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A Hoop house - a temporary Greenhouse

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Plants in Central Florida don’t need much winter protection, it gets frosty just a few nights a year. But a hoop house may work very well for the Northern gardeners during late spring, for just those last frosty nights in May.

This is the first year DH made one for my bromeliad bed, and I see several more Hoop houses in my mind for next year ;)

We used PVC pipes in two sizes 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch

Cut 2-ft long sections of the larger PVC pipe and hammer it into the ground. Now just stick the thin PVC pipes in. You are done with the frame.

The length of the thin PVC pipe depends on the size of the bed you want to cover. For each hoop we connected two pipes with a PVC connector piece

For the Cover we used plastic sheets, 3.5 MIL, this is a bit stronger plastic so to hold up to stronger winter winds and for re-use next season.
For fastening, hubby added grommets to the plastic sheet (Kits are available at the box stores) doubling the plastic at the seam for extra sturdiness.
Tie the Nylon string to the grommet and the other end to a stake.
Accent solar lamps (not the LED kind) and a couple of Christmas light chains provided enough heat for my area.

Done. Here I peek in from the small side. It sure gets toasty warm in there.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ



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hardiness zone 9b

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 02-05-2011 02:59 PM

Looks like a good solution for your bromeliads.

What kind of solar lamps do you use, if they are not LED kind?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 2493 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 02-05-2011 03:03 PM

just the ‘old fashioned’ kind, the cheap ones that use low wattage light bulbs.

I do not recommend a Heat lamp with high wattage light bulb since it gets way too hot close to it and it is going to burn the plants

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Bon

7374 posts in 3560 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 02-06-2011 10:46 AM

Great idea.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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