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Best Greenhouses for Desert Climates or Hot Weather

 

 

Choosing a greenhouse for desert climates or hot weather is time-consuming and challenging. There are plenty of misconceptions regarding greenhouses for desert climates. 

Don’t worry, in this article we have cleared everything up for you. We will go over the key features of a desert greenhouse as well as some of the best desert greenhouses on the market today.

Let’s get started.

 

Why get a greenhouse in the desert or for hot weather?

Greenhouses are useful in the desert and hot climates because they provide protection for your plants and flowers from the high temperature during the day and cold temperatures at night. 

Greenhouses provide flowers and plants with necessary shade, sources of water, and temperature control in the desert or other hot weather environments. 

Flowers and plants can’t survive prolonged exposure to high temperatures. In addition, oftentimes in the desert and during other hot weather climates the temperature at night can also get very cold. 

This drastic change in temperature as well as the low temperature at night can be harmful to your plants.

 

What temperature is too hot for plants?

Temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit are generally too hot for most plants and flowers. At prolonged exposure to 90 degrees, many plants will begin to wilt, flowers will drop off, and they will begin to die due to loss of water. 

Now there are certain species of plants that can handle higher temperatures and others that will begin to experience negative effects at lower temperatures. This is why it’s important to know the ideal temperature for your plants. 

In general, if plants are exposed for short periods to high temperatures they can typically survive without issue. This is because plants have water and food reserves to help them survive harsh temperatures. 

The issue arises when plants and flowers are exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time. For extended periods, plants don’t have enough water, food reserves, or the ability to regulate their temperature to survive.

 

Key Features of a Greenhouse for Desert Climate or Hot Weather

There are a few key features that are important for a greenhouse that will be used in desert climates or hot weather. Many of the features required for a cold-weather greenhouse are the same for a desert climate. Those key features of a greenhouse

When choosing a greenhouse for the desert climate or hot weather there are a few key features that need to be considered: 

  • Panel Material
  • Panel Thickness
  • Panel Glazing 
  • Temperature control system
  • Vents

Panel Thickness and Panel Material

Panel Thickness and Panel material are one of the most important features of a greenhouse for the desert climate. The main reason is that panel thickness and the panel material determines how well the greenhouse is insulated. 

Insulation in a greenhouse is important because it protects your greenhouse from the weather outside. The more effective your insulation the less your greenhouse interior temperature will be affected by the temperature outside. 

When choosing a greenhouse for hot weather you want a greenhouse that uses a thick wall such as polycarbonate or tempered glass. Both of these panel materials are highly durable and effective insulators. 

When choosing panel thickness you typically want panels that have a double wall. Double walls provide more effective insulation than single wall panels. When choosing polycarbonate panels at the minimum you want 4mm twin-wall panels but an ideal thickness is around 8mm twin-wall. With tempered glass panels you want around 4mm double-pane or 6mm double-pane.

Panel Glazing

Panel glazing and light transmission is an important aspect of a desert climate greenhouse. This is an important factor because it influences how much light hits your flowers and plants. 

With heavy and strong sun it's ideal to have some degree of glazing and around 80% light transmission so your plants don’t get too much sun. Another way to reduce the level of sun that your plants receive is to use a shade cover. A shade cover is a dark, transparent cloth that goes over your greenhouse to reduce the amount of light that can enter.

Temperature Control System

The temperature control system of your greenhouse is very important to managing the temperature inside your greenhouse. This is because your greenhouse will typically need assistance managing the harsh temperatures of the desert climate. 

One of the most basic forms of temperature control is a roof vent or louver. Both of these help you manage the temperature by controlling airflow. 

But, often times desert greenhouse might require additional temperature control equipment such as misting systems, exhaust fans, and thermostats.

 

 

Best Greenhouses For Desert Climate and Hot Weather

     1. Best Budget Greenhouse for Desert Climate: Mythos Greenhouse Series

 

Pros Cons
  • Affordable 
  • Comes in many different sizes 
  • Includes different color frames 
  • Thick 4mm polycarbonate panels on wall and roof
  • Easy to assemble
 
  • Frame assembly at corners uses durable plastic 
  • Some plastic pieces 
  • Green and grey frames are more expensive 
  • Frame construction is not as durable as other frames

The Mythos is a great series for desert because it's affordable at less than $1,000 and also because it has many key features that are important for a greenhouse in the desert. 

