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Maintaining the Right Heat in Your Greenhouses

SEPCO 7/19/12 9:30 AM

GreenhouseMini Greenhouse kits have made life much easier for horticulturists because of their ease of use and their flexibility. Just buying the right greenhouse, however, does not resolve the adequate heating requirements of plants.

The greenhouse should have proper heating as it is not only essential for flourishing growing plants but also for their wellbeing. You could grow all your favorite seasonal vegetables irrespective of the season if you get the hang of perfect heating. The following points will be helpful in this regard –

  1. Insulating Your Greenhouse – Heating would not work, if your greenhouse is not insulated. You need to ensure that the mini greenhouse suppliesyou buy have dual walled polycarbonate panels so that heat does not escape. Bubble wrapping walls provides double protection against any chances of the heat escaping. Get your frames insulated properly before the nights start getting cold so that your investment in a good heater doesn’t become a useless wastage.
  1. Number Of BTUs Needed – BTU is a measurement of heat and the number of BTUs your greenhouse needs depend largely on the climatic conditions of the area, size of your greenhouse and the kind of plants you are keeping. Calculate your BTU requirement and choose a heater that falls within the said range. Heating less than required is bad but overheating is also disastrous in terms of wastage and plant health. It would also be advisable to install a thermometer to monitor the temperature range.
  1. Choosing the Right Heater– There are many types of heaters like paraffin, gas and electric greenhouse heaters that are available in the market. The kind of heater you choose depends on the size of your greenhouse and your BTU requirements. Also, there are heaters with and without vents. Usually, for a mini greenhouse, a non-vented heater will work perfectly but if you grow delicate plants like orchids, then vented heaters would be necessary. Cost considerations could also affect the kind of heater you choose.
  1. Other Heating Options – There are some age-old tricks that horticulturists use when they want to avoid heaters. These are affordable methods to maintain temperature in your greenhouse. One could be to create a circle with water filled buckets that have the inner side painted white and outer side painted black. They will ensure that heat is reflected throughout the greenhouse till night arrives.

Rabbits could also be added to the greenhouse as they would provide some natural fertilizer and also keep the greenhouse warm. Using Cold Frames Greenhouses is also a good solution to retain the heat from the sunlight during the day to keep the plants warm in cold nights.  

Mini Greenhouse Kits usually involve less cost as compared to and are good practice if you want to go growing on a larger scale in the near future.

Author: B. Lyttle is a keen gardener and an enthusiastic believer of frugal living ways. She loves the idea of using greenhouses for saving money and has been using them since the past 5 years now.  

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