Poly Keder™ aka SolaWrap™green house plastic, what is this and where is the benefit?
Poly Keder ™ SolaWrap ™ has had an interesting course since hitting the United States. It started out as Poly Keder™ A Company located in Canada sells it under that name. When it came to the US, that’s what it was called. Then, after a series of events, it was renamed SolaWrap™to describe the benefit of the material. SolaWrap™wraps your greenhouse in sunlight!
Poly Keder ™ SolaWrap™ offers many benefits that other polyethylene greenhouse films and even polycarbonate panels do not. SolaWrap™offers 83% light transmission AND 83% light diffusion. With other glazing you have to make a choice; do you want a green house plastic with high diffusion or high light transmission?
SolaWrap is extremely durable. In New Hampshire, a climate where they received above average snow falls this year; a snow load test was performed. 4000 lbs of an 11 ft high pile of snow was placed on top of a 6×6 piece of SolaWrap attached to a frame using the specially engineered interlocking system. No damage was sustained to either the greenhouse plastic or the interlocking system that secured it to the frame.
Usually a material with high light transmission does not diffuse sunlight very well because it is too clear. A material with high light diffusion does not transmit as much light as your plants would like, because it is glazed or clouded, painted white, or frosted. SolaWrap™ is the first and only greenhouse plastic that does both, due to its unique engineering. This durable 17-mil polyethylene greenhouse plastic is designed with enclosed air bubbles. Sunlight travels through the clear film and bathes your plants on all sides, while it uniquely bends and diffuses light.
Inside our SolaWrap™ greenhouse dome, when it is 20 degrees outside with the wind blowing, we are in our tee shirts enjoying 80° temperatures. The diffused light warms the greenhouse so well that we do not have to use any heating on sunny winter days. The heat that is generated by the sun is reflected off the north wall and soaked up by the items of mass that we selected when designing the interior of the dome, like rock and large tanks of water.
SolaWrap ™ insulates better than twin-wall polycarbonate. It is made up of 3 thick layers of food grade polyethylene, for a total of 17-mil of greenhouse plastic. The total thickness, 1/3 inch, is because of the enclosed air. Air is the best insulator. Polyethylene, a lighter material than polycarbonate, also allows heat to transfer more slowly than polycarbonate does, therefore insulating better.
SolaWrap™ also lasts much longer than both polyethylene and polycarbonate greenhouse plastic which are the traditional ones sold in the market today. This unique poly film does not yellow, streak, or get brittle, and maintains it’s light transmission properties for an unprecedented amount of time. There are greenhouses in Europe covered with SolaWrap™ poly kedergreenhouse plasticthat have stood the test of time for 30 years. These commercial greenhouses have never replaced the original covering. We don’t actually know how long this revolutionary product lasts, as it continues to be used all across Europe.
In Alaska, while 130mph hurricane force winds where uprooting trees, destroying homes and neighbors standard greenhouses, the Geodesic Dome greenhouse covered with SolaWrap remained damage free.
The light transmission, diffusion, insulation, and longevity of SolaWrap™ outperforms alternative greenhouse plastic and polycarbonate sheeting.
- We are honored and would love to introduce this miracle greenhouse plastic here in the United States.
- Commercial Greenhouse owners will be able to put more in their pockets.
- The landfills will get a reprieve from non-biodegradable discarded poly materials.
- Homeowners who want to grow healthy food for their families year round can feel confident that their greenhouse structure is covered with a sturdy durable material and can stand up to all kinds of harsh weather.
- Plants will grow faster, hardier and produce more.
Want to join along with others who are building greenhouse kits ? Make the contact with us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-781-816-7811 to find out how you can get your SolaWrap™ greenhouse plastic or your greenhouse dome kit and start saving.
