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Components of Sustainable Production Practices for Container Plant Nurseries

Alex Bolques*1, Gary Knox2, Matthew Chappell3, Linda Landrum4, and Edwin Duke5

1Florida AandM University/CESTA, Gadsden County Extension, 2140 W. Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL 32351-1905
2University of Florida/IFAS Department of Environmental Horticulture, North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351
3University of Georgia, Horticulture Department, 211 Hoke Smith Building, Athens, GA 30630
4University of Florida/IFAS/NFREC-Live Oak, 7580 Co Rd 136, Live Oak, FL 32060
5Florida AandM University, College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture, Tallahassee, FL 32307


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.

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