Don’t be frightened! If you have a brown thumb these are the plants even you can grow! And from personal experience you really can depend on these plants to thrive in your home. Whether you have never touched a plant in your life or just want some life in your.. well life.. these are the easiest and most low maintenance plants out there! As long as you have a window sill or area in your living room that gets some sun these are plants that will give you years of enjoyment. And take it from me because these are my plants – I’ve had them for years!
Succulents: These beautiful wide ranging plants are very easy to care for and with a wide variety of colors and sizes you can find something to match your decor and state of mind! My little plant (left) has been sitting on my office desk for months now. It came already planted in the stylish round pot. I’ve watered it once every week or so. It’s loving the warm indoor temp and sun it gets from my office window. Look for Aloe, Echeveria, and Rosularia for starters. If you need help identifying a succulent visit this site for a Succulent Identifier. Cacti: I know Cacti is a broad term but most of them do very well indoors because they like the warmth and need very little water. I tend to go for the spiky, scary looking ones because they create contrast with the other leafy soft plants we have here in the Sunglo office. As you can see (left and right spiky plants) they are still in their original trays from the nursery but I will be planting them in a container with some succulents to give it more pop!
Stalks of bamboo can be purchased at a wide range of stores. I have seen them in grocery stores in the garden section, little trinket stores at the mall or in the oriental mall we have down the street here in Kent, WA. The stalks come in sizes ranging from a few inches to taller than your tallest cousin. I opted for a medium size of just under 2′ and that’s not counting the foliage that grows out of the top. They can be placed in any kind of container just as long as you keep it 1/3 full of water. Rocks or gems in a clear vase or container give it that extra pizazz. My bamboo has been sitting in the same container for 2 years. I just check the water every month to make sure there is enough. You can find pre made bamboo containers at certain stores that include a tray and rocks and sometimes the bamboo is curled or shaped into a pretty design.
This little tropical plant makes a big statement. It can grow to about 7′ tall if you give it the room to. When I bought this little guy he was about 2″ shorter and in a smaller pot. I upgraded to a larger pretty yellow pot and he has grown since. It grows individual stalks that long skinny leaves shoot out of. That’s where it gets the “palm” in its name. The individual stalks are unique and this plant makes a great statement when placed in the right spot. It definitely catches your eye. I will be re-potting him into a larger pot soon, I would love to have it grow to 7′
This plant can turn into a large tree over time. They have been known to grow to over 7′ tall and they really make a statement with their bright green foliage. I purchased two plants and re-potted them in larger pots immediately after I got them home. They are both due for an even larger pot now! They do well in a variety of climates but indoors 60-70 degrees is best. With little watering and nothing to prune or cut off the rubber tree makes for a great easy indoor plant!
There are probably hundreds of varieties of Philodendron but most of them have one in thing in common.. they just keep growing! I think they resemble a large ivy. You can grow them so they hang down over doorways or loop around your ceiling for a rainforest affect. This plant (right) came from my boyfriend’s (hopefully fiance soon!) mother’s house. She has had her Philodendron for over 20 years! It wraps around their living room ceiling and hangs over their fire place. These plants need little watering and do enjoy filtered light just like the rest of our easy indoor plants!
With a little love – very little! – you can grow any of these plants! If you just remember every few weeks to check the soil for moisture and give them a few hours of light everyday/every other day they will grow and prosper and you will have a better quality of life! Everyone should have at least one plant in their home and office. Being close to nature calms us and brings us down to earth – and sometimes that’s just what we need!
There are many factors to consider when greenhouse shopping; Insulation, glazing material, space, foundation, heat and of course greenhouse ventilation. And if you are planning on growing year round you want to make sure to choose the most energy efficient structure because heating in the cooler months can be expensive – This is where great insulation can reduce energy costs.
Manual or automatic roof vents have their advantages and disadvantages. If the greenhouse is designed very well then aerodynamics have been considered and the roof vents will be placed in the perfect position for wind to pull air out while still circulating air through the greenhouse. Placement of the greenhouse is also very important for wind to catch on the ridge of the greenhouse and create a vacuum type air movement. A large circulation fan or multiple fans will be required in the interior of the greenhouse and will aid in fresh air exchange. Some larger or commercial greenhouses offer a roll up design that allows for the sides of the greenhouse to be completely open to the outside. Now, if you are concerned about pests this might not be the best option for you because generally with open air vents many of them are needed and screening them can be difficult, if not impossible. Maintenance can give you trouble as well. If you do not have the time to go open the manual vents, do not have the ability to climb a ladder for high roof vents, or have limited budget for automatic vents then an alternative option should be considered. For a very small/beginner greenhouse or a small lean-to style with a low insulation value these type of vents are appropriate. The higher the insulation value of the greenhouse glazing material the stronger ventilation you will need.