Growing Potatoes in a Greenhouse can provide you with amazing results. In New Hampshire, we grew redsen potatoes, and a few yellow potatoes, in an unheated greenhouse covered in Polydress(R)SolaWrap greenhouse film. The potatoes grew in soil grow beds, however we also have aquaponic grow beds in our greenhouse, as well. We planted during a blizzard at the end of February. The plants started off rather slowly, but quickly grew as the days got longer. We watered them regularly, making sure they got at least an inch of water per week. The grow beds also drain really well, so the tubers were never able to stay wet for too long, keeping them from rotting. The foliage looked so healthy and the plants grew so straight that one visitor remarked that they looked fake. Then the foliage started to weigh the plants down, and they fell over one by one. By May, they were ready for harvest. We held off a little, hoping that they would grow just a little bigger. When we discovered aphids on the leaves, we knew it was time to harvest. We cut the stalks and shook off the aphids over the fish tank. The fish went wild! They loved the sweet treat. Aphids have a melon-like flavor, making them very appealing to both predatory insects and fish. In an aquaponic system, feeding fish a natural diet can greatly enhance the flavor and nutrient level of the growing food. We left the potatoes in the ground for two more days, allowing them to dry slightly before we harvested. My toddler, preschooler, and I began to dig and pull the tubers out of the raised beds. After we harvested 21 pounds of potatoes in our greenhouse, we were wiped out! So we sent daddy out to dig the rest. When the rest of the potatoes had been harvested, we had almost 60 lbs of potatoes from a 30 square foot area of raised bed space. The potatoes varied in size. Some were small “soup potatoes” that I don’t even have to cut up to put in stew. Some are the size of softballs. We allowed the potatoes to dry on our counter for a day, then we layered them with paper towels in a cardboard box. We store them in our basement, which maintains a temperature between 40° and 60°. Consulting different sources can give you vastly varying temperature ranges for the ideal potato storage. Some say between 30° and 40°, others between 50° and 60°. So we figure we are safe with between 40° and 60°, considering that the alternative is to have one giant party with the motherload of potato salad. We are growing another round of potatoes in a different part of the grow bed in the summer. We are using diatomaceous earth proactively on the leaves and dirt surrounding them. Last year, in the outside garden, we dealt with colorado potato beetles. We are hoping to avoid the same […]
If you are like us, and you love the taste of fresh garden vegetables and herbs and hate paying crazy prices at the store for organic produce… this is what we did…now we have amazing fresh vegetables I our back yard all year long. We decided to grow tomatoes in soil and in aquaponics to see which method will produce the the most plentiful harvest. Under the sola wrap greenhouse plastic we believe the plants will respond better to their environment than those we will grow in a traditional out door environment. We are learning about the properties of SolaWrap. So far we were harvesting cherry tomatoes and snap peas in late April, in New hampshire. Our tomatoes that are growing in the Aquaponics beds are just taking off. We will keep you posted with the progress. I don’t know about you yet, or where you live, however If you are like us and have to wait until mid summer to enjoy fresh local produce, just know that that no longer has to be the case. The cool thing with a greenhouse dome covered with solawrap greenhouse plastic is that you do not have to wait till summer in order to enjoy delicious home grown vegetables. Once you eat vegetables that have been nurtured in your own garden, or a garden that has been tended to by some one you know, you will have to agree the taste is completely different that grocery store produce. Learn more about growing in a greenhouse environment where you can feel confident that the food you eat is safe and delicious year round. Join our weekly webinars so you can harvest fresh veggies all year long in your back yard.
