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Students' plants sold for bargain prices

Posted April 29, 2009 5:33 p.m. EDT
Updated May 7, 2009 12:10 p.m. EDT

— For many of us, it is time to do some yard work – maybe plant flowers or a vegetable garden. However, most of us don't want to spend a lot of money these days. But there are ways to get great plants at bargain prices.

At a greenhouse at Knightdale High School, you can find Gerber daisies, day lilies, petunias and begonias. In all, the greenhouse has more than 1,000 plants, including vegetables and hanging baskets – all grown by students.

It is part of a program several area schools are taking part in. They grow plants and then sell them to the public at bargain prices.

“They're very good plants and they're all natural,” said Kwmaine Todd, an 11th grader.

The plants are nurtured and grown by horticulture students at East Wake High School.

“It's pretty cool to see how everything progresses,” said Rachel Tant, an 11th grader.

The learning is hands on.

“You have to do every one of them right, because if you do them wrong, they won't grow, properly,” Tant said.

“Breaking the bad leafs off. Taking the leaves that are turning yellow and brown, and making it healthier,” said Lucas Rice, a 10th grader, of ways she takes care of the plants.

"All these plants are from seeds or cuttings. We haven't bought anything other than seeds," said Janet Harris, program director.

Harris says the students' plant in the fall and transplant throughout the year.

In addition to learning about horticulture, the students learn the basics of business when they sell the plants to the public.

“We normally sell the baskets for $5,” Harris said.

Tomato plants cost just 25 cents, and a flat of 50 bedding plants runs $10. The money earned goes back into the program.

“Everybody wins on this one,” Harris said.

"It makes me feel kind of good," Todd said of his work with the plants.

Where and when to buy students' plants

East Wake High
5101 Rolesville Road
Wendell, N.C. 27591
May 7, after school at approximately 2:19 p.m.

West Johnston high School
5935 Raleigh Road
Benson, N.C. 27504
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., through the end of May or until plants sell out

Princeton High
101 Dr Donnie H Jones Jr. Blvd.
Princeton, N.C. 27569
Sale under way

Smithfield-Selma High
700 E Booker Dairy Road
Smithfield, N.C. 27577
Call school for sale information

North Johnston High
5915 U.S. 301 North
Kenly, N.C. 27542
Sale runs through end of May, or until plants sell out

Riverside High School
3218 Rose of Sharon Road
Durham, N.C. 27712
Sales held within next two weeks

South Granville High School
701 North Crescent Drive
Creedmoor, NC.. 27522
Sales through May 9

Fuquay Varina High School
201 Bengal Blvd
Fuquay Varina, N.C. 27526
Sale runs until the end of school