Must Haves for Your Shiny New (or New to You) School Greenhouse

September 09, 2015

I've noticed several posts on NAAE Communities of Practice and Facebook "Ag Ed Discussion Lab" concerning:  "What are your must haves for your greenhouse?"  Not a must have greenhouse mind you, but the stuff that goes into the greenhouse. Here's the list I managed to compile but I know I have left a few things out. 

  1. Plastic Garbage cans (preferably wheeled to move soil from bench to bench)
  2. 4 inch pots, 10 inch pots, and hanging baskets
  3. Water hose(s) that will reach every square inch of your greenhouse
  4. Water wand(s) and water breaker(s)
  5. Hose carts
  6. Shade cloth
  7. Fertilizer injector
  8. Automatic watering system
  9. Nursery wagon(s)
  10. Sharpies.  Lots of black sharpies.
  11. Wheel barrow
  12. Planting tables (preferably metal, rust resistant)

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3 Responses

rhonda stibbe
rhonda stibbe

July 09, 2019

brooms, dustpans, pruners, alcohol swabs, fans, rooting hormone,and plant labels

Brian Tomlinson
Brian Tomlinson

September 21, 2015

Shiella that’s tough. It depends partially on what grows in your area and what you can sell that the big box stores do not. You’ll never be able to beat the big box stores on price if you have to fund your class. So the competition goes for what they can sell a ton of but won’t go out on a limb for unique, different, or specialty because they’ll only sell a few of them. That’s where your market is, the unique colors, new variation, or old standards that aren’t huge sellers. This would involve buying a single variety and propagating it with your class. Also it would involving asking permission from someone with a unique plant to let you get some cuttings to propagate and sell. You can always have some big sellers like Boston Ferns, Geraniums, and Begonias but mix in plenty of area specific, unique plants and you’ll get a reputation for having these over time.

Shiella Parr
Shiella Parr

September 20, 2015

I have between teaching horticulture in my AG science/FFA program for going on 7 years. The list you have is basic and helpful, but, what type of plants would you suggest? I have a plant sale each spring, which is, in theory, suppose to 100%find my classes (floriculture, landscape design, etc.).

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