Cal Poly Virtual Tomato Spectacular Plant Sale Offers Plant Pickup on Campus

Tomato plantsSAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale will be held virtually this year, with online ordering beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 17, and continuing until mid-May or until plants are sold out.

Reservations will be required to pick up plants within five days of purchase. Customers can select a time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, April 20.

The Tomato Spectacular will offer more than 70 different types of tomato plants.

Brandywine, Early Girl, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Homestead, and a selection of cherry tomato plants, including Nature’s Bites, are some of the unique cultivars that will be available. The cost is $7 per plant. To view this year’s catalogue, click here or visit to download a copy.

Plant varieties will be staggered throughout the sale, with inventory updated on Friday nights for purchase online starting the following day. Online ordering is available at

Boxes will not be provided this year; customers should plan to bring their own containers if needed. When placing orders, customers will be prompted to provide a phone number and a time to pick up their orders in parking lot H-12, south of the Horse and Horticulture units on Via Carta Road off of Highland Drive. During pick up, customers are asked to wear a mask and to remain in the car. Plants will be delivered by students and staff.

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 ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.

Contact: Wendy Robinson

April 16, 2021

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