Navigate your way through the world of greenhouse plastic, understanding factors for choosing and its diverse types for a flourishing plant environment.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Greenhouse Plastic
Climate and Weather
- Consideration of local climate: Dry, humid, cold, or warm
Understanding weather patterns: Rainfall, snowfall, sunshine hours
Accounting for elements like wind force and prevalent direction
- Prolongs plastic lifespan by preventing UV-induced degradation
Prevents harmful UV radiation from damaging plant cells
Helps maintain a stable temperature by regulating solar heat
Reduces the need for frequent replacement, saving cost and resources
Ensures consistent growth conditions for plants
Durability and Lifespan
- Thicker plastics tend to have a more enduring lifespan.
- UV-resistant plastics have a longer lifespan as they can withstand sun damage.
- Polyethylene typically has a lifespan of 2-5 years, while polycarbonate and PVC can last up to 10 years or more under ideal conditions.
- Infrequent replacement due to higher durability can lower long-term costs, providing economic benefits.
- Durability affects the plastic's resistance to extreme weather conditions, such as strong winds and heavy snow.
Consider sunlight intensity: Locations with high intensity sunlight might require plastics that filter some of the light hence preventing plant damage.
Plants' light requirements: Different plant species have varying light requirements. Choose a plastic that complements the light needs of your specific plants.
Optimal heat retention in greenhouse plastics promotes plant health by providing a stable environment, especially crucial during colder seasons.
Different Types of Greenhouse Plastic
Its flexibility allows it to be rolled up inside wall curtains, offering versatility in greenhouse design. Additional features include an anti-fog/anti-condensation additive, and after 30 years of proven performance in European houses, it remains free from yellowing or brittleness.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
Choosing Greenhouse Plastic According to Your Plant's Needs
Maintenance and Care Tips for Greenhouse Plastic
Clean the plastic frequently to maintain high light transmission levels.
Install your greenhouse plastic correctly to avoid unnecessary damage and wear.
Ensure adequate ventilation to prevent overheating, which can degrade the plastic over time.
Replace the plastic when signs of aging such as discoloration, brittleness, or extensive damage become apparent.
Give us a call to discuss a wide variety of greenhouse plastic options whether it is SolaWrap greenhouse film or nursery plastic available in a wide variety of thicknesses.