|Maroa Forsyth FFA Chapter||
Each year the horticulture class is asked to order and create the senior night flowers for any senior night presentation made through the high school. This year was no different, we a large active senior class we were asked to design 44 senior night roses. The class enjoyed the challenge and got all the flowers done as a team in one class period (obviously previous days of prep helped) but thank you to the athletic department for allowing us to do this! Look for our designs next week for the volleyball seniors.
Mum plants that the FFA is selling is a constant care point in the greenhouse this fall. with over 400 mums, the horticulture class has been working in teams caring for 25-50 mums per team depending on the sales rate. Carsen has been a great asset to the program, and has really taken a leadership role. I personally took an interest in the hydroponic growth of cuttings of the mums, and am taking a grow challenge to heart. I have 6 different varieties that myself and Chris are working on, and we plan to record our findings and report back to the mum grower. Currently we have 36 starter mum plants in the hydroponic NFT system. Alyssa Garner
The Horticulture class was hard at work with the Mum project, hydroponics, but took time to take on the homecoming court challenge. The groups were set and designed all the attendants flowers, as well as the Queen Bouquets that were used! Team leaders: Marissah, Kaitlyn, Kirsten, Rachel were all asked to take a team of three and design their 2 assigned bouquets. They had a great time - We enjoyed the challenge and the pictures from crowning were amazing! Thanks to the Student Counsel for the challenge, and opportunity. Gage Kapraun
This group has lucked out so far this school year, we have been working on projects stemming from upcoming wedding projects. The kids learned about grouping, "natural" materials together to create a rustic country image! Next week they maybe making BB halos and Bout made out of 100% BB. These kids have been great, creative, and hard working so far! Rachel Nelson
We were welcomed back to leadership training right off the bat. Being placed in teams, we were required to construct using pipe cleaners and foil. Here is what our creative juices got done on the first day!
We have been spraying the succulent plants with fertilizer, checking on the plants daily to make sure no problems are occurring during their crucial growth process. So far the succulents are coming along quite well. 17 out of 17 plants are doing magnificently. They have or are developing white roots.
The succulent plants have now been in the greenhouse for a week. The 2nd hour class has been taking care of them and they're are doing a great job! They found that the Perlite mixed with a little bit of soil worked better than the glass rocks. The class is considering moving all the succulents in the glass rocks to a individual container with Perlite and soil.
We have our mums, lettuce, and spinach going in our towers and in our NFT systems. We have put a rooting hormone on our mums in the towers. The goal is to get the mums to root, and then we can plant them in sterile soil to have new plants to manipulate in the future. The lettuce and spinach is looking good. We cleaned the floors - to prevent bacteria growth. We also added water to the first system to keep the nutrients and water flow high enough for plant growth.
The most common involve growing in a medium made of coarse bark mix or sphagnum moss, which is what we are currently growing our orchids in. We did water yesterday for the first time in a week as they require low water. They did accidentally get sprayed with the succulent water - so we will be watching that for leaf rot.
Succulents are one of the new plants the horticulture class 2nd hour has started taking care of! These are used for wedding, design, and drawings in art class. There will be half of the succulents in Perlite with a little bit of soil at the bottom. Then the other half will be in glass rocks. Succulent plants require very little water, but need about 12 hours of sunlight daily. Temperatures perfect for the succulents are 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
2nd Hour Horticulture Class will be maintaining this page with things they are working on, projects they are completing, and lessons learned. We look forward to Mum Sales, Poinsettia sales, and plant sales in the spring! Come stop by and let us show you what is growing!