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Dallas, TX
Oct 31, 2017 10:14 AM CST
Is there an advantage of raising greenhouse shades during winter months of decreasing the need of heaters to maintain a good greenhouse temperature? Would raising the shade to get more sunlight to the plants be beneficial?
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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Oct 31, 2017 10:16 AM CST
I do remove the summer shading from the GH for winter, but still need some heating in mine. I have a passive solar water pond in mine that helps a small bit, and solar fan and auto vents. Getting more light is a definite help. I keep a variety of tropical plants blooming all winter in mine. Veggies also do well.
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Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oct 31, 2017 10:26 AM CST
I don't remove my summer shade cloth either. I have a solar water system to heat my GH but still need a small electric 'emergency' heater. I have tropicals, cactus and pepper plants.The GH stays above 50 at night in winter but still heats into the 70' and 80's in the daytime. Without shadecloth, I think, behind GH 'glass' the plants would still burn, even in the winter.
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