Orchid care for beginners video

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Orchid care

I have recently become an orchid enthusiast. We have filled up our small display greenhouse with 9 orchids so far and they are piling up! There is so much information online about orchid care it can get confusing! And each species requires different lighting, temps and care. But I found this great YouTube video series for orchid beginners. It covers everything from watering to re potting and even disease. I have been researching orchid care for months now and this video host is very knowledgeable and fun to watch! Watch a few posts and you wont be sorry! I sure am happy I found this! Press link below for series.

Basic Orchid Care for Beginners

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Greenhouse Growing – Air Plants (Tillandsia)

Air plants (Tillandsia)

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Air plants have taken off recently and it is no wonder. They are magnificent plants and require little care for beautiful results. Take your pick of 600 varities of air plant! Air plant is actually just the nickname for the real name which is Tillandsia. Tillandsia varieties are native to Central and South American deserts, forests and mountains. The thinner-leafed varieties grow in rainy areas and the thick-leafed varieties in areas more subject to drought. Tillandsia species are epiphytes, meaning they normally grow without soil while attached to other plants. A lot like

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orchids. They are not parasitic and receive moisture and nutrients from the air (dust, decaying leaves and insect matter) through hair like structures on the leaves called trichomes. A big difference between air plants and orchids is they require very little care. They love bright, indirect sunlight and a warm moist environment. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 50F to about 90F. Air plants are amazing because reproduction is by offsets called “pups” pictured above. A single plant could have up to a dozen pups. The pups grow off of the “mother” plant until it is large enough to separate and become its own plant.

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Lynda’s design – Hanging terrarium

Thanks to our customer Lynda C. I have come to love these whimsical plants and learn that they grow wonderfully in our greenhouses. Lynda discovered tillandsias and fell in love! This love prompted her to purchase a greenhouse and open up shop to sell the plants she adores. Air plants make beautiful and surprising gifts and are sold as decorations. Lynda designs a variety of terrariums, hangers, zen gardens and holders from different mixed media to highlight their beauty and uniqueness. They are truly beautiful pieces of art. To visit her website Random Oddities click here and see all of her passion filled designs. You can also visit Lynda and purchase items if you live in the Ann Arbor, MI. area. Her air plant decorations are on sale at Town Peddler in Livonia.

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Lynda’s 5 x 15 lean-to sunglo greenhouse with shade cloth in use

Lynda grows her air plants in her lean-to Sunglo greenhouse pictured to the right. She says they grow wonderfully in the greenhouse and can easily control the temperature for maximum growth. Lynda and her husband customized their greenhouse by building an extended wooden foundation to give the extra room and height they desired. She now happily runs her

business with a supply of never ending air plants in her Sunglo greenhouse!

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Air plants growing on homemade mesh shelves in Lynda’s sunglo greenhouse

Lynda’s designs are great for any room of your house and come in all sizes. She has a great variety of air plants. For her full selection visit her gallery here. And like her on Facebook! See examples below.

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Sunglo Greenhouse Reviews

Sunglo Greenhouse Reviews

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If you are shopping for a greenhouse, then you know that customer reviews are always important. It is vital to see what actual users/owners of the product have to say about their experience. We value what our customers think.. even if its not always the best! There is always room for improvement. Even on the BEST product!

Here are sites where you can find Sunglo Greenhouse reviews or write your own review-

 

-SungloGreenhouses.com

EXAMPLE REVIEW:

Ketchum, ID“My husband purchased this greenhouse for our 10 year anniversary, 20 years ago. It is worth every penny . If you want to start your growing season or extend it, this greenhouse has stood the test of time with rain, hail, snow ,extreme heat.  I highly recommend this greenhouse.”

 

-Costco.com

EXAMPLE REVIEW:

Bellevue, WA
Pros: very well designed
Model Number: SunGlo 8′ x 12.5′ Expert Greenhouse

“My wife and I love our new green house. It has been over 7 months since we have built our greenhouse and we are very pleased with the product and the results. The Green house is really thoughtfully designed and it has everything we needed. This product is very complex so I recommend to take your time with the assembly. However, the parts are so wonderfully labeled, and the kit comes with good set of instructions (even though I have to admit it is hard to follow). The best thing was the Video. You pretty much need to follow the step by step procedure provided by the video. They also have an excellent technical support team that would answer any question you may have. My wife and I are extremely pleased with the purchase of our Sunglo 8′ x 12.5′ Expert Greenhouse package and the service we have received from Sunglo.”

