What Accessories are Needed?
Sturdi-Built draws on our 60 years of experience to set you up with the proper equipment for your situation. This usually includes:
Circulating fan: Air movement is essential for a healthy greenhouse environment and helps reduce heating costs, occurrence of mold and condensation. We recommend continuous, gentle air movement 24/7 provided by an oscillating fan.
Heater: Type and size of heater depends of the size of the greenhouse and the inside and outside temperatures involved. Gas (natural or LP, or electric (120V or 240V) heaters can be used. To make a heater more effective add an additional thermostat to turn the heater on and off at specific temperatures.
Coolers: In very hot climates, often positive cooling is needed. Air conditioners de-humidify the greenhouse, so we recommend evaporative air coolers which draw hot air through wet pads using a fan or blower. Water evaporates from the pads, providing cool, clean, humid air.
Humidifier or Mister: Plants need adequate humidity in a hot greenhouse. Generally, wetting down a porous (bricks, gravel) floor is the easiest method for creating humidity. An automatic humidifier or a misting/fogging system may be added if more humidity is desired.
Shading: Depending on sun exposure, greenhouse glazing selections and plants being grown inside, shading might be needed. Ways to shade include shade cloth, shading film, shading paint, and roll-up shades. We recommend custom-fit shade cloth panels added to all or part of the greenhouse. Attached on the outside of the greenhouse, they are effective, neat in appearance, reusable and available in a variety of densities.
Propagation Mats: With good bottom heat, propagation is easy and fast, even in a cool greenhouse. Propagation mats are great for supplying heat to plants in containers.
Shelves & Benches:Generally, some type of benches and/or shelves are needed. Many options are available and depend on the size and style of your greenhouse. More info on accessories.
Roof Vent Screen Kits: Sturdi-Built roof vents provide a 60”x20” opening for flying insects, birds, and other pests like squirrels to enter your greenhouse. Use Roof Vent Screen Kits to prevent these pests from entering.