November 19, 2015

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

Annual Cal Poly Poinsettia Sale to Begin Dec. 4

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 2,800 plants in more than 30 different varieties and colors will be available for purchase during Cal Poly’s annual poinsettia sale, which kicks off at the Poly Plant Shop Holiday Sale from Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-6. The sale runs through mid-December.

The flowering holiday plants are grown by students in the university’s Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project, which begins every spring. Six students, all majoring in agricultural and environmental plant sciences, are overseeing the enterprise project: Ricky Lopez, Kelsey Russell, Sonny Bergin, Killian Vendler, Brennan Roy, and Jordan Collins. Professor Virginia Walter is the project advisor.

This year’s poinsettia project offers varieties with unusual leaf forms, some with traditional red and white flowers, and many novelty colors, including pink, orange, marble, maroon and speckled. Sizes range from small plants in four-inch pots to large poinsettias reaching four feet high. Prices are $5 to $55.

In addition to poinsettias, student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts will be sold during the holiday sale. Poinsettia project students will be on hand during the event to advise customers about caring for their purchases.

The Poly Plant Shop is located on campus off Via Carta Road and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call the Poly Plant Shop at 805-756-1106 or visit

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories including ranchland, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology.

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