Nurserypersons plant and foster a variety of plants for sale in plant nurseries. They should have strong knowledge of plant and flower species and the conditions required for them to thrive in. Nurserypersons should use observational tools to improve care to plants as needed.

Duties and tasks

  • Arrange pots, bins and containers with suitable soil and materials prior to planting
  • Control weeds, plant diseases and pests by spraying plants with particular pesticides
  • Monitor and set up automatic watering systems and manually water plants that require it
  • Organise, collect and package flowers, plants and trees for display and salePlant seeds, plants and cuttings in flower beds, lawns, garden areas and containers
  • Provide information to customers about specific plant upkeep and conditions they will grow well in
  • Record activities performed on each plant species including soil mixtures used, treatments and responses and outcomes of plants, using findings to modify and improve techniques

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication Skills
  • Observational
  • Organisational Skills
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Nurserypersons typically work Mondays to Fridays, but may have varied schedules according to nurseries. They work in outdoor and covered nursery areas where they perform some manual labour caring for plants.

Professional associations / Industry information

Nursery and Garden Industry Australia 

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