Starting begonias

Guest Article: Starting Begonias in a Greenhouse

 

 How to Start Tuberous Begonias in the Greenhouse

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.

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Packages of begonia tubers

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.

Starting begonias in a greenhouse
Healthy tubers

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.

Starting begonias in a greenhouse
Pink/red stems facing up
Starting begonias in a greenhouse
Planted

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.

 

  • Going Outside

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.

Starting begonias in a greenhouse
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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Lean-to greenhouse review

Lean-To Greenhouse Review – Minnesota

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.
Sunglo 1700 Lean-to greenhouse review
1700D – 8×12.5 Lean-to greenhouse – Foundation completed
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.
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1700D – 8×12.5 Lean-to greenhouse – First steps in the assembly process
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.
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1700D – 8×12.5 Lean-to greenhouse – Assembly process progressing
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.
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1700D – 8×12.5 Lean-to greenhouse – Assembly complete!
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.”
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Growing strawberries, flowers, tomatoes etc.
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Yellow buckets filled with water help heat the greenhouse
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With multiple layers of shelving and lots of hanging posts you can really use maximum space for 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.

Sunglo Greenhouse Extension Kits

Greenhouse Extension Kits

“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!

 

Greenhouse extension kits
EX: 2100 Series adding a 2.5′ extension

 

 

Pricing:

1000 Series: 2.5′ Extension – $475

1200 Series: 2.5′ Extension – $525

2100 Series: 2.5′ Extension – $650

1500 Series: 2.5′ Extension – $300

1700 Series: 2.5′ Extension – $450

 

If you are interested in extending your greenhouse give us a call for more information or to place an order! 425-251-8005. Join our newsletter to hear about new products like this FIRST! Click here to join.

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2015 February Greenhouse Sale

GREENHOUSE SALE!!

We’ve extended our Feb. sale another week to give you a few more days to decide!

Sunglo’s yearly NWFGS promotion ends on 3/6/15! This promotion includes ANY greenhouse kit with ANY accessories!

15% off any size greenhouse kit!

And 23% off our NEW 800 model!

Click on the flyers below for more info-


800 NWFGS 1200C NWFGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Call or e-mail us for a free quote on any size greenhouse. Ask for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show promo.

But HURRY the NWFGS promotion ends on 3/6/15!

Call 800-647-0606 or e-mail Info@sunglogreenhouses.com

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show was amazing! In case you missed it here are a few pictures of our display:

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Sunglo’s booth at the 2015 NWFGS
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Sunglo’s booth at the 2015 NWFGS

NWFGS 2015 – SUNGLO BOOTH

NWFGS 2015

2015 NWFGS – Come see us!

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!

Check out our NWFGS greenhouse special! Only for the month of February! Click here.


Here’s a look at our builders working hard on the 1000C demo model!

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Watch our 2015 NWFGS adventure on our Facebook page.


Sunglo greenhouses booth #701 is located on the 4th floor of the Seattle Convention Center on the other side of the breathtaking display gardens. We are on the corner of an isle so you can’t miss us!

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NWFGS Location

Need directions? Click the map on the left for directions to the convention center from the light rail, on foot, shuttle, etc.!

To see the entire NWFGS floor plan click here. And also visit the NWFGS website for a list of all the attending exhibitors and speakers.

We hope to see you there!

Introduction to hydroponics

Introduction to Hydroponics

 Alternative gardening techniques 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.

The video below shows 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.

Introduction to hydroponicsIf you prefer to purchase your first hydro system I recommend something like this Garden-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.

Introduction to hydroponicsAnother 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 us if 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.

Introduction to hydroponicsSunglo carries Current culture products. 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 size Current Culture UC4XXL13 system 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 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 Introduction to hydroponics 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 choose tomatoes 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. Introduction to hydroponicsThe difference in height is vast and his foliage puts mine to shame! The Current Culture UC4XXL13 system runs about $1000. Now think about how much food you could grow with that! You Introduction to hydroponicscould 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 Introduction to hydroponicsneed, how much light and even the germination time. Sunglo can 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 Culture nutrients is 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 alternative gardening method:

PROS:

  • 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

CONS:

  • 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 great YouTube channel that features how-to and informational videos that are very useful. The video below shows how the Current Culture System is assembled.

 1 Current Culture UC6 System (pictured below on right) would fit great into a 10×10 – Sunglo Introduction to hydroponics1200C model (pictured on left) with room for a Introduction to hydroponicswater 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 info@sunglogreenhouses.com for more information on Current Culture products or to receive a free hydro greenhouse estimate!

2014 Winter Photo Contest – Winners Announced!

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Contest Winners Announced

Sunglo’s 2014 winter photo contest was a success!

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:

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3rd Place: Ms. Sheisl-

To view the full photo album of this project click here.

Contest winners announced

 

2nd Place: Ms. Vanmeer-

To view the full photo album of this project click here.

Contest winners announced

 

  1st Place: Ms. Madden/Jacobson-

To view the full photo album of this project click here.

And visit her blog here.

Contest winners announced

 

We had a hard time choosing through these great photos! Here is a peek at some other entries –

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1700 Lean-to model. Learn more about lean-to greenhouses here.
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Happy Sunglo owners in their 1000 model. Learn more about the 1000 series here.
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Beautiful 1200 model in AZ. Learn about the 1200 series here.
1700 Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse
Sunglo’s can hold a ton of snow! See details about this size lean-to greenhouse here.

