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.
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.
This Madagascar red Dracnea is currently growing inside of our tropical greenhouse. The species of Begonias below enjoy the shade provided by this plant. Coffee plants and a banana tree can also be seen in the background.
When filling containers in your greenhouse, consider using a variety of plants. Most gardeners only use a single type of plant per container when growing indoors. Consider adoring your greenhouse and other indoor areas with planters containing multiple species, like the ones you see on front porches.These containers can thrive year-round in the proper greenhouse environment.