Nursery Growers Online Course

Nursery Growers Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

This course is designed to help set up and run a succesful nursery. This is the way many plant nurseries start. If you want to avoid some of the big pitfalls, and minimize the chances of wasting time and money; a course like this is a very wise move before you begin.

Course Aims:

  • Understand plant identification and culture.
  • Describe a range of growing structures including a greenhouse, glasshouse and shadehouse.
  • Understand the differences between sexual and asexual plant propagation.
  • Have and understanding of basic nursery management principles.
  • Understand the uses of a range of different materials used in plant propagation.
  • Explain the main components of common potting mixes and how they contribute to the final product.
  • Describe seed sources and how to store a range of different seeds for maximum viability.
  • Explain how to overcome dormancy in seeds.
  • Understand a range of cutting techniques including hardwood cuttings, softwood cuttings, semi hardwood cuttings, tip cuttings, heel cuttings, nodal cuttings, can cuttings and basal cuttings.


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 6 lessons in this course:

    Plant Identification and Culture

    • Understanding Plant Classification
    • Plant Names
    • Levels of Division
    • Terminology
    • Pronunciation of Plant Names
    • Botanical Families of Genera
    • Growing Plants in a Greenhouse
    • Types of Greenhouses
    • Siting Greenhouses
    • Greenhouse benches and beds
    • Cladding materials and their properties
    • Shade houses
    • Environmental Factors That Influence Plant Growth
    • Temperature Control
    • Heat Loss
    • Localised Heaters
    • Greenhouse Cooling
    • Light Factors
    • Problems with Greenhouses
    • The Nursery Irrigation Program
    • Weeds and Steps in Controlling
    • Recommended weedicide for use in a nursery
    • Pesticides

    Plant Propagation

    • Methods of Propagating Plants
    • Hormone Treatment of Cuttings
    • Other Chemical Treatments
    • Propagation Media
    • Containers
    • Problems with Containers
    • Labels
    • Stakes, Trellises, and Trainers
    • Plant Selection
    • Selecting Plants for Use in Horticultural Situations
    • Selecting Herbaceous Plants
    • Selecting Woody Plants
    • Guide to Shrubs in the Landscape

    Soils and Nutrition

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

    Seed Propagation and Nursery Business

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

    Cutting Propagation

    • Where to Get Your Cuttings
    • Classification of Cutting Types
    • Types of Cuttings
    • Variations
    • Production Systems
    • How to Maintain Plant in Pots
    • Plant Modification to Achieve Uniformity

    Pest and Disease

    • Horticultural Management in a Greenhouse
    • The UC System and Minimising Disease
    • Rules to Maintain Sanitation
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Chemical Methods of Pest Control
    • Non Chemical Methods
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Plant Viruses
    • Virus Control

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.