Most people think a greenhouse is just a protective bubble designed for pampered plants. A greenhouse, however, provides an optimal hydroponic system, which ultimately creates the most productive growing space. Various elements should guide your choice of a greenhouse’s design and its implements.
Many, unfortunately, disregard their area’s climate when selecting their greenhouse’s design since they assume any will do. The wrong design for your climate, however, will only result in a failed farming venture, warn greenhouse manufacturers.
Here’s a guide to ease your selection of a greenhouse design for three common climatic conditions:
Desert or Dry Tropical Climates
These climates have extremely high temperatures with low humidity. They also generally feature high winds, which can blast your greenhouse and crops. Greenhouses with high-tensile steel frames and a fine insect mesh are the ideal option. You can also opt for misting or fogging to increase the greenhouse’s humidity levels and decrease its interior temperatures.
These climates have seasonal temperature variations and moderate rainfall year-round. Your primary consideration is efficient heating for cold months and insulation to minimize heat wastage during these times. Ventilation areas comprising different environmental control equipment like thermal and shade screens, vents, heaters, and fogging are also essential.
The daytime temperatures in these areas are below freezing most of the time with short day lengths. Greenhouses in these climates should have steep solid walls to allow snow to slide off easily and are often double insulated to minimize heat loss. You’ll also need additional carbon dioxide injection implements and optimal lighting because of the short day lengths.
Understanding the limitations of your climate is the first step when investing in commercial greenhouse farming. Ensure you get an expert opinion on your area’s climate and its effect on plant growth. This way, you’ll guarantee the structure you pick overcomes these limitations and provides the best growing environment for your venture.