wear proper clothing and safety equipment.    4.   Obey all safety rules and regulations.    5.   Obey all high school rules and policies.    6.   Do not cheat, plagiarize or assist another in cheating.    7.   No horseplay    8.   Make sure the shop/lab is cleaned and tools are put away before leaving.  If we can’t find the tools, we can’t work in the shop.  If the shop is cluttered, we cannot work there safely.    9.   Watch your language!  You cannot use foul and offensive language in the workplace; therefore, you cannot use it here!  10.   Keep your Safety Glasses on while working in the Lab!  Keep them on and wear them properly!11.   Be courteous to teachers and fellow students.12.   No tobacco products in shop, classroom, greenhouse. 13.   No use of electronic devises, this includes but is not limited to cell phones, ipods, and mg3 players. 14.   No going in or out the back door of the shop. That door is for emergency use only.  Course Outline
  • The outline of the course is at the discretion of the instructor. Typically the course will begin with training on safety. All students must pass each safety test with a score of 100%. After completing the unit on safety, instruction will follow the course objectives/task list as mentioned previously.

    1. Safety in Horticulture
    2. Overview of the Nursery Industry
    3. Selecting a Nursery Site
    4. Organization and Development of a Nursery Site
    5. Laws, Regulations, and Codes associated with Nursery Management
    6. Financial Management
    7. Wholesale Marketing Nursery Crops
    8. Inventory Management
    9. Nursery Crop Production
    10. Soil & Nutrition Management
    11. Nursery Growing Media
    12. Irrigation
    13. Pest Management
    14. Nursery Storage Facilities