As a horticulturist, you will be using scientific knowledge for cultivation and propagation of plants and providing technical advice to farmers for growing fruits, vegetables and flowers and to landscape developers.
Horticulturists conduct research in crop production, plant breeding and propagation, plant biochemistry, plant physiology and genetic engineering. They also conduct studies on pests and disease and experiment with improved and disease resistant varieties of plants. They may also work in the area of gardening and landscaping to design gardens, recreational areas, and parks in order to provide a pleasing environment and to conserve natural resources.
Science Stream with Biology/Agriculture in Class 12th is required for admission into horticulture courses at the UG level.
B.Sc. in Horticulture is a 3 years full time undergraduate course. This branch makes use of the concepts of Biology, Biochemistry, Genetic Engineering etc.
For a Master’s degree, candidates must have completed their undergraduate degree with minimum 60% marks. A UG degree in related fields like Agriculture would also be a sufficient qualification for admission into PG courses.
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A horticulturist must be able to understand, measure, and monitor various situations and apply technical knowledge. They must be open to seek training opportunities for further development to improve performance in day to day tasks.
A horticulturist must possess the ability to collect and analyze information related to a variety of crops, their cultivation, planting, etc.
In this position, one should possess a balance in listening and talking; speaking and writing clearly and accurately; in order to keep others informed.
As a horticulturist, self managing is of great importance. They should focus on effective planning and time management as well as prioritisation of tasks.