Everyone knows that sunlight is essential for the healthy development of plant life. Your prized shrubbery and flowering plants draw nourishment from the sun just as much as they take it from the soil and the air. However, too much of anything is harmful to your plants, even sunlight.
The stylish window shades of greenhouses regulate the amount of sunlight as well as the interior temperature to create an ideal environment for your plants to grow in. But how is sunlight dangerous to your plants? And how do greenhouses protect them from it?
Harmful Ultraviolet Light
Plants use sunlight as a catalyst for the process known as photosynthesis. During this extremely vital process, your plants, from delicate orchids to hardy shrubs, use captured light energy to turn water, minerals, and carbon dioxide into oxygen. They use a specific component of light – ultraviolet rays – to jumpstart this process. And it is an overabundance of ultraviolet light that will damage plants.
Photosynthesis is a delicate act, requiring the careful balance of elements to function properly. Too much ultraviolet radiation damages plant systems, specifically it overwhelms the internal system responsible for photosynthesis in the first place. Constant and overwhelming amounts of ultraviolet energy run down plant systems, preventing them from efficiently processing the various elements involved in photosynthesis. This will have adverse effects on the long-term health of your plants as they will be unable to nourish themselves properly.
Out in the open, plants are powerless to stop the sun from bombarding them with ultraviolet energy. This is where your greenhouse comes into the picture.
A greenhouse’s ability to protect the plants inside of it comes from the quality and material of its glass panes. Some types of glass are tempered to prevent animals and similar external threats from breaking in and damaging your plants.
Argon-infused glass maintains the efficiency of internal temperature. Low-emissivity glass slows down ultraviolet radiation and turns them into infrared. This process keeps your greenhouse warm but stops UV from harming your plants. Another substance, polyvinyl butyral, blocks out as much as 99 percent of ultraviolet radiation. Through these specialized glass panes, your greenhouse remains a safe space for your plants to grow.
Greenhouses are meant to keep temperatures inside them optimized for your plants by keeping the warmth in. This function perfectly echoes the Earth’s atmosphere. Also like the atmosphere, it repels too much ultraviolet radiation from penetrating and harming the environment it protects.
But the perfect greenhouse does not just protect your plants, they also improve the aesthetic quality of your property with its elegant design. The best builders integrate these two features, crafting greenhouses that are beautiful and practical.
Beautiful and Functional Greenhouse Solutions
Conservatory Craftsmen are artisans in creating greenhouses and similar enclosures for residential and commercial clients. Our designers and architects not only provide you with beautiful and stylish greenhouses, but they also equip these structures with the best indoor climate technology. With our automated climate control and water-delivery systems, we ensure that your plants thrive in a wonderfully balanced and elegant environment.
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