Thermostatically controlled ventilation is very popular and with supplemental air circulation can be most efficient. Sunglo uses exhausts fans and motorized intake shutters controlled by a thermostat with the option to hook up to a heater as well; we call them power panels and include other electrical items too. So if you prefer your greenhouse to remain between 50° and 75° all you have to do is set the thermostats for the ventilation and heater to turn on and off automatically. The exhaust fan and shutter are synchronized to open at the same time. The motorized shutter opens to allow fresh cool air into the greenhouse while the exhaust fan starts to spin and expel the used hot air that has risen inside the greenhouse. Sunglo’s basic system is rated to exchange fresh air throughout the greenhouse once per minute; providing you with a system that cools rapidly. The basic system is included with every Sunglo greenhouse. The exhaust fan(s) are placed as high as possible on one end of the greenhouse and the
shutter(s) are placed as low as possible on the opposite end. This allows for the best possible circulation throughout the entire greenhouse. There are many brands to choose from but either aluminum, steel, poly or fiberglass options are available each with different pros, cons, sizes and pricing. We include poly exhaust fans and shutters with our greenhouses but any type is available for upgrade. Automatic vent openers are available for the gable end manual vents on our greenhouses and will increase air circulation as well. They do not use any electricity. These automatic openers are controlled by a wax piston. By twisting the piston left or right sets the degree to which it opens. These automatic openers are specially important in areas where the climate stays consistently at or over 80 degrees. By setting up a circulation fan inside the greenhouse and setting the automatic openers to open before the ventilation system starts will save you electricity usage. Sunglo also offers a variety of atmospheric controls. If you would like to view some of the ventilation products Sunglo offers please visit the Schaefer website or give us a call with your inquiry.
If you are interested in adding ventilation to your greenhouse or would like to discuss options or have questions about anything please give us a call at 425-251-8005 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuberous begonias are one of my favorite summertime flowers. Striking in containers and hanging baskets, if treated right they give color all summer and into fall. These big beauties bloom in many colors and are not to be confused with the smaller wax begonias you will see later in the season sold in pony packs. The showy tuberous begonia makes a big impact.
Since tuberous begonias can be started indoors in early spring, I decided to give my begonias a jump start in my greenhouse – Starting begonias in a greenhouse.
Choosing Good Tubers
Right around now, begonia tubers are available at home and garden centers,usually in packages of three tubers that look like this.
Starting out with healthy tubers is very important. While at the garden center, I try to examine the tubers in the package as best I can. I look past the wood chips to determine if the tubers are healthy. I look for plump, firm tubers. If a tuber feels mushy when squeezed, that means it’s starting to rot. I also look for any sign of emerging stems on the concave side of the tuber.
They usually appear at first as tiny red or pink bumps and then they start to bud out. So in this case, red or pink bumps are a good thing as this means the tuber is viable.
Starting the Tubers in the Greenhouse
I planted the tubers in square 5-inch plastic pots that drain. I used a 50/50 blend of seedling starter mix and regular potting soil and moistened it slightly before filling the containers.
I filled each container with soil until it was about two to three inches short of the top and then placed the tuber in the middle with the root side down and the side with the emerging stems (pink bumps) up. I pushed the tuber down into the soil but didn’t completely submerge it.
Then I covered the tubers with a dusting of soil. I watered around (but not on top of) the tuber to moisten the soil. During the tuber’s time in the greenhouse, it’s important to keep the soil moist but not soggy. And since tubers can rot fairly easily, it’s also important not to have standing water on top of the tuber. So in short, water around it, not on top of it. In addition to evenly moist soil, they need lots of bright light, so my grow light will also come in handy.
Once the stems sprout a bit, I will fill more soil in on top of the tuber so that the roots can better develop. Another option at this point is to replant the tuber deeper into the soil.
When the danger of frost has passed and evening temperatures stay above 50⁰F, I can replant the begonias into containers or hanging baskets and place them outside in partial shade. They should be kept evenly moist (but not soggy) throughout the summer and fertilized occasionally. I’m looking forward to the show.
