Recently, my brother and I have been looking in to getting a greenhouse (not just for nepenthes), however I know little about greenhouses. I know that polycarbonate panels are the best option, and that I need to bubble-wrap it in the winter. My brother and I want a large greenhouse to walk in. We plan on using bromeliads (epiphytes and air plants such as tillandsia as well as terrestrial plants), ferns and musas (banana-plants) as well as nepenthes. I saw this on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009OAUP4S?psc=1), however this may be too large to heat up. There are also smaller ones made by the same company, but are they good quality?Furthermore, I will go to various garden-centres to ask for advice. Does anyone have any advice on greenhouses or keeping them warm during the English winters (I live in SE England)?
It appears there are no reviews for it online (hard to know if thats good news or bad news), but for that price, those sorts of structures are often poorly made and/or unlikely to last for more than a couple of years. They are prone to have lots of bad seams which leak air and rain, and people generally have to do some manual reinforcement of the structure to make it truly usable. That sliding door is going to be a problem in the winter, as it will leak your warm air quite badly, thus escalating heating costs. (Yes, you will have to heat it. Here in coastal Oregon, it costs me between $500 and $750 USD a year to heat my 11 X 16 foot greenhouse and it is fully insulated.) Your first winter's heating bill could potentially exceed the cost of the greenhouse itself.
At 11.6 square meters, thats close to the same footprint as my greenhouse, so you can expect it to cost a fair bit to heat in the winter. Which is cheaper in the UK - propane or electric?
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2014 4:47:11 GMT 7 by paulbarden
Post by georgeadams on Sept 2, 2014 16:23:24 GMT 7
OK, thank you. I obviously wasn't going to skimp on buying a greenhouse. I was planning on going to garden-centres to ask on advice first, so don't worry. I probably won't have a greenhouse as large as that, but one which I can walk around in. What features should I look out for in a greenhouse if I want to grow tropical plants?
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