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Growing your own plants in the greenhouse can be a rewarding experience. First of all, it can help you to relieve stress after a long tiring day at work. Secondly, it will allow you to eat more healthily without ‘ruining your life’ or paying too much.
At this point, almost every passionate gardener can afford to build their own greenhouse in the backyard of their house and enjoy their hobby throughout the whole year.
Setting your own greenhouse requires a lot of work. Needless to say, keeping your green project alive will require even more enhanced efforts.
Before investing in a greenhouse, beginners should take into consideration insulation, guttering, and positioning. Another important thing to consider is watering greenhouse plants.
It seems like a basic thing everyone can do. However, there are different rules in the greenhouse. So, forget everything you know about watering indoor plants and learn other techniques. It will help you to improve greenhouse efficiency and save tons of money in the long run. Here is what you need to know about watering greenhouse plants:
Know how to water greenhouse plants
Consider consulting with experts from greenhouse stores to learn about watering systems that you can install.
You can easily overwater your plants. And that’s exactly what you want to avoid doing to your precious plants.
There are a few rules when it comes to watering greenhouse plants. The first and most important thing is to use a well-drained substrate. In case the root substrate is aerated or drained, watering will help the plant to get a desirable structure. Another watering rule is to take action before moisture stress occurs.
Also, make sure water will reach the roots each time. It is a necessary thing for growing a healthy plant.
Feel free to use several methods to water your plants. For instance, you can use booms, sprinkles, drip, sub-irrigation.
There are two irrigation systems available on the market right now: an open system and the closed system. The only difference between these two is that in the second option, the nutrition solution is recirculated.
You can also hand water your plants. From one side, it is the cheapest possible option since it doesn’t require you to buy extra things. On the other side, you might end up wasting a lot of water without even realizing it. It is not only bad for the environment and your budget, but it may also affect plant growth in a negative way.
Every system has its own benefits. For instance, boom watering will enable every seedling in an individual cell, while in a float system, all seedlings grown on trays.
Know when to water greenhouse plants
You should learn more about the watering schedule for your greenhouse plants. The best indicator is the colour of growing medium (it’s different once it dries out).
During the fall and winter season, plants require less watering since they are in a less active growth phase. The relative humidity is usually pretty high during the cold months because there are no air exchanges.
So, water your plants only when you see that the growing medium is properly dry. This strategy will help to avoid foliar disease.
Also, experts recommend watering the plants in the early morning. You should avoid watering plants in the evening since it’s the time when the humidity increases.
Watering greenhouse plants during the summer looks a bit different. As a gardener, you should take into consideration sun intensity, day length, and the outside temperature. You can water your plants at any time of the day when it’s sunny. If it’s rainy outside, it’s better to let the foliage dry first and restrict watering until the next day.
The bottom line
Watering plants is one of the most important things a greenhouse owner should learn properly. It is a key to having lush and healthy plants all year around. As a gardener, you should learn that there are different watering systems.
Experts recommend watering plants in the evening during the winter season. During long sunny days, you can water your greenhouse plants whenever you want.
Keep in mind, the ideal temperature in the greenhouse is around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to keep the internal temperature steady throughout the whole year. If you ignore regulating the temperature and sticking to watering schedules, you might end up buying new plants every month.
If it’s a brand-new greenhouse and you are a beginning gardener, consider consulting with experts to learn more about installation, watering techniques, and fertilization.