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Growing Cut-Flower Crops in Hoop and Greenhouses

Online School with Steve & Gretel Adams

Level up! Learn the skills needed to grow in hoop & greenhouses so you can extend your growing season & your farm’s flower production.

Steve & Gretel Adams<br />
(8 customer reviews)
Flower Farming School Online

What Past Students Are Saying:

Who Is This School For?

Growers considering a house

Growers considering a house

Seasoned growers ready to expand

Seasoned growers ready to expand

House growers that need a reset

House growers that need a reset

Overwhelmed house growers

Overwhelmed house growers

MASTER Season Extension!

Start with Success - Choose the Perfect Structure

Start with Success - Choose the Perfect Structure

Boost Profits - Extend Flower Production Year-Round

Boost Profits - Extend Flower Production Year-Round

Maximize Yields - Optimize Crop Selection & Rotation

Maximize Yields - Optimize Crop Selection & Rotation

Master The Essentials - Irrigation, Heating, Ventilation, Etc

Master The Essentials - Irrigation, Heating, Ventilation, Etc.

Ensure Crop Vitality - Ward Off Pests, Weeds, & Diseases

Ensure Crop Vitality - Ward Off Pests, Weeds, & Diseases


Types of structure to invest in & where to purchase

Types of Structures to Invest In & Where to Purchase

How to extend production into the high-demand seasons

How to Extend Production Into the High-Demand Seasons

Where you can save money, energy, and time

Where You Can Save Money, Energy, & Time

Managing a structure with irrigation, netting, heating, ventilation, & more

Managing a Structure with Irrigation, Netting, Heating, Ventilation, & More

What to grow, why, and how to rotate crops

What to Grow, Why, & How to Rotate Crops

Tackle weeds, pests, and diseases

Tackle Weeds, Pests, & Diseases

Steve & Gretel Adams

574 Students Enrolled

Your Instructors, Steve & Gretel Adams

Published Authors

Flower Farm Owners For 15+ Years

Manage Over 17 Hoop/Greenhouse Structures

Grow Flowers From March to November in Zone 6A

Meet Steve and Gretel

Steve and Gretel Adams started Sunny Meadows Flower Farm in 2006. Being first-generation farmers, they have built the farm from scratch to what it is today, working from 1/4 acre with a homesteading vibe, to now 20 acres of production. They have experienced all the growing pains of having different economies of scale on their farm- building infrastructure, a productive and efficient team, and all the systems required to run such an operation. Through growing flowers, they have developed a love for farming and a strong drive to make their farming business the most efficient and profitable to provide a living for themselves and their team.

The farm is located in Columbus, Ohio in winter hardiness zone 6A. With 17 structures in production along with field growing, they are able to produce flowers from March to November. Their ability to produce flowers in the high-demand flower colder seasons allows for extended sales and better year-round employee retention. They have narrowed down their sales outlets to be mostly wholesale to florists and grocers, but still have some retail opportunities with their Farmstand and online shop. They have through the years sold in many different retail and wholesale outlets while they found and built their market, so can speak knowledgeably about all the outlets possible in the cut flower market from weddings to farmer’s markets, wholesalers, and more. They focus on both high-production field crops, and also specialty greenhouse crops to provide a nice selection through the season. Their passion drives their growth to supply more people with domestically-grown flowers as year-round as possible, helping to regrow the domestic flower market.

Through their farming journey, they have learned so much from others that have been mentors and friends in the industry. Through that journey and the resulting success, it is important for them to share their experiences and knowledge with the wider farming community. Steve and Gretel have spoken at many conferences over the years and are members of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. They were regular contributors for Growing For Market magazine and other farming publications with over 30 articles published over the course of the past decade.

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Online Learning at Your Own Pace

Study from anywhere, at any time, on any device for life. Purchase this school today & get full access to all the content immediately at your fingertips!

Steve & Gretel’s comprehensive curriculum is designed with OVER 17 HOURS of presentations and how-to videos spread out over 6 bite-sized modules. PLUS, 595 easily accessible & searchable past Frequently Asked Questions with Steve & Gretel.

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School Content

Video Sessions

Hours of Video

Printable Handouts

Class 1: Structure Types, Location, Deconstruction, and Construction

Session 1: Low tunnel/caterpillar tunnel & our version of the “Wollam” House
Session 2: Hoop houses/high tunnels aka “Hoopties”- 3 or 4 season structures
Session 3: Heated Greenhouses & Gutter Connects
Session 4: Considerations: ventilation, automation, utilities available, monitoring system, location, drainage, etc.
Session 5: Where to buy and tips for deconstruction of a used structure 
Session 6: Steps for construction part 1
Session 7: Steps for construction part 2
Q & A Sessions

Class 2: Creating a Successful Plan of Action- Crop Planning, Sales Outlets, & Seed Starting

Handouts: Flats to bed ft cheat sheet, GH schedule 2020 sample sheet, GH plan example

Session 1: Considerations for crop decision making
Session 2: Crop planning first steps- sales projections & budgeting
Session 3: Crop scheduling & greenhouse planning
Session 4: Sales outlets & pricing • Session 5: Enterprise budgets
Session 6: Seed starting, plant popping, & recording
Session 7: Propagation
Q & A Sessions