Greenhouse Plastic Options for greenhouse covering materials are increasing. You can find cheap 4 or 6 mil at your local home improvement store. This will last for one season to up to four years. 4 or 6 mil plastic is polyethylene with high light transmission and low light diffusion. It can be doubled up to increase the low insulation levels, however you must blow air through the two layers to get a higher insulation value. Polycarbonate comes in many different forms. You can find single layer, twin-wall, up to 5 wall polycarbonate. All these options use channels to hold air, required for insulating the greenhouse. These channels must be sealed to get the most insulation out of your polycarbonate. You also will need to choose between high light transmission, and high light diffusion. A clear polycarbonate will give you high transmission, but low diffusion. A glazed polycarbonate will give you high diffusion with low transmission. Both diffusion and transmission of sunlight are important for successful plant quality and yield . Light transmission shows how much light gets into the greenhouse. Light diffusion is the soft light that plants love and thrive under. If you deprive your plants of one or the other, they will suffer in some way. SolaWrap utilizes bubbles in thick polyethylene plastic to both transmit high amounts of light, and diffuse high amounts of light. The bubbles bend the light in all different directions so no glaze is needed to diffuse as well as block light. The result is astounding. The amount of light your plants receive helps them to grow quickly, while the diffused light hits all surfaces of the plant, allowing it to develop fruit faster. Growers in the Mediterranean have reported a three week advancement in their tomato crop, as compared to tomato plants grown in greenhouses covered in other kinds of greenhouse plastic. Not all plastics are created equal. SolaWrap is made in Germany. It was invented with through quality German engineering. Germans are known for their skills and production of high quality products. SolaWrap is available in the US now after 30 years of exclusivity in Europe. The process of blowing the bubbles into SolaWrap and welding a strong keder cord onto the sides of the material is proprietary and nearly impossible to replicate. SolaWrap comes in four different widths, 4’, 5’, 6’, and 2 meter. These widths accommodate different bow spacing on greenhouses. SolaWrap comes 100 meters long, or 328 feet. Instead of panels or large sheets, these strips of greenhouse plastic allow for easy installation. Not only is it easy, but it is safe too. For those needing to re-cover greenhouses, SolaWrap offers the quickest and safest installation available. We offer a new paradigm in greenhouse plastic. Get all the benefits, with no compromises. Protect your crops from harsh weather conditions and enjoy the benefits of growing year round with less energy. Join our webinars to learn more. Email us if you have questions. Share […]
If you have wanted to build a greenhouse in your back yard and have researched geodesic greenhouse domes, a website might appear that offers a book entitled “Eden Bio Dome Revolution”. This is an E-Book that provides information about building a greenhouse structure in a Geodesic dome design. In it the author expresses his concern about our food supply where, he indicates that the quality of commercially grown food has become questionable. Raising children on our own, and believing along the same lines as the author, we decided to build a greenhouse dome in our back yard. Initially after purchasing the eBook we were overwhelmed and like many others quite confused. However, just like so many others who purchased Bio Dome Revolution, we got excited about the thought of growing our food in a dome. Then went on a wild goose chase searching for the for a special greenhouse covering mentioned in the book that the author, Kacper, claims is the best greenhouse covering in the world, to cover a geodesic bio dome that his book tries to teache how to build. He calls this special material Poly Keder. He then provides the contact information of a Canadian couple that sells poly keder out of their barn in Manitoba, Canada. I’m sure that everyone that reads this book tries to contact the Canadian family with hopes to get their hands on Poly keder. We personally know the Haines family has received over 1500 phone calls in 2011. I am sure everyone reacts the same way when they are told that it costs $3000 for 2100 square feet of the greenhouse plastic, poly keder. The readers, just like us, realize that the information is a bit unclear, based on the fact the book states that one could build a bio dome for about $500. Then they hang up and try to catch their breath. With time they realize if they spent all the effort to build a geodesic greenhouse then it would make sense to invest the best