What are the terrace greenhouses for?
When the cold comes, there is no saint to hold. If you are people with a green thumb, you will surely notice that your beloved winter plants suffer and also a lot. The cold is bitter enemy of the plants and to keep them always alive some precautions must be taken. Polystyrene must be inserted between the vase and the floor, "dress" the vase with a sack of jute, filling it with straw, covering the ground with peat, straw or dry leaves and finally creating a hood for the plant. Does it all seem too complicated? Then perhaps it is better to direct the choice towards greenhouses to be mounted directly on the balcony of your home. Terrace greenhouses are an indispensable element for those who love plants and want to take care of them all year round. The greenhouse helps plants to cope with the harsh temperatures of winter because, as you well know, not all plants are resistant to cold and if unfortunately the roots freeze you can say goodbye to them. Just place the plants in one of the many types of greenhouses on the market and the plants will flourish again in spring.
How is a terrace greenhouse made?
This type of greenhouse could be compared to those practical cabinets that are assembled and disassembled if necessary and that are closed with a simple zip. Depending on the availability of space, you can choose the greenhouse with the features that will suit your needs. You can opt for a mini-greenhouse or a greenhouse with two or more shelves, obviously based on the number of plants to be inserted. There are different sizes in both width and height, depending on the space you can have on your balcony. The covers are almost always made of plastic (there are also glass) and generally they are PVC or alveolar or compact polycarbonate. The structure, instead, is made with three different types of materials: wood, steel or aluminum. After the purchase, all you have to do is read the instructions to assemble the various pieces and the result will be a beautiful greenhouse. This way your plants will be protected from cold, wind and rain.
Some useful tips
Setting up such a greenhouse is not that difficult. Just follow the instructions and the game is done. The problem arises if the choice of the greenhouse is made without following some small tricks. First of all, to be truly functional, the greenhouse must be able to be disassembled and assembled if necessary, so that in the warmer months you do not have the bulk. It should be placed against a heat-dispersing house wall so that it can keep an internal temperature that is not too cold. The covering material (plastic or glass) is perfectly washable and ideal for those who live near the sea or in cities full of smog. The greenhouse must have adjustable openings, so as to be able to adequately ventilate the interior space: the important thing is not to form the condensation that could wet the plants and increase the risk of fungal diseases. You will then have to pay particular attention to the proximity of the leaves to the walls of the greenhouse, because the cold could damage them. Finally do not overcrowd your plant greenhouse, otherwise you would hinder proper humidity, adequate heat management and air exchange.
Terrace greenhouses: Polycarbonate greenhouses
If you have a green thumb and cannot live without your beloved plants, you certainly cannot avoid a polycarbonate greenhouse. This is a plastic material that has a high capacity to withstand impacts and to retain heat. On the market it is found in two versions: alveolar polycarbonate or compact polycarbonate. The first, more than the second, can boast an exceptional thermal insulation. This is why it is preferred to other materials in circulation. It is also unbreakable, although it is rather light. Another feature not to be underestimated is that it is a fireproof material. It is preferable to glass, in case you intend to heat your greenhouse and obtain a constant temperature in the internal compartment. You can choose polycarbonate sheets in different colors, so that you can decide the amount of light to be filtered from the outside to the inside.