The Whiteford FFA Greenhouse will open Tuesday with an assortment of spring flower and vegetable bedding plants in time for Mother's Day.

The Whiteford FFA Greenhouse will open Tuesday with an assortment of spring flower and vegetable bedding plants in time for Mother’s Day.

The greenhouse is located near Whiteford Agricultural Schools, 6655 Consear Rd. Jake Gust, vocational agriculture instructor, said FFA students will have a great selection of annual flowers in a variety of hanging baskets, patio planters, pallet planters, flats and 4 ½-inch pots.

“They also have a nice selection of vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, cucumbers and yellow squash,” Gust said.

Proceeds from the sales will help fund future FFA projects as well as conventions, contests and conferences for students. Proceeds also will go to fund new tools, equipment and curriculum resources for the organization.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hours for the greenhouse have been shortened this year. The greenhouse is open weekdays from noon to 6 p.m, Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The greenhouse will only be open daily through Memorial Day, he said.

Visitors should follow signs and pull into the large parking lot between the high school and the elementary building off Sylvania- Petersburg Rd. The greenhouse is east of the bus garage.

Prices are as follows:

• Hanging baskets, $12 each.

• 4½-inch square or round pots,$3 each or $35 for an entire flat (15- or 18-count flats).

• Proven winners in 4½-inch grande pots $3.50 each or a flat of 10 for $30.

• 12-inch patio planters, $18 each.

• 48-count Wave petunias or calibrachoa flats, $3 for a four-cell pack or $25 for a 48-count flat.

• Pallet Planters, $40 each.

• Vegetables, $2 for 4-cell pack or $12 per flat of 48 plants

• Al’s hanging flower pouches, $12 each.

“We accept cash or check only as payment methods,” Gust said.

Checks should be made to “Whiteford FFA” and should include a phone number and address.

The FFA is happy to be open for business this year in lieu of the virus outbreak, he said. “We’re pleased to provide flower and vegetable needs, but please help us to keep everyone safe during this uncertain time.”

He suggested visitors follow these simple rules:

• Everyone entering the greenhouse must wear a mask.

• All shopping parties must practice social distancing from other customers at all times.

• Visitors should not bring children or anyone under the age of 18.

Because classes have been canceled for the remainder of the year and students are not able to work at the greenhouse, there are limited workers available, Gust said. Customer service is also at a minimum.

“Please have patience this year,” he said. “We are doing the best we can to provide you with the plants you need.”