greenhouse covering that will last longer and allow for a reduction of heating costs for year round growing. When we did the math and understand the concept of replacing a greenhouse skin every few years, we called the Haines back ready to order a roll of the poly Keder. When we got the shipping quote of $800 + and realized that the cost is way too much to pay. Then we went back to the web and continued our search for Poly Keder and found a company called “Made In America” that specializes in “keder” solutions. Quickly we realized that “Made In America” does not carry Poly Keder greenhouse plastic that we could use for covering our geodesic dome. What they carry is keder beading which is actually the edging piece attached to vinyl signs, providing an easier way to affix a vinyl sign to a structure. Frustrated, we continued to search. We then came across PolyKeder.com. We got our hopes up; […]
When setting out to build a greenhouse, it is important to consider different greenhouse plans. There are many different types of plans. Hoop house plans are simple. Hoops are made by bending metal poles and arranging them to create a tunnel. This style is cost effective and do not require a lot of skill. Plans will include dimensions as well as layout, but can easily be adapted to your needs. If you require a larger or smaller tunnel, you can simply adjust the measurements and continue to build. Traditional greenhouses come in many styles. There are gothic greenhouses, with peaked roofs, gutter-connect greenhouses, with several arches, lean-to’s, and a host of other types. The higher the roof, the more heat will rise. Traditional greenhouses are more often bought than built, because they are very specific in measurements. The foundation of a traditional greenhouse must be perfectly level and sound. Even slight mistakes can have devastating effects if you are using rigid glass or polycarbonate paneling. Plans must be adhered to with the strictest attention to detail. There is no “wiggle room” to alter the plans to accommodate your needs. Geodesic greenhouse dome plans are very precise as well. The dome structure has a beauty all it’s own. There is not much variation from one dome to the next. You can find plans for small domes, with few triangles, about 35. You can find dome plans that have an uneven bottom. This can be a roadblock for some, or a fun challenge for others. Or you can find greenhouse plans for a large dome that has many triangles, about 160. This can be a daunting task to consider, but once you get the hang of it, the work passes quickly. Dome greenhouse plans will vary only with the frequency of the dome you decide on. You can quickly and easily find the simple layout of each dome frequency on a number of dome calculator sites. To figure out which dome frequency is best for you, decide on what size dome you want. Up to 18’-20’ can easily be done with a 2V. This is the simplest dome to construct, with the fewest cuts, struts, and triangles. A 3V is a very complicated design because of the uneven bottom. Only those with a background in woodworking and construction should attempt this type of greenhouse plan. A 4V will cause you much more work, but you have the freedom to build up to a 42’ diameter dome. This will give you exponentially more space inside. Whatever type of greenhouse you choose to build, greenhouse plans are an important part of the process, and the more accurate the better. If you are stuck or confused that is normal, this endeavor is very overwhelming. Join our biweekly webinars ask questions, share what you know. We are here to help.
“The US does not have a health care system; we have a disease-management system.” – Dr. Andrew Weil, Naturopathic Doctor Is our healthcare system seeking to keep people just sick enough to keep then coming back? Why would doctors want to keep you sick? Aren’t doctors there to make us well? Do insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device sales companies need us to open your wallet month after month after month to keep their high lifestyles in place? The doctors do the best with what they have been given in medical school. We, the people, we, the patients, need to educate ourselves on WHY this nation is so sick. 75% of money spent on medical care in this country goes toward treating preventable diseases (CNN, Escape Fire). If these diseases are preventable, why aren’t we preventing them? Since hunter-gatherer times, human instincts have guided human behavior to seek out and consume as much sugar and fat as possible. Our bodies recognize these substances as life saving because they can be stored up for times of famine. This is a great system in a hunter-gatherer world of feast and famine, where the main sources of calories are fresh, “pastured” meat, fish, nuts, seeds, fruit, and fresh veggies (plants). However, this instinct is alive in a world where preservative