The Mythos greenhouse has thick 4mm double-walls and glazed panels that are effective for providing protection against the harsh desert climate. In addition, it also comes standard with a roof vent and a large door. 

There are three different size options that you can choose from for under $1,000.

6’ x 4’ 

6’ x 8’ 

6’ x 10’ 

The Mythos greenhouse offers the best combination of size and durability for the price.

 

Key Features

  • 100% UV protected, virtually unbreakable polycarbonate panels; do not fracture, turn yellow or opacify over time
  • Light-diffusing twin-wall glazing for soft light irradiance and level temperatures
  • Blocks 99.9% of harmful solar UV rays
  • Lockable door handle for extra protection and safety
  • Built-in gutters included, for a sustainable irrigation system
  • Rust-resistant aluminum frame for high durability and strength
  • Easy assembly
  • Wide roof, high walls
  • Roof vent for airflow and regulation of heat and humidity
  • The average setup time is four to five hours
  • The greenhouses are available in various sizes & colors
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty

 

     2. Planta Sigma & Sungrow Greenhouse

The Planta Sigma & Sungrow Greenhouse is another great option for the desert climate. One of the best features about the Planta Sungrow and Sigma Greenhouse is that they are equipped with thick double-wall polycarbonate panels. These panels offer exceptional insulating ability during colder temperatures.

One of the features that make this greenhouse stand out is the galvanized steel frame. The galvanized steel frame makes these greenhouses very durable and long lasting. They have exceptional wind resistance and snow load. 

Another highly desirable feature of the Sungrow and Sigma are their design. The Sigma model has a tunnel design while the Sungrow model has a gothic arch design. Both designs are ideal for hot weather because they diffuse and disperse the light at the curved angle to reduce the amount of heat that enters your greenhouse. 

Another major benefit is that this greenhouse comes with the option of automatic or manual windows. In addition, you can add more windows if you would like to improve circulation. It also features two doors; one door on each end wall. Finally, this greenhouse comes with compatible heaters and exhaust vents to make it easy to control the temperature inside your greenhouse. 

These greenhouses come in a variety of sizes from hobby sizes to full length farming size. Below are the different sizes options offered for each model of greenhouse.

 

Sungrow

Sigma

 

 

Best Lean-To Greenhouse: SB Montecito Lean-To Greenhouse

 

Pros Cons
  • Comes in a variety of sizes
  • Made with 8mm twin-polycarbonate walls 
  • Reinforced aluminum frame 
  • 16 gauge steel reinforcements 
  • Comes with multiple roof vents
  • Includes barn style dutch door
  • Made in the USA
 
  • Kit is not pre-made, made to order which causes delays in shipping 
  • Limited and not traditional sizing options 
  • Only one option for panel size and material

The SB Lean-To Montecito Greenhouse is a great lean-to greenhouse for the desert. This greenhouse has many key features that make it ideal for desert climate. 

First, this greenhouse has thick 8mm twin-polycarbonate walls that offer very good insulation. In addition, the polycarbonate panels have a slight glaze which helps protect your plants from the hot temperatures outside. 

Another great thing is that this greenhouse comes with an optional starter kit specifically designed for the greenhouse size. It includes all the necessary temperature control tools such as misting system, heater, exhaust vents, and shade covers. 

A few other features that add to the heavy-duty aspects of this greenhouse include an all bolt construction and rafter ties for additional durability. In addition, the aluminum frame is bolted together using 16-gauge steel plates creating one of the strongest aluminum greenhouses on the market.

These lean-to models come in a variety of different sizes. It comes in different widths as the base from 6, and 9 feet. It also comes in a variety of different lengths including 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 feet.

