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Cal Poly Hosts Annual Poinsettia Sale Dec. 2 and Dec. 9

Poinsettia plants cover a table and floor at a past campus plant sale

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s annual poinsettia sale, with thousands of plants and dozens of varieties and colors, will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Poly Plant Shop.

The flowering holiday plants are grown by the more than 20 students who work in the Plant Sciences Department’s greenhouses. This year’s poinsettia project offers plants in shades of red, white, pink and a plethora of other colors. Sizes range from small plants in four-inch pots to large poinsettias reaching three feet high, in 14-inch pots. Prices range from $10 to $100.

A display of poinsettia plants in six student-designed pots
Student-designed and 3-D-printed pots with motifs inspired from plants, mathematics and mycology will also be available for purchase at Cal Poly’s annual poinsettia sale on two consecutive Saturdays, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Poly Plant Shop.

Photo courtesy of Ponderose

In addition to poinsettias, the Poly Plant Holiday Sale also features student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts. A group of graduate students from the Orfalea College of Business will also demonstrate making 3-D-printed custom plant pots, which will also be available for purchase. Graduate students Nate Pratt, Andrew Boncich and Peter Moe-Lange who are pursuing master’s degrees in packaging value chain, along with Eden Breazeale (Agriculture and Environmental Plant Sciences, ’21) and Puneet Mahesha (Industrial Technology, ’21) founded Ponderose Design in 2020 to create local designs inspired from plants, mathematics and mycology.

Customers are encouraged to bring their own boxes and wagons for transporting larger purchases. No pets are allowed in the greenhouses.

The Poly Plant Shop is located on campus off Via Carta Road. Take the Highland Drive entrance, turn left on Via Carta Road, and go to the top of the hill. For more information, call the Poly Plant Shop at 805-756-1106 or visit

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.