[Market-farming] Solexx Greenhouse Covering
grizzdover at gmail.com
grizzdover at gmail.com
Sat Mar 20 20:22:37 EDT 2010
The price is quite a bit more than poly, even when using a double
layer of poly. I too was thinking it looks like it would be
significantly easier to set-up, especially with limited help.
I was thinking that I could use it starting four or five feet up from
the base. Allowing me to also screw in a channel for poly sides that
I could roll up. At least this was a plan I had in theory.
The low level of light transmission was the biggest down side I
noticed as well. Then I got to thinking that if single layer poly has
around 80% light transmission (at least from what I've read) and you
have two layers inflated, is 70-75% that bad? I'm thinking that a
double layer of poly with air will diffuse some light, ending up with
around the same percentage of usable light. Is my logic off?
The reason that I am considering it is the poly on it finally shredded
in the wind (with nothing planted in it yet atleast) and it was over 8
years old and going strong! This winter I got paranoid and shoveled
around it for one of the first times ever. Who knows my paranoid
actions could have caused it's demise : ).
Anyway, gratefully appreciate all your thoughts,
On Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 10:43 AM, Shawnee Flowerfarmer
<farmingflowers at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Looks like this could be a solution for the endwalls, but I usually want
> better than 70-75% light transmission for the entire house.
> I don't like the text on this website which seems to be misinforming and
> playing on fear.....most poly is rated for a minimum of 4-5 years and I have
> seen it last much longer than that through necessity or neglect. (I'm not
> recommending pushing the life of the poly...just that I have lived with that
> more often than not and so far, despite all my personal paranoia, the only
> poly failures I've dealt with have been mechanical failures caused by human
> goofiness-drive a trailer into the house, bonfire fallout, poor construction
> Also, I have yet to have "burning" or "shadowing" problems with greenhouse
> poly that weren't a fault of plant choice or placement-human error again.
> I used to be a "glass house snob" because I learned that first a long time
> ago. I am now a fan of the double poly inflatable as being the best
> compromise for cost, versatility, and maintenance.
> (And where I live, a poly house does not bring a visit from the Zoning Man
> and his little mean dog, the Building Inspector and his little drooling dog,
> the Tax Assessor.) The coatings for light diffusion etc are really
> wonderful. I do always have a supply of poly patch tape and a back-up
> inflation fan.
> Shawnee, zone 5
>> Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:59:23 -0500
>> From: grizzdover at gmail.com
>> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Subject: [Market-farming] Solexx Greenhouse Covering
>> Hello All,
>> Does anybody have experience using this product:
>> http://www.farmwholesaleag.com/greenhouse_covering.shtml or
>> something like it? We are replacing our greenhouse film and I was
>> just recently turned on to this product. Our original greenhouse was
>> a non-heated, double inflated layer, quonset hut style. Our endwalls
>> are made out of what appears to be similar to this but much more
>> rigid. We were going to just replace the poly, the inflation fan,
>> etc. but are now wondering about this product.
>> Thanks in Advance,
>> Ben Saunders
>> Turtle Farm
>> Granger, Iowa
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