Coleus forum: Built my own Outdoor Greenhouse

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Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
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LovetheseBuggers
Apr 23, 2016 8:46 AM CST
Diving in & committing to so many plants I knew an outdoor greenhouse was needed. Looking at all options...I decided to build one to last. Using treated Studs...greenhouse plastic, chickenwiring and Shade Nursery cloth. Measures 7ft high, 8 ft long and 6 ft wide. Yesterday top temp at noon was 115°..... The nursery shade cloth and vent stabilized it to 85°
Is there a temperature thats too hot?
. So far Coleus are doing well. If anyone has any suggestions feel free.. also if you want the plans I would be happy to send them
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 23, 2016 8:02 PM CST
Looks great and the plants seem healthy.
How is it ventilated? Might need some sort of ventilation when summer heat arrives!
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Apr 25, 2016 2:37 AM CST

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ventilation is always important .. but it looks great
Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
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LovetheseBuggers
Apr 25, 2016 8:59 PM CST
For some reason I can't download a photo...but Yes I built a prop open type window vent on the back. The top picture shows it. I make sure they get plenty of air
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Apr 27, 2016 4:07 AM CST

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Maybe think about a fan as well
Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
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LovetheseBuggers
May 1, 2016 9:06 AM CST
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I included a large drop down hinged vent window which I understand is important. Also it's been very rainy and raw over the past few weeks with temps between 43°&59 ° .....only a day here & there of Sunny weather in the 70's . I've been using a small ceramic heater on low to keep the Greenhouse at around 75°....but its a bit dry heat...... I've been monitoring water... Bought a pump Mister...... Is it OK to mist the Coleus when they seem to need it??? I've been reading the Greenhouse section...

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
May 1, 2016 10:02 AM CST
It looks like a first rate growing environment!
Keep us posted on how the coleus do.
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hummingbirder Region: New Jersey Dog Lover
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Onewish1
May 2, 2016 3:05 AM CST

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It should be OK to mist them as long as your circulation is good.. they can get that stringy white mold that will eventually lead them down a dark road if you don't have good air flow .. as would any plant but some can take it better than others
Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
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LovetheseBuggers
May 2, 2016 4:48 PM CST
Onewish1 said:It should be OK to mist them as long as your circulation is good.. they can get that stringy white mold that will eventually lead them down a dark road if you don't have good air flow .. as would any plant but some can take it better than others


Thanks!! Yesterday & today We actually had a few breaks of Sun its been so rainy & damp. Been using the small ceramic disc heater on & off overnights have been in low 40's ....

So I've opened the Vent window completely as well as the door to get some air flow the past few nice days for a fewchours to get air in.......I really appreciate the info on venting. I will keep an eye out on that mold too..... which I've seen in my indoor Greenhouse seed trays . Monitoring moisture well. Thanks!!!! Thumbs up
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hummingbirder Region: New Jersey Dog Lover
Seed Starter Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Onewish1
May 3, 2016 2:48 AM CST

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Best of luck .. hopefully we helped you from having a disaster.. before getting it right .. like most of us have gone through

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