The diagram above features a greenhouse filled with tropical and citrus plants. The temperature in side the greenhouse always remains above 70 degrees. Papayas, bananas, lemons, limes, and pineapples are grown in the structure year round. Even if it’s snowing outside, the greenhouse remains a tropical paradise.
Pictured above is the interior of a residential tropical greenhouse. A glass roof and walls allow the proper amount of light and warmth to enter the greenhouse. A fogger and shades help control the interior environment during the summer months. Growing inside this greenhouse is a banana tree, cane giner, staghorn fern, begonias and a passion flower vine.
Solar Innovations, Inc. Designs Energy Efficient Greenhouses for Orchids
“Solar Innovations, Inc. manufactures greenhouses designed specifically for orchids. Because most orchids thrive in humidity above 50%, cultivating these flowers in a residential setting can be challenging. Certain orchid varieties require high temperatures coupled with a humid environment; an environment not easily achieved with window sill growing.”
Pictured above is a Quill plant we have recently began growing inside of our traditional greenhouse. The plant’s bromelaid sends up a red bloom each year that resembles a writing quill. When the bloom opens further it will show yellow buds. When growing in a properly heated greenhouse, plants will bloom even when there is snow on the ground.
The spotted stars orchid shown above recently came into bloom. The temperature outside the greenhouse is below zero, but inside the greenhouse it is warm and toasty. This orchid prefers temperatures around 75 degrees with bright light and moderate humidity levels.
As 10 inches of snow and ice continue to fall on Pennsylvania, our greenhouse are remain perfect habitats for our plants. Is anyone else in the north east snowed in and spending time in their greenhouse?
We recently began growing pomelofruit plants — from seeds! They generally take longer than an average fruit or vegetable to sprout (around 2 to 3 weeks). Solar Innovations, Inc.’s greenhouse experts suggest keeping the seeds on a heat mat to encourage germination.When the first two leaves appear, it is safe to remove the seedlings from the heat.
Greenhouses need drains. The drain shown in this photograph is an ideal example of greenhouse drainage; because water can quickly be pushed into it. Sweeping water long distances across a floor can become cumbersome and dangerous as the floor becomes wet. To create a safer working environment, place drains every 3’-4’ feet.