 

-Houzz.com

EXAMPLE REVIEW:

WA State – “I own a SunGlo Greenhouse that was designed and constructed in the 1970′s. I am the second owner. Needless to say, after that many years of constant use and mostly a tree trimming job gone astray; I needed to replace a few panels. I called Joanie at SunGlo in Kent, Washington and ordered over the phone the panels I needed. I live an hour and a half away including a ferry ride. She was so knowledgeable of her product. I received in the mail my panels. No hassle, just good old friendly service. I also needed a special curved panel to fit on the end. I sent her a template of the panel and zip, back in the mail was my special panel. No hassle, just super nice service. I do appreciate the fact she went the extra mile for me. I would highly recommend SunGlo Greenhouse in Kent, Washington. Their service is superior and my greenhouse thinks it is brand new!”

Sunglo is also rated 5 stars on Facebook. For more in depth Sunglo greenhouse reviews please visit the links below -

Hurricane Sandy Tested

Sunglo Greenhouse – Delivery to done!

Sunglo’s Lean-To Greenhouse Kits

Amazing Sunglo Greenhouse

 

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Sunglo Greenhouse Review – Delivery to done!

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Our greenhouse kits are manufactured and fabricated in Kent, WA. When you place an order our warehouse team carefully packs and boxes up your greenhouse kit for shipping.

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Actual Sunglo Greenhouse Delivery

Our standard shipping service is called Curbside Delivery. Your order will be delivered to a local terminal. The terminal will call you when your order arrives to schedule a delivery appointment. Deliveries are scheduled between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Your kit will be delivered on a lift-gate truck and the driver will unload it for you. We ask that you inspect the boxes for damage before signing the delivery receipt. Once the delivery receipt is signed you can start assembly!

A lot of customers wonder what our kits look like when they arrive. Sunglo received these amazing example pictures and sunglo greenhouse review:

Dear Sunglo,

It’s up now and we couldn’t be happier, when the wind broke several panels, we called and it was replaced within a

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few days. When we were missing pieces, there was no issue – we called and within 2 days they were delivered with no

questions asked.  When we had questions there was always someone to talk to and walk us through it.  Had such great service from Joanie who answered the phone to the technicians who had so much Graham2patience with us.

Now it’s up, looking good and so proud – just have to go shopping for plants and supplies. Your company is the best and we would recommend it to anyone; and maybe that they get a few extra hands at the start of Graham3the project! Have attached some photos, from delivery to completion – like I said no plants yet, but that won’t be long

 

 

 

Sincerely:

Bob and Bonnie Graham

A pair of very happy customers

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To see more pictures of customers greenhouse projects visit our Facebook page.

If you have any questions about Sunglo’s shipping and/or delivery service please contact us.

 

 

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Keukenhof Garden

Keukenhof Garden Display

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Sunglo welcomes our new general Manager Henri, who recently visited his home country the Netherlands and took some amazing photographs of the magical Keukenhof garden for us to display.

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Keukenhof garden. The world’s second largest flower garden following the Dubai miracle garden is a stunning display of flowers located in Lisse, a small town in P1000718South Holland. It is also called the Garden of Europe. The garden designs and flower combinations will leave you in awe.

Rows of colorful foliage and delicate spring blooms are beautifully placed along pathways for guests to roam. The bulbs are donated by the large local growers, who only display the finest of the crop, with a plack or sign showing off their hard work.

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A wide range of flowers are used in the outdoor designs from lavender to tulips and daffodils to daisies. This magical dutch garden is definitely a sight for “green eyes” to see. Approximately 30 gardeners help design the land to a landscape architects plans. Every year the design changes. Keukenhof is open annually from March to May. After the prime visiting season the bulbs and flowers are actually thrown out.

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To see the collection of pictures Henri took click here.

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To plan your trip to Keukenhof visit their website.

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Sunglo’s Lean-to DIY Greenhouse Kits

Sunglo greenhouse kits are easy to build, long lasting and have excellent insulation. We offer free-standing and lean-to greenhouse kits.They are less expensive to heat and very low maintenance compared to other brands. We also keep in close contact with our customers.

