Fundraising Poinsettia Sale by the University of Georgia's Tau chapter of Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Honor Society.
Students in Professor Paul Thomas's experiential learning class, Hort 4070, along with the Honor Society Pi Alpha Xi grew over 800 poinsettias this year. The plants were started from cuttings and grew throughout the fall semester with the aid of a new drip irrigation system linked to a Dosatron D14MZ2 - 14 GPM fertilizer injector that was donated by Dosatron to support the horticulture industry and a Dilution Solutions Li'l Bud-D cart. The system was designed and built by the students and the greenhouse manager and provided a quick and efficient way to irrigate and fertilize the 800-plant crop.
The Hort 4070 course teaches, and provides, real-world experience for the floriculture students on how to manage a greenhouse and run a floriculture business. The full-time entrepreneur students fund their course and organize the activities. They have limited time between classes, so the irrigation system has been a time-saver. The Dosatron provides an accurate injection of the nutrients to the plants through the irrigation system, freeing up the student's time.
They will be selling the poinsettias on December 3 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in Greenhouse 13. There are red, white, light pink varieties, along with ruffled red poinsettias. The proceeds of this sale will fund student travel to conferences, classroom supplies, and other club activities as well as upgrades and equipment to expose students to the technology used in the greenhouse field.