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What You Need to Know About the Many Colors (and Uses) of Greenhouse Shade Nets

Have you ever felt bad when despite giving a plant its much deserved care and attention, it suddenly withers? We know how you feel. Taking care of plants can be pretty difficult especially if you have a handful of them in your garden, nursery or greenhouse. However, thanks to greenhouse shade nets, keeping them flowering and resilient all season makes all the other chores a walk in the park.

The experts have already said it a thousand times– greenhouse shade nets are very much an essential in plant care (or even for animal farming for that matter), and are good alternatives to the more expensive manner of glazing or covering your greenhouse with plastic sheets or glass. It’s as important as water and sunlight when it comes to nurturing plants as it creates a balance of the external factors that plants receive and makes your greenhouse an ideal environment to grow in. 

Whether you’re into various plant species for a hobby or as a career, looking for a good provider like Philippine Ranging Nets which makes quality, Filipino-made products that can offset the light and heat your plants receive, creates a huge difference in how they’ll continue to grow and produce for the long-term.

What are Greenhouse Shade Nets?

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Imagine yourself under the hot sun working a farm land for hours. All the sweat and heat will surely drain your energies right? So then you realize that you’ll need at least a hat to withstand the heat and some drinking water to hydrate yourself when the going gets tough. The same goes with how you take care of your plants. Without the proper protection they get from greenhouse shade nets and the right sustenance, they’ll definitely find it hard to grow and survive. 

That’s because plants also work nonstop to produce fruit or flowers. But then, as how you need some Vitamin D which you produce when your skin is exposed to the sun, so do plants need some light and heat from the sun to produce sugar energy from stored water and carbon dioxide. Knowing which greenhouse shade net is right for your plants ensures that they will have the best growing conditions regardless of the weather or what kind they are. 

In a nutshell, greenhouse shade nets allow you to control your plants’ environment all season long by mitigating the effects of light, shadow, air movement, and heat to improve their growth and gain higher yield. Plus, they also protect your plants from birds. Farmers have long relied on these special nets to take care of both their crops and farm animals so you’ll also need to know how they work and which types can do wonders for your plants. 

Tanim Tip 1:

Kailangan balansehin ang liwanag at init na galing sa araw para tumubo, mamunga, o mamulaklak ang iyong mga alagang tanim ng tama.

Various color types of shade nets  

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Most greenhouse shade nets come in black and green to lessen the light that comes in while trapping heat. But there are also many others you can use for different purposes. For example, shade nets in white, red, yellow, and blue are used to reflect light better during cloudy days, and for your plants’ protection from the cold.

Lighter colored shade nets provide better ventilation and air flow as they reflect more heat from the sun. White ones can reduce light that comes into your nursery or greenhouse without affecting its quality which is also essential in plant growth.

In hotter days when the sun is at its peak, you’d want to go with the darker shade nets of black and green with a 50% shade density so you keep your vegetables from getting too much sunlight while also providing them with some necessary heat. If you want to grow bigger plant leaves, darker ones also do the job depending on which kinds of plants you are growing. For those types that thrive in colder climates like carrots, spinach, turnip, or kale, aluminized shade nets in red or yellow traps in the cool while protecting them from sun burns. 

As a standard, you’d want a shade density of 30% to 50% for most vegetables and pot plants; and at least 75% for shade-loving plants like orchids and ferns.  

Tanim Tip 2:

Pag-aralang mabuti ang klase ng halaman at tukuyin ang tamang kulay ng shade net para ma-control ang init at liwanag na pumapasok sa greenhouse.

Other important factors in choosing the right shade nets

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Other than choosing the right color for your greenhouse shade nets, you’d want to look into more factors that can maximize their functionality such as the material they are made out of and their mesh sizes for light and heat density.

Most shade nets are made of cloth that are either knitted using polyethylene or woven with polypropylene material. Both are durable types of shade nets with the knitted variety more lightweight than those that are woven, but if the season is going into the colder months, those woven types are more reliable in storing heat.

Another factor you’d want to look into is mesh size as your typical shade nets may come in density ranges of 30% to 90%. This is important as you’d want to get the right amount of light and heat that goes into your greenhouse and how just how much of the same can be trapped by your shade nets.

Of course, you’ll also have to consider the size of your growing space or taniman and that matters if you are looking to make money out of your plant-growing venture. It doesn’t necessarily mean that a bigger space is better to grow your plants in because you’d want to get just the right amount of sunlight if you are growing vegetables and some headroom for hanging plants. 

Tanim Tip 3:

Bukod sa pagpili ng tamang kulay ng greenhouse shade nets, kailangan din pag-aralan ang materyal, sukat ng butas, at sukat ng taniman. 

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For your greenhouse shade nets needs, Philippine Ranging Nets offers a variety of products that come in 30%, 60%, and 80% density which are made out of quality materials to ensure your plants’ optimum growth. Check out more of their products by sending a message to [email protected] or by calling +63977 007 0228.

Philippine Ranging Nets provide Filipino-made multi-purpose nets mainly used for free ranging chickens and other poultry. Trusted by top-breeders, PRN’s top quality affordable ranging nets are available nationwide.