Harold writes:

Thanks for your assistance with my order this morning.
Here are some shots of my 1700-E taken at several different time points. My greenhouse is almost 10 years old and is still standing. Hope you enjoy.
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forever strong sunglo greenhouse kits

Cheers,
Hal
Our lean-to diy greenhouse kits are very versatile and it’s easy to add customized accessories. We offer a wide range of accessories and gardening tools that were designed specifically for the Sunglo brand. Please see our Sunglo Product post.
Here is an example of a lean-to foundation and finished 1700 model lean-to kit:
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Completed assembly of the foundation and lean-to sunglo greenhouse

Our lean-to greenhouses are a great option for a cramped backyard or small apartment space. They can be constructed on a deck, house, barn.. anywhere you have room! And you choose your foundation. Click here to learn about building your very own Sunglo.
Here is another example of a 1500 lean-to model:
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If you are interested in a lean-to greenhouse please e-mail a request for a foundation guide to info@sunglogreenhouses.com. Or give us a call at 1-800-647-0606. We offer M-F support for questions. And replacement parts are always available. To see updated customer photos and stay up to date with our staff visit our Facebook page > Click here.
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Sunglo Greenhouse Accessories and Parts

Sunglo carries a wide range of accessories and Sunglo parts. We now offer complete packages that include all the items you’ll need to have your greenhouse up running and at a discounted price! For a complete accessory and parts catalog please e-mail us at info@sunglogreenhouses.com with your request or call our 800 number below.

Here are a few items that are included in our greenhouse packages:

 

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Benches and lighting: 30″ x 30″ cedar benches, 30″ x 12″ cedar shelves and fluorescent light fixture with 2 T8 bulbs and hanging hardware

 

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Light kit: Moisture resistant light timer and fluorescent light fixture – Pictured above

 

Sunglo greenhouse accessories and parts

Irrigation kit: Coil hose, water wand and drip watering kit

 

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Shade Cloth: A custom cut shade cloth to fit your Sunglo, 74% gradient polypropylene with grommet holes.

Sunglo Greenhouses offers DIY greenhouse kits in free-standing and lean-to sizes. We also carry greenhouse accessories and Sunglo parts. Our warehouse is open M-F from 8am to 4pm to assist you in ordering parts. You can contact our sales office at 1-800-647-0606 for questions or to place orders.

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Seattle Area Recycling Tips

Recycling Yard Debris – & Everything Else!

Recycling yard debris

Here in the Northwest it’s the season for yard work! Cutting, trimming, pruning – Endless branches and debris are piling up. What are you going to do!?

Here are a few ways for recycling yard debris:

  1. Self-haul: Load up a truck or trailer and haul your branches to the closest recycling station. Click here to find a recycling center near you.
  2. Curbside Pick-up: Have your debris and yard waste picked up curbside by Waste management. They provide a variety of collection services. Call 1-800-592-9995 for details.
  3. Chipping: Rent or use a friends chipper and create your own mulch!
  4. Tree Service: There are local tree services that will trim your trees and chip or haul away yard debris for you.

Here are a few tips for recycling yard debris:

  • Plastic wrap or bags and any food containers should NOT be included with your yard debris
  • Only tree/shrub debris and natural waste not including food is considered “yard debris”
  • When landscaping or doing yard work cut your branches small so they are easier to dispose of
  • If doing any digging in your yard – Like planting trees or shrubs be sure to call 811 for free marking of your utility lines

 

Recycling yard debrisTo recycle other items such as styrofoam, mattresses, TV’s and chemicals there certain recycling centers that will take items for free.

FREE styrofoam recycling at rndrecycling in Fife, WA. Click here for info.

FREE laptop, computer, ink cartridge, cell phone etc. recycling at PC Recycle. Click here to find a location near you.

FREE vehicle, refrigerator, washer/dryer etc. recycling with 1 Green Planet in Renton, WA. Click here to view their website.

 

For more detailed info and to ask questions you can contact the Washington State Recycling Database at 1-800-RECYCLE(732-9253).

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Fabulous Orchids!

Fabulous Orchids!

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Orchids are mysterious, breath taking and high maintenance. Grown by enthusiasts for their elegance and beauty, as well as for decoration. The most common type of orchid is probably the moth orchid, or the Phalaenopsis orchid. These orchids can be bought at most garden stores and are the easiest to take care of because they do well in most indoor environments. But even the easiest to grow orchids require special care.

