Greenhouse Temperature Management

Temperature controls the rate of plant development and thus, crop timing.  Temperature can also influence extension growth of plants, greenhouse energy consumption, and crop quality attributes.  Additional information on temperature, including crop responses and greenhouse energy consumption, are listed in the articles below.  Additional resources follow.

Resources

  • Measuring greenhouse temperature

    Published on March 17, 2011
    The single largest advantage of using greenhouses to grow ornamental and food crops is the ability to provide desirable temperatures for plant growth and development.

  • Implications of base temperature

    Published on January 17, 2011
    Growers should avoid growing cold-tolerant and cold-sensitive crops together because crop timing, crop quality and heating costs cannot be optimized.

  • The fundamentals of temperature

    Published on November 17, 2010
    The concepts of base temperature, optimum temperature, and maximal temperature are discussed in the context of greenhouse production of annual bedding plants.

  • Greenhouse temperature considerations

    Published on October 17, 2010
    This article presents some of the factors to consider when selecting temperature setpoints for growing ornamental plants.

  • Energy-efficient annuals 12: Pentas & verbena

    Published on February 22, 2010
    Researchers from Michigan State University present research-based information for scheduling pentas and verbena in an energy-efficient and predictive manner. Part 12 of a 12-part series.

  • Energy-efficient annuals 11: Angelonia & browallia

    Published on January 22, 2010
    Researchers from Michigan State University present research-based information for scheduling angelonia and browallia in an energy-efficient and predictive manner. Part 11 of a 12-part series.

  • Energy-efficient annuals 10: Vinca & wax begonia

    Published on December 22, 2009
    Researchers from Michigan State University present research-based information for scheduling vinca and wax begonia in an energy-efficient and predictive manner. Part 10 of a 12-part series.

  • Energy-efficient annuals 9: Dahlia & osteospermum

    Published on November 22, 2009
    Researchers from Michigan State University present research-based information for scheduling dahlia and osteospermum in an energy-efficient and predictive manner. Part 9 of a 12-part series.

  • Why use Virtual Grower?

    Published on October 17, 2009
    The Virtual Grower greenhouse simulation software translates your structure’s data and manipulates it to help calculate costs and make choices to be more energy efficient.

  • Energy-efficient annuals 8: Rudbeckia & viola

    Published on October 12, 2009
    Researchers from Michigan State University present research-based information for scheduling rudbeckia and viola in an energy-efficient and predictive manner. Part 8 of a 12-part series.

  • Energy-efficient annuals 7: Geraniums & zinnias

    Published on September 22, 2009
    Researchers from Michigan State University present research-based information for scheduling geranium and zinnia in an energy-efficient and predictive manner. Part 7 of a 12-part series.

  • Energy-efficient annuals 6: Petunias

    Published on August 22, 2009
    Researchers from Michigan State University present research-based information for scheduling petunia in an energy-efficient and predictive manner. Part 6 of a 12-part series.