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Ask an Expert: Using the Paperpot Planting System for Specialty Cut Flowers

May 13 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Join the ASCFG for the May 2024 Ask an Expert session led by Julia Keel of Full Keel Farm!

Julia will present on using the Paperpot system for cut flowers on her farm in Florida. After adopting the Paperpot trays in 2020, she estimates that about 85% of Full Keel Farm’s 2024 crops will be planted using this system. For this webinar, she will specifically address crop selection and spacing, timing of transplanting, bed prep and weed management, and the overall benefits and drawbacks of the system. Julia will also share detailed information about the cost per plant, time for transplanting and weeding, and more. By sharing in detail how Full Keel Farm converted from using all landscape fabric to almost entirely Paperpot-planted crops, attendees will be able to evaluate the potential of this system for their own operations while maintaining realistic expectations for using this tool.

Full Keel Farm is a small, family farm owned by Julia & Earl Keel. The flower farm developed out of Julia and Earl’s love for growing, decades working in and around agriculture, and their desire to build a small farm at our home in north central Florida. After meeting at a research station on a large Florida cattle ranch, they started growing vegetables together in a small garden. In the spring of 2017, inspired by the Slow Flowers movement, they added two 50-ft beds of cosmos and zinnias into the vegetable garden, and quickly decided to transition to growing flowers.

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May 13
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers
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