If you’re interested in passive solar greenhouses, I believe that you must look at the Chinese model. A few years ago I joined a tour of greenhouse operators visiting passive solar greenhouses in China and I’d like to tell you a bit about them.
If you’ve ever noticed that your plants grow poorly and stretched in the winter, you are noticing the effects of light on them. There are three primary ways that light affects your plants: day length (how long it is light for), intensity of light (brightness), and the quality of light (colour).
I recall visiting a local conservatory as a child. I was infatuated with the banana palms and exotic, tropical plants–my winter oasis. If you, like me, live in a frozen wonderland for months of the year, you will know the desire to see, smell, and taste plants while you wait for spring. Winter’s challenge is that plants grown inside […]
There are two basic factors at work in the process of plants taking in water: osmosis and transpiration. I’ll explain them both and then discuss why it’s important for growers to understand. Osmosis Imagine a wall with some swinging doors in it. On either side of the door are children at a party. On […]