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Essentials of Plant Nursery Management

P.K. Ray (Author)

Contents: Preface. Preface (First Edition). 1. Introduction. 2. Types of Nurseries. 3. Developing a Business Plan. 4. Selecting Nursery Site. 5. Nursery Layout and Design. 6. Selecting Plants and Establishing Mother Blocks. 7. Plant Propagation. 8. Plant Containers and Nursery Equipments. 9. Rooting and Growing media. 10. Sowing, Transplanting, Potting and Bedding out. 11. Fertilizing Nursery Plants. 12. Irrigation and Drainage. 13. Plant Hardening and Growth Regulation. 14. Management of Pests and Pathogens. 15. Nursery Stock Management and Production Risks. 16. Mechanization and Automation in Plant Nursery. 17. Greenhouse Production. 18. Quality Standards. 19. Breeding New Types and Ownership. 20. Business Records and Accounting. 21. Prices setting and Marketing. 22. Reviving a Sick Nursery. 23. Importing and Exporting Planting Materials. 24. Human Resource Management and Customer Care. 25. Nursery Laws and Regulations. Subject Index.


The second edition of the book “Essentials of Plant Nursery Manage ment” represents a thoroughly revised and updated version of the preceding edition. It offers a cohesive treatment of the subject, covering fundamental principles of plant science and business management to operate a plant nursery in a highly profitable and professional manner.  The book provides both general and specific information on the full range of topics related to nursery management. It explains in great detail how to run business that raises and sells plants for substantive profit. This is an essential reading not only for graduating students but for anyone considering entry into the nursery business, and also for those already in the nursery industry. Looking at the recent technological advances in the field, a new chapter on “Mechanisation and Automation in the Plant Nursery” has been added. The book is heavily illustrated for enhanced understanding of the subject.  It meets the requirement of a course entitled “plant propagation and nursery management” taught at UG and PG level in agriculture / horticulture / Forestry courses at universities in India or abroad. Besides students a wide range of people, including horticulturists, plant breeders, gardeners, foresters, researchers, florists, arborists, plant propagators, nursery operators, extension educators and agriculture consultants who desire a good understanding of the subject would find this book as an indispensable resource of pertinent learning materials.

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About the author

P.K. Ray

Dr. P.K. Ray has thrown new historical light on men, matters, leaders, political parties, internatl and external forces which moulded the freedom struggle. He has given an account of his personal activites in freedom struggle of India and off his experiences of as well as reactions to the major national and international events that happended in the process. all activites are woven into one 'holistic' approach, giving due importance to all but not sparing criticsm where he felt necessary.

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Bibliographic information

Title Essentials of Plant Nursery Management
Author P.K. Ray
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2020
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789389832754
length 419p.