What Kind of Greenhouse is Best for Berries?

5 tips for choosing a greenhouse

Greenhouse shopping can be fun or stressful depending on how you approach it. If you know just what you’re looking for before you try to buy a greenhouse you’ll be much better off.

Berry Jerry’s greenhouse shopping tips…

1. Consider the space you have to place a greenhouse

To grow berries in a greenhouse you need to position the greenhouse in an area where it will get sun the majority of the day (at least 6 to 8 hours). The space that you have for the greenhouse is a major consideration in selecting your greenhouse.

2. Decide what size of greenhouse you need

In addition to the space you’ve got, the size of your greenhouse will depend on how many berry plants you intend to grow and what type of berry plants or bushes you will be growing in the greenhouse. In general your berry plants need to be anywhere from two to five feet apart – two or three feet for strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, and five feet apart for blueberries. You will also need about five to six feet of space between the rows of plants.

3. Consider the climate

If you live in cold climates your greenhouse covering will need to be made of insulated material. Glass, fiberglass, polycarbonate and polyethylene are common coverings for greenhouses and each has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on the climate in which it is used. When choosing a greenhouse, be sure to find out what the covering is made of and that its insulation values are sufficient for your weather conditions.

Fun Fact: Cranberries grow best in marsh-like conditions.

4. Think about longevity

Do you just want to try growing berries in a greenhouse to see if it’s for you or are you sure you’ll be using the greenhouse year after year? If you aren’t sure, cutting corners on cost could be a good idea. But, if you are going to be using your greenhouse long-term it is much better to buy one that is large enough to meet your future needs and that will last for a long time. It is less expensive in the long-run to put out some extra money upfront than to try and accommodate growing needs in the future.

If you are a newbie to berry growing, it may be best to start out with container gardening to be sure you like it before investing in a greenhouse for growing delicious berries.

5. Shop around

Prices on greenhouses vary greatly from one place to another. Of course, shipping can be costly so that is something to be considered when comparing prices. Once you’ve decided exactly what you are looking for in a greenhouse in terms of size, quality and characteristics, shop around to get the best price possible.

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