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Growing Plants for Fun and Profit

Turn your love of plants into an enjoyable and profitable home business. Learn how to grow and market plants on a small scale without major capital investment. In an area as small as 1000 sq. ft., you can generate thousands of dollars’ worth of plant material in a single growing season.

This course is your practical guide to licensing, site preparation, equipment, how and where to find supplies, how to select and produce plants appropriate to your climate zone, how to produce quality material and, most importantly, how to market your product.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting December 12, 2018

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Starting December 12 | January 16

Growing Plants for Fun and Profit

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Course Code: gpf

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to make the transition from gardener to nurseryman
  • Understand climate zones and how to set up suitable growing grounds
  • Learn the three major propagation methods used in nursery production
  • Examine starter plants and obtain guidelines on what you should grow
  • Learn about annuals, bulbs, vegetables and herbs and discusses organic production
  • Understand how to grow and market perennials, shrubs, roses, vines and small fruits
  • Learn the methods for producing and maintaining quality plant material
  • Gain strategies for succeeding in the wholesale market and directly to the public
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Turn your love of plants into a profitable home-based business
  • Learn how to begin your nursery business with only a small capital investment
  • Gain additional gardening skills that will benefit you both personally and professionally

Outline

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Week 1

In our first lesson, you'll meet other gardeners who've successfully made the transition to nurserymen. You'll also learn what permits and licenses you may need as you get started. Then, we'll take a close look at climate zone maps to help you figure out what plants will grow best in your region and teach you easy ways to prepare your growing grounds. Finally, we'll show you ways to create inexpensive microclimates that will help you start your plants and expand the varieties you can grow. 

Week 2

In this lesson, you'll learn what production supplies you'll need and how to find wholesale sources for them. Then, we'll focus on the three major methods used in nursery production for starting plants: propagation by seed, cuttings, and division.

Week 3

In this lesson, we'll teach you the most valuable lesson we've learned in this business: How to reduce the waiting time involved in growing plant material. Then, we'll focus on growing annual flowers and bulbs, paying special attention to market timing. You'll learn how to create high-value items such as color bowls and hanging baskets. We'll also discuss vegetable starter plants and herbs. Specializing in organic growing will help you tap into a lucrative area of the nursery trade, so we'll fill you in on all you need to know about organic growing and certification.

Week 4

In this lesson, we'll focus on one of the hottest topics in gardening: The particular group of non-woody plants that nurseries call perennials. Then, we'll talk about woody plants--such as shrubs and vines--that form the more permanent plantings in a landscape.

Week 5

Trees may be the largest members of the plant kingdom, but they're also among the easiest and most profitable to grow. In this lesson, you'll not only learn how to propagate landscape trees, but how to greatly shorten their growing time by buying bare-root seedlings and finished bare-roots. Then, we'll provide guidelines for quality standards.

Week 6

In this lesson, we'll begin with a discussion on wholesale marketing. You'll learn all you need to know to do business with discount chain stores, local retailers, and landscapers. Then we'll explore consignment selling, contract growing, and business-to-business Internet options. And finally, we'll discuss retail marketing, or taking your product directly to the public.

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Instructors & Support

Michael and Linda Harlan

Michael and Linda Harlan have been involved in the nursery industry since 1968. In 1985, they began a backyard nursery on a half-acre that grew into a successful 12-year business venture. The Harlans then shared their experience by publishing a self-help book entitled Growing profits: How to Start and Operate a Backyard Nursery. Michael has been teaching a course on this subject matter through the extension services of local community colleges for the past four years.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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