Whether you live in a harsh climate or simply want to grow a delicate crop, you’ll need a protective greenhouse to provide a suitable environment for your production. But adding a greenhouse alone won’t necessarily boost your supply. There are a few things every greenhouse owner should do to ensure proper growth environment and maximize yields.
Control the Climate
Sheltering your plants to protect them from the elements is just the first step in the growing process. Even on the coldest days, direct sunlight on the surface of your greenhouse can create a hazardous environment. Use vents, fans, biomass or even a climate control system to ensure proper temperatures depending on the species’ ideal requirements. WeatherPort®® makes greenhouses with optional ventilation systems and can even add extreme weather insulation, leaving you in control of the internal temperature at all times.
Too Much Humidity Is a Bad Thing
If you’re already in a humid climate, you’ll need to take measures to keep relative humidity between 70-85% inside your greenhouse. High humidity reduces growth effectiveness, causes early bolting and encourages the introduction of fungal diseases. Venting frequently and reducing the amount of watering is a good way to keep your greenhouse from feeling like a rainforest. If you’re in an arid climate, you can boost humidity levels by regularly spraying water onto the floor of your greenhouse.
Choose the Soil Carefully
Large-scale greenhouse owners often implement their growing system with the soil right beneath the structures, but small operations tend to use benches and individual pots for their plants. Whatever you choose, make sure your plants are getting the right soil. For pots or containers, the soil should be a little lighter and more fertile than ground or garden soils. Use organic potting mixes or homemade potting soil and test the pH levels for the proper acidity before potting.
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