Choosing a Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Polycarbonate greenhouses offer a cost-efficient for gardening beginners and experts alike.
This guide will help review key specifications and factors for consideration.

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A Haven for Plants and Seedlings

Greenhouses provide optimal nurturing conditions, better control over your plants’ climate
and the warmth they need for an extended period. It allows you to get a head start with your
seedlings and help your plants survive the fall frosts. Many greenhouses go so far as to support
plant growth year-round, depending on their setup. Greenhouses also allow you to garden
your plants from seedlings, reducing the risk of losing plants after transplanting or relocating
to an outdoor environment.

Create the Right Conditions for Growth

Clear panels have a high, glass-like light transmission; multi-wall or twin-wall panels have a light
diffusion effect that protects from strong sunlight exposure, reduces hotspots and shaded areas.
Other features such as vents, windows, doors, heaters and misting systems help control
temperature, airflow and humidity levels to create the optimal nurturing environment.

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Cost-Efficiency

Starting from seed allows you to effectively cut down costs and trips to your local
nursery or grocery store for plants and food. A small investment each spring gives
you the opportunity to furnish your yard and home with fresh flowers or to garnish
your meals with the herbs and vegetables you have grown by yourself.
Aluminum and Polycarbonate yield a sturdy greenhouse structure at a competitive cost.
Polycarbonate is a virtually unbreakable polymer that can transmit plenty of light
and withstand severe weather. It is important to make sure your Polycarbonate panels
are guaranteed to withstand UV radiation for an extended period.
> For more information see Why Palram Polycarbonate.

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Health Benefits

Growing your own plants allows you to stay active with purposeful physical activity.
It also places you outside where sunlight and fresh air can reduce stress, provide a peaceful
atmosphere and encourage relaxation. Growing your own fresh vegetables means that they
will likely hold higher vitamin content and taste better. If you are concerned with the use of
pesticides or herbicides, owning a greenhouse gives you 100% control of how things are grown.

Reduce Environmental Impact

Fewer trips to your local nursery or grocery store reduce the use of fossil fuels and the
subsequent pollution. If you choose to grow your plants organically, you are reducing the
amount of pesticides, herbicides and other pollutants that can be harmful to air, soil
and water.

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Types of Greenhouses:

Hobby Greenhouses – Perfect for the garden or backyard, the beginner hobbyist or
serious grower. Though there are many different sizes and styles to choose from,
all serve the purpose of extending each end of the growing season, or creating an
environment where plants can thrive all year long.

Commercial Greenhouses – Ideal for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers,
homesteaders and pro-am gardeners alike. Extend your season; protect your crop and
increase yield and profits with a commercial greenhouse.

Lean to Greenhouses – Designed to utilize external walls and are ideal for those who love
to grow and want to save on backyard space. Lean-To Greenhouses are conveniently close
to home and provide quick and easy access.

Mini-Greenhouse – Inexpensive and require less assembly than other larger greenhouses.
They work well for seed starting and for plant protection on decks and patios.

What to look for when buying a greenhouse

Panels:
Clear – Clear panels provide the highest light transmission and a crystal clear view.
Diffused – Diffused panels, usually in the form of twin-wall polycarbonate, create even
light, which reduces plant burn and shaded areas. Twin-wall polycarbonate also has
a higher insulation or U-Value, allowing it to retain heat more effectively.
Merged Clear & Diffused – Provides plants with a combination of even-light through the
roof, while the sides have a high light transmission and the luxury of crystal-clear views.

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Ventilation:
Ventilation is a key factor in regulating temperature, airflow and humidity when growing
in a greenhouse.

Accessories:
Accessories help you to maximize your space and create a more efficient and productive
growing area. Use accessories such as auto-vent openers that automatically stabilize heat,
anchoring kits to protect from extreme weather conditions, trellising kits for tall growing
vines and plants, shelving to clear floor space, shade kits to reduce direct sunlight exposure
and much more.