Owning a greenhouse as frequently been referred to as being on par with owning a pet because it takes up a lot of your time and money. However, much like owning a pet, greenhouses certainly have their perks and the good things tend to outweigh the bad. By following simple rules and applying common sense, greenhouses can be pretty low maintenance despite what many people (usually non-greenhouse owners) believe.
The thing with greenhouses is that they will only be as good to you as you are to them. You are never going to grow the best plants if you neglect your greenhouse for days at a time. But a little dedication and care can go a long way.
A little attention each day will be far more beneficial than a lot of attention once a week. The first and most important thing to remember may seem ridiculously obvious but you would be amazed at how many gardeners water their plants irregularly or forget to water them for days at a time!
Regular watering is crucial to the development of plants and aids stable growth so not setting a sensible routine for watering could prove detrimental.
However, when watering your plants try to avoid getting water on the leaves of petals, particularly in the warmer summer months, as these essentially turn into tiny magnifying glasses which will result in the foliage becoming scorched and damaged from the sunlight.
It is also important for plants in greenhouses to have shade, particularly in the late spring and summer months. Similarly, the darker months require as much light as possible in your greenhouse to get the most out of your plants year round.
Roller blinds are a great investment if you want to have a successful greenhouse and, although they are pretty pricey to begin with, they are well worth the money in the long term.
If roller blinds are simply too far out of your budget, do not despair. Sun shade products that are mixed with water and painted onto the glass are just as effective although are probably not as aesthetically pleasing.
Experts suggest that the optimal time to clean your greenhouse glass is in autumn and then again in early spring. It is also suggested that a thorough cleaning of all the structure including brickwork and rafters during the winter with a strong garden disinfectant will hugely help protect your plants from pests and diseases throughout the colder months.
You should also ensure that you are regularly disposing of dead leaves and discarded plants to help in your quest to stave off pests. These unnecessary plant pots can become a harbour for pests if they are left unattended for too long.
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This is key to the success of greenhouses. During hot weather try to ensure that air is freely circulating throughout the greenhouse to help keep away diseases such as botrytis. You should also aim to have moderate air flow during the year’s cooler months to help keep these fungal diseases at bay.
Re-potting is a task that should be on-going within your greenhouse to help it reach its optimal potential.
While re-potting can often seem like a scary prospect for beginner gardeners, it is really a very simple operation that will help your plants to flourish and there are lots of signs to look out for.
For example, pale or gaunt looking plants is usually a sure fire sign that it needs to be re-potted. Most gardeners also look out for roots that are trying to escape through a pots drainage holes and a stale looking surface on top of the compost.
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This is an important aspect of greenhouse maintenance as leaving plants in an old pot for too long can lead to the plants beginning to deteriorate so keep an eye out for the warning signs! If you want to know how to repot your plants then, click here.
Overall, managing a greenhouse can become a very rewarding hobby as long as you are prepared to put in a bit of time, effort and tender loving care to help it reach its full potential.
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