Horticulture Unit Flourishes Despite Pandemic

While it is true that the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated an array of businesses large and small across the country and around the globe, a few industries are actually thriving. And that’s true for the Cal Poly Horticulture Unit, which has enjoyed an uptick in activity and sales as visitors come in to browse, shop – and in some instances just gasp in wonder.

This flurry of activity was caught on tape recently by Mustang News, which produced a video (https://mustangnews.net/poly-plant-shop-thrives/) that captures the essence of the Poly Plant Shop.

Sales at the shop have been brisk, perhaps because of people’s love of plants and their desire to support Cal Poly students.

Please note that because of COVID-19 restrictions and concern for everyone’s safety, all Cal Poly Plant Shop items, which include ornamental plants, floral arrangements and seasonal items, can be ordered online or by making a reservation to visit the Poly Plant Shop at http://polyplantshop.com.

Be sure to watch the Mustang News video for a bigger picture of the shop or watch it on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZCcOtXxYwU&feature=youtu.be

In addition, although social gathering is discouraged because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 3,000 people came to Cal Poly – safely distanced – two days in July to witness the university’s first blooming of a Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the corpse flower because of its foul aroma similar to that of rotting flesh.

Cal Poly’s was the first bloom on the Central Coast. The public was able to safely view the bloom by wearing masks and maintaining physical distances. Only one household visited at a time.

To watch a time-lapse of the corpse flower bloom, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBdfv7CQfoM.


Read more stories in the 2020 Newsletter.

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