GREENHOUSE ACCESSORY GUIDELINES
There are some greenhouse accessories which are absolutely essential for proper operation of any greenhouse, whether you use a kit or DIY design. We label these items below "essential".
Then there are accessories which are technically optional, but really contribute to an easy and successful greenhouse experience. We call these "optional but highly desirable".
The third type of accessories would be nice to have but are truly optional (depending on the circumstances). You may consider adding these on later to help keep initial costs down. We call these items simply "optional".
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Any accessories ordered separately from the kits, a minimum order of $150 is required, and 15% shipping cost added.
TIE DOWN KITS
Deluxe Tie Down Kit (Essential)
No matter where you live, you will occasionally experience storms with high winds. I would never construct any greenhouse without it being anchored to the ground in some way.
A masonry structure will be attached to a concrete slab, and wooden buildings may rely on poles buried deep into the earth. But with Solexx greenhouses, or any lightweight plastic structure, you MUST anchor this thing into the ground. If not, you may end up going to the next county to find it after a storm passes!
Anyway, back to greenhouse accessories. We offer tie-down kits which include 2 or 4 anchors with screw-type fittings which you actually screw into the ground next to your greenhouse. Next, you attach a J-hook to the greenhouse frame.
Turnbuckles allow you to tighten down the connection and also allows an easy disconnect if you decide to move your greenhouse. We recommend a tie down anchor every 8 feet along the perimeter of the greenhouse.
30" long anchors are available for large greenhouses or going into sandy soil ground. These are upgrade greenhouse accessories.
HN-10/ 4-Anchor Tie Down Kit - 14 1/2"
HN-11/ 2-Anchor Tie Down Kit - 14 1/2"
HN-12/ 4-Anchor Tie Down Kit - 30"
HN-13/ 2-Anchor Tie Down Kit - 30"
*How many do you need?
All 8'x8' houses need 4 anchors.
8'x12' require total of 6 anchors
Conservatory 8' needs 4- 30" anchors
Conservatory16' needs 6- 30" anchors
Conservatory 20' requires 8- 30" anchors
[We include the tie downs recommended above free with all Deluxe greenhouse bundles]
Prices and ordering of anchor kits here: Best Solexx Prices.
GREENHOUSE BASE VENTS (Essential)
Why do we consider these vents essential greenhouse accessories?
Cross-ventilation is an absolute must for any greenhouse. If a means of airflow through the growing area is not provided, stagnant air and excess heat will kill or stifle plant growth.
These vents provide a very basic passive means to allow fresh air to continually flow through your greenhouse. Mount a vent near the base in each corner for natural 'ground-up' cross ventilation. But close them during colder weather to save heat.
Our ABS polymer vents are easy to install in your Solexx Greenhouse. Two base vents are recommended for every 4 feet of greenhouse length.
HV-20 Base Vents (4" x 9")
*How many do you need?
All 8'x8' houses need 4 base vents.
8'x12' require total of 6 vents
Conservatory 8' needs 4 vents
Conservatory16' needs 6 vents
Conservatory 20' requires 8 vents
[We include the base vents recommended above free with all Deluxe greenhouse bundles]
Order your base vents here: Best Solexx Prices.
SOLAR POWERED VENT OPENERS
(Optional but highly desirable)
these are really cool! Reasonably priced, they're almost a must have for efficient greenhouse operation.
Who's going to open your greenhouse vents when it gets hot in the middle of the day? And then who'll close them at night to keep the heat in?
These solar openers help automate your greenhouse so you can even go on vacation and not worry about your prized heirloom tomatoes getting cooked.
Now hush! Don't knock 'em 'til you've tried 'em.
Okay, back to the openers. How do they work?
The piston housing contains a paraffin solution which expands and opens the vent when the temperature rises; cools down and closes the vent when the temperature drops.
No electricity, no batteries, no solar panels. Just good old American ingenuity.
The solar opener on the left above is called the Universal Solar Opener
and it fits the Early Bloomer vent assembly (the vent is part of the kit). This opener can also be used on a custom designed greenhouse.
