CLEMSON — No need to go to the big box home and garden store to purchase plants that have been shipped hundreds of miles when you can purchase plants that have been lovingly cultivated in Clemson University’s high-tech greenhouses by Clemson horticulture students and professors.
The annual Clemson University Horticulture Student Plant Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 Biosystems Research Complex Greenhouse. It’s located on New Cherry Street and is part of the Biosystems Research Complex located just east of Newman Hall and the Poole Agricultural Sciences Building.
Proceeds from the sale support student travel to professional events and meetings and other horticulture club activities.
All plants were cultivated and grown by Clemson horticulture students under the direction of professors. Student-grown plants for sale (described by the students) include:
• Supercool petunia colors (not your grandmother’s boring old petunias)
• Sun coleus (solid performer every summer)
• Sunpatiens (set the bar for summer color)
• Little Lucky Lantanas (tidy, dependable lantanas)
• Geraniums (these are your grandmother’s boring, old geraniums, but what’s wrong with nostalgia?)
• Baskets, patio planters and mini-combos (packed full with color and charm)
• Blueberries (including Pink Lemonade)
• Asian persimmons (easier to grow than you might think)
• Hardy pomegranates (from Afghanistan)
• Figs (Chicago Cold Hardy)
• Gogi berry (backyard superfood)
• Thornless blackberries
• Cherry (Sun Sugar, Sun Gold, Sweet Million)
• Grape (Sweet Hearts, Sweet Zen)
• Heirloom (Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Mr. Stripey, Yellow Pear)
• High-yielding hybrids (Celebrity, Defiant, Red Pride, Solar Set)
• Beefsteak (Big Beef)
• Different colors (Sweet Tangerine, Orange Slice, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye)
• Compact for the patio (Homeslice)
• Hybrid versions of French heirlooms (Marbonne, Margold)
• Lunchbox Red, Orange and Yellow (Great for snacking!)
• Numex Suave (A mild Habañero)
• Cornito Rosso and Giallo (half-sized Corno di Toro Italian peppers)
• Eros (golden-yellow mini-bell.)
• Intruder & Red Knight (regular bell types)
• Rosa Bianca
• Orient Express
• Barbarella (different shapes, sizes, colors)
• Bay Laure
For information, contact Jim Faust at JFAUST@clemson.edu.
The Clemson University Horticulture Student Plant sale features plants lovingly grown by students and professors.
This story was written by Jonathan Veit, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Clemson University.