By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Getting your hands dirty with garden soil is usually something that happens in the spring or early summer, not in the late fall. But several Preston High School ag students are doing just that.
The school’s FFA Chapter is holding its annual Poinsettia sale starting Monday, Nov. 18, through Christmas.
The flowers can be picked up Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., with the exception of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Ag instructor Josh Evans spearheaded the project three years ago and said the Christmas flowers are available in seven–inch pots. Flowers with single blooms will cost $8 and those with double blooms cost $14.
“This is probably the best crop of poinsettias that we have ever produced. They really look great right now and have colored up nicely,” said Evans. “The main difference this year, compared to what we’ve done previously, is plant the rooted starts a month early.
“We get them from Ecke Ranch in California and FFA officers planted up to 300 flowers in mid- July this summer. Last year we didn’t plant them until the end of August. It’s made a big difference.”
This story is sponsored by FCMC Home Health & Hospice.
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