Cal Poly Annual Poinsettia Sale to Start Dec. 6

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s annual poinsettia sale, with 4,191 plants and dozens of varieties and colors, will kick off this Friday, Dec. 6, at the Poly Plant Shop and will run through mid-December.

The flowering holiday plants are grown by students in the university’s Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project, which begins every spring.

Two students, both majoring in agricultural and environmental plant sciences, are overseeing the enterprise project: Junior Beth Funke of Gilroy, California, and senior Justin Williams of Irvine, California. Lecturer Susan Snyder and Unit Manager Wendy Robinson are advising the project. 

“The project allows you to obtain real-world experience working with a flowering crop that can be translated into large-scale productions or home gardens,” Williams said.

This year’s poinsettia project offers many shades of reds, whites, pinks and many other variegated varieties. Sizes range from small plants in four -inch pots to large six-inch pots. Prices are $5 to $50.

The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Poly Plant Shop. In addition to poinsettias, the Poly Plant Holiday Sale also features student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts. Poinsettias, as supplies last, will be available at Poly Plant Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 14.

The Poly Plant Shop is located on campus off of Via Carta Road. Take the Highland Drive entrance, turn left on Via Carta Road, and go to the top of the hill. For more information, call the Poly Plant Shop at 805-756-1106. 

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. Visit

In photo at the top, senior Justin Williams and junior Beth Funke working the greenhouse with this year’s poinsettias.

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

December 2, 2019

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