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Nursery Hands Online Course

Learn to work in a Production Plant Nursery

This is a course designed in collaboration with nursery hands at the Greening Australia Hamel Nursery, south of Perth. It teaches the skills for day to day work in a production nursery.

Study with the support of experienced and highly qualified tutors. Available as online course, or by correspondence. Payment Plans available.

There are 11 lessons in this course:

  • Introduction to the Nursery Industry: production systems, transport regulations, PVR
  • Plant Identification and Taxonomy: systematic botany, plant families, leaf and flower parts
  • Nursery Structures and Buildings: greenhouse management, structures for nurseries
  • Potting Mixes: U.C. soil mixes, understanding soils, growing media
  • Seed Propagation: quality, sources, storage, germination treatments
  • Cutting Propagation: stock plants, hormones
  • Other Propagation Techniques: tissue culture, division, separation, layering, grafting
  • Plant Nutrition in the Nursery: nutrition management,
  • Pests and Diseases Control: hygeine
  • Other Nursery Tasks: nursery irrigation, modifying plant growth
  • Marketing and Sales: sales methods


  • Understand plant propagation techniques and efficiency and quality control measures for the nursery.
  • Understand means of identifying and naming plants through International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
  • Describe pros and cons of different nursery structures and understand effective management techniques.
  • Describe different types of potting mix, their uses and pros and cons.
  • Discuss different sources, maintenance of genetic identity, hybridisation techniques, storage and germination; of seeds.
  • Understand different means of propagating cuttings.
  • Understand alternative methods of propagation and their appropriate uses.
  • Discuss the importance of major and minor elements to plant health and the effect of their deficiencies upon plant nutrition.
  • Understand the effects of pests and diseases on the livelihood of the nursery and the importance of good hygiene standards in their control.
  • Understand different methods of controlling plant growth.

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