using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

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using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by palm lad » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:35 pm

after seeing gardeners world the other night i'm tempted to buy plenty of bubblewrap and cover the inside of my small greenhouse for overwintering potted plants. my greenhouse is 4 x 6ft (metal framed, sliding door, roof vent etc) and is polycarbonate plastic, not glass. i initially thought polycarbonate greenhouses were more insulating but it was equally as cold in there than outside last winter. :roll:

i'm wanting to know how many layers i could put up to keep it warmer, instead of one. as i'm not yet sure how thick the bubblewrap will be. also do i need to cover the roof too? and would i have to open the vent/door a little during the day for ventilation? :?

cheers , PL

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by Tom2006 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:18 pm

I really don't think it will make much difference if it gets really cold unless you have a heater in there as well. Remember 'Montbeliardii'_ had a lovely heater in his greenhouse, the bubblewrap will probably only keep you a degree or so warmer without a heater BUT that could be just enough.
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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:12 am

Polycarbonate is much better than glass for it's insulation qualitites BUT a heater is really needed to see much difference.

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by B19bst » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:29 am

My greenhouse is polycarbonate and I have lined it with bubblewrap all inside. I use a large bubble wrap tho as it keeps more heat in. I also use a heater and I keep mine around 70f with total ease even when it dropped to 1c the other night here. Well worth doing.

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:33 am

The 'big bubble' bubblewrap is far better, and with the bubbles facing out. Multiple layers will stop more heat loss but also reduces light. Without a heater it is still only useful as protection for semi hardy plants, and will not remain frost free in coldest periods. :wink:

I replaced mine yesterday as you only about 2 seasons before it breaks down in sunlight. Environmental requirements :roll: so for me it costs about £9 per year.
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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by Adrian » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:41 pm

I had a stonking bargain at the weekend, went down to Haskins to buy a new load of the large bubble wrap, bought 21m @ £3.40 a metre and a fleece tube and somehow got charged a total of £6.77 :D
I didnt even realise until I got home and checked the reciept as I didnt have my glasses with me when I put my card code into the machine.

Its the decent stuff as well, big bubbles, strong plastic and about 1300mm wide.
I bought one of those bags of bubble wrap first as its all I could find before going to Haskins but its rubbish, alright for putting in the small cold greenhouses but not too great for the heated one.

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by GoggleboxUK » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:59 pm

Adrian wrote:I had a stonking bargain at the weekend, went down to Haskins to buy a new load of the large bubble wrap, bought 21m @ £3.40 a metre and a fleece tube and somehow got charged a total of £6.77 :D
I didnt even realise until I got home and checked the reciept as I didnt have my glasses with me when I put my card code into the machine.

Its the decent stuff as well, big bubbles, strong plastic and about 1300mm wide.
I bought one of those bags of bubble wrap first as its all I could find before going to Haskins but its rubbish, alright for putting in the small cold greenhouses but not too great for the heated one.
They have fleece tubes in stock? :shock:

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What size dod you get and what price should they have been? Well sone on your bargain protection Adrian.

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by nige pook » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:57 pm

Heyyyy bargain Adrian! :ahhh!: I bought two rolls of large bubbled wrap on ebay last week to do my new poly and the little polycarb greenhouse. 1mx50m long x2 rolls was 35 pounds delivered,fairly good I thought. Until I saw your bargain,jammy!! :mrgreen: Just a quick off topic,all the ickle palm seedling you kindly gave me all potted up and growing well,many thanks. Nige

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by Adrian » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:21 pm

Glad about the seedlings Nige but dont get angry with them for the fleece tube, its not the pop up ones I was on about but the sock type tubes, something like 3.0m long and 600mm wide, you cut off exactly what you need and knot the end.
It comes in 3 different width sizes and its great for pulling Phoenix/Cordyline/Ravenea/Syagrus type leaves together without using string or ties.
I have a fair bit of the stuff here.

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by GoggleboxUK » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:34 pm

Ah, I see. That sounds like something that will come in very handy when my palms are a few years older.

Thanks Adrian.

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by Adrian » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:43 pm

Its good for smaller palms as well :wink:

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by GoggleboxUK » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:28 pm

I've gone for double bagging and tent pegs this year but at the price you paid I'll definitely have a look this time next year.

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by philip kitts » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:45 pm

With such amazing weather here , and my ginger Lilly just coming into flower I am severely behind in my winter prep duvet and blankets at the ready chicken wire must be put in. When temps drop to-4 I will stick the duvet and blanket in the tumble dryer and fill some pop bottles with boiling water. Slip them under some straw and cover and wrap with duvet . I pray we don't have any long periods of cold like last year ......bubble wrap iMo will retain heat longer because of the bubbles ambient temperature. But this is short term and in dry sunny weather .in misty damp weather the bubbles lose their extra heat and just become plastic

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by Adrian » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:53 pm

Bubble wrap to me is double glazing in my heated greenhouse.

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Re: using bubblewrap for insulating greenhouse

Post by mumfie » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:55 pm

as dave keeps saying, bubble wrap is effective if you have a source of heat inside the greenhouse.

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