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Nursery Growers Course 100 Hours Certificate Course

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Nursery Growers Course 100 Hours Certificate Course

Nursery Growers Course online: Learn How to Grow Plants Successfully in a wholesale or retail Nursery.
Specialist skills are required to maximise growth of plants in nurseries. You will need to know how to identify, propagate using different techniques to suit, maintain good soil conditions, plus protect plants from pests and disease.
This comprehensive course will help you acquire all the attributes required to be a competent nursery grower.
  • Grow your passion into any size business you want
  • Use local markets to help distribute your plants.
  • Use the internet to sell online or through traditional mail order
  • Become a suppler of plants to your local retailers, the landscape industry or many more outlets.

There are many possibilities as to where you can apply the detailed knowledge, you'll acquire from completing this course. And with the help from your personally assigned mentor, you will get all the support you will need to get the most out of your studies.


Learning Goals: Nursery Growers Course VHT101
  • Differentiate between different plants on the basis of appearance and cultural needs; and through this, develop a foundation for determining both how to identify and how to treat different types of plants
  • Discuss and compare the different techniques used to propagate a range of plants
  • Describe soils and potting mixes appropriate for growing different types of plants
  • Determine seed propagation techniques appropriate for producing a range of different types of plants
  • Determine cutting propagation techniques appropriate for producing a range of different types of plants
  • Recognise common pests and Diseases


Lesson Structure: Nursery Growers Course VHT101

There are 6 lessons:

1  Plant Identification and Culture

  • Plant Names
  • Levels of Division
  • Terminology
  • Pronunciation of Plant Names
  • Botanical Families of Genera
  • Growing Plants in a Greenhouse
  • Siting Greenhouses
  • Greenhouse Benches and Beds
  • Cladding Materials and Their Properties
  • Greenhouse Checklist
  • Shade Houses
  • Environmental Factors That Influence Plant Growth
  • Temperature Control
  • Heat Loss
  • Localised Heaters
  • Greenhouse Cooling
  • Ventilators
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Light Factors - Lighting Equipment
  • Artificial Light
  • Plant Needs
  • Problems With Greenhouses
  • Optimum Growth Requirements for Certain Plants
  • Plants and Water
  • The Nursery Irrigation Program
  • Greenhouse Irrigation Equipment and Methods
  • Weeds and Steps in Controlling
  • Weed Control in  Greenhouses
  • Recommended Weedicides For Use in a Nursery

2  Plant Propagation Techniques

  • Methods of Propagating Plants
  • Hormone Treatment of Cuttings
  • Other Chemical Treatments
  • Propagation Media
  • Mixes/Substrates For Striking Cuttings/Starting Seed
  • Cold Frames
  • Heated Propagators
  • Containers
  • What is a Perched Water Table?
  • Comparing Materials
  • Problems With Containers
  • Labels
  • Stakes, Trellises and Trainers
  • Plant Selection
  • Shrubs Which Withstand Wet Soils
  • Shrubs Which Withstand Very Wet Soils
  • Shrubs Which Grow in shaded Areas
  • Shrubs Suited to Coastal Areas
  • Shrubs Suited to Cold Areas (Resisting frost and cold winters)
  • Elements in the Garden that influence Plant Selection
  • Creating Moods with Plants
  • Selecting Plants For Us in Horticultural Solutions
  • Colourful Year-Round Foliage
  • Annual and Herbaceous Plants
  • Types of Annual Plants
  • Selecting Herbaceous Plants
  • Selecting Woody Plants
  • Trees
  • Problems With Trees
  • Deciduous or Semi-Deciduous Trees
  • Deciduous Trees
  • Guide to Shrubs in the Landscape

3  Soils and Nutrition

  • The Soil
  • Naming the Soil
  • Improving Soils
  • The Nutrient Elements
  • Major Elements
  • Minor Elements
  • Total Salts
  • Diagnosis of Nutritional Problems
  • Potting Media
  • Nursery Nutrition Management

4  Seed Propagation

  • Sources of Seed
  • Maintaining Genetic Identity in Seed
  • Hybrid Seed Production
  • Storing Seed
  • Difficult seeds
  • Dormancy Factors Affecting Germination
  • Germination Treatments
  • Sowing Seeds

5  Cutting Propagation

  • Where to Get Your Cuttings
  • Classification of Cuttings Types
  • Types of Cuttings
  • Variations
  • More on Softwood Cuttings
  • More on Semi-Hardwood Cuttings
  • More on Hardwood Cuttings
  • Taking Hardwood Cuttings: Evergreen
  • Taking Hardwood Cuttings: Deciduous
  • Production Systems
  • Special Plant Treatments
  • How to Maintain Plants in Pots
  • Plant Modification to Achieve Uniformity
  • Practical: Prepare a pot of cuttings and estimate the cost of production for each cutting produced

6  Pest and Diseases

  • Horticultural Management in a Greenhouse
  • The U.C. System and Minimising Disease
  • Rules to Maintain Sanitation
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Chemical Methods of Pest Control
  • Non Chemical Methods
  • Pests and Diseases
  • List of Diseases: Diagnosis, Symptoms and Control
  • Plant Viruses - Their Detection and Diagnosis
  • Virus Control
  • List of Pests: Identification/Signs, Symptoms and Control
  • Environmental Problems
  • Common Environmental Problems


Practicals: Nursery Growers Course VHT101


  • 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.


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 
Yellow rosesSusan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
Steven Whitaker course tutorSteven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 

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Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
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Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and Deadlines100 hours approx. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
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