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How to manage a greenhouse: manual forgrow in a greenhouse, the observations to be made to better manage the greenhouse to prevent diseases and maximize crop yields.
How to manage a greenhouse
Temperature, humidity, integrity of the casing, disease control, monitoring of unwanted guests ... these are just some of the aspects to consider when starting togrow in a greenhouse. On this page I will try to give you some useful tips formanage greenhouse crops in order to maximize results and avoid unpleasant surprises. Start from the ABC: humidity in the greenhouse and condensation.
Humidity and condensation in the greenhouse
Let it be if it is acold greenhouse, both when we talk about oneheated greenhouse, it is always recommendedeliminate condensation.
Keep this rule in mind: the warmer it gets in the greenhouse, the higher the humidity will be. If you have acold greenhouse, the problem ofcondensationand ofhumidity in the greenhouseyou can easily solve it by ventilating the greenhouse every day during the hottest hours of the day. If you have a heated greenhouse, or the passage of air is not enough to dry the condensation in the greenhouse because maybe you live in very humid areas, you can use alternative strategies.
You can use a water-pulling spatula or a spatula to drip the moisture present on the internal surface of the greenhouse or simply dry it with a cloth. It is important not to let the condensation fall on the ground! You can organize yourself with rags to place in places where condensation always forms and then replace the rags with dry cloth.
If you notice any suspicious condensation, stop and observe! If it is not the soil but the vegetation that is wet, your greenhouse probably has a leak. Inspect the top of the greenhouse and repair any holes or, if the top of the greenhouse collects condensation, also in this case you can use a rag or move the plant.
Don't worry, you don't have to reorganize the spaces, you can simply move the foliage of the plant affected by the dripping: with the help of adhesive tape you can move the foliage of the plant so the dripping will no longer hit the leaves but will go straight into the soil. Ingreenhouse the collection points of thecondensationthey can be different and sometimes they can also be on the top margin. Check the points where moisture accumulates and thecondensation in the greenhouseso as to intervene in a targeted manner.
How to clean a greenhouse
The glass or rigid plastic greenhouse should be washed once a month, perhaps using a sanitizing product in order to make the environment healthier and maximize exposure to light. Even for greenhouses with plastic sheets, hygiene must not be lacking, when the sheet is too opaque, if you can't clean it, consider replacing it.
When introducing a new plant to the greenhouse, try to use pot and soilsure and above all make sure that the plant is healthy. Suspicious plants must be kept in isolation: thegreenhouseit is comfortable but it is also a closed environment, so plant diseases spread easily.
Pests and scale insects in the greenhouse
If you notice browning (rotten leaves, spotted leaves ...) affecting the plant tissues, immediately move the plant and, based on the pathogen detected, carry out a preventive treatment on the plants in the greenhouse.
In the greenhouse, among the unstoppable parasites, is thecottony cochineal. Also in this case the plant must be isolated. To recover it, remove the first layer of soil, eliminate the scale insects mechanically and perform a treatment with mineral oil that also affects the vase. For all information: how to get rid of cochineal.
Mice and snails in the greenhouse
Even the presence ofsnails in the greenhouseit can be annoying. Snails can be removed with specific repellents as explained on the page: how to keep snails away.
The mice come to the greenhouse looking for fleshy roots. In this case, it is possible to intervene with traps, without using any biocide which could also be harmful to pets.
Grow in the greenhouse: plants with yellow and rotting leaves
THEgreenhouse plant rotthey are generally related to the excess ofhumidity and condensation, so I suggest you take care of the “condensation in the greenhouse” problem as I explained in the previous paragraph. But I want to reassure you: leaf rots, which affect aerial vegetation, are a very normal thing withgreenhouse crops. Just remove the rotten parts and take care of the humidity.
As regards theyellow leaves, if anyleaf turns yellowcut it. The reason? If the leaf falls it can give rise to an increase in humidity, rot and mold. Theremold in the greenhouseit is really difficult to manage and eliminate, so it is better to prevent it by intervening directly on the causes (foliage, neglect, decaying plant material, condensation ...). To solve the problem of yellow leaves, I invite you to read the page: plants with yellow leaves.
Greenhouse to be repaired
If the ground is punctured, has cuts or cracks on the casing (rigid plastic, glass or sheet), you will need to repair it as described in the guideHow to repair a greenhouse.