1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Flower Grower

Plans, directs, coordinates and performs planting, cultivating and harvesting activities to grow flowering and foliage plants.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • plans and manages the production and marketing of flowering and foliage plants from soil preparation to harvest taking into account environmental and market factors
  • conducts soil analyses, site assessments, prepares and maintains growing media and sites
  • selects suitable plants and bulbs for growing, harvests crops, grades and stores picked flowers, bunches and packages flowers for market
  • controls temperature, light and humidity in greenhouses to maintain optimal growing conditions
  • maintains crop by weeding, identifying and treating pests and diseases, debudding, fertilising and watering plants
  • maintains farm and nursery buildings, fences, equipment and water supply systems
  • organises the sale, purchase and transportation of produce
  • maintains and evaluates records of farming activities, monitors market activity and plans crop preparation and production to meet contract requirements and market demand
  • manages business capital, including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors

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