The annual plant sale by the Pinckneyville Community High School FFA chapter will go on despite the stay-at-home order, according to FFA adviser Austin McAllister. All gardeners need is a computer.
McAllister, also a horticulture teacher, said the PCHS greenhouse sale will begin Friday, April 17 at https://pinckneyville-ffa-greenhouse.cheddarup.com. All plants are grown by PCHS horticulture students.
Customers can pick up their plants or have them delivered -- each option is strictly "no contact." No in-person sales are allowed.
There is no end date for the sale, McAllister said.
"The plan is to sell until they are all gone," he emailed. "My hope is that within the first week we will have most of the plants gone. Normally within the first two weeks we have very little left. This year we hope to be better with the free delivery and stay-at-home order."
McAllister said this is the club's biggest fundraiser of the year, and that the money goes directly back into the account for next years sale, as well as maintenance and supplies for the greenhouse.
Among the plants available are six-packs of various coleus plants, Flag Mix Wave Petunias, Impatiens Dazzler Mix, Moss Rose, and Wax Begonia Baby Wing Pink or Mix.
Other plants are Succulents, Small Jade, Citronella, State Fair Zinnias, Red or Maverick Star Geraniums, and Black Mamba Wave Petunias in a 12-inch dish. Hanging Baskets of Black Mamba Wave Petunias, Green or Variegated Spider Plants are also available.
Prices are $3 for the 6-packs and for zinnias, $4 for geraniums and succulents, $5 for citronella, $12 for spider plant hanging baskets, $15 for Black Mamba Hanging Baskets, and $18 for Black Mambas in the 12-inch dishes.
The website also includes some pictures of the available plants.
Pickups will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at scheduled times. Buyers will be notified when an order is ready and available for pickup. Free, no-contact deliveries will be made on Tuesday and Thursday to Perry County doorsteps or agreed-upon locations.
All proceeds benefit PCHS students in the FFA and horticulture programs.
Email McAllister with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McAllister noted that he is aware that the Trico and Steeleville FFA chapters also have plants available, including some vegetable plants that PCHS is unable to offer this year.