Growing Plants in a Greenhouse: Tips and Best Practices
A greenhouse is a useful tool for gardeners looking to extend the growing season and cultivate a wide variety of plants, even in areas with challenging weather conditions. Whether you are an experienced green thumb or just starting out, here are some tips and best practices for growing plants in a greenhouse:
Select the right plants:
When choosing plants for a greenhouse, it is important to consider the local climate and the environment inside the greenhouse. Some plants, such as tropical or subtropical species, may require higher humidity and temperature levels than others. It is also a good idea to select plants that are well-suited to the amount of light available in the greenhouse.
Manage temperature and humidity:
Proper temperature and humidity control is essential for healthy plant growth in a greenhouse. To maintain the appropriate levels, you may want to install heating, ventilation, a thermostat, roof vents, and humidity controller. During the day, you may need to open vents or windows to regulate temperature, and at night, you may need to use a heater or blankets to keep plants warm.
We recommend looking at the Riverstone MONT Growers Edition because it comes with both heating and ventilation, which makes temperature management easier. This helps to keep the inside of the greenhouse at a temperature that is suitable for the plants being grown. Investing in these systems will definitely ensure that your plants have the best chance of success and heating and ventilation are recommended for any serious grower looking to extend their growing season.
The Riverstone MONT Mojave is also a great choice because it includes a solar ventilation system that circulates the air inside the greenhouse. It doesn't use any electricity or other fossil fuels, which makes it an eco-friendly choice. Additionally, since they rely on the sun's energy, there are no additional fuel costs. This makes solar ventilation a cost-effective option in the long run, however keep in mind that the solar fan will only work when the sun is out. It’s a great option if you are unable to get power to your greenhouse but if you have the ability to use electric ventilation it is a more reliable source.
Provide sufficient light:
Most plants need plenty of light to grow and thrive, and a greenhouse can provide an excellent environment for this. However, it is important to ensure that plants receive the right amount of light for their specific needs. This may involve using grow lights, light diffusing panels or adjusting the greenhouse's window placement to optimize natural light. You also need to be aware of too much sunlight, this can be remedied with the use of shade cloth or specialty panels.
We recommend getting the Riverstone MONT Growers Edition because it has light diffusing panels which can be a useful addition to a greenhouse. They can help to create a more consistent and uniform lighting environment which promotes more plant growth and development. They can also reduce shadows and increase the intensity of light in the greenhouse, making it a better environment for plants that require high levels of light to grow. In addition, light diffusing panels can help to reduce heat buildup and increase the energy efficiency of the greenhouse, resulting in lower heating and cooling costs.
Overall, these panels can create a more comfortable and sustainable environment for plants to thrive and is one of the reasons the Riverstone MONT Growers Edition has remained to be our best-sellers!
Water and fertilize regularly:
Proper watering and fertilization are crucial for healthy plant growth in a greenhouse. Water your plants regularly, taking care not to overwater or allow the soil to dry out completely. You may also need to fertilize your plants with a balanced nutrient solution to ensure they receive the necessary nutrients for optimal growth. Be sure to do research on the types of plants you will be growing to understand their watering needs.
The Riverstone Growers Edition, Mojave, and Premium package are all amazing choices because they all come with a watering system, among other things. The MONT automatic watering system is a convenient and stress-free way to take care of your plants. With its customizable watering sequences based on weather and time of year, you can ensure your plants are getting the hydration they need, even when you're away or busy. The system features a commercial-grade hose that prevents the growth of bacteria or mold, ensuring long-term, safe use. Installation is easy, as the system simply attaches to a spigot using the included timer. Suitable for all greenhouses, this system is comparable to those used by professional growers and can be hung from the ceiling to evenly distribute water using weighted sprinkler heads that are spaced 4 feet apart in a circular pattern.
This helps you save on water, money and labor costs as it automates the irrigation process and provides accurate and efficient watering of plants. Additionally, the watering system of these greenhouses allow for optimal growing conditions as it can provide plants with the precise amount of water they need to thrive. Without proper watering, plants can suffer from dehydration, leading to stunted growth, wilting or even death. Having a top-notch watering system is definitely key to running a successful greenhouse operation.
Control pests and diseases:
Greenhouses can be prone to pest and disease problems, as the enclosed environment can create the perfect conditions for these issues to thrive. To prevent or control problems, regularly inspect your plants for signs of pests or disease and take appropriate action. This may include using natural pest control methods, such as releasing beneficial insects, or applying chemical pesticides as a last resort.
By following these tips and best practices, you can successfully grow a wide variety of plants in a greenhouse, no matter where you live. With a little planning and care, you can enjoy the beauty and bounty of your own homegrown plants all year round. We highly recommend first time growers to select a greenhouse package that includes accessories to remove the guess work that comes along with managing all the different elements.
Overall, growing plants in a greenhouse can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for gardeners of all levels of experience. By selecting the right plants, managing temperature and humidity, providing sufficient light, watering and fertilizing regularly, and controlling pests and diseases, you can create a thriving and successful greenhouse garden. With a little time and effort, you can enjoy the benefits of homegrown plants all year round, even in areas with challenging weather conditions.