Holiday project completed!!

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Bullwinkle, Dec 26, 2011.

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  1. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    I had been thinking about putting up a small greenhouse for a while and I ended up searching ebay all last week and bought all the components for around $190 delivered.
    The greenhouse is around 6.5ft wide 3 ft deep and 7 foot tall.The greenhouse appears to be of reasonable quality but I would not recommend it for any location that gets any significant breeze as it has no tiedowns and while the build quality is fair I can see it collapsing if it is not protected.I have it it a completely protected area directly beside the house where it can only get filtered west winds .It took around 90 mins to put together (no instructions).The pvc misting kit was a breeze and took 10 mins to assemble.The timer has an automatic on/off valve and took around 5 mins to program ,it connects directly to the hose bib and then runs straight into the greenhouse.The timer allows for 8 on off cycles per day and also has a mist feature that allows misting for 1-5 mins up to 24 times a day.This greenhouse comfortably hold around 60 1 gallon pots.I have lingering doubts about the greenhouse structure but it only cost $80 delivered for the greenhouse so I cannot complain too loudly,I placed potting mix filled pots on the shelves to make sure this wont collapse before I start experimenting in late March:)
     

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  2. koki

    koki Active Member

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    It looks like baby croton heaven.
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    "Croton Heaven" was completely jammed full the last I saw it. If it was 3X bigger, he would have been able to fill it. :rolleyes:

    :D
     
  4. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    It was filled with some tender ones from the brief cold snap we had two weeks ago.I have decided to leave them there for another 2 weeks.I going to have to learn how to wean plants from the greenhouse.Everytime I
    take something out now it struggles in the real world.The greenhouse is always 3-5 degrees warmer than outside and is around 70% humidity most of the time.

     
  5. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Mike,

    Before completely taking them out, leave the door open for a couple of weeks. This takes the edge off such a drastic transition.
     
  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Thanks Ray,I will try this,hopefully this will help.

     
  7. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    How about a new photo full of crotons...
     
  8. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Voila,new SD card just installed

     

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  9. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Wow - nice stuff!
    Thanks for the pic ;)
     
  10. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    This bump is for David to see what my greenhouse looks like.The greenhouse is very basic and cannot be exposed to high winds but if you can find a sheltered location it is perfect and cheap.
     
  11. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Here's my little croton "factory". Yeah, I got the idea from Bullwinkle:p I think the whole setup costs around a $100 & if it lasts a couple of years I'll be happy. The toughest maintenance item is keeping the mist nozzles clear. DSC_0163.jpg DSC_0164.jpg DSC_0165.jpg

    -Randy
     
  12. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

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    I got one online also it is 8' by 10' I had to abandon the metal frame and make it in my CROTOMINIUM. I built in tables and added Toro landscape mist heads. Of course I got carried away and damn near filled it in three days. If you look you can see a couple of air layered plants in the back. That little heater can keep it toasteee on your coolest days.
     

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  13. kwtimo

    kwtimo Well-Known Member

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    Lamar, you are a MADMAN! I remember seeing that mist house just barely completed with no plants in it yet. That was the weekend of Jeff's Fall Sale. Keep it up!
     
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  14. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Wow Randy,looking great,It really is so easy.There is such a night and day difference in my work habit since I got this setup.I used to do 80% airlayers and 20% cuttings .Now I do 90% cuttings and 10% layers.Big 18" cuttings lose no leaves.It is great :)


     
  15. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    LOL :D
     

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