Greenhouse Supplies Checklist
are the most essential greenhouse supplies you need? Just follow our guide. As
you shop for your supplies, be sure to check each item off the list!
Supplies For Hobby Greenhouse Kits
One of the most important supplies is a min/max thermometer.
This shows and records the high and low temps in the greenhouse each day.
You can also get thermometers that record highs and lows for humidity.
fan ventilation system: This is
one of the most essential supplies. This usually consists of a fan
setup that blows hot air out of the greenhouse and brings in fresh cooler
air inside the greenhouse. This occurs through intake shutters mounted on
the opposite end. Many greenhouse kits are supplied with natural ventilation,
using roof vents and rear vents. These can be automated with automatic vent
system: The choice of a heating system and fuel depends largely
on what youre growing. If you're using your greenhouse kit to start seedlings
and root cuttings in the spring, additional heating may not be necessary. An electric
heater is efficient and easy to install. Small gas or oil heaters
will also work well for hobby greenhouse kits.
heating cooling controller: One of
the supplies you must have is a safety feature for automatic
overheat controls. Protect your greenhouse heating cooling controller from
direct contact with sunlight and water. To get the desired temperature, place
your thermostats at plant height near the center of the greenhouse, so they're
not influenced by drafts or frigid outside temperatures.
and fog systems: These greenhouse
supplies are so important in hot climates. Misting systems help cool greenhouses
with a fine mist that lowers air temperatures when it evaporates. Greenhouse
supplies for misting and fogging have a variety of uses. They maintain the right
humidity level of 50% to 70%.
Shade covers are a great way to keep
greenhouse kits cool during long hot summers. They block much of the sun's rays
from entering the greenhouse which can reduce temperatures over 20%.
You may not consider your flooring
materials as greenhouse supplies, but youd be surprised how important it is!
The floor of your greenhouse should form a firm, nonskid surface for
walking, be easy to clean, and be durable enough to withstand constant
moisture and dirt. Materials used for greenhouse walkways include stone,
gravel, concrete, brick, wood slats, and bark.
You will need potting benches,
folding benches, and greenhouse shelving. These greenhouse supplies
make a tremendous difference in the ease of gardening. They also add extra work
space to your greenhouse. Benches make shady spots beneath them, an ideal
environment for many plants. Greenhouse bench tops are designed to allow water
to drain and air to flow through them.
Greenhouse supplies for artificial lighting may be needed if
your growing area does not provide enough light. Grow lights are great
for helping plants maintain healthy growth. Youll also get increased
sprouting success and faster growth.
can also find additional greenhouse supplies that are helpful, such as plant
hangars, sprinklers, misting wands, PVC fittings, even greenhouse insulation.
Something For Every Budget!
all of the greenhouse supplies you need, certainly you're wondering about the
prices of greenhouse
kits. We'll get you in the ballpark!
Greenhouse Kits: Mini greenhouse kits generally range in size
from 2' x 1' to 5' x 3'. Prices usually run from $35 to $200.
Greenhouse Kits: Sizes of portable
kits are usually 4' x 6' to 10' x 12'. Prices typically range from
$30 to $300.
Greenhouse Kits: Sizes can vary
from 6' x 4' to 20' x 50'. The range in prices match the sizes, so
you're looking at spending from $100 to $30,000! (and becoming a serious hobbyist,
Hydroponic Greenhouses are
available everywhere. The hobbyist's kits sell for anywhere upwards of $200. You
can also find more elaborate hydroponic growth chambers in the $3000 range.
mini and portable greenhouse kits may not require all of the greenhouse supplies
on the checklist... they are truly the most affordable way to learn greenhouse