Resources for Identifying Orchid Ailments

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Resources for Identifying Orchid Ailments CONFRONTED WITH pest and disease problems on their orchid plants and flowers can obtain a diagnosis and possible solutions from several sources. Two resources within the orchid community are commercial growers and local orchid societies. Employees and members are often willing to examine an infected specimen and suggest controls. Ask an orchid-nursery employee or officers of a local orchid society to determine if it is permissible to bring an infected plant to a nursery or […]

Greenhouse Growing Tips

Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Winterizing Your Greenhouse Jack Frost has already drawn up his list of greenhouses to visit. Will you be ready? Here’s the routine we follow at our house each fall: 1. Clean The Greenhouse Take all plants out of the greenhouse and thoroughly clean the frame, glazing and benches.Physan 20 (#7620) is an effective disinfectant. Make glass sparkle brightly again with the detergent “The Pill” (#6581) or Sprayway Glass Cleaner (#1608). For stubborn algae spots, I spray with Physan 20 or household bleach and […]

Resources for Identifying Orchid Ailments

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Pest & Disease Identification Services Alabama Dr. Talmadge Balch Room 101 Extension Hall Auburn University, Alabama 36849 Telephone (205) 844-6390 Alaska Wayne Vandre State Horticulturist 2221 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite 118 Anchorage, Alaska 99508 Telephone (907) 279-6575 Arizona Cooperative Extension Service 4210 N. Campbell Tucson, Arizona 85719 Telephone (602) 628-5628 Arkansas Arkansas State Plant Board P.O. Box 391 Little Rock, Arkansas 72203 Telephone (501) 225-6598 California California Department of Food & Agriculture Diagnostic Division 1220 “N” Street Sacramento, California […]

N = Nitrogen P = Phosphorous K = Potassium (potash)

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles What Your Plants Need N = Nitrogen, P = Phosphorous, K = Potassium (potash) Nitrogen is essential for vigorous leaf growth and tends to increase fruit set. Sources of Nitrogen are: Bloodmeal, Bone Meal, Cottonseed Meal, Manure, and Activated Sludge.Phosphorous is essential for strong root systems and bright flowers. It can increase fruit development and seed yield. Sources of Phosphorous are Activated Sludge, Bloodmeal, Bone Meal, Cottonseed Meal, and Rock Phosphate.Potassium is essential for cell division and strong stems. It […]

Greenhouse Shading

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Greenhouse Shading Greenhouse Shading Guidelines Keeping the greenhouse cool is accomplished by obtaining a balance of shading, ventilation and humidity. Providing the proper amount of each is the secret to a cool greenhouse. Here are some guidelines for shading: Shading will be 40% more effective when installed on the OUTSIDE of the greenhouse. Improve cooling by suspending the fabric 4″ to 9″ above the glazing surface. (For SolarGro greenhouses, see our Stand-Off Kit #2090.) Shading installed INSIDE the greenhouse will […]

Greenhouse Seeds Started Indoors

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Getting Seeds Started Indoors Seed starting indoors is exciting and infectious, and you’ll soon find that your windowsills are crammed with little pots of seedlings and you have an overwhelming desire to study greenhouse designs. But a greenhouse is not necessary for a satisfactory experience in gardening, as long as you follow some practical considerations such as light and temperature requirements, and space. A tray of seedlings is only a starting point, as these seedlings will have to be transplanted […]

Humidifying Your Greenhouse

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Humidifying Your Greenhouse Misting Guidelines Apply mist only during daylight hours to avoid excessive humidity at night, which encourages disease. Remember, when the greenhouse cools at night, the relative humidity will rise even with the misting system off. Use a 24-hour timer to shut off the misting system 2 hours before sundown.Cooling Shading and ventilation are required during summer to prevent a greenhouse from seriously overheating, but it is evaporative cooling from a misting system which can actually cool the […]

Seed Starting Tips

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Seed Starting Tips The joys of starting your own seeds are many — earlier harvests, greater variety, healthier seedlings, cost savings, and the fun of watching plants grow! Sowing Seeds Soak seeds in hot water overnight to speed germination. Seeding in pot-paks and/or flats is most convenient . Sterilize all “used” pots, flats, tools with Physan 20 . Use only sterilized starting mixes to help prevent damp-off disease. Mix very fine seed with fine sand or milled sphagnum moss. Scatter […]

Greenhouse Gardening Tips

Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles   Greenhouse content provided by Charley’s Greenhouse   Garden Tips Charley’s Greenhouse ChecklistDecision guideline to help plan your greenhouse Winterizing Your Greenhouse Calculating Heating Requirements Climate Guide Climate Control Tips Fluorescent Light Tips Lighting Tips Helpful Lighting Tips for Better Growing Results Cleaning Tips Starting Seed Tips Getting Seeds Started Indoors Mixing Your Own Soil Bulb Forcing for Special Occasions Hot Bed Design Resources for Identifying Orchid Ailments What Your Plants Need Good Bugs to The Rescue Cooler Section Humidifying Tips Shading Tips Vent […]

Construction Tips

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Construction Tips – Page 2 BACK | MORE TIPS Reglazing With TwinWall or TripleWall Upgrade your greenhouse TwinWall is a significant improvement for a single-glazed greenhouse. Remove old glazing Cut TwinWall to size using a box knife or a very fine tooth saw blade Install new glazing gasket if necessary Note panels have one side which must face the sun Remove protective film from inside face Close exposed ends of panels with TwinWall capping Set TwinWall panels in place and […]