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The ins and outs of the geodesic greenhouse
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By: Carl Formby Email Article
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The geodesic dome is a unique structure. Its most important advantage is that it does not require any intermediate supports. It was invented by Buckminster Fuller in 1954. This design is used to advantage a geodesic dome greenhouse as it leaves you a lot of extra space to grow plants. One can see Climatron to realize this very fact.

The Climatron is actually the world's first geodesic dome greenhouse built inside the Missouri Botanical gardens in St. Louis, Missouri. It opened in 1960. It grows more than 1200 species of plants in a dome having a diameter of 175 feet. Its height is 70 feet.

The second biggest advantage of a geodesic dome greenhouse is that compared both ground area wise and perimeter wise, it offers to you the maximum unencumbered spatial volume and height. The third biggest advantage of the geodesic dome design is that structurally it is the sturdiest. It distributes stress equally on all the struts. Another big advantage is that it has no corners. It can therefore receive the maximum light from the Sun at all declinations.

The exorbitant cost and the clear space requirements of a geodesic dome greenhouse are of course the only two downsides of this design.

However, if you have the clear space and money to boot, nothing really can then stop you from making a commercial greenhouse based on it. You can then use the sun's rays to light up your greenhouse optimally, while using the inherent space advantage to grow the plants to provide you the maximum yield and profits. Aesthetically, too, a geodesic dome greenhouse is a marvel to behold.

Even if you want to use it as an indoor greenhouse, the inherent space advantages of the geodesic dome design lets you install the requisite number of passive solar heating drums to optimally heat it. You can then of course use the design to make an indoor orchid greenhouse to grow all the fruits you want. The height advantage of the geodesic dome will allow you to grow the tallest fruit bearing trees inside it.

In fact after the Climatron came up, many entrepreneurs saw the inherent profit-making benefits in the geodesic dome design. So, they used it in making out-to-out commercial greenhouses. Today many people are using this design in making considerable profits from their all-year round plant, fruits and vegetable growing ventures in their own commercial green houses.

Even if you individually do not have the huge amount of money to spare, you and your friends can pool in the funds to make the dream of a geodesic dome greenhouse a reality. You can then reap and share the profits too.

Carl formby owns and operates, a site filled with information on Portable Greenhouses and Hobby Greenhouses

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