Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shading to reduce heat losses

Shading plants is an extreme measure, and needs to be used judiciously for best results.

Since photosynthesis is necessary for plant growth and development, and since direct sunlight makes that happen, place 25-30% (maximum) shade cloth so that it shades the plants only during the hottest part of the day, and they can benefit from direct sun the rest of the time.

All plants can benefit from this, but especially the high value crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and pole beans should be considered. They all love warm weather, but anything over 95 degrees will stop fruit production.

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