Teachers -

Attached you will find the Spring 2014 Plant Order form. This year we
have chosen Lewis Farms as our central region wholesaler and are excited to
offer you new plant material choices along with many tray size options.

Please see the information below concerning the difference in tray size,
order deadline, plant pickup location options, and plant combination
suggestions.  Also note there are *four tabs at the bottom* of the order
form: Annual Plugs, Rooted Cuttings, Vegetables and Herbs.

The deadline to place your order is* Monday, November 11*.

*I will send out an email in Jan to set up for pick up location. *
This year we are offering *FIVE* pickup location options:*
Saturday, February 8th in conjunction with State CDEs at Fort Valley State.
Monday, February 10th - There will be 1 centrally located school pick up in
Area 3
Tuesday, February 11th - There will be 1 centrally located school pick up
in Area 4
Wednesday, February 12th in conjunction with the Region Poultry CDE in
or You can pick up directly from the grower in South Houston County.

Note -- there will be NO plant pickup at the GVATA Winter Conference this

This year we are offering several tray size options:
512 - an economical choice for teachers who purchase large quantities of a
specific plant, but please note that plugs will be much smaller than the
345 tray offered in the past meaning longer finishing times in the
288 - larger plugs and faster crop maturity than the 345 tray offered in
previous years.  This is the industry standard.
144 - larger plugs than the 288 tray -- note these are NOT half trays of
the 288 flats.
100 - offered in rooted cuttings only.
True *half trays *are offered in rooted cuttings and vegetables for
teachers who might like to try something different without having to commit
to a lot of plant material.

You will find there are several new items on the list this year that work
great in mixed container baskets (1 or more different plants per
basket/pot) such as:

Scaveola (a cascading flowering plant) mixed with wave petunias
Creeping jenny (a unique lime green plant that spills over containers)
mixed with impatiens or petunias
Canna Lily (dwarf), sweet potato vine, and wave petunias
Creeping jenny, hypoestes, and petunia
Calibrachoa (also known as million bells), sweet potato vine and verbena
Coleus, Verbena, impatiens
Heliotrope, dichondra (petite leaves that spill over pot), vinca
Hollyhock, calibrachoa, hypoestes
Sweet potato vine, portulaca, melampodium
Ornamental fountain grasses, creeping jenny, dichondra

Feel free to call or email - I'd be more than happy to assist you in making
your selections or with any questions you may have.

Melissa Riley
Central Region Ag Education
Horticulture Teacher
1005 State University Drive,  Box 4060
Fort Valley, GA 31030
office - 478-825-6067
cell - 478-973-4071
  fax - 478-825-6980