SRJC Course Outlines

6/6/2023 11:37:54 PMHORT 71 Course Outline as of Spring 2003

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HORT 71Title:  NURSERY PRODUCTION  
Full Title:  Nursery Production
Last Reviewed:2/11/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  AG 92.2

Catalog Description:
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Production and cultural care of commercial container grown and field grown nursery operations. A study of crop scheduling, growing media, watering, fertilization, post harvest handling, marketing and sales.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Production & cultural care of commercial container grown & field grown nursery operations.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1984Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The student will:
1. Compare and contrast old and new nursery industry practices to assess
changes and advances.
2. Identify and discuss significant events and developments in the history
of the U.S. nursery industry.
3. Classify and describe nursery operations based on 4 major criteria:
ownership; function; production system; and product.
4. List and identify characteristics of major federal laws and regulations
that are of concern to the nursery industry.
5. Identify the top geographic centers of nursery production in the U.S.
and the types of crops produced in each.
6. Identify the four major categories for nursery site selection.
7. Evaluate possible nursery sites based on factors within the four
selection categories: ecological; economic; sociological; and biological.
8. Compare and evaluate common nursery site organization principles and
9. Identify common plant placement patterns in nursery production areas
and evaluate for production efficiency.
10. Compare and contrast container vs. field grown production systems for
production and marketing advantages and challenges.
11. Describe common practices in commercial liner and plug production.
12. Summarize primary (environmental) and cultural modifiers of various
plant characteristics or plant qualities.
13. Demonstrate cultural modification practices for a variety of plants.
14. Identify the function of commercial production media.
15 Identify common ingredients used in the production of media for
container growing, describe their properties, and explain what each
ingredient contributes to the media.
16. Identify essential nutrients for plant growth and development.
17. Discuss common commercial fertilizers and compare and contrast the
properties and advantages of synthetic and organic types.
18. Compare and contrast different commercial methods of fertilizer
19. Determine how and when to apply fertilizer, depending on fertilizer
and plant type.
20. Describe a variety of integrated pest management practices.
21. Describe the most common nursery storage facilities and their
22 Analyze the market demands for nursery products of the 3 major nursery
product markets (retail, landscape, and mail order).
23. Identify the responsibilities of buyer, seller, and carrier in the
shipping of nursery materials.
24. Calculate the number of cuttings necessary to fulfill a production
25. Estimate materials, facility, and labor coasts associated with a
production contract.

Topics and Scope
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I. The nursery industry
 a. In the past
 b. Today
II. Nursery classifications and functions
III. Laws & regulations
IV. Production centers
V. Site selection
VI. Site organization and development
 a. Planting patterns
VII. Production Systems
 a. Container grown
 b. Field grown
 c. Liner and plug
 d. Seed/seedling
VIII. Modifying plant growth & development
IX. Media and mixes
X. Essential Nutrients and fertilization
XI. Common plant pests and disorders
XII. Nursery storage facilities
XIII. Shipping
XIV. Marketing
XV. Plant estimation

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1. Written and oral report on selected nursery production topic.
2. Proposal for small-scale nursery setup and operation.
3. Readings and reading reports.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Written homework, Reading reports, Lab reports, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 40%
Homework problems, Field work, Lab reports, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 20%
Class performances, Field work, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Lab participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Davidson, H., Mecklenburg, R., and Peterson, C. (2000). Nursery
Management, Adminstration and Culture, 4th ed. NJ: Prentice Hall.

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