Solexx greenhouse covering surpasses other covering choices in insulation, light quality and longevity. Save money year after year with healthier plants, lower energy bills and a greenhouse that lasts and lasts.
Solexx diffuses the light creating a soft even
light throughout the greenhouse for better
plant growth. Eliminates plant burning.
Superior Light Diffusion
Solexx is White For A Reason � it produces
an even diffuse light proven to accelerate
plant growth by 25%. The light glows evenly
reaching into every corner of the greenhouse.
More light for photosynthesis means more
Solexx offers a 10 year warranty with an even longer life expectancy. It withstands snow, wind, and hail and won�t fade or yellow over time. Best of all it requires very little maintenance. Should you need to replace the Solexx paneling at some time, the panels are readily available and easy to replace.
Most Economical to Heat
Solexx provides superior insulation to hold in the warmth and keep your heating costs low. Plants thrive while customers save on energy costs. The chart below outlines the heating costs using different types of greenhouse coverings. Solexx has one of the highest R factors of 2.1R on the market, so it holds in the heat better than the competition saving you hundreds or thousands of dollars over other greenhouse coverings.
Chart comparing the heating cost of various greenhouse coverings compared to Solexx
Comparison of annual heating costs with various Greenhouse Coverings using Denver, Colorado as the greenhouse location. The 8' x 12' greenhouse is kept at a minimum temperature of 45 degrees all year using natural gas at $2 per therm as the heat source. Data was compiled from the USDA Virtual Grower software. This make the "Solexx the best greenhouse money can buy."
As you can see from the chart, Solexx pays for itself in a few short years over the other greenhouse coverings. Keep in mind that these heating costs are for year round heating. A majority of the heating costs occur during December and January (the coldest months). So, to save money, you can start seeds indoors to delay heating the greenhouse during the coldest month.
As one might expect, light is very important in greenhouses. However, too much light can be harmful as well because it can produce excess heat and burn your plants. If you notice any heat-related problems, try adding a shade cloth for extra protection. For those living in very hot climates, it may be a good idea to position your greenhouse in an area where it will get some shade during hot afternoons.
Regulating temperature is an important part of maintaining a healthy greenhouse. Adding a simple Min/Max thermometer is a great way to monitor the situation. This will record daily high and low temperatures within your greenhouse, allowing you to make adjustments. Temperature requirements vary by plant, but generally you want to keep plants above freezing and below 90� F. The hotter the greenhouse, the more important it is that your plants receive adequate water. To aid in water absorption, you may want to try giving your plants a quick drink and then following up with a more thorough watering. Some plants (herbs and succulents), however, tend to drying out a bit between watering. In cooler weather, you will not need to water your plants nearly as often. Avoid a humid greenhouse in cooler temperatures because it will contribute to disease.
As temperatures climb within a greenhouse, the need for ventilation increases as well. It is crucial that you open your extraction vents and door during hot weather. A circulation fan is a nice addition that will help to provide your plants with a fresh supply of carbon dioxide while reducing the heat that collects in your greenhouse.
For many, adding some sort of heating system to their greenhouse is a great way of extending their growing seasons and enabling them to enjoy a wider variety of plants. The insulation in this paneling will keep the temperature 10� warmer than the outside air. You can also use ten-gallon buckets painted black on one side (facing the wall of the greenhouse) and white on the other side (facing the middle of the greenhouse). Fill them with water and put on a lid. The water will absorb the heat during the day and release it at night. This will keep your greenhouse a few degrees warmer. If you want to use your greenhouse during the coldest season, we have several models of heaters available.
One of the great parts of having a greenhouse is watching the unbeatable plant growth that is possible. Most plants will grow much more rapidly than they would outside and will likely be contained in pots. It is important to compensate for this with your soil. Use high-quality soil that will provide good aeration and be sure to add plenty of organic material. One simple way to do this is to mix vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves, coffee grounds and manure in a bin for compost. If you keep the compost moist and turn it regularly, within a few months you'll have plenty of nature's finest fertilizer. It is also a good idea to fertilize periodically in order to replace the nutrients that are being used and to encourage further growth. Some plants have special soil and nutrient needs, so you may want to do a little research before planting.
Bugs enjoy greenhouses for the same reasons your plants do: it's a warm and protected environment. Although this problem seems inevitable, it can certainly be treated and prevention is the key. Make sure that your greenhouse drains well so that there is minimal standing water and monitor your greenhouse closely for any sign of pests. Plants that are stressed due to inconsistent or over-watering, or extreme temperatures tend to be most susceptible to pests. Plan ahead when considering your greenhouse crops. For example, tomatoes attract many bugs, but other plants such as basil, rosemary and lavender help deter bugs (and besides, basil and tomatoes go great together anyway!). Keep in mind that having some bugs are normal and that some are even beneficial (spiders and lady bugs, for example, actually feed on the damaging insects in the greenhouse.) A gentle stream of water can be used to wash away some pests as well as their eggs, but if the numbers seem to be getting out of control, you may want to look into treatment options. There are many completely natural pesticides as well as beneficial insects available on the market today.
Performing some basic maintenance regularly will help to keep your greenhouse looking like new and performing at its best. We recommend washing the outside of the greenhouse about once a year with a mild soap. You can use a mild bleach solution inside the greenhouse if you have a disease problem.
Greenhouse gardening enables you to watch the amazing process of seeing plants go from seeds to mature plants. In order to have the healthiest plants possible, give the seeds a strong start by using heat mats. Once the seedlings have established stable root systems, it is a good idea to transplant them into four-inch pots. Different plants will develop at different rates, so check regularly to see if the plants
are becoming pot-bound. You may notice that roots are coming out of the bottom of the container, or that the plant is not staying well hydrated. These are signs that the plant needs a new, larger container. Before transplanting, all pots should be sanitized. This can be done by soaking the pot in a bleach solution and then allowing it to dry. Sanitizing pots prevents disease from being passed from one generation of plants to the next.
Although your greenhouse may enable you to grow plants that you could not grow normally in your area, this greenhouse is designed primarily to extend your growing seasons. It's a good idea to look into local seed and plant companies, which will likely have the plants best-suited for your area. For some variety, try one of the larger national seed catalog companies who offer a wide array of seeds that can add some excitement and variety to your greenhouse.
Owning a greenhouse is a learning process, especially during the first year. Be adventuresome and try new things, but keep realistic expectations while you are perfecting your skills. There are many great books that offer helpful advice to both novice and professional gardeners. Also, many areas offer services to local gardeners, such as County Extension Services or Master Gardener programs. By taking advantage of all of the information services available to you, you'll be amazed at how easily you can grow wonderful things in your greenhouse. Of course, don't forget that we're here to help as well!
These are the top ten things to educate yourself on when it comes to buying a greenhouse.