Epiphyllums forum: New Epi Greenhouse 2016

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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Jun 7, 2016 12:05 AM CST
I received approval from the house budget and finance committee this weekend.
I can fund the project from my monthly cash allowance
My wife and I will go to Costco in August so if they have them in stock I will purchase a new car canopy. I will sell the fabric cover on Craigslist for $125 which means the frame will cost $145. Not bad for 10ft by 20ft.
I already have the clear plastic cover left over from the 100ft roll I purchased last year so only a few odds and ends to buy to complete the project, maybe $100 more.
Here is the building site. The access from the current greenhouse has already been preplanned so new one will butt up against the opening.
I will have to move the plant tables which contain Bromeliad, African Lilies, ornamental pineapples and two benches of Amorphophallus (Voodoo Lilies).
I will post progress reports and hopefully by September be ready to house 8 inch hanging pots filled with the cuttings I took late last year and this February.
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Name: Linda
Pawleys Island, SC (Zone 8b)
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Ibartoo
Jun 7, 2016 11:34 PM CST
Wow! That is awesome. So happy for you.
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Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Jun 8, 2016 5:18 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! nodding
Name: Terri
virginia (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Region: Virginia Dragonflies
dragonfly53
Jun 8, 2016 5:32 AM CST
Mike, great idea on using the canopy! How will you connect the clear plastic to the canopy frame?
Life is a rush into the unknown. You can duck down and hope nothing hits you, or you can stand tall, show it your teeth and say "Dish it up, Baby, and don't skimp on the jalapeƱos."
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Jun 8, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Terri, I zip tie 2 x 3 lumber to the vertical frame (four on each side) and then nail horizontal 2 x 3 lumber along the sides. I don't need to take the plastic all the way to the ground. When the plastic comes down the side I wrap it around lengths of 1 x 2 inch lumber and then nail it to the 2 x 3. Hope that makes sense.
I"ll try and post pics as construction takes place.
Name: Terri
virginia (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Region: Virginia Dragonflies
dragonfly53
Jun 9, 2016 9:04 AM CST
Thanks Mike, I understand what you mean.
I have an old harbor freight greenhouse frame, not too many panels left and I can't stand the thought of replacing all those missing panels. We put the original ones in with lots of silicone and clips, and I was trying to figure out how I could just use clear plastic.

Thank you very much for telling me about using the wood! I could not for the life of me figure out how to do it. Now I just have to figure out where to get the plastic and what size and thickness- what do you use?
Life is a rush into the unknown. You can duck down and hope nothing hits you, or you can stand tall, show it your teeth and say "Dish it up, Baby, and don't skimp on the jalapeƱos."
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Jun 9, 2016 9:43 AM CST
Terri,
I use 6 mm clear plastic sheet. Comes in 100ft by 20ft rolls. Check out your local building supply stores. If you don't need that much then you might have to go to a store that will cut pieces to your requirement. Can get expensive.

Professional nursery stores recommend UV blocking plastic but its expensive and my plants grow OK.

Of course I don't have to worry about weight of snow or high winds so you might need something thicker than 6mm.

Would be nice to see pics.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Jun 12, 2016 6:31 PM CST
Measured the 10 x 20 ft area yesterday and put in marker posts. Have started removing plants from the benches, repotting or relocating where necessary. That 8ft post with the hanging pots at the open end of the greenhouse will butt right up against a clumping bamboo. I will need to relandscape the entire area.
All being well tomorrow I will purchase the 8 concrete blocks that help secure the greenhouse metal post to the ground.

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