Components of Sustainable Production Practices for Container Plant Nurseries
- container plants,
- green industries,
- nursery production,
- integrated pest management
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.