The UConn Horticultural Club is selling geraniums from April 29 to May 10 in honor of graduation, Justin Ferreira, Horticulture Club president said.
The club is selling seven different colored geraniums, Ferreira said. The different types are “Patriot Red” (Deep Red), “Hope” (Magenta), “Mayflower” (Pink), “Amy” (Light Pink), “Puritan” (White), “Yours Truly” (Orange-Red) and “Olivia” (Coral).
“This is the time of the spring semester where campus is most active. Between parents coming on campus, students enjoying the weather and staff possibly have a bit more free time to look at something pretty,” Ferreira said.
In addition to graduation, Ferreira said that all of the geraniums are in full bloom and it’s the perfect time to sell them.
“Our geraniums are all in flower,” Ferreira said. “Right now is when multiple flower buds begin to shoot up and the first ones typically open, which tells us it’s time to sell.”
Geraniums are versatile and can be displayed in hanging baskets, window planters or inside, Ferreira said. They are very easy to take care of.
“Geraniums are a pretty durable plants and can handle different potted environments,” Ferreira said. “Geraniums just like water and direct or partial sun.”
The geraniums will be sold in the Floriculture Building (1395 Storrs Road Storrs, CT 06269)
in the Main Lobby from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Geraniums are one for $7 and three for $18. Succulents will also be sold for $5.
Although this is only the second year the club is selling geraniums at this time, the greenhouse has been growing and selling geraniums for more than 30 years, Ferreira said.
Ferreira said he encourages people to buy geraniums whether it’s a graduation gift, Mother’s day gift or just because. He said the plants will last for a long time and they are worth it.
“Geraniums are a great early blooming, in our climate, annual that will continue to bloom all spring into the summer,” Ferriera said. “They have very (showy) blooms and unique green foliage.”
Rachel Philipson is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.