Temporary summer greenhouse

bergeby(7a)July 18, 2014

So I've just recently gotten into plants (I say this b/c I'm more interested in indoor house plants than outdoor gardening), and started owning and taking care of several in early March. It's going pretty well so far, and I'm learning a lot, but my house is really unfortunate in its window placements, with most of them being northern facing, so I do not get good light inside.

That being said, I'm considering getting a greenhouse I can use during the summer to let my plants get the sun that they need/deserve, but I have no idea where to start looking! I browsed a bit on amazon, but many negative reviews turned me away from most of their options. I don't want something overly expensive, large, or permanent, since I don't really have the yard space or climate to leave them out year round.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Would it be better if I just invested in grow lights and kept my plants indoors, or are there any options that exist that fit what I want?

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sturgeonguy(5a ON)

You should really consider how well your plants are going to do in their north facing interior after they've been brought in from any greenhouse you might purchase.

Some plants "learn" their environment, and so thrive on what's available, many/most don't. Surely you don't want sickly looking plants insider during the majority of the year?

Bottom line, a greenhouse might help you keep some species alive year round, but unless you plan on sitting in your greenhouse looking at them, it may not be to your advantage.

Cheers,
Russ

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 11:06PM
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bergeby(7a)

Ha, thanks for your bluntness! I purposely tried to buy lower light plants, and I do have a few western-facing windows, all of which are now hosting plants.

I do enjoy sitting and looking at them, but I appreciate seeing their growth more, so you're actually encouraging me more to investigate greenhouses!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 11:56PM
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dbrya1

First determine size you'll need,always go larger,trust me on that one!!!! Placement outside where it will be,sunny or shaded location,sounds like probably shaded being low light plants,how much your wanting to spend,this should put you on the right track,also will you have help putting it together.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 1:39PM
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