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Greenhouse Maintenance and Equipment. Tracey Cortez tcortez@austinisd.org. So you have a greenhouse…. Now what? Teaching? Fundraising? Research? Production? Student Projects? All of the above???. Weeds. Solarize the greenhouse Manually remove Round Up Pramitol Rock Salt

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greenhouse maintenance and equipment

Greenhouse Maintenance and Equipment

Tracey Cortez

tcortez@austinisd.org

so you have a greenhouse
So you have a greenhouse…
  • Now what?
    • Teaching?
    • Fundraising?
    • Research?
    • Production?
    • Student Projects?
    • All of the above???
weeds
Weeds
  • Solarize the greenhouse
  • Manually remove
  • Round Up
  • Pramitol
  • Rock Salt
  • Newspaper as a barrier
fans and pads
Fans and Pads
  • Clean your pads once a year
    • Let them dry out
    • Knock off the algae and mineral deposits
    • Use Zerotol, Triatholon, or barley straw to control algae
    • Do not use bleach!!!
  • Fans
    • Service your fans once a year
    • Tighten or change belts
    • Keep extra belts on hand
    • Keep and extra motor on hand
glazing materials
Glazing Materials
  • Clean your glazing material once a season
  • Just like washing windows
  • Dirt and dust will diminish your light levels
  • Use a hose with some soap
  • Rinse off well
disinfecting
Disinfecting
  • Disinfect your greenhouse after each crop
  • Allow the greenhouse to be empty each year for a couple of weeks so that you can clean really well
  • Limit your chances of diseases and insect outbreaks
  • Clean irrigation system as well
  • Zerotol or Triathalon
  • Use a Foaming Sprayer to apply the chemical – available from Nasco
fertilizer injectors
Fertilizer Injectors
  • Service your fertilizer injector once a year
  • Send the unit to the company
  • If the injector will not work soak it in a bucket of water for 24 hours
  • Keep an extra injector on hand
  • You will need to have an RPZ backflow preventer installed before you injector
  • I recommend Dosmatic Injectors
irrigation supplies
Irrigation Supplies
  • Dramm
    • Red Head Water Breaker
    • Color Storm No Kink Hoses
    • Heavy Duty Shut Off Valves
  • Netafim
    • Filters
    • Pressure Compensating Drippers
    • Drip Line
    • Dripper Accessories
      • Weights
      • Drip Stakes
chemical applicators
Chemical Applicators
  • Dramm
    • Chemdose - $2000
      • Apply chemical solution pot by pot
    • MSO Sprayer - $1500
      • Hydraulic sprayer
    • Mini Autofog - $2500
      • Applies chemical solution in a fine mist
      • Controlled by a timer
  • Pump Sprayers
    • Gilmour Professional Quality
    • Hand or Backpack
  • Use spray tank cleaner!
    • Neutralize
compost tea
Compost Tea
  • Aerobic Brewer
    • 10 Gallon - $500
    • 24 Hours to Brew
    • Growing Solutions
  • Composting Vessels
    • BW Organics
    • Compost Project Center Waste, Food Scraps, Lawn Scraps, etc
    • 1 Yard a Day Machine - $26,000
    • Vermicompost
greenhouse building and repair
Greenhouse Building and Repair
  • BWI Grower Technical Sales
  • Ludy Greenhouses – Sylvia Courtney
  • Stuppy Greenhouses – Jerry Haines
chemicals i use
Chemicals I Use
  • Insecticides
  • Fungicides
  • Growth Regulators
  • Fertilizers
  • Read Labels and keep a copy of the MSDS Sheets
  • Use IPM Techniques to Control Insects and Diseases
insects
Insects
  • Yellow and Blue Sticky Cards
  • Use Lady Bugs and Parasitic Wasps
  • Get rid of infected plants
  • Use water to loosen and remove insects
  • Insecticides:
    • Insecticidal Soap – M-Pede
    • Tame/Orthene followed by Preclude Aerosols
    • Tristar
fungi and diseases
Fungi and Diseases
  • Manage moisture in the greenhouse
  • Allow plants to dry slightly between waterings
  • Water the soil not the leaves
  • Fungicides
    • Actinovate
    • Banrot
  • Use as a drench and follow the directions
growth regulators
Growth Regulators
  • Keep plants uniform and internodes short
  • B-Nine
    • Spray, very forgiving
  • Bonzi
    • Spray or drench, not forgiving
  • Florel
    • Spray, not forgiving, cheap
    • Flowers will abort for 6 weeks
fertilizers
Fertilizers
  • Compost Tea
  • Milorganite
  • Scotts Pro Horticulture
  • Use a fertilizer injector
pots and soil
Pots and Soil
  • Elle Pots
    • Paper Liner filled with Soil
    • TMAC Nurseries, Angleton, Texas
  • Dillen Pots
    • 6.5” Azaleas
    • 10” Hanging Baskets
  • Soil
    • Pro Mix BX
    • Pro Mix HP
supply dealers
Supply Dealers
  • BWI
  • Kenny Bonded
what to grow
What to grow?
  • Bedding Plants
  • Potted Crops
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Specimen Plants
  • Mixed Containers
  • Topiaries
  • Any other ideas?
what we grow
What We Grow

Poinsettias

Ellisons Greenhouses

Christmas Cacti

Whitton Greenhouses

Pansies

Raker

Vegetables

Grown from Seed

Herbs

Grown from Seed

Bedding Plants

40 varieties

Raker or North Carolina Plant Farm

Seed

Seeds

Park Seed or Burpee

what are you doing
What are you doing?
  • Any new ideas?