Plans, organizes, directs, controls, and coordinates activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Agribusiness Systems pathway, Plant Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Manages nurseries that grow horticultural plants for sale to trade or retail customers, for display or exhibition, or for research.
- Identifies plants as well as problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests.
- Tours work areas to observe work being done, to inspect crops, and to evaluate plant and soil conditions.
- Assigns work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff, and supervises their work.
- Determines plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules.
- Applies pesticides and fertilizers to plants.
- Hires employees, and trains them in gardening techniques.
- Determines types and quantities of horticultural plants to be grown, based on budgets, projected sales volumes, or executive directives.
- Selects and purchases seeds, plant nutrients, disease control chemicals, and garden and lawn care equipment.
- Positions and regulates plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.