Wholesale Nursery Management Online Course

Wholesale Nursery Management 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

Managing a production nursery involves more than just propagating and potting up plants. Even the small nursery must be able to not only producer plants, but do it at a predetermined cost, then sustain those plants before and during marketing. The nursery industry currently has a real need for people with skills and knowledge in managing production plant nurseries! This course provides a solid grounding for developing those skills.

Why study this Wholesale Nursery Management course?

Managing a production nursery is more than just propagating and potting plants – it also involves making smart business decisions to help your nursery succeed. Careerline’s online Wholesale Nursery Management course will provide you with the skills to establish and sustain your own wholesale nursery. with Careerline will help you improve your career prospects in the nursery industry, whether you operate your own nursery or work for an employer.

Whether you hope to upskill, become a more skilled hobbyist, or get a head start on future studies, studying with Careerline will have a positive impact on your future. This plant nursery management course is designed as professional development for nursery managers and other nursery industry employees. The skills you learn will help you to feel confident and knowledgeable as you begin or continue your career.

What will you learn?

Careerline’s online Wholesale Nursery Management course provides a comprehensive overview of the horticultural and business management of nurseries. You will learn how to select appropriate plants to grow and sell depending on your climate, market, and available space. In addition, you will develop the skills required to start your nursery venture or revive an existing nursery, including hiring and managing employees, business planning, and selecting production methods.

During your studies, you will learn how to manage pests, nutrition, and irrigation in your nursery. The lessons will guide you through the process of selecting a medium for growing your plants. Further, you will study marketing strategies for nursery products, including conducting market research, setting a budget, and developing a marketing plan.

Who is this online Wholesale Nursery Management course for?

Careerline’s online Wholesale Nursery Management course is ideal for current and aspiring nursery industry professionals. You will develop skills that will improve your employability and improve your chances of succeeding in the industry. All professionals, from hobby gardeners who hope to sell their plants to experienced nursery owners, will learn something new from this course.

This nursery management course is also suitable for those hoping to undertake further study in nursery management, agribusiness, marketing, plant science, and horticulture. You will be introduced to concepts that are taught in tertiary and vocational courses. This will help you to feel prepared and confident as you continue your academic and professional journey.

Course Aims:

  • Describe how site characteristics influence the establishment and management of wholesale nurseries.
  • Explain management structures and work scheduling in wholesale nurseries.
  • Describe the management of pests and diseases and plant nutrition in production nurseries.
  • Explain the physical and chemical properties of growing media used in production nurseries.
  • Describe the techniques and equipment used to irrigate plants in nurseries.
  • Explain techniques used to modify and influence the growth of plants in production nurseries
  • Describe strategies used by production nurseries to increase sales.
  • Explain criteria for selecting plants and developing a nursery stock list.


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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 8 lessons in this course:

    Nursery Site Organisation

      • Nature and Scope of Wholesale Nurseries
      • Specialist Nurseries
      • Location and Site Selection Characteristics;market proximity, land cost, climate, isolation, air quality, water etc
      • What to Grow
      • Determining Marketable varieties
      • Site Surveying


      • Starting as a Nursery Producer
      • The Mission Statement
      • Controlling Quality
      • Revamping an Existing Nursery
      • Nursery Standards; Cost Efficiency, Quality standards, Size
      • Business Planning
      • Quantity
      • Case Study
      • Production Systems
      • Flow Chart for Growing a Nursery Crop
      • Production Methods
      • Cutting Production Efficiencies
      • Work Scheduling
      • Type and Number of Employees
      • Human Resource Management

    Nutrition and Pest Management

      • Overview of Nursery Pests and Diseases
      • Identifying Problems
      • Disease and pest management
      • Nursery Hygiene
      • Resistant Plants
      • Controlling Problems through Cultural Practices
      • Physical Control of Problems
      • Biological Control
      • Chemical Control
      • Minimising Chemical Use
      • Conducting Inspections within the Nursery
      • Nutrient Management
      • Fertiliser use and plant nutrition.

    Growing media

      • Growing Media for Container and Field Grown Plants
      • Understanding soils
      • Soil Testing
      • Improving Soils
      • Potting Mixes and soil-free mixes
      • Components of Potting Media
      • Selecting Potting Media
      • Problems with Potting Media
      • Propagation Media
      • Sanitation
      • Sterilisation techniques.


      • Water Supply
      • Town Water
      • Water Courses and Groundwater
      • Rainwater
      • Water Quality
      • Water Treatment
      • Recycling Water
      • Irrigation Systems; overhead sprinkler, drip, etc
      • Pulse Watering, Demand Watering, Precision etc
      • Pumps
      • Scheduling Irrigation
      • Irrigation System Maintenance
      • Use of liquid fertilisers through irrigation.

    Modifying Plant Growth

      • Plant Uniformity
      • Holding Stock
      • Making Stems Sturdier
      • Making Plants Taller
      • Developing a Compact Root System
      • Creating a denser, bushier Plant
      • Improving Foliage Colour
      • Encouraging Flowering
      • Flower forcing out of Season
      • Using Light to Modify Plant Growth
      • Greenhouses and other protective plant structures.

    Marketing Strategies

      • Overview of Nursery Marketing
      • Nursery Products
      • Marketing Mix
      • Market Research
      • Marketing Budget
      • Marketing Plan.

    Selection of Nursery Crops

      • Considering Options
      • Choosing a Plant Variety to Market
      • Developing a stock list
      • Criteria for Selecting Plants
      • Quarantine Concerns
      • Clearing Surplus Stocks
      • Nursery Industry Trends
      • Surveying Customers
      • Terminology

    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.