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Dealing With Oregon Weather

This is a discussion on Dealing With Oregon Weather within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Last summer my son and daughter-in-law built my Greenhouse for me and a week later ...

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    Last summer my son and daughter-in-law built my Greenhouse for me and a week later I filled it with my orchid collection. Winter approached and I installed a heater and fan system that I thought was going to maintain a good even temperature. Unfortunately the worst of winter weather struck our region with snow a frigid temps that my heater could not deal with and in a short number of hours the heater burnt up and quit working. I was able to save most of my favorite orchids but lost about ten to freezing temperatures. So the collection is back in our house scattered through thirteen rooms in every window, much to my wife's frustration. I purchased an oil filled, radiator style heater that is able to keep the temp. above 55 degrees. My electricity bill is off the chart so will probably continue to keep the orchids in our house until spring. I am thinking of purchasing some of that insulating Bubble wrap to put on the walls of the greenhouse to help in conserving heat. Don't know how good that works but sure would like to find some alternative ways of heating the greenhouse enough to keep the orchids happy and especially the wife.

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    Hi Ron. Sorry to read about your troubles with temps. Since fuel is so expensive here, we are supplementing our gas heat in the greenhouse with the oil-filled heaters. We let the temps get down to 55. I have to have the oil -filled heaters set on about 80 to keep the gas heater from coming on that often, but it does run at night. We are only getting down to the low 20s here, so I can imagine what it must be like to heat a greenhouse in Oregon. Good luck.

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    What about using the snow as a wall of insulation?? If you put it up say three or four feet, in a nice pile...then spray with a fine mist of water and you'll keep it in place. It will cut down on light, but then it also is great at reflecting light too. Does it show I grew up building ice forts?? lol I see my home town is going to hit about -15 tomorrow so they are in there with you all on the plains. I remember that frozen nose thing too. I was complaining about having to haul the plants in from the porch....guess that's better than snow and freezing temps. Hope you all hang in there....
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    p.s. Buy your wife some nice smelling bath salts and some nice smelling lotions for her and tell her thanks for being so understanding....try not to notice when she rolls her eyes at the 'understanding' part.

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    Basement? Flourescent lights?

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    A guy I work with builds greenhouses here that don't need any heaters to stay above freezing, and we are much colder than maritime Portland. He gets 40 degrees greater than ambient. Basically you have to pour a slab and put a thermal mass like some black barrels with water on the N wall. When I lived out there my other friend had an attached greenhouse that helped heat his house (that was a cool place, the house would never get below 50 with no heaters on and took only one cookstove load of wood/day to stay above 70).

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    Orchids might grow the best if low is kept at 55, but they do survive at 40s. I live in Houston, winter weather is mild here. But it does get to 30s even 20s at night, like this week. I generally leave my cattleyas outside under a covered patio during winter (except phal which I bring inside). If it does get to low 30s, I wrap the orchid shelf with a comforter. They seem to do OK, if not well.

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    Hi BD,
    Thanks for the wishes. That oil filled heater seams to be working out pretty well, can't afford to pipe in gas and don't think the wife would appreciate it on the "To Do" list. I am not brave enough to put my collection back out in the greenhouse but have a couple of "Testers" willing to give up their life in the name of experimentation.

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    Hi Connie,
    I'm glad it won't get down to 15 here in P Town, I would probably just shut down the greenhouse in weather like that. Thanks for the suggestions but if I buy the wife bath soap and lotion she would ask me what I did or didn't do. After 36 years she knows me to well.

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    Glug ! Glug! that is the sound of my propane tank pigging out It was in the teens last night and will be going to single numbers maybe 0
    I have a thermal pool blanket on the roof it is clear , like heavy duty bubble wrap also plastic over the glass on the outside and plastic under the trusses inside . It is heated with a propane heater and a duct from the outside wood burner .. Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ptown wings View Post
    Hi Connie,
    I'm glad it won't get down to 15 here in P Town, I would probably just shut down the greenhouse in weather like that. Thanks for the suggestions but if I buy the wife bath soap and lotion she would ask me what I did or didn't do. After 36 years she knows me to well.
    LOL Ahhhhh okay....well then you may want to skip that one.

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