Greenhouse Kits - Rion, Mini, Portable, Hobby and Professional
Let's face it: it can get freezing cold, blustery and snowy outside in
winter and hot as hell in summer. If you want to get your plants growing,
you'll have to take matters into your own hands and buy one of the many
greenhouses. With a quality greenhouse: and there are countless
sizes, designs and styles around; you will be able grow healthy plants,
indoors, year round.
Greenhouse kits: Favorite brands
Before buying, take a look at the many greenhouse kits on the market.
Two greenhouse manufacturers: Juliana and Rion make several very good
state-of-the-art hobby greenhouses and are worth looking into. Juliana
greenhouses include basic, premium and compact, and there are several
sizes and models within each one to choose from. How are they constructed?
Juliana greenhouse kits are made with durable aluminum framing and double
wall polycarbonate panels for glazing. Sunshine Greenhouse kits also include
the polycarbonate panels, but instead, are framed with redwood. Other
kits to consider: Rion greenhouses,
Florian, Riga and Solexx.
Questions before buying:
- Does the greenhouse have adequate ventilation?
- Will you need to apply a shade cloth fabric during the hottest months?
- Can the kit withstand heavy winter snow loads?
- Can it withstand high winds without damage?
How are kit greenhouses are constructed?
Two main components make up the greenhouse structure: glazing and framing.
Glazing is essentially the windows, usually made from plastic or glass
and these fully encloses the conservatory while allowing lots of sunlight.
Framing is the framework structure, that supports the building. Framing
materials used typically include: aluminum and polycarbonate plastic,
steel and wood. Glazing materials used typically include: plastic or glass.
Material pros and cons:
- 1) Framing with wood
Advantage: looks attractive.
Disadvantage: may need treating with water repellant and wood preservative
every few years. This can be a chore if you have a large house.
- 2) Framing with aluminum
Advantage: framework is remarkably strong, lightweight and not bulky.
Also, aluminum conservatories require no maintenance, except for cleaning
the glass and oiling moving parts such as doors and vents.
Disadvantage: metal is a poor insulator and expensive heat from within
is conducted outside.
- 3) Glazing with polycarbonate panels
Advantage: If the greenhouse has double wall panels, plants will stay
10 to 20 degrees warmer during the winter. This material is also more
energy efficient than glass and will save money on heating. Also, this
material is unbreakable and won't shatter.
Disadvantage: don't know any.
If you don't have the space or money for a greenhouse, here are some
Here are important greenhouse accessories:
- benches and staging
- greenhouse heaters
- potting benches
- grow lights
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