 

Key Features

  • Frame made of weather-resistant, high-quality, mill finish aluminum frame.
  • 6ft high side walls for maximum growing space
  • 8mm twin-wall polycarbonate panels
  • All bolt construction for durability
  • Rafter ties for extra strength
  • Dutch door for easy use and improved ventilation
  • Mill finish or bronze powder coat.
  • Includes roof and side vents standard
  • Easy instruction manual included
  • Optional greenhouse growing kit with all essentials to get started
  • Made In the USA
  • Pre-cut, pre-drilled, and modular construction for easy assembly

 

 

Retro Royal Victorian Greenhouse

 

Pros Cons
  • Comes in multiple sizes
  • 4mm tempered glass panels on roof and sidewalls 
  • Great for extreme weather conditions 
  • High snow load and wind resistance
  • Moderate size with tall side-walls 
  • Optional full setup accessory kit
  • Includes two roof vents and 1 louver windows
  • Thick aluminum frame
  • Includes greenhouse foundation 
  • Decorative roof ridge 
  • Built-in gutter system
 
  • Expensive
  • Only comes with the option of glass panels 
  • The greenhouse is large and not ideal for someone looking for a smaller greenhouse
  • The greenhouse is heavy and can limit potential locations 
  • Accessory Kit is optional and an additional cost 
  • Can take some time to build and install

The Retro Royal Victorian Greenhouse is the perfect option if you are looking for a greenhouse with extra decorative panels and roofing. While many Victorian greenhouses have decorative roofing or edges this greenhouse has additional decorative panels for additional aesthetics.

The Retro Royal Victorian Greenhouse comes in a variety of sizes ranging from 10’ x 20’, 13’ x 20, and 10’ x 15’. The Retro Royal Victorian greenhouse comes in very large sizes and is not ideal if you are looking for a smaller greenhouse.

This greenhouse is very heavy-duty and able to withstand harsh weather conditions due to the strong aluminum frame and 4mm tempered glass walls and panels. This greenhouse can withstand wind resistance up to 120 mph and a snow load capacity of 30 pounds per square foot.

The greenhouse is very spacious and includes plenty of growing space. In addition to the plenty of growing space, it also features two hinged doors that are very large and make it easy to move things in and out. The greenhouse also comes with plenty of roof vents and louver windows making it easy to resolute airflow and temperature inside the greenhouse.

 

Key Features 

  • Thick, Strong Aluminum Frame 
  • Electrostatic finish for durability
  • 4mm tempered glass 
  • Great insulation with rubber seals
  • 1x Hinged double doors that can be installed on either side 
  • 4 Roof vents for maximum ventilation (2 automatic openers & 2 Spindle openers)
  • 2x Top hanging side window
  • Gutter and downspout included  for improved drainage
  • Misting system for easy irrigation 
  • Decorative sidewalls and  roof ridge
  • 4” greenhouse foundation frame 
  • Optional Accessory Kit (1 seed tray and 1 shade curtain)
  • TUV and GS tested and approved
  • 15 Year Limited Warranty

 

 

Glory Greenhouse Series

 

Pros Cons
  • Ultra-thick 10mm wall and roof polycarbonate panels 
  • Thick aluminum frame 
  • High wind resistance and snow load 
  • Multiple roof vents 
  • Large heavy-duty door
  • Comes in multiple sizes 
  • Spacious headroom with 8’3”
 
  • Very heavy greenhouse 
  • Expensive 
  • Only comes in one greenhouse width 
  • No extension kit 
  • Panels are glazed and not completely transparent

The Glory Greenhouse is the more heavy-duty greenhouse that the Palram has to offer. It features a 10mm twin-wall polycarbonate roof and wall panels. It also features an extra-thick aluminum frame and a galvanized steel base. 

The benefit is that the Glory Greenhouse comes in a variety of different sizes. All the greenhouses come with an 8-foot width and multiple lengths ranging from 8, 12, 16, and 20 feet. 

It also comes with a large heavy-duty door and multiple roof vents, as well as side will louvers which provide sufficient ventilation.