Class 3: Spring Blooms- Both Heated and Unheated Production

Handouts: Ranunculus, Anemones
Session 1: Ordering & sourcing ranunculus
Session 2: Ranunculus growing & harvesting
Session 3: Anemone growing & harvesting. Corm saving!
Session 4: Ornithogalum & prechilled tulips
Session 5: Snapdragons
Session 6: Stock (Matthiola incana)
Session 7: Dusty Miller
Session 8: Poppies, delphinium
Session 9: Sweet peas & our early sunflower trials
Q & A Sessions

Class 4: Blooms for Summer & Fall

Session 1: Lisianthus- seeds, plugs, & ordering
Session 2: Lisianthus- potting up, transplanting, & netting
Session 3: Lisianthus- harvesting, bunching
Session 4: Lilies programmed
Session 5: Eucalyptus & begonias
Session 6: Heirloom Chrysanthemums
Session 7: Dahlias- early & late
Session 8: Post frost flowers
Q & A Sessions

Class 5: Caring for the Plant’s Environment

Handouts: Reducing Humidity in the Greenhouse, Growing For Market- Nov/Dec 2020 Greenhouse environment

Session 1: Setting up the seed house- maximizing space & time
Session 2: Bed Prep
Session 3: Watering & irrigation
Session 4: Netting
Session 5: Cover crop & resting beds, rotation
Session 6: Maintenance & ventilation
Session 7: Dealing with the elements
Session 8: Sanitation
Session 9: What we’ve learned about humidity & venting from our Conservation Innovation Grant
Q & A Sessions

Class 6: Pest, Disease, & Soil Management

Handouts: IPM plan 2020 for sharing, Pest Cheat Sheet SMFF, ASCFG Grower Grant Report- Steaming, Growing For Market- Nov/Dec 2015- Downy Mildew Handouts from University & other sources: Purdue Downy Mildew, Mealybugs Insect IPM Mgmt Guide, Aphid Insect IPM Mgmt Guide, Scale Insect IPM Mgmt Guide, Whitefly Insect IPM Mgmt Guide, Fusarium lisianthus, Phytophora, Soil Solarization California, N. cucumeris, Dalotia coraria, Aphidius colemanii

Session 1: Diseases: Phythophora, Fusarium, Botrytis
Session 2: Diseases part 2: Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Rhizoctonia
Session 3: Pests: Aphids, Fungus Gnats, Whiteflies, Scale, Mealybugs
Session 4: Pests part 2: Thrips, Cabbage Loopers, Cutworms, Slugs, etc.
Session 5: Our worst weeds & weed cultivation of Chickweed, sow thistle, bindweed, thistle, lamb’s quarter, galinsoga
Session 6: Integrated Pest Management: Scouting & beneficial insects
Session 7: IPM part 2: Spraying with organic practices in mind
Session 8: Soil tests & amendments
Session 9: Soil steaming for disease & weed management
Q & A Sessions

Course Wrap-Up

Wrap-up video: Words of encouragement from Steve & Gretel
Q & A Sessions

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Full refunds with no questions asked are given upon email request within 7 days of purchase. Once a refund has been issued you lose all access to the course.

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PLUS, get these bonuses

BONUS 1: Exclusive 290+ Member Facebook Community

Connect with like-minded individuals & receive feedback and support from your peers. Become part of a community of students who share the same interest in hoop & greenhouse growing.
BONUS 1: Exclusive 290+ Member Facebook Community

BONUS 2: Webinar Replay

We’re dedicated to helping you become a flower pro. That’s why we’ve added this bonus video replay with the tips and tricks you need to succeed in customer relations.

Blooming Markets: Strategies for Developing Customer Relations

Bonus 2: Webinar Replay

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this school include floral design training?

No, this school does not provide training on floral design, as this school’s primary goal is to train current or aspiring flower farmers how to build a profitable wedding/event farmer-florist business.

Why would I buy an online course when there is so much free information on the internet?

It’s true there is a TON of free information floating around out there. But is it reliably correct information? Does it fit your situation, your goals, your experience level? How much time do you have to sort through info from various sources and decide what fits your needs? Purchasing an online course from someone with decades of experience gives you instant access to an organized, detailed, reliably accurate set of lessons to save you time and energy, so you can focus on learning rather than researching.

What is the difference between School courses and Mini-Workshops?

Mini-Workshops vary from sixty minutes to over four hours of instruction, see individual courses for details. Each of these courses offers lots of valuable information on a specific topic that you can digest in a short amount of time and put into action right away.

School course content is much more comprehensive and covers broad topics. School courses are meant to serve as a long-term reference tool that you will use all throughout the course of your flower farming journey. Each course includes 6 modules, which each contain multiple video training sessions, instructor worksheets, and handouts, and an FAQ archive. All of the course sessions (including the FAQs) are searchable by keyword, so you can always find and go directly to the information that you need at any given time.

Do I have unlimited access?

Yes, you have lifetime unlimited access to your purchased courses. 

Do I have to watch at a certain time?

You can watch the courses anytime at your convenience. Purchased On-Demand Courses will appear in your library immediately and will always be there for viewing. Purchased School Courses will appear in your library as the course progresses. Normally one class a week until all classes loaded and will always be there for viewing.

Do you offer course discounts?

Yes, once you are part of our course family (owning any online school or workshop) you will be eligible for $50 off additional school courses.

I live outside of the USA, may I purchase a course?

Yes, our online courses are available internationally.

This sounds great, but can it be done in MY region/growing conditions?

YES! We strive to make the lessons in these courses universally applicable across all regions and growing conditions (as proven by our students who range from Alaska to the Tropics!). Rather than just telling you what to do, our courses will teach you how to assess your environment and make decisions based on your specific conditions.  

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