Nursery – Purpose, Importance and Types

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Plant Nursery Important and Types

What is a Nursery?

A place where plants are grown commercially, either for sale direct to the public or to other retailers.

OR;     An area where we grow and nurse young progeny (an offspring of a person, animal, or plant) of plants is called Nursery.

Purpose of Nursery

  • Nurseries are used for artificial plantation. We raise nurseries in those areas where natural regeneration is low or slow.
  • Nurseries are raised to get plants of the right size at the right time.
  • Nurseries are raised to get such plants which are good in health.
  • Nurseries are raised to get plants of the desired spp.

Importance of Nursery

Establishment of nurseries is important for the following reasons:

  • Production of proposed size and age of seedlings.
  • Production of the desired number of seedlings.
  • Production of healthy plants of the desired spp.
  • Production of plants of superior quality.
  • Production of desired plants at the right time.
  • Production of seedlings at a cheaper cost.

Types of Nurseries

There are two types of nurseries:

  1. Temporary Nursery
  2. Permanent Nursery

Temporary Nursery

Those nurseries which are made for the time being ie for one or two years are called temporary nurseries eg Shisham nurseries at Changa Manga.

  • These nurseries are usually made in felling coups so that after felling, regeneration can be done easily or in those areas where afforestation work is needed.
  • Soil for these nurseries should be fertile because we do not give fertilizers to these nurseries.
  • These nurseries are raised along roadside and canal-side plantations.

Advantages of Temporary Nursery

  • Temporary nurseries are at the time called flying nurseries ie these can be shifted to any site.
  • Low capital cost
  • Reduced transport cost
  • Within climatic site conditions
  • Skilled labour is not required
  • Near planting site

Disadvantages of Temporary Nursery

  • Water supply may be poor
  • Soil may be poor
  • Shortage of trained labour
  • All can result in poor quality trees

Permanent Nurseries

Those nurseries which are not temporary but remain year after year are called permanent nurseries. E.g. nursery shown in the above figure

  • Such nurseries should be centrally located so that the distribution of plants may be easy.
  • It should be near headquartered so that it should be protected and supervised during work.
  • These nurseries should be manure and fertilized from time to time.

Nursery - DMJ - Forestrypedia

Advantages of Permanent Nursery

  • It is well designed
  • It has a good water supply
  • Provide required no of plants
  • Provide the required size of plants
  • Provide good quality of plants
  • Has good soil
  • Well managed and protected
  • Planting material is always available

Disadvantages of Permanent Nursery

  • It requires high capital cost
  • It requires high transport cost
  • Not always in climatic site conditions
  • Not always near the planting site
  • Permanent and skilled labour is required.

Image: A Permanent Forest Nursery at Dera Murad Jamali Naseerabad Balochistan. | April 3, 2015 | Captured by Author. 

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Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani is working as Conservator of Forests in Balochistan Forest & Wildlife Department (BFWD). He is the CEO of Tech Urdu ( Forestrypedia (, All Pak Notifications (, Essayspedia, etc & their YouTube Channels). He is an Environmentalist, Blogger, YouTuber, Developer & Vlogger.

11 thoughts on “Nursery – Purpose, Importance and Types

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  • November 21, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    This is clear and easy to understand thank full

  • December 28, 2021 at 5:36 pm

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