Indoor Plant Worker

South African agriculture produces a variety of products from fibre, fruit, grains, vegetables, poultry and livestock and ornamental horticulture amongst others. Ornamental horticulture involves the production of flowers and plants for landscaping, gardening and indoor display. Indoor plants are often more resilient in enclosed spaces as compared to outdoor plant variations. They help to purify the air and add aesthetic appeal to spaces such as offices, restaurants, retail spaces, for example.

Indoor plant workers assist with the planting and care of indoor plants. They check whether plants require water and based on soil moisture measurements, water plants as needed. They also rotate and prune away dead and diseased plant matter as well as clean dust accumulated on plants. Indoor plant workers also inspect plants for evidence of pest or disease and select and apply the appropriate course of treatment or replace the plant if needed.

Indoor plant workers work as part of a team and travel to maintain indoor plants in varied business and domestic spaces. They return to a nursery environment to treat and grow indoor plants and attend to administrative tasks.

Skills

Indoor plant workers require a good knowledge of indoor plants, their characteristics and the principles for growing them and will further benefit from:

  • Good customer service skills
  • Time management competence
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good interpersonal skills

Tasks

Identify and replace unhealthy or unsightly plants

Water indoor plants, adjusting the schedule if environmental factors change

Feed and fertilize plants and conduct simple soil tests to determine if nutrients are needed

Control the spread of pests, fungi and viruses on plants

Studies

Indoor plant workers may benefit from a National Certificate in Primary Agriculture, specialising in Plant Production at most Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges. However, most training will be provided under the supervision of an experienced mentor.

Employers

Indoor plant rental companies.

Nurseries.

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