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April 13, 2014

Plant sale to start April 16 at HPTC

Skills USA, part of High Plains Technical Center's Service Career program, is having a plant sale this week.

Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. The sale will be held in the greenhouse behind the main building by the wind turbines.

We are so excited.  I hope this goes over well.  The kids work so hard out here. This will be our third year for a plant sale," service careers instructor Karen Rogers said.  "We get our starts from our Mother plants. From cuttings or plugs. People tell me how healthy and pretty our plants are.

"We have more perennials than annuals this year. We have hanging baskets with a mixture of plants. Our plants are specific to this planting zone and handle the weather very well. Plants such as the ice plant and rose moss are able to stand the heat."

A number of different plants are offered through the sale.

"Geraniums, zinnias, grasses, rose moss, ice plants, hens and chicks, purple bleeding hearts, lemon citronella, wandering jews, spider plants are among our offering." Rogers said. "Two unique succulents we have are the donkey tail and hanging banana plants. The hanging banana plant actually resemble miniature bananas. Each pod of the donkey tail can produce a plant itself. We will be bringing in asparagus ferns and spikes for the sale as we don't grow them ourselves."

Kile Whisennand, Jenny Hamilton, and Mikayla Kenny, all horticulture students, like the planting but prefer doing plugs. They are very enthusiastic about their projects and very willing to give a tour of their work.  

"The students gain interest in planting and learn how plant reproduction works. They learn skills that can lead to employment opportunities in the future," Rogers said.  "And I learn from them as well. They will show me the way their grandparents or parents do something and I might use their method."

"Every day I learn something new when I go there (the greenhouse)," Jenny Hamilton said.

The revenue from the plant sale will help fund the Skill USA team's trip to the state competition in Tulsa April 28-29. The High Plains team will have 11 members competing. The mission of Skill USA is to develop leadership, employment skills, and learning to work responsibly doing the job right.

"Working in the greenhouse has gotten our students talking about horticulture. They do a great job." Rogers said.

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