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Greenhouse Plastic: What You Need to Know

Posted by Team SolaWrap and the Green Thumbs. on Thu, May 18, 2023 @ 12:18

What is greenhouse plastic made of?

Greenhouse plastic is typically made from polyethylene, which is a type of thermoplastic. Thermoplastics are materials that can be melted and re-shaped, which makes them ideal for manufacturing greenhouse plastic.

What are the different types of greenhouse plastic?

There are many different types of greenhouse plastic, each with its own unique properties. Some common types of greenhouse plastic include:

Clear greenhouse plastic: Clear greenhouse plastic allows the maximum amount of sunlight to pass through, which is ideal for growing plants.                                                                                                                      * Diffused greenhouse plastic: Diffused greenhouse plastic scatters sunlight, which creates a more even light distribution within the greenhouse. This can be beneficial for growing plants that are sensitive to direct sunlight.                                                                                                                                                                                 * Colored greenhouse plastic: Colored greenhouse plastic can be used to filter out certain wavelengths of sunlight, which can be beneficial for growing plants that have specific light requirements.                                                                                                                                                                                                              * Reinforced greenhouse plastic: Reinforced greenhouse plastic is more durable than standard greenhouse plastic and is less likely to tear or puncture. This can be beneficial for greenhouses that are located in areas with high winds or hail.                                                                                                                                                      * SolaWrap Greenhouse Film: This bubble greenhouse film has a 10 year UV warranty and 83% transparency.

What are the uses of greenhouse plastic?

Greenhouse plastic is used to cover greenhouses, which helps to regulate the temperature and humidity inside the greenhouse. This can be beneficial for growing plants in a variety of climates. Greenhouse plastic can also be used to create cold frames, which are small, enclosed structures that are used to protect plants from the cold.

What are the benefits of using greenhouse plastic?

There are many benefits to using greenhouse plastic, including:

*  Increased yields: Greenhouses can produce higher yields of crops than open-air gardens.                                  * Extended growing season: Greenhouses can extend the growing season by several months, which allows growers to produce crops that would not be possible to grow in the open air.                                                         * Improved quality: Greenhouses can produce crops that are of higher quality than open-air crops. This is because greenhouses provide a more controlled environment, which helps to reduce the risk of pests and diseases.                                                                                                                                                                         * Reduced costs: Greenhouses can help to reduce the costs of growing crops. This is because greenhouses can protect crops from the elements, which can reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers.

What are the drawbacks of using greenhouse plastic?

There are also some drawbacks to using greenhouse plastic, including:

Initial cost: Greenhouses can be expensive to build and maintain.                                                                       Energy costs: Greenhouses require energy to heat and cool, which can add to the cost of growing crops.                                                                                                                                                                                 Pests and diseases: Greenhouses can be susceptible to pests and diseases, which can damage crops. * Maintenance: Greenhouses require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition.

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