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I have a different question to ask. Do you use extra light for the high level light plants, as cattleyas and vandas, considering the length of the day during winter months.


Occasionally i use a 400W sodium light in the middle of winter, its not absolutely neccessary but it does help some plants grow better. This winter weve had some fairly sunny days so not such a problem, other winters have been much darker.



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Ideally I would supplement light in all of my greenhouse to fully get 12 hours optimum light a day and heat but added costs scare me tooooo much my plants would be :obscene-drinkingcheers: whilst I would be :confusion-helpsign:

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Not sure its that big a deal. 400W of light is basically 400W of heating and about 50W of actual light. ie it reduces the heater duty by 400W. Some warmer growing plants i put a bit closer to the light to get the radiated warmth.

A light is essentially a small heater that happens to produce light at the same time...


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masdyman(keith) is rite we put up with what we get.

I got the short end of the stick in terms of location of greenhouse. my garden faces north, and surrounding houses shades off almost all winter sun to my greenhouse. recently I learnt that at about 2pm to 4pm the sun would be clear off buildings and if lucky I will get 2 hours of solar gain on my greenhouse in winter. if its sunny b/t 2 to 4pm


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I also love to see how other people have things arranged, allways looking for new ideas...

This was the view into my conservatory from the living room last year...

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And we just replaced a small aluminium greenhouse with a new wooden one,

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Still a work in progress but got most of the plants in by about November,

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Your new greenhouse is awesome. I am in love!!!!

I will be sure to get back in touch with you and ask lots of questions later this year if I (hopefully) can afford to sell my flat and buy a house with a garden (it is one of my goals for this year, but it all depends on money, of course). For the time being, how do you manage the insulation of the greenhouse? I have read below that you use polycarbonate. How much light is compromised by the walls of plastic sheeting? Also, seeing that there is so much 'glass' on your greenhouse, how do you ensure that it does not blow in the wind? I love that it can be customised, and the extra partitions make it look even more awesome, as it gives you so many possibilities... One more question, which I hope you don't mind answering, can I ask how much you paid for it? I need to start looking at my savings fund for a greenhouse like yours.

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Francis, the 25mm insulation is equivalent to about 40% shading, if you got thicker polycarb it would be 50% shading or hgher depending on the thickness, so its a trade of between saving heat and letting the light in. With the 25mm i think theres plenty of light getting in. A few things have perked up after being taken out of my too shady conservatory.

It was not so difficult to install inside the wooden frame, just held in with a few bits of wood and screws.

The glass is safety glass and firmly held in so shouldnt be a problem. I tied down the vents so they cant be blown open, unlikely really as theyre quite heavy but weve had a few windy storms of late...

The greenhouse itself is not so expensive, if you have a quick search for woodpecker joinery greenhouses the website has the price lst on it and some good info about options etc.

The insulation was not cheap but will save its cost on heating within a year.

The single most expensive bit for me was actually the base whch is insulated and concrete, plus the fact the first guys i got in were idiots and the second lot i got in had to charge extra to fix the mess...

My garden is quite strongly sloping though so you can do a base much much cheaper than i did, we had to shift tonnes of earth and use a brick/concrete base because of the slope. That said the concrete base really does act as a heat store (unlike Dick Strawbridges wast of time heat sink) and helps keep some heat overnight (on the days the sun shines).

Happy to answer any other questions may have, feel free to PM me as its getting a bit off topic for the thread i suppose.


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Wow, amazing, Christos.
Those clay pots are just fabulous too - they seem to come in all shapes and sizes!

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Hi Rachel :)
Yes, they come in many shapes and sizes, always depending on the needs of orchids, cause ecxept of orchidophile I am a potter too.

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The pots really add an extra dimension to the display of your beautiful plants. Wonderful!

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Awesome Cristos, really like what you have done there!

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Looking good Steve, the plants really are looking in good shape! Even though they look like they could do with more space :lol:

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:) Nice setups. Thanks' for sharing!
Since I don't have my own greenhouse, I love (at least) to look at other people's growing areas



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Looking good Steve, the plants really are looking in good shape! Even though they look like they could do with more space :lol:


Thanks Keith, trouble is, I can't stop buying them! :oops:

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I basically have hardly any plants at the moment as over the past couple years I have sold almost all my collection... but here is where I am living now and will be growing from now on... gonna build a nice big greenhouse, plenty of space.
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And for the chids that don't require too much light, I have a table across the room from the window:
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I'll post mine at some point but it looks like a bomb has gone off in, my greenhouse as I am having a major sort out and clean through and, addeding some new stuff in there so once that all done I will post


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