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I am trying to keep it as dry and cool as I can.

My main concern is keeping the temp below 90 during the So Cal heat waves where it could reach up to 110-115. Since crypts are more prone to melting in warm temperatures, I am going to do an experimental run on some of them this summer before bringing everything out. If all goes well, they're all coming out in the fall.

I also have aphids in my emersed setups and I have no doubt that they will get into the greenhouse. Any thoughts on how to keep them under control? pitcher plants? lady bugs?
Lol, I laughed so hard the first time a saw that you could buy live lady bugs by the 1000s. Who wants pet lady bugs!

It might have been explained already, but if you don't mind me asking, what kind of media are you using for you crypts? I saw one in some activated carbon but what else do you use?

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Hirt's gardens by me sells 1500 for $9.00. I need some for my emersed tank but 1500 is a few too many.

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Send some my way Len
I don't need all that many either
We can share a batch


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Xue, just clarify the Automatic Window Opener: does your "Big Guy" automatically open the windows for you then? Looks great, Bro! Nice boy you got there too!! Interested in seeing how this develops in the coming months!
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I may have a better option my parents always have ladybugs at their house I'm going to go there and see if I can collect some if not I'll stop by the greenhouse and see if I can get like a 100 and I'll send half your way..

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Lol, I laughed so hard the first time a saw that you could buy live lady bugs by the 1000s. Who wants pet lady bugs!

It might have been explained already, but if you don't mind me asking, what kind of media are you using for you crypts? I saw one in some activated carbon but what else do you use?

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I have used a different combination of earth worm castings, red clay, used aquasoil, oak leaf, charcoal, and even kitty litter. Of all the ones I've tried, using pure kitty litter is the least effective. The best combo that worked for me was earth worm casting mixed with clay and used aquasoil. This grew my ferruginea, zaidiana, and noritoi, and ideii really well. C fusca doesnt appear to appreciate this as much though. I grew the plant for almost two years and it never had more than three leaves at a given time. It did send a spathe though.

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Xue, just clarify the Automatic Window Opener: does your "Big Guy" automatically open the windows for you then? Looks great, Bro! Nice boy you got there too!! Interested in seeing how this develops in the coming months!
Thanks Don.

I am not sure what you mean by "Big Guy" though. lol

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I am still trying to figure out what my options are to keep the greenhouse warn and matintain the heat during the cold winter nights. The temperature can drop as low as 50 degrees and I want to at 70+.

The walls are going to be insulated and the windows are dual pane but I am afraid the heat cannot be maintained because of the the corrugated roof.

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I would think a simple space heater would do fine whether electric or gas.
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I would use a propane heater on a temperature controller, my concern with electric would be humidity and electricity don't always mix well, I think propane is what a lot of greenhouses use. And they arn't terribly expensive the controller would be the most expensive but with the size you are going I would get a temp, humidity controller that can handle heating cooling and misting. In the long run it would probably be the most economical way to go

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post #195 of 325 (permalink) Old 05-10-2012, 08:28 PM
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Xue,

You really got two options:

1st - Piped heating and cooling from your house to the green house. Add dampers to control the output. You'll probably need to add an exhaust fan for circulation.

2nd - If you want more controls, I would recommend adding individual heating and cooling unit in there. It might cost $$$ upfront but it will provide you great controls and stable environment.

I am not a heating and cooling guy but I know people if you need a recommendation of type.
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