About our guest writer:Heidi lives in the Seattle area with her husband, Chris. In the fall of 2014, they became the proud owners of their own Sunglo greenhouse. Read about their experiences with their greenhouse and their other home and garden projects on Heidi’s blog, My Sweet Cottage.
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A dear customer of ours in MN. sent us a wonderful story about his greenhouse experience. If you are interested in building a lean-to greenhouse this is a must read!
“The knee wall is 4X6 pressure treated lumber. It is a higher level of treatment from a local high quality lumber yard, not your standard self service do it yourself store.
I started the foundation wall right after I placed the order with Sunglo and took my time getting a good base packed below the timbers. I dug out the black dirt down 12 inches and put in 8 inches of gravel, packing it as I went and kept it level. When I put the timbers on top of the gravel it took lots of adjusting to get it level and square. I measured kitty corner both directions many times. Then let it sit a few days and did some more adjusting after it rained and settled the ground some more. I used a 2 foot level first and after I thought I had it right I borrowed a transom to make sure, and it was nice and level. If I had to do it over again, I would get a transom before I started. It would have saved me some time.
Mounting the vertices upright and ridge header on the steel pole building wall was a challenge.
I waited for the greenhouse to arrive to prep the building to make sure I cut the steel in the correct place. I knew I had to cut the corrugated steel to mount the greenhouse to the building wood frame.
I used a hand held high speed grinder with a cutting disk to slot out the steel siding about 3 inches wide. I inverted J trim on each side of the uprights and under the ridge header to finish the look. I put flashing on the top side of the ridge header. I also installed additional 2X4 framing above and below the ridge header to reattach the steel siding on each side of the slot.
My largest mistake was to assume my building was plumb. It was only 6 years old and I was very pleased with the quality so I assumed it was plumb. I found out differently when I tried to install the first overhead truss. It didn’t reach! When I checked the building I found it was leaning away by 3/4 inch from the top to bottom of the greenhouse. This delayed me a day removing the vertices uprights and ridge header to shim it plumb and reinstalling things.
It took me awhile to assemble the greenhouse because I’m not good at puzzles, so I went slow. I had planned to do so up front.
I only worked half days because it was August on the south side of a steel building and it was hot! I made a few mistakes but it was easy to drill out the rivets and correct them.
I was mostly done after a week and I was able to do it all by myself, except for mounting the ridge header and the first gable end panel. My wife held things in place until I secured it.
During the assembly process I appreciated Sunglo’s customer service in discussing and solving the challenges I encountered. I am now enjoying learning how to grow plants in a greenhouse. I have lettuce, spinach, radish, chives, tomatoes, onions and strawberries already growing.”
Lean-to greenhouses are wonderful for limited or confined space. Sunglo offers 2 sizes of lean-to style greenhouses. The 1700 series – 8ft width is shown above and we also carry a 1500 series – 5ft width for even smaller spaces. With lengths from 5′ to 100′ we can help you find the right size for your space. To read another lean-to greenhouse review – click here.
“I wish I would have gone bigger”. That is what I hear from greenhouse owners all the time! It doesn’t matter what brand it is, it’s always the same regret. Most greenhouses aren’t designed for extension kits but Sunglo’s are! We offer length greenhouse extension kits, so in the future when you realize that regret you wont have to worry. We’ve got your back! Each Sunglo series length is extendable. Stocked in 2.5′ sections. You have the option to extend your Sunglo greenhouse as long as you like!
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Sunglo Greenhouses will be attending the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show! If you came to visit us last year you’re in for a pleasant surprise this year! We are re-designing our booth and bringing some hands on displays to really show how strong and wonderful our product is! Not only will you be able to touch and see a Sunglo assembled but we are offering some killer NWFGS promotions! The 1000C – 8×10 greenhouse will be displayed so you can actually see how the greenhouses are made and experience one first-hand!
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Here’s a look at our builders working hard on the 1000C demo model!
Alternativegardeningtechniques have recently taken off in the garden industry and for good reason. Aquaponics and hydroponics have become extremely popular and are a fun new way to provide food for you and your family. Not only are these techniques efficient but they are pretty low maintenance. This post is meant to teach you how hydroponic systems work, provide pros and cons and give some examples of a few systems that are on the market today. I’ll be covering aquaponics in the next month as well. I hope you enjoy
“Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel. It was introduced in the 1920s as a means of commercial plant production.“
Hydroponic growing may not be for everyone. There are a variety of systems available today so do your research when deciding on a system. Most gardeners use hydro systems indoors like in a greenhouse or even in a garage/shed. But smaller systems can be placed outside. Some hydro systems come as complete kits and are designed for only a few plants or hundreds. There are many kits you can purchase and lots of DIY ideas.
Thevideo belowshows how to make your own small DIY hydro system.
With in-expensive materials and an overall small system, DIY is a great way for trial and error.
If you prefer to purchase your first hydro system I recommend something like thisGarden-Of-Ease complete hydroponic system – Pictured on left. This system runs about $60. It’s smart to start slowly and with only a few plants so you don’t overwhelm yourself. Once you have the hang of it you can move to a more generous amount of plants.
Another great small system to start with is the Current Culture Solo6 system. Unlike the system above this one has 6 holes and a sleeker look. The housing is durable and all-around a much better quality than the lesser version above. It is a bit more expensive ranging around $400 but you can expand the system by attaching more modules of the same brand. It’s pretty cool!Contact usif you are interested in Current Culture products.
Once you feel comfortable with the smaller system research some larger ones. If you have a greenhouse or a specified area for growing measure the space so you can accurately find the right size hydro system to fill the growing area.
Sunglo carriesCurrent cultureproducts. They offer a good variety of sizes and are great for tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, etc., etc. Pictured on left – A Sunglo owner purchased the mid sizeCurrent Culture UC4XXL13system to start in his 15×20 –2100G model. This system has 4 large modules that nicely accommodate larger plants. The model #UC4XXL13 gives away a few things. The 4 tells how many plant modules are included and the 13 tells how many gallons each module holds.Under Current hydro kits are complete systems including all of the PVC piping/tubing and a high quality air pump. And a year warranty gives you peace of mind. There are endless possibilities of what you can grow but this customer chose to start with tomatoes. I myself would choosetomatoes as well! What kind of food would you grow? It’s a hard question to answer! As you can see from the pictures hydroponic growing has it’s upsides! The foliage is a rich green, abundant and lush. Compared to my tomato plant (pictured below right) that I grew almost exactly the same time as his. The difference in height is vast and his foliage puts mine to shame! TheCurrent Culture UC4XXL13system runs about $1000. Now think about how much food you could grow with that! You could make your money back in food in a few short years. It is wise to do research not only on systems but on the plants you want to grow; what kind of nutrients they will need, how much light and even the germination time.Sunglocan help with a lot of these things. We offer full packages that include a greenhouse and the perfect size hydro system to fit. We also carry lighting and controls for your greenhouse. The full line of Current Culturenutrientsis available as well. So look no further! We’ve got you covered! Garden stores that carry hydro products usually carry matching nutrients made by the same brand. Like how we carry Current Culture hydro systems and nutrient products. Besides buying the starts or seeds there is really no other cost – These medium systems range only 50-100 watts.
Every decision we make in life has its pros and cons. So here are a few things to consider when deciding on your alternativegardeningmethod:
Weeds can’t grow
Most plant diseases are eliminated
Pests are less of a concern so pesticide usage goes down as well
Hydroponically grown food has been known to be more nutritional and taste better
Less water waste
Nutrients are more controlled therefore plants are more abundant & lush
Plants grow faster and have bigger yields
Plants can be placed closer together so less space is used comparatively to soil gardening
There are limited varieties of plants that can be hydroponically grown
Setup and system costs can be very expensive
Hydroponics requires more technical knowledge and training than soil cultivation
If the watering system fails, plants will dry out and die rapidly
Current Culture has a greatYouTube channelthat features how-to and informational videos that are very useful. Thevideo belowshows how the Current Culture System is assembled.
1 Current CultureUC6 System (pictured below on right) would fit great into a 10×10 – Sunglo1200C model(pictured on left) with room for a water reservoir and a few potted or hanging plants. The current culture system and the Sunglo greenhouse can both expand. So once you have mastered hydroponic growing and you want to add to your plant collection you are able to extend your Sunglo greenhouse and purchase more modules to advance your hydro system. There are no limits!
Please call or e-mail Sunglo at 800-647-0606 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Current Culture products or to receive a free hydro greenhouse estimate!
We really wanted to engage with our long time Sunglo owners and give our new greenhouse owners something to be excited about! ALL of the photo entries were beautiful and we had a lot of fun interacting with all of our contestants. Thank you for your entries and we hope you will all participate again next year!
After a long deliberation the Sunglo crew has chosen the winners:
** Congratulations! **
3rd Place: Ms. Sheisl-
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2nd Place: Ms. Vanmeer-
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1st Place: Ms. Madden/Jacobson-
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