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