Mannuthy is a very important suburb area of Thrissur City of Kerala, south India and very famous for large number of 'Plant Nurseries'. Its only 5 km from Swaraj Round. Mannuthy is one of major stopover destination in Kerala. Its strategic location (en route to Palakkad and on the junction of Thrissur Bypass) on National Highway NH47. The climate and soil of Mannuthy is said to be very fertile and possibly is the reason for a large number of 'Nurseries' (gardens where plants are for sale) present.Mannuthy is also a center for many of the government and private educational institutions. Among the famous few are the College of Veterinary and Animal sciences, College of Dairy Science and Technology, Agricultural Research Station . The fact that the Agricultural University at Vellanikara (only 3 km away) is added advantage to Mannuthy's growing economy and prosperity.Wildlife Sanctuary near Peechi and Vazhani dams is only 10 km away from Mannuthy.
A nursery is a place where plants are propagated and grown to usable size. There are retail nurseries which sell to the general public, wholesale nurseries which sell only to other nurseries and to commercial landscape gardeners, and private nurseries which supply the needs of institutions or private estates. Some retail and wholesale nurseries sell by mail.
Nurseries grow annuals, perennials, and woody plants (trees and shrubs). These have a variety of uses: decorative plants for flower gardening and landscaping, garden vegetable plants, and agricultural plants.
Nurseries often grow plants in a greenhouse, a building of glass or in plastic tunnels, designed to protect young plants from harsh weather (especially frost), while allowing access to light and ventilation. Modern greenhouses allow automated control of temperature, ventilation and light and semi-automated watering and feeding. Some also have fold-back roofs to allow "hardening-off" of plants without the need for manual transfer to outdoor beds.Some nurseries specialize in one phase of the process: propagation, growing out, or retail sale; or in one type of plant: groundcovers, shade plants, fruit trees, or rock garden plants.
Nurseries remain highly labour-intensive. Although some processes have been mechanised and automated, others have not. It remains highly unlikely that all plants treated in the same way at the same time will arrive at the same condition together, so plant care requires observation, judgement and manual dexterity; selection for sale requires comparison and judgement.
Business is highly seasonal, concentrated in spring and autumn. There is no guarantee that there will be demand for the product - this will be affected by temperature, drought, cheaper foreign competition, fashion, etc. A nursery carries these risks and fluctuations.
Annuals are sold in trays (undivided containers with multiple plants), flats (trays with built-in cells), peat pots, or plastic pots. Perennials and woody plants are sold either in pots or bare-root and in a variety of sizes, from liners to mature trees.
Plants may be propagated by seeds, but often desirable cultivars are propagated asexually by budding, grafting, layering, or other nursery techniques.