Shade House Structures
Growing vegetables and flowers or trees during the summer months in Australia has always been difficult. This is due to high temperatures, high water needs of the plants, weeds, insects, diseases and sometimes long periods of rain.
Normally a propogated plant would be moved out from a igloo or glass house production area to an area with 70 or 80% shade, then after a period of time it would be moved to an area with 30% shade and thereafter into the full sun.
What is a shade house?
A shade house is for maximum growing of indoor, shade loving plants (as opposed to full sun in a greenhouse/Glasshouse/Hot House) as well as for raising seedlings. A shade house is a structure which usually consists of a metal frame that supports shade cloth - a type of screen that provides some passive environmental control e.g.shading the plants from excessive sunlight and wind. In warmer climates shade houses are useful for growing a range of plants that grow well in cool to temperate regions but do not cope with the amount of hot direct sun. In a cold snap, more elaborate shade houses can be heated to prevent frost damage to the plants.
Why use a shade house?
Shade houses are important in plant production for gaining maximum growth, allowing plants time to acclimatize to outdoor conditions and "harden off". There are a number of benefits in using a shade house: