Do’s and Don’ts for Increasing Greenhouse Production

do's and don'ts greenhouse gardening gothic arch greenhouseMaking the most of your gardening efforts is important so you can increase the enjoyment and the profits—if you’re going that route—from your greenhouse.

Essentially, the more success you have, the more you’ll want to grow!

Sticking to those good gardening fundamentals is going to be your best bet to maximize your production.

There are plenty of tips and tricks you can find—and we will share some here—but there really is no replacement for getting back to basics.

Follow these do’s and don’ts when it comes to tending your greenhouse, and your yield will improve.

Do grow plants that have been bred for productivity and resistance to disease. You can try your hand at more complex plants, but devote the majority of your space and time to those species that will thrive.

Don’t rely on plants that need constant attention—watering or food—or easily succumb to aphids, especially in good growing conditions.

Do keep your greenhouse well ventilated. Fans and vents, for example, improve circulation that helps strengthen woody tissue in stems, which decreases the opportunities for fungi to attack plants.

Don’t let the air become too stagnant. Plants use carbon dioxide in the air to manufacture sugars, and if the air isn’t moving, carbon dioxide can become so depleted that growth is stunted or slowed. Plus, it also creates an environment where fungi, mildew and disease thrive.

Do control how much light enters your greenhouse. While much of this is by design—where you place your greenhouse initially—you can also lights with timers, shadecloths and paints to protect plants from too much light and heat buildup.

Do give your plants room to grow. Put enough space between your plants so they can flourish. If you notice leaves touching, separate the plants—easiest if they are in pots—or thin them. Ideally, you’ll want to plan ahead if planting in the ground.

Do avoid extremes in temperature. Keep an eye on the thermometer reading in your greenhouse, and be prepared to ventilate—even if the air outside is much cooler.

Don’t let your plants go dry—and don’t try to keep up a regular watering schedule. The weather, size of the container, even the type of plant can affect how much moisture is absorbed from the soil. Instead, check the soil often, and if the surface is dry to the touch, water thoroughly.

Do take note of infested plants. Rinse the bugs off and place the plant in a separate area in the greenhouse. If bugs return, discard the plant, but a ways away from your greenhouse door.

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