Horticulture programs provide a basic survey of the field and prepare students for specialization within the various disciplines of horticulture. Faculty typically work closely with industry leaders to ensure their programs are relevant to the current state of the industry. Students learn production, handling, and product development. They learn basic plant and soil biology, as well as the economics of the plant world. Most programs also focus on the development of sound communication skills.
Graduates of horticulture programs have an understanding of plant identification, propagation, soils, fertilizers, pruning, safe chemical application, turf lawns, plant diseases and pests, and bed design. They have typically been exposed to the operation of small machinery, safety, and other important aspects of landscaping. Some graduates gain employment in applied technology or management, while others start their own small businesses.
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