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Ross M
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Top shelf plants???

Post by Ross M » Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:29 pm

Although I was determined to keep my new greenhouse shelf-less, I succumbed to the (potentially silly) idea of putting a shelf above the door. It's 30" long by 10" wide and about 8' above ground level. So what I expect to be able to see up there without stilts, heaven knows🙄 But I do in reality have small steps for viewing/access.

Anyway, as it's up near the apex and effectively in the brightest, hottest and airless corner of the greenhouse I imagine scorch would be a big potential risk. Can anyone provide suggestions for what I could actually grow up there without running the risk of cultivating fried eggs? Or should I put my sensible hat back on and just take it down?

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Re: Top shelf plants???

Post by Aiko » Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:56 pm

Can't you put some shading cloth above it?
If you already have made room for plants, just get the plants to put them there!
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Re: Top shelf plants???

Post by Eric Williams » Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:04 pm

In my opinion Ariocarpus love top shelf treatment. The late Rene Giesler had many dozens of Arios literally inches from the glass. I followed his advice thinking they would fry, but I was rewarded with fine Unmarked marked plants. Downside is you cannot admire them at that hight. The shelf was also positioned very close to a vent.
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Post by Nick_G » Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:17 pm

If you would like some Ariocarpus to put up there Ross I can send you some, free of course, you've always been very generous to me.
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Re: Top shelf plants???

Post by ralphrmartin » Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:46 pm

How about Hildewinterias? In time, it will save you having to brush your hair before walking out to the greenhouse. And you should get to see some super flowers.
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Post by iann » Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:00 pm

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Re: Top shelf plants???

Post by Ross M » Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:50 pm

Thanks all for your replies. I guess shading would be a good practical solution but reckon that it would likely have an adverse overall effect here in Scotland, given our limited number of truly sunny days. The auto hair brush also sounds good but it's been a while since I bothered with preening my locks 😂

I do like the idea of trying some Ariocarpus up there, a genus I've not really grown before so am going to take Nick up on his very kind offer and see how it goes. Thanks Nick 👍
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