Portable Greenhouse Kits for Healthy Plants
Are you thinking of buying a portable greenhouse kit? In this article, we will help you select the right greenhouse kit by covering the following topics: purpose of greenhouse kits, important features to consider, types of greenhouse kits, and common FAQs.
Greenhouse Kit Recommendations
This kit helps you build a walk-in greenhouse with ample amount of space to grow small to medium-sized plants. It is constructed with heavy duty steel shelving and durable clear covers. We like this kit because it is relatively easy to build compared to other kits and it provides enough space to store several plants at once. The one downside is the stability. Several customers mentioned that it is best to have this installed in a non-windy area.
Gardman Tiered Greenhouse
While it isn’t a “walk-in” like the Ogrow Deluxe, the Gardman Tiered Greenhouse still provides plenty of space for those who are looking to grow small plants. This kit is ideal for gardeners who want to build an optimal indoor environment for seeds and young plants. The greenhouse has a clear polyethylene cover and is constructed with tubular steel frames.
Homewell Walk-in Greenhouse
The Homewell Greenhouse is fairly similar to the Ogrow Deluxe. It is ideal for gardeners looking to maintain and grow small to medium-sized plants. There is enough space for you to take a step inside the greenhouse. The shelving is sturdy and you shouldn’t have problems placing a couple of heavy pots.
Purpose of a Portable Greenhouse Kit
Greenhouse kits play an important role for farmers and gardeners. Greenhouses are used to shield plants and crops from elements like excess heat, cold, and destructive pests (ants and flies to name a few). This allows you to extend your gardening season all-year round.
For home gardeners, portable greenhouse kits are also great because as the name implies, there is a lot of flexibility with moving the structure around. Some gardeners opt to construct their own greenhouses. While that could save you some money, greenhouses can take up a lot of time to plan and construct.
Important Aspects of Greenhouse Kits
Before you buy a greenhouse kit, there are some important factors and aspects to consider. First, figure out the types of plants you would want to grow in a greenhouse. This matters a lot because greenhouse kits come with all sorts of different features that could be detrimental or beneficial for specific plant species. For example, gardeners who want to grow vegetables like spinach and beets should aim to get a greenhouse kit with an efficient ventilation system since those are considered cool season plants.
Another important factor to consider is location. Greenhouse kits come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure you have found an appropriate spot for one. Greenhouses shouldn’t just be placed wherever there is space. Gardeners should consider factors such as natural light, drainage, and orientation when they position their greenhouses.
Last but not least, consider the material the greenhouse kit is constructed with. Most greenhouse kits are made using glass or plastic. Glass panels are generally more expensive, but would require less maintenance than plastic. Greenhouses made of glass could also provide better aesthetics. If you are only using the greenhouses temporarily (e.g. to sow seeds) then it may make more sense to get a plastic greenhouse.
Types of Greenhouse
Greenhouses come in various shapes and sizes. Here are some of the more common greenhouse types you may have heard of.
High Tunnel Greenhouse: High Tunnels (also known as hoop houses) are generally used for commercial purposes. They are cost-effective and effective for increasing crop yield. High tunnel structures are usually kept simple. In a lot of cases, they consist of a simple pipe framework covered with durable plastic.
Cold Frame Greenhouse: Cold Frames are simple roofed structures that are built low to the ground. Considering their size, cold frames are commonly used for nurturing young plants and for plant seeding.
Starter Greenhouse: As the name implies, starter greenhouses are used for the purpose of propagating plant seeds and young plants. They are small to medium-sized structures and generally have transparent or semi-diffused coverings.
Here are some common questions that gardeners ask before they buy a greenhouse kit.
1. What kind of plastic cover should a greenhouse have?
As we mentioned earlier, the material of the greenhouse is an important aspect you would have to consider. Although they are more expensive, it is ideal to get a greenhouse that comes with UV resistance. For example, the Outsunny Greenhouse uses a polycarbonate wall that shields plants from harmful UV rays. Insulation is another factor to consider. Make sure you are using heavy-duty plastic that will help provide enough insulation to keep the greenhouse warm during cold weather.
2. Where should I position the greenhouse?
Unless you are investing in a greenhouse lighting system, natural sunlight will still have a very important role to play for your greenhouse garden. Generally, we recommend a southeasterly exposure to make sure your plants are getting adequate sunlight. Aside from sunlight, you may want to also consider other important factors such as convenience of access and wind direction.
3. What accessories would I need in a large greenhouse?
Getting a greenhouse kit isn’t the end of the story. You may also need to purchase other important accessories to keep your greenhouse in working order. These accessories include: circulating fan, heater, cooler, and a humidifier. Ultimately, it would depend on the natural climate of your area. For example, if you live in a dry, sunny area then a humidifier would be a must for gardeners growing tropical plants.
4. Do you need a building permit?
This would depend on a number of factors such as the size of the greenhouse and the state you live in. For example, in some municipalities, a building permit isn’t required if is under 120 square feet. Contact your local officials to get a concrete answer.
Published on November 30, 2016 by Sam Choan.