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Heat or no heat?

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Somehow I knew it would come to this.  I've just ordered a 6' x 8' greenhouse with two levels of staging.

A concrete base will be going down in a week or so, the greenhouse will arrive a couple of weeks afterwards.

I'm not planning on keeping anything which needs year round warmth, but do you think it's worth putting a heater in to keep it frost free over winter?

The plants I have at the moment are various Sarracenia, Drosera, Pinguicula, Dionaea, Cephalotus and  a Heliamphora nutans.  A mate with a heated greenhouse can overwinter anything which wouldn't tolerate going down to about 4C

Thanks.

Guy

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Depends on where you are and how much risk you're prepared to take. A heater will at least give you the option to use if needed. I initially heated - plants survived anything and grew earlier but grey mould could be an issue. It also did show on my electricity bill! I now just use a 30w tube heater to keep it frost free (but occasionally a deg or two below zero overnight) and everything survives. I've quite a few outside all year too. Neps and helis don't thrive and tropical pings and tropical drosera struggle so depends on what you want to grow. I have my neps and genlisea in my conservatory - normally 10 deg min. I still have the 3kw heater but have only used for a few nights each year and it's turned down very low but last few winters have been quite mild in the south of UK. 

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Thanks Dunc

The best way forward is probably to get a hollow tube laid into the concrete base at the back and leading to the outside.

This will give me the option of feeding a cable in for a heater if I decide to go for it at a later date.

Guy

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The greenhouse is now up with my meagre collection of plants in it.  Plenty of room for loads more!

I think a 2kW fan heater would give me peace of mind that nothing will get too cold over winter.  Plus it will act as a fan without heat if needed during summer.

This one looks good.

Guy

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I lost my whole collection of cephs in February this year, two nights of minus 11 did the damage. They were outside but under cover. I was hoping for them to recover but alas, nothing this far... 

Apart from the cephs I've only had a couple of young vft's croak on me over winter. The Sarras have sustained no casualties, even the neglected waterlogged ones outside with no shelter. 

I'd love a nice green house but can't have one due to my already small garden.  If I was to buy a greenhouse I'd choose the higher eve version as they house the taller Sarras better and you have less stooping when in there admiring your beasts.

In conclusion I'd agree that having the option to heat it / or a section of it would be a good call. 

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