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GREENHOUSE FROM HELL
From: Pugturd at aol.com on 2000.08.12 at 18:50:27(5268)|
Hello well I Have still not got my new computer after the lightning hit
it! Hopefully soon. We are how ever starting to build my own personal
greenhouse!! I plan to have artificial rock on the walls and a huge
waterfall in the center of the 30wide 50 long greenhouse we have started.
I plan to have something more like the greenhouse at shelbys gardens. With
a fog machine and all the works. I was wondering what else should i
consider in the greenhouse besides a heater fog machine and fans. I also
wanted to kow would the amorphophallus like the fog and staying moist. I
am scared to death i will have another one of these things rot on me. Also
is their any good tricks for keeping the plants in the soil together
rather than running around the greenhouse? I wil try to get pictures of
the whole thing and would love any good idea on this. I plan to be working
on it for a long time.
From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 2000.08.12 at 23:20:18(5269)|
This greenhouse sounds like a dream of many of us. I certainly wish you the
greatest of luck and tons of joy and wonderful growing. I am sure many will
help you with their ideas and good wishes. It should be fabulous when you get
it done. Envy will be the word most of us would have for it.
From: Jack Honeycutt jhoneycutt at uswest.net> on 2000.08.12 at 23:20:51(5270)|
At 08:50 PM 8/12/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>We are how ever starting to build my own personal
The latest issue of the Hobby Greenhouse Magazine (Summer 2000 Vol 22 #3)
has a few good articles on misting systems, computer controlled systems,|
and other automated stuff for the hobbyist. It was the best issue yet IMHO
for the home builder. Here is a link to the HGA web page if you want more
I have a few links on my web page to greenhouse supplies, kits, and
Aroid Society member Albert Huntington has a greenhouse and a web page with
information on it's construction and systems here:
>I plan to have artificial rock on the walls and a huge
>waterfall in the center of the 30wide 50 long greenhouse we have started.
>I plan to have something more like the greenhouse at shelbys gardens. With
>a fog machine and all the works.
I would also like a misting system/fog machine. I hope to break ground on
a greenhouse next year. Keep us posted as to your developments.
jack in Oregon
From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 2000.08.14 at 09:18:23(5271)|
In a message dated 8/13/00 1:20:29 AM Central Daylight Time,
<< Re: GREENHOUSE FROM HELL >>
I have but one more thing to say, I might think "Greenhouse in Heaven" might|
be a better heading. Many might think it was joy and a big gift to beable to
have just such a project to find their peace and happiness within.
From: "D.J. Leedy" djleedy at netex.quik.com> on 2000.08.14 at 09:20:00(5272)|
This greenhouse may be one of the most important things you will ever do and
you will truly enjoy it. My three suggestions are Plan, Plan and Plan some
more before you start.
First of all you must consider the zoning requirements where you live. I
tried to build a 20' X 50' greenhouse on a hill side in Los Angeles (as
Dewey, Betsy and several others can attest to). The foundation required by
the city building department cost $30,000. I know that Betsy ran into some
zoning problems in Memphis.
You mention 30' X 50' dimensions, but you do not mention heighth. The one I
built was 18' at the middle and 13' at the sides. You probably want one
taller if you are going to grow A. titanum and some of the other giants to
The heating costs for such a structure can put you in the poor house real|
quickly. Don't forget, heat rises. I was impressed by the underground
heating system (steam as I recall), which was used at the Munich Botanical
Gardens. The conventional heater with a blower can dry out the leaves on
the taller plants.
Evaporative coolers not only lower the temperature, but also add humidity to
the environment. I have seen some very good ones operating in southern
Florida. Of course the misting system will also lower the temperature and
add humidity. Exhaust fans are necessary as well as a venting system.
You are also going to want to think about the ground upon which you are
constructing your greenhouse. The substrata should be such that moisture
will percolate instead of pooling. That latter could cause a real problem.
Also, you should be concerned about adjacent vegetation, particularly trees,
because they will send their roots towards and into your greenhouse and
could cause major problems.
Most important is money. I ran out when my greenhouse was only 75%
completed and never did finish it. So plan your dream greenhouse consistent
with the amount of money you want and are able to invest in it.
These are a few ideas. Whatever you come up with will be enjoyed by you for
a long time. Even though I failed in completing my dream, the effort, which
was over fifteen years, was a great experience.
From: Pugturd at aol.com on 2000.08.15 at 08:35:01(5276)|
Hello good to hear all the information I do plan to have a few fans and misting system also trying to decide if we want a steam heater or a gas heater. We will be using a normal greenhouse with the aluminum pipes and double plastic. This will be up on ten foot stilts with walls built around it. The floor will be in levels the lowest will be the path a few feet taller will be a small wall artificial wall were the first plants will be planted. The roof should be about 25 feet tall if not bigger. The one real good thing about this project is my dads help he is paying for most of the building. I have to do all the artificial rock and will have to help pay some of the heating. Hope to hear more from you all.
Also what about the amorphophallus has anyone grown them in a greenhouse like this is rot a big problem in it??
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