 

Key Features

  • Entirely built with heavy-duty multi-wall glazing for controlled light exposure and heat insulation
  • House-like, classic design, upgraded with fine matt, dark-grey powder-coated aluminum frame
  • Maintains level temperatures and diffuses sunlight
  • Up to 100% protection from harmful sun rays (UV)
  • Life-time resilient polycarbonate plastic walls; do not turn yellow or become brittle over time
  • Reinforced, extra-thick (+50%) non-rusting aluminum frame for an extra-rigid, highly durable, and corrosion-resistant structure
  • 64 sq feet of growing space and 8.8' of headroom
  • Lockable, heavy-duty, 31.7 inches wide door
  • Automatic vent opener – opens and closes the roof vent without the use of electricity (start opening point: 12-15°C)
  • Integrated internal & external anchoring system, offers upgraded structural support during harsh weather conditions.
  • Easy assembly
  • Maintenance-free
  • Available in various sizes
  • Works with Palram's line of hobby greenhouse accessories to maximize space and a more productive growing season
  • 10 Year Limited Warranty

 

 

Everest Commercial Tunnel Greenhouse

 

Pros  Cons
  • Thick polycarbonate panels 
  • Strong steel frame 
  • Large commercial greenhouse 
  • Two large doors and two double door games for additional space 
  • Comes in a variety of sizes
  • Only comes in a width of 25 feet 
  • Does not come in smaller sizes than 25’ in length
  • Expensive 
  • Require professional installation or multiple people to install and build

If you are looking for a commercial greenhouse kit that is heavy-duty and can last all four seasons, the Everest commercial Tunnel greenhouse is your best choice. Buying a commercial greenhouse requires a steep investment and you want to make sure that your greenhouse is going to last the test of time. 

The Everest greenhouse is built with high-quality and durable materials. First, the greenhouse is made with 10mm double-wall polycarbonate panels that provide great support and protection against the elements. 

In addition to heavy-duty polycarbonate walls it also features a galvanized steel frame, steel bolts and reinforcements for added durability. 

This greenhouse has a maximum snow load of 480 kg/m² (98 psf) and a wind resistance up to 24 m/s. This makes it highly durable with some of the highest snow load and wind resistance on the market. 

In addition to being highly durable this greenhouse comes in a variety of different sizes with a base width of 25 feet. It also comes in a variety of different lengths from 25, 48, and 98 feet with the option to also extend.

 

Key Features

  • 10mm Double-wall polycarbonate panels
  • Comes with 2 doors and 2 double-door games (one on each end wall)
  • Comes in multiple sizes
  • Galvanized steel structure
  • Maximum snow load of 480 kg/m² (98 psf)
  • Wind Resistance up to 24 m/s
  • Tunnel design makes for easy maintenance
  • Rust-resistant frame
  • Extendable length
  • 10-year warranty

 

 

SB Red Wood Greenhouse

 

Pros  Cons
  • Comes in multiple sizes 
  • Heavy-duty California redwood 
  • Multiple panel options 
  • Includes multiple windows and vents
  • Affordable given the quality of greenhouse you get
  • Hand made in the USA
  • Hand crafted takes time to arrive 
  • Sizing options are limited
  • Wood can succumb to weather conditions

Finding a freestanding greenhouse is not easy. There are not many wood greenhouses on the market but Santa Barbara Greenhouse makes some of the best wood greenhouses on the market. 

SB greenhouses use durable and heavy-duty california redwood with a reinforced frame that is built to withstand all four seasons. In addition to the highly durable frame, you have two greenhouse panel options. 

SB Redwood greenhouses come with two panel options: 4mm tempered glass and 6mm twin wall polycarbonate panels. Both of these panel options are highly durable and provide exceptional insulation capabilities. 

This greenhouse comes in a variety of different sizes with multiple width options of 7, 9, and 14 feet. It also comes in a variety of different lengths including 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 feet. This is great because you can find a greenhouse that fits your needs which includes a variety of options from small to large.

 

Key Features

  • Frame made of weather-resistant, high-quality California Redwood
  • Vertical 6ft high side walls for maximum growing space
  • Option of 4mm tempered glass or 6mm twin-wall polycarbonate panels
  • All bolt construction for durability
  • Extra framing for improved durability
  • Includes roof and side vents standard
  • Easy instruction manual included
  • Optional greenhouse growing kit with all essentials to get started
  • Hand Crafted
  • Made In the USA
  • Pre-cut, pre-drilled, and modular construction for easy assembly