Solexx™ Greenhouses are designed so you can get the most use out of your greenhouse. The 36" aisles give you room to move comfortably through your greenhouse while the full-length benches let you take advantage of all the usable growing area. Unique steel-core PVC framing is designed to give you years of service with absolutely no maintenance required - just put the greenhouse up and use it. And every one of our greenhouses features amazing Solexx panels, so you know your plants are getting the optimal diffused light needed to accelerate plant growth.
Solexx tops the charts for greenhouse covering options due to its superior performance, which means high heat retention and less temperature fluctuation for your plants and lower heating bills for you!
Solexx is White For A Reason - it produces an even diffuse light proven to accelerate plant growth by 25%. The light glows evenly reaching into every corner of the greenhouse. More light for photosynthesis means more robust growth.
Most Economical to Heat - Solexx provides superior insulation to hold in the warmth and keep your heating costs low. Plants thrive while customers save on energy costs. The chart below outlines the heating costs using different types of greenhouse coverings. Solexx has one of the highest R factors of 2.1R on the market, so it holds in the heat better than the competition saving you hundreds or thousands of dollars over other greenhouse coverings.
As you can see from the chart, Solexx pays for itself in a few short years over the other greenhouse coverings. Keep in mind that these heating costs are for year round heating. A majority of the heating costs occur during December and January (the coldest months). So, to save money, you can start seeds indoors to delay heating the greenhouse during the coldest month.
Solexx offers a 10 year warranty with an even longer life expectancy. It withstands snow, wind, and hail and won’t fade or yellow over time. Best of all it requires very little maintenance. Should you need to replace the Solexx paneling at some time, the panels are readily available and easy to replace. Strong and shatter proof to protect against outside weather. Solexx panels diffuse the light throughout the greenhouse for optimal plant growth. The double-walled insulated material helps hold in the heat.
- A combination of composite tubing (the same material used to make bridges), galvanized steel-core framing, and PVC provides superior strength and stability against wind and snow.
- White frame reflects the light - sending more light back to your plants. Dark frames absorb the light.
- Color-coded, pre-cut frame makes assembly easy.
Hanging rods included:
- Each wide, strong steel-reinforced shelf holds up to 500 lbs so you can fit a lot of plants in a small area.
- Steel-reinforced hanging rods run the length of the greenhouse giving you the perfect spot to overwinter your hanging baskets!
The Conservatory Greenhouse is our largest and most spacious greenhouse, and popular with commercial nurseries. With the tall 9’6" height of the greenhouse, seedlings to large plants and even small trees can easily be grown. Two single-tier, side benches run the length of the outer walls and a large 5' wide, double-tiered, bench frame sits in the center with ample growing area.
The basic 8’ x 16’ x 9’ 6" model gives you over 110 sq. ft. of bench surface plus about 30 linear feet of hanging rods for baskets and trailing plants.
Two doors allow easy access to the entire growing area. With the 16’ x 16’ x 9’ 6" model you get more than 220 sq. ft. of bench area and 60 linear feet of hanging rods. We also include four door assemblies so you can access plants from either end of your greenhouse.
Conservatory Greenhouses Include:
- Heavy-duty composite frame - rust, corrosion and mildew free
- Twin-wall 3.5mm Solexx greenhouse panels (upgrade to 5mm panels for high altitude or heavy snow areas)
- New stronger and lockable doors
- 2 side bench frames, full length, 29" deep, hold 500 lbs (optional shelving available)
- Two-tiered 58" x 94" bench frame(s) in the center of the greenhouse (accessible from both sides)
- 4 full-length hanging rods, holds 200 lbs each
- Sturdy, built-in base, requires no foundation
- 2 Large Easy Flow Louver air vents (optional solar powered openers)
- 2 doors in the G-308A Conservatory greenhouse kit and 4 doors in all larger units
- Easy-to-assemble steel fittings
- 10-year limited warranty
Deluxe Greenhouses Include the Following Accessories:
- Sturdy wire shelves to fit bench frames
- Solar louver opener
- Greenhouse Base Vents (Quantity varies with greenhouse size)
- Tie Down Kit (Quantity varies with greenhouse size)
Frequently asked questions Solexx Greenhouses:
Question - What makes Solexx Greenhouses different than others?
Answer - Insulated Solexx paneling is available only on Solexx Greenhouses. The covering is insulated to cut down heating costs, but most importantly, you get more light diffusion than is available with other types of covering. University tests have shown that plants grow better under diffused light. Another feature that makes us different is our built-in bench frames. With almost all other greenhouse kits, benches are a large additional expense. Also we include full-length hanging rods to overwinter hanging baskets.