laden, months-old grains and refined cane sugar are readily and always available. We are so removed from our food source that many children don’t even know that fruits and vegetables are grown out of the ground, not produced in a factory. We are living in A Brave New World, but our Soma is soda and packaged cupcakes and gas station hot dogs. And we are paying for it with our health. Education and hard work are the only remedies. No one will spoon-feed us healthy food that will prevent disease. We have to grow it, in our backyard, basement garage or spare closet, In pots, on patios, in gardens and in greenhouses and grow tents. If you have the space in your yard, a greenhouse is the best investment you can make in your health care. You can control the weather in a greenhouse. You will get the freshest produce you’ve ever eaten out of your greenhouse. And you can have that produce year-round. Greenhouses are beautiful and full of meaning and hope. Hope for our health. Gardening for just a few minutes each day has proven to reduce stress and increase tranquility. And if you want your greenhouse to produce even more for you, start an Aquaponics system inside. You get endless fresh veggies and fruits and fish. Depending on the size of your greenhouse and how you cultivate your system, you could live on what your greenhouse produces forever. Fresh, homegrown food is the answer to America’s “disease-management system.” Join with us every other week to share your experiences or ask questions. Follow us or email us. Working together is fun and exciting. Together we can […]
If you want to grow your own food, but feel overwhelmed by the size of the task and the time it will take, consider Aquaponics. Aquaponics is the easiest form of gardening you will ever do. Aquaponics is the marriage of hydroponics, growing plants without soil, and aquaculture, raising fish. There are inherent problems in both of these systems that are eliminated when they are combined. In hydroponics, expensive liquid nutrients are administered to the plants often to provide them with the nutrients they would otherwise get from soil. These nutrients are expensive, and must be administered at the right times. The plants are also much more susceptible to disease than any other form of gardening. In aquaculture, fish tanks must be cleaned frequently, which becomes a large expense to the fish farmer. All that clean-out must be disposed of. In Aquaponics, you simply filter the fish tank water through the grow beds. The fish fertilizer feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish! The plants grow much bigger and much faster. However, the plants can be planted closer to one another than in traditional gardening because they do not need to develop extensive root systems. The nutrients come to them. The plants are anchored in a grow media, such as round river stone, expanded clay, sand, or expanded shale. This media allows the water to get to your plants, and gives them a sturdy footing, but does not contain weed seeds. You never have to weed in Aquaponics! Aquaponics gardening can utilize worms for added benefit, creating an ecosystem for your plants. Simply place worms on your growing media (where your plants grow, instead of soil). The worms will easily wiggle their way down into the media. They consume organic material left from the fish tank water and plants. The worms turn this organic material into “black gold” worm casting that your plants use for nutrients. They require no upkeep, but benefit your system in a big way! What you feed your fish will ultimately give you the nutrition from your vegetables. If you feed your fish standard pellets, your plants will have less nutritional value. You can optimize the nutritional value of your vegetables by feeding your fish several alternative diet selections: Duckweed: Duckweed is a rootless plant that grows in water. You can order your starter plants online, or forage for them in a local pond. They need clean, clear water, sunlight, and warmth to grow. You can harvest it and feed it to your fish. Black Soldier Fly Larvae: This concept changes a lot about residential food waste. Black soldier flies do not carry disease like other types of flies. They are slow-flying, and only live 5-8 days. Their larvae are voracious eaters, and can consume large amounts of food waste in a few weeks. BSF larvae can be ordered online, or if you are in a southern state, you can try to attract pregnant females. You need a container for food […]
