ATWATER -- Gardeners will have about 10,000 plants to choose from at the Future Farmers of America seventh annual Fall Plant and Pumpkin Sale today and Saturday at Atwater High School.
Dave Gossman, chairman of the AHS agriculture department, said net profit can be between $2,000 and $3,000 per sale. Gross sales are about $10,000 at spring and fall sales.
The school's horticulture class is the primary party responsible for fall and spring plant sales. The class identifies and selects the varieties of plants six to 10 weeks before the sale dates and is responsible for all the transplanting of plant plugs.
"In addition to the main flowering annuals and perennials sold at each sale, students also take part in yearly plant propagation that focuses on specialized plants such as succulents, ferns and house plants. In all, students are involved in over 20,000 plants throughout the year," Gossman said.
Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Gossman said more students are taking part in their own specialized projects and raising plants that feed a particular customer niche.
The plant sale features annuals and perennials, snapdragons, asters and begonias, black-eyed Susans, lavender, red flowering salvia, ferns, spider plants, pansies and impatiens, oregano and basil, broccoli, alyssum, dusty miller, metal art and pumpkins.
Any plants that are not sold either are transplanted into larger containers or donated to the school campus and used as landscaping projects by horticulture students.
Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.