What are orchids?

Orchids belong to the Orchidaceae family. It is a diverse and widespread flowering plant with colorful blooms and is often fragrant. There are so many orchid species it’s impossible to know them all.  The number of orchid species is twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species! Since the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars. Orchids can be found anywhere around the world except in freezing climates. The majority of orchids are found in humid, hot, tropic/sub tropic regions. Orchids are perennial epiphytes which grow anchored to trees or shrubs.Orchids Species such as Angraecum sororium are lithophytes growing on rocks or very rocky soil. Other orchids (including the majority) are terrestrial and can be found in habitat areas such as grasslands or forest.

Orchids can be found in a rainbow of colors, shapes and sizes. I happen to prefer the brightly colored larger species. Many different orchid vendors can be found online offering some rare and sometimes strange looking species and hybrids.

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Can you grow orchids in a Sunglo?

Absolutely! Sunglo greenhouses are great for growing orchids due to the ability to manipulate the environment. You have a ventilation system for the summer months and heating for the winter. Orchids have many different preferred climates. Be sure to make yourself aware of the climate needs of each species. There are even climate controls available to help control humidity and moisture. Greenair products offer a wide variety of atmospheric controls and can be purchased through Sunglo.

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Tips on maintenance:

Growing orchids from seed is something I really don’t want to get into. It can take years and years for a “seed orchid” to mature and we just don’t have time for that! But when you purchase an orchid and bring it home here are a few things to remember:

  1. Study the species you want to bring home. Make sure you can provide the needed light, temperature and feeding instructions.
  2. Understand the watering requirements. With a vast number of species there are some differences in the watering procedures. Most do not need much water. Click here for more orchid care tips.
  3. Feed your orchid. Orchid fertilizer can be bought at most home and garden stores. A fertilizer with high nitrogen is usually suggested. It is recommended to feed most orchids 1-2 times per month.
  4. Repot when needed. You must research your orchid to know what kind of media it likes. Most garden stores carry mixed media packages for the common species. Repotting is important to give the orchid fresh media – moss, bark, peat etc. And also give more room if it needs it.
  5. Know the diseases that can occur. If you can identify the disease right off the bat you will have a greater chance of saving your precious flowers. Some common diseases are leaf spots, petal blight, and fungi such as black rot.

OrchidsMore valuable information can be found at the following links:

My first orchid

American Orchid Society

YouTube Video – Orchid care

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Ladybug pest control

Ladybugs – Your best ally in the fight with aphids!

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 Let’s learn a little bit about these pest eaters. Ladybugs have many names. Such as lady beetle, Asian lady beetle, multicolored Asian lady beetle, ladybird and many more. They are actually not bugs but are beetles. Ladybird Beetle is the correct name but I still like “ladybug” There are about 5,000 species of ladybugs worldwide, only 400 are native to North America. The convergent lady beetle is the most common species.

Ladybugs are widely used as a form of natural pest control. Aphids seem to be the top food choice for them but they also eat scale insects, mealy bugs, mites, white fly and other soft insects. A fully grown hungry ladybug can eat 50 aphids a day! They could eat 5,000 aphids in their lifetime in both larvae and adult stages.

 

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Aphids are the most common garden pest insect and they feed on almost every type of plant. There are many different species of aphids but they all seem to have the same goal in mind… destroying you’re garden! They feed in colonies which is why they are so destructive and fast.

Signs of aphids are dried and colorless leaves and curled leaf tips. Aphids usually can be found on the underside of leaves and close to the top where the most nutrients can be sucked from the plant. They are savage little things and need to be dealt with as fast as possible.

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Here at our Kent, WA. Sunglo office and warehouse we have a few greenhouses on display and like to grow plants and veggies ourselves, so we take advantage of the opportunity by growing a few things here and there. We bought a few herb plants from a home and garden depot only to find aphids on them!

We decided to try ladybugs for pest control. And boy let me tell you… it was awesome! We were able to purchase 1500 bugs online and they arrived within 5 days, let them free in our small lean-to greenhouse and within 15 minutes almost every aphid had disappeared! Overall I would 100% recommend ladybugs to get rid you of your pest nuisance! They are cute, inexpensive and best of all non-toxic! We freed most of them by keeping the doors wide open but a few are still around, stalking their next aphid meal.

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To learn about another common pest; thrips – click here.

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