Polydress SolaWrap Reported to Last Decades Without Yellowing or Cracking SolaWrap Poly keder greenhouse covering has proven its success with the greenhouse industry through out Europe for three decades and is now being introduced to the United States. SolaWrap has many unique qualities. Growers in the Mediterranean have reported tomato crop advancement of three weeks, during the winter months in an unheated greenhouse when compared to standard greenhouse coverings. Its durability and longevity was tested in the extreme heat of Kuwait for a period of 25 years until the outbreak of war destroyed the testing facility. In that 25-year period, the original SolaWrap covering withstood the elements and remained effective. It did not yellow or become brittle or streak. In New Hampshire, a converse climate where they received above average snow falls this year; a snow load test was performed. 4000 lbs of an 11 ft high pile of snow was placed on top of a 6×6 piece of SolaWrap attached to a frame using the specially engineered interlocking system. No damage was sustained to either the greenhouse plastic or the interlocking system that secured it to the frame. In Manitoba, Canada, where temperatures drop well below freezing, a trial has been in process for more than five years. The results are very promising. Strawberries are growing in this SolaWrap greenhouse in January, and the only heating occurs at night during the dead of winter. Another testament to test of durability would be the greenhouses that currently have the original covering still in working condition after 29 years of severe weather, including winds in excess of 100 mph, hail storms, and heavy snow blown blizzards. In Alaska, while 130mph hurricane force winds where uprooting trees, destroying homes and neighbors standard greenhouses, the Geodesic Dome greenhouse covered with SolaWrap remained damage free. SolaWrap comprises three layers of polyethylene film that encloses thousands of air bubbles. These air bubbles give SolaWrap a remarkable R-Value of 1.7. They also allow 83% transparency of sunlight while diffusing 83% of the light. This truly is a paradigm shift for the greenhouse industry. Not until now could Americans have the benefits of high light transparency together with high light diffusion in the same greenhouse covering material. With the increased amount of light diffusion plants grow healthier and faster. Normally, in the summer, thousands of dollars are spent on shade cloths, however, in Europe, due to the high diffusion rates; only 10 percent of SolaWrap greenhouses utilize shade cloths. The flexible nature of SolaWrap allows growers benefit from this highly insulating material year round, where they will require minimal heating from additional sources. SolaWrap can be easily attached to drop down curtain and roll up curtain mechanisms, which allows for great sidewall ventilation. Also, high tunnel or hoop house growers finally have a long term, highly insulated, solution to cover bowed greenhouses. Because of the long term proven durability there is no more changing their covering every few years! Imagine how this will increase profits over the […]
Will we survive? Global food supply 2050- What WE Do Now, to prevent doom Long-term food security depends upon many variables. One thing that never dawned on me though, was to view the production of the world’s food supply as “ total calorie production”. It made me look at our food supply with a whole different perspective. Koo, a professor and director of the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies Director in the NDSU sums it up like this, “Being able to satisfy the aggregate consumption of calories to lead active and healthy lives (33 trillion calories) to feed the world security is not just a problem for the poor. It will become, increasingly, a problem for everybody.” After examining Koo’s theory, I had many questions. Research showed me that I was not alone. Millions of concerned individuals worldwide are asking the same questions. Are there any viable solutions that will meet the growing demands for the arable land required to grow and produce nutrient rich food that we can implement now? With an increasing population, increased need for housing, increased demand for natural resources, limited clean water, and so on, will Mother Earth be able to accommodate these increasing demands with out suffering severe consequences, if we don’t act now to embrace sustainable options? Are there any farming technologies available that can remedy the dilemma we are facing with current negative trends that will enhance food quality, safety and security? What are alternative agricultural practices that have been implemented in areas of the world where similar problems have inflicted devastation and near starvation, that forced nations to discover successful solutions to feed people and farm animals that are processed for food consumption? What commodities can become sustainable and provide economic profitability? With population growth inevitable; will the increasing amount of deaths occurring from natural disasters, terrorist attacks, war, iatrogenesis, famine and diseases, instinctively balance things out, thus reducing the need to produce the projected amounts of calories, Koo