Olympia FFA moving forward with
growing plants for fundraiser sale in May
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[March 20, 2020]
The Olympia High School 2020 Horticulture class has been hard at
work this school year! Mr. Hoffman’s class of 22 students have been
planting plugs and seeds to prepare for their upcoming plant sale.
The plant sale will be the first two Saturdays in May (May 2 and May
9) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Plugs are seedlings that have already germinated and were grown for
a certain amount of time in small cells before being shipped to
somewhere else. The geraniums grown in the Olympia greenhouse
started as plugs planted by Olympia ag students. Some seeds the
class has planted include zinnias, marigolds, tomatoes, peppers,
herbs and more! As the plugs and seeds began to grow, the
horticulture class began to use slow-release fertilizers to help
keep the plants healthy.
They have encountered no pest issues yet.
The first and most important thing the horticulture class learned
before they even began planting was the most important cultural
practice in the greenhouse. Watering. It is important to not
over-water the plants, to make sure they have just the right amount
of water for each plant species.
Next up for the class is to take cuttings from the growing plants
and transplant some plants into hanging basket arrangements!
Greenhouse managers, Rebekah Magee and Noah Reber, work with Mr.
Hoffman to take care of the plants during weekends and extended
breaks from school.
“I’m really pleased with how every horticulture student has found a
role to help our greenhouse and plant sale be successful,” stated
Mr. Hoffman. -Submitted by Chloe Scroggins-Olympia FFA Media
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Lindsay Eaton, Alyssa Lane, and Cailin Westfall transplant Gerbera
daisy plugs in the Olympia greenhouse.
Elizabeth Davis and Chloe Scroggins transplant seedlings.
Greenhouse manager, Noah Reber, carefully waters the petunias.
Horticulture students are busy organizing plants in the Olympia
[Bryce A. Hoffman
Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor
Olympia High School]