Components of Sustainable Production Practices for Container Plant Nurseries

Alex Bolques, Gary Knox, Matthew Chappell, Linda Landrum, Edwin Duke

Abstract


Sustainable production practices in container plant nursery operations are methods developed to conserve or reduce natural resources needed to produce a crop. These include production practices aimed at reducing the levels of chemical fertilizers and pesticides; managing insects, diseases and weeds by utilizing an integrated pest management approach; reducing, reusing or recycling materials and supplies; increasing production efficiency; and using conservation practices aimed at reducing water consumption, managing runoff and controlling erosion. A listing of sustainable nursery production practices derived from literature review and selective nursery operation site visits in Florida and Georgia are provided.


Keywords


container plants, green industries, nursery production, integrated pest management

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283