sites? Could global warming be contributing to uncertainty in crop and livestock production, adversely impacting the health of humanity and the plant? What is the reality of increasing price volatility in agricultural products? Will it trigger more starvation? So many questions, so many concerns; do we have the time to deliver and implement resolutions? Many people want truthful answers and viable solutions, NOW in order to avoid impending doom, for the children who already live such complicated lives with such challenges, of the likes that we have never experienced before. Sustainable agriculture, along with the rebirth of local family farming will aid the problem enormously. Vertical Hydroponic production for human and animal food Utilizes less water Requires less land 70% of farming will never require arable land Is drought resistant Reduces greenhouse gasses Increases food calorie quality Will benefit to the economy Increase the heath of the nation Implementation of commercial hydroponic systems and production methods has proven to provide solutions to droughts, severe weather conditions, […]
RKW SE located in Michelstadt Germany owns the technology of the most innovative greenhouse covering in the world. Polydress® LP Keder commonly known as “polykeder” or “keder” has been in use for 30 years in Europe, but has been hidden from the US for all that time. Keder has growers in the Mediterranean boasting a three-week crop advancement of tomatoes, in the wintertime, in an unheated greenhouse compared to all the other alternatives. Keder has everything that a commercial grower, or back yard grower would ever want in a greenhouse film. First, it boasts an R-Value of 1.7 without the aid of inflation systems. 1.7 is higher than double blown poly systems and twin wall polycarbonate. This special film incorporates natures honey comb design to trap air in bubbles that create a dead air space within the film. Keder is comprised of three layers of polyethylene. However, interesting enough each layer of this film is made up of three layers that are scientifically fused into one. So in reality it is nine layers of film! Heat has a very hard time escaping this special material. The money saved in heating cost alone make this a very sought after material. Second, it shatters the greenhouse film paradigm of having to choose either a transparent film for high levels of light intake or choosing a glazed material for high levels of light diffusion. Keder is 83% transparent BUT creates 83% diffused light! In other words this product allows high levels of the type of light that plants grow under. No other greenhouse film can offer this. Third, it is very strong and durable. There are greenhouses in Europe that have original keder on their greenhouses after 30 years! This German engineered film doesn’t yellow, streak, fog, or get brittle with time. It also withstands natures forces. Gale force winds, high snow loads and hail storms dont have an impact on this covering. This provides a feeling of security to the growers whose livelihood depends on the safety of their crops. Finally, it is flexible so it can be implemented in roll up curtain systems. This allows for extreme ventilation in the summer time. Every grower understands the need to ventilate the heat of a greenhouse in the summer. Keder allows for that in such an easy way. Polydress® LP Keder truly is the best kept secret in the greenhouse industry. Once it is known in the US our growers will reap the rewards of the special qualities of this German engineered film. Commercial and backyard greenhouse owners a alike , who cover their structures with Solawrap will experience the best the industry has to offer. Do not take our word for it. Call to request a sample 1-781-816-7811. Join our community and our bi-weekly webinars to ask questions about building greenhouse dome kits, harvesting a healthier lifestyle or growing the most delicious food while providing security for your family. You can email us too, at email@example.com […]
When Clint set out to test the durability of Polydress®SolaWrap Poly Keder, he was more than surprised at his results. Solawrap is a greenhouse plastic that Clint uses in his greenhouse kits. After studying all the facts about Solawrap against other greenhouse covering materials, he knew the plastic film was strong, however neither he nor the manufacturers realized that the poly film could hold 4000 lbs of heavy wet snow. So, ask yourself, if you were to build a greenhouse and lived in an area where snow was an issue, would you want to feel confident that you had the best greenhouse covering your plants? Solawrap has also proven to withstand hurricane force winds of 130 mph with out damage as well. Before you invest in a plastic covering for your greenhouse, ask the right questions. If you have questions be sure to join in our weekly webinars or email or call us.
