Greenhouses forum: Finally .... a real greenhouse

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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jun 21, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Still some more work to be done but I've started moving some orchids inside. That is 50% aluminet on top of two layers of greenhouse plastic filled with about a foot of air.

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 21, 2014 8:50 PM CST
Nice! Tell us more about your GH, Fred -- how big; and is this just a hobby or a business or ?? And where did you get your GH? I'm all ears!
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 21, 2014 11:33 PM CST
Wow, @Fred! I bet you can't wait to fill it up! Hurray!
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dave
Jun 22, 2014 7:39 AM CST

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That's a real beauty and I love that shade cloth.
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Fred
Jun 22, 2014 7:54 PM CST
I've been growing orchids off and on for a number of years but never had the proper environment to do it well. Too much rain, too much or too little sun, too cold or too warm - no place to hang or mount plants as I have mostly Sabal Palms on my property. So either I was going to do this right or quit the orchid desease. I hate doing anything half way. Over the last few years I had pretty much given up and many dies as I was gravitating to bromeliad growing and landscaping my acreage.

So, this Spring I decided to research a proper greenhouse with a feasibility analysis as to cost etc. At first I was going to build my own. We see lost of that among hobbyists. Visiting with commercial growers who mostly came out of the hobby world, I tried to learn from them and to a man they suggested to do it right and not monkey around with a home made setup. My ultimate and automated greenhouse was quoted at between 40 and 50 grand installed. That was a bit much to stomach and I cut back on my design to where I manually roll up the sides and don't have automated shades, irrigation etc. I also cut back the size to 24 x 48 and instead build a separate shade house for my bromeliads. They can handle the summer rain just fine. Jade Orchids here in Naples gave me an old (1997) greenhouse catalog by Jaderloon Greenhouses in SC. I called them and since they had an installer who would come down to Naples to put this thing up, I configured a GH for around $14K (with (6) 4x8 benches) plus installation of $8K and electrical work for another $4k. I did all the ground preparation and will finish up all inside work. Yes, it's just a hobby but I'm a year and a half from being an octogenarian and might as well do what gives me pleasure while I can.
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shadytrake
Jun 23, 2014 8:41 AM CST
Nice! That is a big GH. I'm sure you are going to enjoy it.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 23, 2014 12:08 PM CST
Holy cow, Fred. That is a huge greenhouse. You could put my two GH's, plus the "temporary" GH, and my enclosed porch in your GH! I am envious. Lovey dubby
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 23, 2014 12:31 PM CST
I agree Wowie, what Ken said !! Serious greenhouse envy here, too... that is one sweet setup, Fred! Thumbs up
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