R-S Central begins plant sale

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 04:36 AM

Lisa Higgins, agriculture teacher, is hoping the plant sale will raise some money for the team and for the agriculture department. She said last year's sale brought in $1,500.

"We have this to raise extra money and to help out the community," Higgins said.

The horticulture classes have been raising the plants and Higgins said another important part is what the students learn. The students are responsible for watering the plants, pulling blooms off, fertilizing the plants and transplanting them when it's needed.

"It's good because they learn how to take care of plants and be responsible," Higgins said. "When we go to Oklahoma, the horticulture students will have to take care of all of it while I'm gone. The lessons they learn doing this, they can use later in life."

Plants for sale will include: Carolina Reaper peppers, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, brandywine tomatoes, beefy boy tomatoes, Cherokee purple tomatoes, tomatillos, squash, gourds, zucchini, cantaloupe, scorpion peppers, cucumbers, geraniums, ferns, Wandering Jew, petunias, lantana, basil, egg plant, rosemary, spider plant, cayenne pepper, chocolate bell pepper, irises, sunflowers, asparagus and Christmas cactus.

Prices vary per plant. Anyone interested in purchasing plants can visit the agriculture department during schools hours. Higgins encouraged people to come by between 1:30-3 p.m. because the horticulture classes will be able to help. However plants can be purchased anytime during the day.

For more information call the school at 828-287-3304.