by News Bureau on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 28, 2013 – The Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse at Southeast Missouri State University will begin their fall mums sale Sept. 3.
“We have all different colors and shapes and types and flowers. Yellow is usually the most popular for fall,” said Denise Pingel, manager of the greenhouse.
Pingel said the mums are beginning to bud their colors.
“In a few weeks, it will be very colorful up here,” Pingel said, adding that the greenhouse grows all the mums used on campus in the fall.
This year, the greenhouse is working with 182 varieties of mums. It is a testing site for two companies, GroLink, based out of California, and Ball in Chicago. The University greenhouse has been working with the companies for more than 30 years, according to Pingel. Greenhouse staff takes photos and evaluate the mums’ growth, based on weather patterns and other elements, and then send the evaluations to the companies.
The mums sent to the University are rooted and potted by greenhouse staff. Student staff grows them, which are then sold to the public.
Students, staff and faculty who show their Redhawks ID will receive 10 percent off their plant purchases. The greenhouse is located at 1039 Bertling Street. For more information, contact the greenhouse at (573) 651-2316. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.