With the holidays approaching, the Horticulture and Crop Science Department is hosting its annual poinsettia sale starting Nov. 30.

The flowering plants are grown by a group of student volunteers as part of the the Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project.  

This annual event is expected to have more than 4,000 plants for sale. This year’s poinsettia project offers many shades of red, white, pink and other variegated varieties.

The money from the plants sales is split up among the group of students who grew the plants after covering the operating costs, according to agricultural and environmental plant sciences senior Kelsea Jones.

There are nine students who have been working on this project since the spring. All of the students are studying agricultural and environmental plant sciences. Agricultural and environmental plant sciences lecturer Susan Snyder and Unit Manager Wendy Robinson advise the project.

Prices for the plants range from $5 to $55. Poinsettias can be small enough to fit in a 2-inch flowerpot or large enough to reach a height of three feet.

“It’s one of our bigger events and it brings a lot of the community to campus,” Jones said.

The shop will also include holiday wreaths, centerpieces, ornaments and other gifts for sale.

The sale will be held Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 4-7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Poly Plant Shop. The Poly Plant Shop is located at the Horticulture Unit (building 48) at the top of Via Carta Road in San Luis Obispo.

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