Short Title:Nursery Stock Production
Full Title:Nursery Stock Production
Module Code:HTSC H2018
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Eamon Kealy
Module Description:This module introduces the student to the concepts necessary for the correct management of a nursery production facility. The student will build upon their knowledge of plant propagation, Soil science and plant nutrition, and plant protection and combine it with the production methods acquired here.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Produce bedding plants and prepare a range of plant displays
  2. Plan open ground and containerised production of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennial, alpines and bamboos
  3. Identify common pests, diseases and weeds affecting both open ground and container production. Discuss the appropriate control measures in line with the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive
  4. Cater for particular nutrient requirements of different plant types
  5. Design and manage systems used to produce and transport plants in a nursery.
  6. Design a layout for a commercial nursery stock facility and monitor crop performance

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Bedding plants
The identification of flowering bedding plants. Drawing up and implementing production and management programmes for Bedding Plants. Half-hardy bedding plants and their specific requirements. The preparation of displays of bedding plants.
Open ground trees and shrubs
Typical crop protection and weed control programmes and their planning and implementation, for open ground trees and shrubs. Harvesting techniques. Typical quality standards specifications.
Materials Testing
Testing of nursery stock media for suitability and variability.
Containerised trees and shrubs
Compost specification for types of production programmes for containerised trees and shrubs. Growing-on systems. Planning and implementation of typical crop protection and weed control programmes for containerised trees and shrubs. Typical quality standards specifications. Safe and protective assembly of plants to fill orders.
Production of herbaceous perennials, alpines and bamboos
Planning for containerised production, including the implementation of propagation techniques.
Nursery Stock Production Equipment
Typical equipment used in the various production systems for nursery stock production.
Nursery stock management
Requirements for the physical layout of a nursery. Planning and implementing the layout, depending on particular production chosen. Methods for monitoring crop growth and performance. The importance of current plant health, import and export and other regulations.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %50.00%
Final Exam Assessment %50.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Based on field trip visits to nursery stock producers facilities 6 10.00 n/a
Case study Based on specific nursery stock production techniques, machinery or crops. 5 10.00 n/a
Short Answer Questions Based on a combination of lecture and practical content covered during module 1,4,6 10.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Assessment of practical skills 1,3 20.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,4,5 50.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Keith Lamb, James Kelly, Peter Bowbrick,, Nursery Stock Manual [ISBN: 1899372040]
  • Hudson T. Hartmann, Dale E. Kester, Fred E. Davies, Robert Geneve,, Hartmann and Kester's Plant Propagation [ISBN: 0135014492]
  • Bruce Macdonald 1986, Practical woody plant propagation for nursery growers, Timber Press Portland, Or. [ISBN: 0881920622]
  • John E. Preece, Paul E. Read 2005, The biology of horticulture, J. Wiley Hoboken, NJ [ISBN: 978-0-471-46579-9]
  • So you want to start a nursery, Timber Press 2003 Portland, OR [ISBN: 0881925845]
  • John Stanley and Alan Toogood, The modern nurseryman, London ; Faber and Faber, 1981 [ISBN: 0571115446]
  • P. D. A. McMillan Browse 1981, The commercial production of climbing plants, Grower Books London [ISBN: 0901361496]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • [by] Harold Davidson [and] Roy Mecklenburg 1981, Nursery management, Prentice-Hall Englewood Cliffs, N.J. [ISBN: 0136274552]
  • J. R Aldhous 1972, Nursery Practice, Her Majesty's Stationery Office London
  • Lila Dick 1982, An introduction to modern nursery stock production, Frederick Muller London [ISBN: 0584104103]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • British Standards Institute 1992, BS 3936-1 1992 Nursery stock. Specification for trees and shrubs
  • British Standards Institute 1990, BS 3936-2 1990 Nursery stock. Specification for roses
  • British Standards Institute 1990, BS 3936-3 1990 Nursery stock. Specification for fruit plants
  • British Standards Institute 2007, BS 3936-4 2007 Nursery stock. Specification for forest trees, poplars and willows
  • British Standards Institute 1989, BS 3936-7 1989 Nursery stock. Specification for bedding plants
  • British Standards Institute 1998, BS 3936-9 1998 Nursery stock. Specification for bulbs, corms and tubers
  • British Standards Institute 1990, BS 3936-10 1990 Nursery stock. Specification for ground cover plants
  • British Standards Institute 1984, BS 3936-11 1984 Nursery stock. Specification for container-grown culinary herbs
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 3 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 3 Mandatory