Nursery Stock Dealers
In most states, nursery stock dealers are required to have a license. Their inventory is subject to inspection to ensure that nothing is being misrepresented and that their plants are not carrying pests. Native plants often have to be tracked and tagged. Soil is even sometimes considered to legally be 'nursery stock'.
Nursery stock dealer workers include salespeople and gardeners. Landscape gardeners who broker plants to their customers are often legally considered nursery stock dealers and are subject to the same licensing requirements. In all cases, some employees work directly in the care of plants and management of lots and greenhouses.
Thus, they need expertise on the plants, shrubs and flowers purchased from the grower. If the stock dealer is their own grower, then they also hire experts on horticulture who can handle the difficult tasks of propagation and thinning. Workers also require the knowledge of how to safely transplant anything from small flowers to fair-sized trees.
As some dealers sell straight to the general public, salespeople need to be able to advise on appropriate soil choices, nutrient supplements and other issues involved in successfully growing a tree or other plant in the backyard or garden. Garden centers, however, handle most of the retail sales and are usually equipped to advise on plant care and garden design.
The dealer may also have buyers who work with the growers to obtain stock for inventory. As many of their sales are wholesale, supplying larger customers, some salespeople specialize in handling big accounts. When plants are sold online, workers need to know how to safely ship live plants. Some dealers may also handle importing and exporting plants, which involves working with both customs and the Department of Agriculture.
Nursery stock dealers provide a valuable service to gardeners and park managers. Their expertise helps everyone have plants to enjoy.