The opener on the right is for the louvered vents that come with all the other Deluxe Solexx greenhouse kits we offer. You can also order extra louvered vents to really get your ventilation kickin'.
HV-10 Universal Solar Powered Vent Opener
HV-31 Easy Flow Louver Vent Solar Opener
These come free with all Deluxe bundled kits (except Early Bloomer)
HV-30 Extra Easy Flow Louver Vents
Order solar openers and extra vents here: Best Solexx Prices.
GREENHOUSE EXHAUST FAN
(Optional but highly desirable greenhouse accessory)
Are you serious about this greenhouse thing? Then dig a little deeper in your pockets and purchase an exhaust fan for your project. I believe any greenhouse bigger than the 8'x8' models will probably require an exhaust fan.
So, if you can't afford it up front, put it at the top of your wish list for greenhouse accessories (maybe for Christmas?)
Our fans have heavy-gauge galvanized steel frames to reduce rust and corrosion. Also, a thermally-protected motor. Thermostat and wiring are included, 115v.
What size do I need?
HV-50 12" Exhaust Fan- 760 CFM;
perfect for all kits up to 8'x12'
HV-51 16" Exhaust Fan- 1250 CFM
Great for 8' x 16' Conservatory greenhouse
So where can you order a greenhouse exhaust fan?
Here: Best Solexx Prices.
BLACK GREENHOUSE SHADE CLOTH
(Optional/essential in hot climates)
During the peak of the summer heat, you may need to give your greenhouse a little sunscreen!
Shade cloth will probably be a necessity if you live in the deep South and your greenhouse receives no shade from trees. This protection also helps prolong the life of your greenhouse panels. Shade cloths are one of the most popular greenhouse accessories.
Reusable black polypropylene 50% shade cloth filters out excess sunlight, reducing heat on hot summer days. Reinforced, hemmed edges with grommets make attachment and removal of your shade cloth easy.
HV-92- 8' x 12' Black Shade Cloth
[For 8'X8' greenhouses]
HV-94-12' x 12' Black Shade Cloth
[For 8'X12' greenhouses]
[Larger sizes by request]
Order our quality shade cloth here: Best Solexx Prices.
GREENHOUSE FLOORING (Optional greenhouse accessory)
The perfect way to finish your greenhouse. Gives it a professional appearance and helps keep it clean. You may even decide to add a layer of gravel on top of the flooring, but this is not necessary.
Durable, black polypropylene flooring eliminates weeds from the floor of your greenhouse while allowing water to drain.
Easy to install and wire stakes included.
HN-29 10'x10' Greenhouse Flooring
[For 8'X8' greenhouses]
HN-31 10'x12' Greenhouse Flooring
[For 8'X12' greenhouses]
HN-32 10'x16' Greenhouse Flooring
[For 8'X16' greenhouses]
HN-34 16'x16' Greenhouse Flooring
[For 16'X16' greenhouses]
HN-35 16'x20' Greenhouse Flooring
[For 16'X20' greenhouses]
Check out our greenhouse flooring prices: Best Solexx Prices.
SPECIALTY GREENHOUSE HEATER-(NON-VENTED)
(Optional/essential in cold climates)
Although the Solexx greenhouses provide a surprising amount of protection from the winter cold, some tender plants require supplemental heating during that time.
Designed exclusively for greenhouses, this open flame heater keeps your greenhouse cozy with radiant heat. The polished aluminum back reflects heat and distributes it through the greenhouse from the floor up, keeping floor-level temperature within 5 to 7° of the ceiling-level temperature for uniform warmth.
Non-Vented Gas Greenhouse Heater
HH-40N- Natural Gas
HH-40P- Propane Gas
Order your specialty heater today: Best Solexx Prices.
Well, that's about it for our greenhouse accessories, enough to keep you busy for a while.
In case you haven't figured it out by now, we are an Authorized Dealer of Solexx™ Products, and darned proud of it.
Want to order Solexx panels or rolls? You'll find pricing here: Solexx Greenhouse Covering.
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