 

 

 

Sunglo's 1000 model greenhouse
Beautiful Christmas bows on this 1000 series. Learn more here.
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Greenhouse Gardening Basics

Greenhouse Gardening – The Basics

A few basic items that we recommend you start off with and some words of encouragement!

 

The time has finally come. After all the hours of researching, sifting through greenhouse blogs and forums, having those off and on feelings about making the decision and debating whether or not you have the time and energy to even use one; You have purchased your own greenhouse! And frankly it should be one of the best decisions you made! Greenhouse’s not only give you a space to grow and overwinter plants but the enrichment gardening brings to people’s lives is incredible. And let’s not down play the fact that you will save a few bucks too! But once you have made it through the pain and hectic-ness of finding your perfect greenhouse, building the foundation, greenhouse assembly and the spendy electrician… where do you start? Greenhouse gardening is not as scary as it looks. The greenhouse itself will do a lot of the work for you. Light, air circulation, heat and controls are provided for you. Sunglo’s packages include lighting, ventilation system (for air circulation), heater, controls, etc. – To make life easier on you. Once these have been electrically hooked up you can focus on the fun stuff!

I am a beginner gardener myself and I started off with a small lean-to greenhouse but had no idea where to start! Luckily I had some help and now can say I have an ity bity tiny amount of experience under my belt!

If you own a Sunglo greenhouse you should either have the built in benches and shelves or purchased your own bench system. Obviously this design depends on the type of plants and amount of plants you intend to grow. But adequate space for pots and thingy majigs will make life easier.

 

Here is a list of items I suggest you purchase to start off-

  1. A large bag of soil – Go with a brand that will feed the plants for 90+ days and is suitable for indoor/outdoor gardening. (If you have good compost in your garden already, a special fine seed starter soil without the nutrients might be best.)

 

  1. Seeds! – Choose 3-5 packets to start with and make sure they are appropriate for the season. I would suggest some flowers and tomatoes. Also, read the back of the packet. Seed packets have a great deal of info on the back and the difference between needing full sun and partial shade etc. may sway your decisions.

 

  1. Plants – You want your greenhouse to feel like a garden, so choose a few pretty, green, grown plants to stick in the corners or pull them from the plants you already own. I like cacti and succulents. They are easy to care for and look great! Don’t forget to grab a few pretty pots to transfer them into. The book “The Greenhouse Expert” by Dr. D.G. Hessayon is very useful and provides detailed information on greenhouse plants. I would pick up this book immediately!

 

  1. Little things – Grab a few seed trays (You know the black trays with 50+ squares), you’ll want a small and a large water can, a few 5 gallon buckets for plant scraps, a small circulation fan (unless you have one from Sunglo already), work gloves (get 2 pairs JIC!), hand trowel (small garden shovel), and take a look through all the goodies in your local nursery or garden store. There are always fun things you can pick up!

 

It really depends on the plants you will be growing to determine what kinds of accessories you will want. Eventually you might want to upgrade your atmospheric controls or install some extra shelving. Greenhouses are so fun and customizable. Follow your heart! And remember you can always change things around. Nothing is permanent.

 

The main things to remember are light, temperature and water. As long as you give your plants adequate light, keep the desired temperature and water your plants to their specific needs you should have no problems! – OK you might run into a few along the way! I won’t lie to you! But those things are for later on. Enjoy your greenhouse! Experiment with different plants and flowers. Find your passion and relax in your own paradise! That is what a greenhouse is all about. Fulfilling your passion and creating your own oasis.

 

Need help? You can always contact us at Sunglo for any questions about your greenhouse or growing. And Visit us on Facebook to see what other customers have done to their greenhouses and what they have growing!

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Sunglo’s Winter Photo Contest 2014 – Prizes Announced!

Enter a photo of your Sunglo greenhouse from Nov. 24th – Dec. 24th to win unique prizes only from Sunglo greenhouses!

Enter on our Facebook or send your picture(s) to info@sunglogreenhouses.com

For rules and more details click here.

 

Sunglo’s Winter Photo Contest 2014 – Prizes Announced Below-

1st Place – Grand prize

(1) Black 2×2 mini propagation tray with dome lid

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(1) White 2×2 mini propagation tray

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2nd Place Prize:

(2) Automatic vent openers

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3rd Place Prize:

(1) White 2×2 mini propagation try

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The Sunglo Winter Contest is About to Begin!

Sunglo’s first official contest is about to begin!


Winter photo contest 2014

Winter Photo Contest 2014

From Nov. 25th 2014 to Dec 25th 2014 submit your best winter photo of your Sunglo greenhouse to win one-of-a-kind prizes from Sunglo! Enter for your chance to win! 3 winners will be chosen!

 

 


 

The prizes will be announced on the first day of the contest via Sunglo social media sites (see links below).

 

RULES:

  1. Picture must show your Sunglo greenhouse. Any part of the greenhouse. Interior, outer or just a corner. As long as there is a Sunglo greenhouse in the picture it is a valid submission.
  2. Picture must be of gardening content. Anything that has to do with plants, flowers, gardening, nature or even your happy family standing next to the greenhouse. Beautiful, cute, inspiring or strange pictures will do as long as it’s got a garden in it!
  3. Submit your picture to info@sunglogreenhouses.com or on our Facebook page by Dec. 24th.
  4. For winners to receive notification please provide your full name, phone number and/or e-mail address and your shipping address with your submission. If entered on Facebook you will be notified by a private message requesting the information.
  5. Winners will be chosen Dec. 29th 2014 and notified immediately by e-mail, phone or Facebook message.
  6. Prizes here.
  7. Prizes will be shipped to the winner’s provided shipping address at no cost.

 

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