There are a variety of greenhouse supplies that can help you provide your plants with a healthy growing environment. Used properly, they can make your green thumb even greener and more productive. There are solutions available to you no matter what the issue.
It's a constant challenge to keep your greenhouse growing environment steady. Heat, cold, humidity, air circulation, drainage...these are all conditions that need to be controlled to provide a healthy atmosphere in which your plants can thrive. We'll have a look at the various greenhouse supplies available to help you produce under almost any condition.
Greenhouse heaters are definitely a great help. A greenhouse will extend your growing season through the colder months provided you prepare for the temperature drops. Electric heaters are a commonplace solution to keeping a steady temperature for your plants. It is generally recommended to have at least two heaters in the greenhouse. It is important to remember, though, that placement of the greenhouse heaters can adversely affect your plants if they are in direct line with your heater. Be sure to allow good air flow and ease of access for yourself. A good solution to this is to have your plants on benching with the heaters below. You can adjust the direction of heat flow and since heat rises, you should be able to maintain a nice temperature for your plants. Keep in mind that a source for electricity should be easily at hand.
If heat is the problem than an automatic vent opener may be of help. A greenhouse vent is very important to provide heat release and air circulation to your plants. They can, however be a pain to adjust manually. An automatic vent opener will adjust itself to release heat when the temperature rises too far and will close when the greenhouse is at it's optimal temperature. Very helpful in times of fluctuating weather. Another option is greenhouse shade cloth. It is UV resistant and comes in a various shade factors anywhere from 30-70% reduction in light. It can be purchased in a variety of sizes and is easily attached over your greenhouse. What you choose will depend on what you are growing and your location. For example; roses would require a lesser shade factor. Generally a 50-60% shade factor is optimal but in the south you would want to amp that up.
Most plants love some humidity and ideally you would keep the humidity level in your greenhouse around 50-70%. Certainly you can attain that by using a misting system. The fine mist that is provided will evaporate using up some of the heat in the greenhouse, creating moist air and having a cooling effect of up to 35 degrees. Great especially in the hot summer months.
Air circulation is very important in maintaining the productivity of not just your plant but your greenhouse itself. Adding wall louvers to your greenhouse can be of benefit as well as having slatted or wire shelving units. Good air flow will also help prevent the build up of mold and fungi.
In combination, these greenhouse supplies can help you maintain and preserve the optimal growing conditions in your greenhouse. They are readily available online and are generally easy to install and use. Happy Growing!