Greenhouses forum: solar blanket update

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Apr 18, 2014 8:00 AM CST
This is how my three greenhouses look today. I have removed the solar blanket material over the tops and sides, but remains on the two ends of both GH's. I have 50% shade cloth on the lean-to ("Orchid") and 75% on the free-standing ("Everything Else") GH. The mini-greenhouse is full of tomato, pepper, and plumeria, but they will all go outside in full sun today. I think/hope our cold weather is gone for good. I will use the mini-greenhouse to harden off plants and start seeds for a month and then it will come down until the fall.

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Name: Billy Perez
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billyperez600
Nov 15, 2014 11:51 AM CST
This is my first year using the solar blanket . How well do they really help? I have oil heater in each one ?
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Nov 15, 2014 10:16 PM CST
Billy, there is absolutely no doubt that the solar blanket covering helped a great deal last year. We had the worse winter I can remember. This year has now started out to surpass last years horrible cold. I am considering covering my two greenhouses with another layer of solar blanket, at least on 75% or so of the total coverage. I don't know that it will help, but what the heck, I have extra solar blanket material and I might as well use it.
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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Nov 26, 2014 11:08 AM CST
I did add a solar cover to my HFGH covering the whole roof and south side. Even with the added support structure I was worried about snow loading. It would seem my fear was for naught. It is snowing here so heavily that it knocked out our DishTV but it appears to be sliding off as well as can be expected. The year we built it, we didn't yet have heat when we got a terrible Halloween storm. I was out there ever 30 mins. or so pulling the snow off with the pool brush. Hilarious!
The solar cover has performed above my expectations. It should only be a matter of weeks till we recoup the expense and it is so much nicer than the bubble wrap stuck to the inside. I bought either a 5 or 7 year cover, so it should last a while. I was thinking I may just leave it in place and see if it diffuses the light enough to not use my shade cloth. My shade cloth was a 10 year remnant I bough from GH Supply and is 50% black mesh. Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 26, 2014 11:43 AM CST
Apparently you installed the smooth-side out, Ric, which is what you should have done. The plastic being smooth and "slippery" allows the snow to slide off the roof. I still have to use shade cloth, either 60% or 70% and install it in the spring. Though the solar blanket material does indeed diffuse light (and is supposed to block UV), I can't take the chance with all my orchids and other tropical plants. Though sunburn doesn't kill plants, it sure does make those sunburned leaves ugly. I remove the solar blanket material from two side plus the roof on my free-standing GH and the roof/side on the lean-to in the spring, when the night/morning temperatures stay above 50 F.
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Name: Carol Texas
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Ecscuba
Nov 26, 2014 12:04 PM CST
My solar blanket is performing great too! Very happy with it -- such a difference when I go inside -- no drafts! Regarding the shade cloth. I bought a roll at Home Depot but it doesn't say whether it's 50% or what ? Not sure if I should return it and order on line. Would be nice to know what I've got.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Nov 26, 2014 12:32 PM CST
I don't know, Carol. Any shade-cloth should have a number on it that tells you the shade factor. A 50 would be a cloth that filters out 50% of the sunlight. A 70 filters out 70% of the light. If you can't find a number, you might be able to go to the HD home page, pull up "shade cloth" and see if the details are given there under the description of the product. Typically, depending on where one lives, the "stronger" the sunlight during the spring/summer months, the higher the shade factor you want. Thus those in the northern states might only need a 50 whereas those in S. Florida might need a 70. It also depends on what you are growing. My orchids are very sensitive to the infrared rays whereas my vegetable seedlings won't be as sensitive.
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