How can Poly keder Solawrap increase profits for CSA Farmers? If you are seeking to grow for your community through providing a year-round CSA, you have probably found that there are many obstacles to overcome. How do you grow year-round, especially in the northern states? If you invest in a greenhouse, how do you get the most out of your investment? How long before you see a return on your investment, and how long will that investment last? If you are in a northern state, you have to think about more things than the southerners do, such as sunlight hours, sunny days vs. cloudy days, temperature lows, humidity levels, and orientation. If your location gets fewer than 6 hours of sunlight in a winter day, you will have to have grow lights. The locations that must deal with this are mostly in Alaska and Canada. If you have more cloudy days than sunny days, you may also want to think about grow lights, just to ensure that your plants will grow throughout the winter months. Your best bet is to invest in high quality materials for your greenhouse. High quality materials will help you grow year-round because they have the properties that maximize sunlight and minimize temperature fluctuations. Polydress® SolaWrap poly Keder is perfect for year-round growing because it resists temperature fluctuations better than any other greenhouse covering material. In Europe, they call this “Thermal Resistivity.” Thermal resistivity means that the material does not transfer heat, better still; it resists transferring heat, to a certain degree. Polydress® SolaWrap’s thermal resistive qualities equal 27! Seeing that each countries measurement standards differ, rough estimations indicate that TR is 3-5 times greater than that of other materials. You will want to maximize growing space by building as large of a greenhouse as your budget and property allows, while using as little material as possible. You can build hoop style tunnels with poles, brackets, a small amount of wood along with SolaWrap poly keder greenhouse film and S-Lock interlocking system. If you use larger gauge poles, your investment will be stronger and last much longer. If you then raise your growing area with low-cost sandbags or cement blocks, you will be able to grow even more plants. Raising your grow beds above the frost level keeps your soil warmer and less susceptible to temperature fluctuations from the outside. SolaWrap keeps the inside of your hoop house much warmer than other greenhouse coverings do. In Milwaukee, WI, urban farmer, Mr. Will Allen, has reported that his SolaWrap hoop house is ten degrees warmer in the winter mornings than his other hoop houses. Just imagine how much you can grow with that kind of temperature security. You will see your ROI quicker if you can grow and sell more produce. With a high quality SolaWrap hoop house, you know your investment will last for a long time. SolaWrap poly keder has been proven to last up to 30 years in Europe. The stronger your poles, or hoops, the […]
What benefits does poly Keder provide for greenhouse owners? The strength of the Keder bead on a hoop house or similar greenhouse house designs covered with Polydress®SolaWrap is unmatched. When this uniquely engineered poly film is attached to the greenhouse frame with S-Lock, a patented channel locking system, the SolaWrap greenhouse covering can withstand 100+ mph winds. This truly is a system built to withstand the elements. It is more likely that a hoop house would collapse than the SolaWrap on it would rip. Through a proprietary process, RKW, the manufacturer of Polydress® SolaWrap, welds a strong cord of polyethylene to the edge of the bubble film. The SolaWrap itself is comprised of three layers of polyethylene film with air blown into pockets for insulation and light diffusion. The resulting product gets stronger as it is pulled tighter. The bubbles’ honeycomb design proves to strengthen the overall effect when stretched. This product has only been released here in the United States in the last year. We like to think of it as Europe’s best-kept secret, because no one had heard of it here before. Many ask, “If it’s so great, why isn’t it popular in America?” Great question! Lack of Marketing! RKW is a family-run, multibillion-dollar company in Europe. Because they are family-run, they make decisions like a family would. They gave exclusivity for Polydress® SolaWrap to a greenhouse manufacturer in Europe. He was very loyal to them, and in turn, they are very loyal to him. Germans are incredible at engineering, however not as interested in marketing. When JC Brighton, sister company to Harvest Pathway, found the product, we were astounded. Since no one else had rights to sell it in the US, we asked if we could. RKW extended us the same opportunity, and we were able to bring it to the States. So now Polydress® SolaWrap has come to our US shores. If America is ready for the greatest innovation in growing, we are ready to bring it to her. SolaWrap combines high transparency with high diffusion. This combination cannot be found in any other product on the market. You can get high transparency with a poly film, or high diffusion with a polycarbonate, but not above 80% with both (as you can with SolaWrap). SolaWrap also insulates better than twin-wall polycarbonate and has been proven to last up to 30 years. It’s also easily installed on a hoop house or greenhouse, just cut with a knife or scissors, no saws required. Why is this all s important for the greenhouse growers? There are many reasons 1. Longer lasting material will put money back into the pockets of greenhouse growers due to a reduction in replacement requirements. 2. Plants significantly benefit from Higher diffusion and higher transparency with increased crop quality and production 3. SolaWrap’s high insulation values increase the growing seasons providing a more plentiful harvest for commercial greenhouses and backyard growers as well. Call today 1-781-816-7811 or […]