Question - Are Solexx greenhouses able to withstand high winds?
Answer - Solexx greenhouses perform excellent in wind. Our composite frame (the same material used to make bridges) is extremely strong and durable. As long as the greenhouse is firmly anchored (which we can help you with), you should not have problems. The combination of a strong frame and flexible paneling works very well in adverse conditions. Many of our customers live on the coast and frequently experience winds of 70 mph. One customer in New Jersey has a greenhouse that survived Hurricane "Bob" with no damage from the impacting tree branches.
Question - Are the greenhouses easy to heat?
Answer - Solexx greenhouses are easy to heat. The 3.5mm and 5mm twin-walled glazing material provides more insulation than most other hobby greenhouse materials. We offer several different heaters to meet your specific heating needs. The cost of heating your greenhouse will depend on your area and what you plan to grow. Many plants require only a 45-degree nighttime temperature. Many people are able to heat their greenhouse all winter for under $20.00 a month in the coldest months. Heating costs can be reduced by using buckets or plastic jugs of water or by lining the greenhouse with a layer of Visquine or bubble wrap in the cold months. In mild conditions, 5 gallon covered black buckets filled with water will trap the solar energy during the day and release heat for most of the night. Another option is adding rabbits to your greenhouse. Rabbits put out 8 BTU’s per hour, which amounts to roughly 2.5 gal of fuel in 6 months. Rabbit manure also adds heat and makes a great non-burning fertilizer.
Question - How do I prepare the site for my greenhouse?
Answer - Very little site preparation is required for your Solexx Greenhouse. You can place your greenhouse on any leveled area such as your lawn, over bare ground, on a gravel base, over a wood deck, on a concrete slab, or a brick patio. We recommend a gravel base for the best drainage.
Question - What tools will I need to assemble the greenhouse?
Answer - Assembling a Solexx Greenhouse is takes just a few readily available tools. You will need a screwdriver, variable speed drill, sharp knife or utility knife, tape measure, step ladder, GE Silicon-2 caulk, caulking gun, clear PVC glue and a level.
Question - I am interested in your Solexx polycarbonate covering. How do you install it?
Answer - Our specially formulated Solexx panels are actually a polyethylene blend. They are much more flexible than polycarbonate and can easily be screwed onto an existing greenhouse frame. This covering is available in 4’ x 8’ or 4’ x 12’ sheets in 3.5 or 5mm thicknesses. Solexx covering can also be ordered in continuous rolls up to 1000 feet so you can conveniently cover just about any structure.
Question - When designing a greenhouse frame, how much spacing should I leave between supports for the panels? How many screws should I use on these?
Answer - Solexx panels work well for many custom structures. For maximum strength, we recommend support at least every two feet on center. On the perimeter of your structure, we recommend attaching screws every six inches. For your supports, you only need to attach screws about eighteen inches apart. As a general rule, figure that you will need one screw per square foot of paneling. In extremely windy areas, you may want to increase the number of screws you use.
Question - Isn’t the paneling too dark to transmit light?
Answer - The unique Solexx greenhouse covering transmits 70-75 percent of the available light. Most plants only need 40 percent light to grow, but 70-80 percent available light is the optimal growing range. Even on cloudy days, your greenhouse has a pleasant, soft glow inside. The panels diffuse the light evenly throughout the greenhouse eliminating "hot spots" and shadows. Also, a bit less light transmission will help to keep your greenhouse from getting too hot during warm weather.
Question - Does the covering break down in the sun?
Answer - Solexx panels are treated with a double UV inhibitor during the extrusion process. The covering has an eight-year limited warranty against ultraviolet breakdown and is tested and certified by an independent lab. Solexx greenhouses have been in the field for well over ten years and there has been minimal UV degradation. All plastics do eventually break down when exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time; however, these panels are easy and inexpensive to replace.
Question - How do you clean the paneling?
Answer - Solexx paneling can be rinsed or wiped clean without worry of scratching. The panels are impervious to chemicals so you can wash them with a mild soap. It’s a good idea to do this a couple times a year to keep your greenhouse clean and to maximize light transmission.
Question - How does the paneling hold up in cold or snowy weather?
Answer - Solexx panels are very durable. Solexx greenhouses have been undamaged after being covered in several feet of snow and exposed to subzero temperatures for most of the winter. Snow tends to slide right off of the slick paneling material. Unlike many greenhouse materials, our panels will not yellow from the sun or cold.
