Greenhouses are basically about providing a sustainable shelter to the plants, so that they can grow properly. However, during the hot and highly humid summer days, it can be quite difficult to take care of the plants even when they are inside the greenhouse. High temperature accompanied with harsh sunlight can cause damage to the leaves, fruit and blossoms of the plants. For this reason, it turns out to be very much necessary to protect the plants from the harmful effects of harsh sunrays, without overlooking the fact that one of the prime purposes of the greenhouse is to retain the heat. In such situations, greenhouse shading is the right way to go for it. A proper greenhouse shade can provide plants optimal conditions for growing.
What are the available options?
Basically, there are two major options available for shading a greenhouse. One of the methods is to make use of a covering shading cloth. You can opt for the knitted shading cloths which are made from different materials. These clothes feature different colors and density. So, you can pick the one as per your location’s weather conditions, which mainly includes temperature, elevation, and intensity of the sunrays. In addition, you also have to consider the growing requirements of certain plants in your greenhouse; like we know, some plants require moderate heat and sunlight than others.
Apart from knitted cloths for shading purpose, you can also opt for the aluminum shades. Aluminum shades are more popular among the areas that receive harsh sunrays. Aluminum shades are actually sheets that are made by knitting aluminized fibers. This shading option allows 70 percent shading while allowing only 30 percent transmission of light. So, it keeps away the unwanted amount of heat and sunlight away from your greenhouse, by reflecting most part of the sunlight away from the greenhouse. Aluminized shading is quite durable in nature, which makes it a valuable investment.
The next option for greenhouse shading is the use of polycarbonate panels. This option is the most widely used one, and the major reason behind its popularity is the cost. Since it is low in cost compared to other options available, a lot of people prefer polycarbonate panels for their greenhouse. In case you are looking for something that is made from the same material, but more advanced in nature then you can go for a cover that provides a certain percentage of shade. So, if your greenhouse encompasses plants that do not require much sunlight then you can choose this greenhouse shading option accordingly. However, one of the major downsides of this shading material is that you may have to replace it according to the weather conditions.
Fiberglass sunscreen is quite like the aluminized shading, but a little bit on the costlier side. Apart from them, there are many more options available that you can go for. However, the only thing you need to consider is the requirements of the plants. So, choose the material for shading purpose accordingly.