Those hoping to get some of the locally famous Tech Tulips will have to wait until next year.
Tech's chapter of Pi Alpha Xi, a national horticulture honor society, has sold out of its annual tulip buds for Homecoming because of high pre-order sales. The tulips will be distributed Oct. 12 and 13 at the Hahn Horticulture Garden.
The flowers come in two varieties: the Hokie Blend Tulip Mix, which is a combination of orange and purple tulip buds, and the Hokie Single Tulip, which is orange with purple streaks. They are sold annually by PAX to fund scholarships and service projects.
The flowers came to fame when First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned them during her May commencement speech for the class of 2012.
Though the tulips are sold out, an alternative for Homecoming is the mums sold by the Tech Horticulture Club in the Hokie colors as part of their seasonal flower sale.