Question - What is H-Channel and U-Trim used for?
Answer - H-Channel is used to join the panels together on the long or you can overlap the panels. U-Trim gives the4’ ends of the panels a nice finished look.
Question - What is the difference between polycarbonate and Solexx panels?
Answer - Solexx greenhouses are made with polyethylene. Polyethylene is much more flexible and is easy to cut to any size. Polycarbonate panels tend to be thicker, but have about the same insulation factor as polyethylene. Both materials diffuse light, but polycarbonate tends to diffuse less (because it is more transparent), making the greenhouses much hotter in the summer. Polyethylene is very easy to clean and will not scratch like polycarbonate can.
Question - How do you cut the panels? Is it easy to do?
Answer - Solexx panels can be cut with a simple utility knife. Because the material is so flexible, it’s also possible to bend it around many curves and corners on a structure.
Question - Should I use 3.5 or 5mm paneling?
Answer - Solexx panels are available in 3.5mm or 5mm thickness. The 3.5mm panels are recommended in most areas because they provide more light transmission. The 5mm panels are used in very cold climates (for added insulation) and for areas in high altitudes. It is also recommended on many custom structures for added support. Both varieties are available in 4'1" x 8'1" sheets and 4'1" x 12' 3" sheets or continuous rolls.
Question - What can you do to automate the greenhouses?
Answer - Solexx offers many accessories to help make your gardening experience easier. A solar vent opener is available and can be set to automatically help regulate the temperature. The heaters that we offer can be thermostatically controlled to help you heat only when it’s necessary, keeping your costs low. Also, our exhaust fans all come with thermostat controls. This will help push out stale air as your greenhouse begins to get hot.
Question - Which basic accessories will get me growing?
Answer - Gardening with a Solexx Greenhouse is easy. Although we offer a full line of greenhouse accessories, we do have a few recommendations that will ensure success. First of all, you want to make sure that your greenhouse is properly anchored. We offer a Deluxe Tie-Down Kit, which includes four anchors-one for each corner of the greenhouse. On longer units, or in areas that have exceptionally high winds, you may want to purchase additional anchors (which are available individually.) Also, ventilation is a key factor. Two base vents (or more on longer units) placed on each side of the door will ensure good cross-ventilation. Eventually, a shade cloth is also a good investment. During those hot summer months, it will keep your greenhouse cooler and also increase the longevity of your glazing.
Question - Where should the heater be placed in the greenhouse?
Answer - We recommend placing the heater in the back of the greenhouse, either at the end of the walkway or under the bench frames. It's best to leave some space around the heater so that the heat can fully circulate and so that none of your plants get too warm. Having a small circulation fan is a good way to ensure even heating in your greenhouse.
Question - How should I place the vents in my greenhouse?
Answer - Typically, we recommend that you place a large louvered vent opposite the door, towards the top of the greenhouse. If you then place two or more base vents low to the ground (on either side of the door, for example), you get a natural ground- up ventilation. A solar opener can be attached to the louvered vent, in order to better regulate the temperature. We recommend that you close the base vents during cold weather.
Question - Are there books that can help me get started?
Answer - Solexx offers several books to help you get started. One book that we see as absolutely indispensable is Shane Smith’s Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion. It is loaded with information about greenhouses, specific plants, weed control, planting schedules... anything you would ever want to know. There are many great ideas that we use in our own greenhouses all the time.
Question - What method of shipping do you use?
Answer - Greenhouses and heftier items (including panels) are sent UPS. Small accessories not purchased with a larger item are usually sent USPS.
Question - How will my greenhouse arrive?
Answer - The greenhouse is sold unassembled. This helps us to keep both shipping and greenhouse kit costs low. Each kit comes with complete written instructions and computer generated drawings. The pipes are color coded for convenience and of course, we’re always here to help.
The greenhouses are shipped in a couple long skinny boxes and an octagonal box for the rolled Solexx panels. The 8' Garden Oasis, for example, comes in five boxes: two 8' x 7.25" x 5" boxes, a box about two feet in diameter and four feet tall for the panels, one 24" x 12" x 12" box, and a small box for the Louver.
The Conservatory Greenhouse Are Available In The Following Sizes:
- 8ft Conservatory Greenhouse (G-308A)..........16ftW x 8ftL x 9ft6inH
- 16ft Conservatory Greenhouse (G-308DE)......16ftW x 16ftL x 9ft6inH
- 20ft Conservatory Greenhouse (G-308B4B)...16ftW x 20ftL x 9ft6inH
- Longer Conservatory Greenhouses Are Available.