The Book’s Index


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A


Acidity. See pH

Acrylic, 7, 13

Adobe, thermal storage value, 459

Aechmea, 183

Aeration, 316; for germination, 131; and seedling diseases, 431

African daisy. See Gerbera daisy

Ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum), 173; bloom date schedule, 166; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Air conditioners/air-conditioning, 45, 62. See also Cooling

Air-lock entry doors, 51–52

Air temperature, 45–52. See also Cooling; Heaters/heating; Temperatures

Aisles/walkways, 77–78, 86; lowering, 87

Alarms, temperature-sensing, 48

Algicides, 76

Alkalinity. See pH

Aloe vera (Aloe vera), 173–74

Alstroemeria (Alstroemeria spp.), 174; light and temperature requirements for, 102

Alyssum (Lobularia maritima), 174–75; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.), 175–76; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Amazon lily, 157

Amblyseius cucumeris (aka Neoseiulus cucumeris), 414

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Amblyseius degenerans (aka Neoseiulus degenerans), 414–15

Ammonia, 432

Anemone (Anemone coronaria), 176; bloom date schedule, 166; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Angel’s-trumpet (Datura / Brugmansia spp.), 157, 177–78

   Brugmansia: B. suaveolens, 177; B. versicolor, 177; crop family, 111

   Datura, 177–78; crop family, 111

   suited for winter greenhouse, 167

   varieties, 177

Anise, 304; crop family, 111

Anise hyssop, 305

Aphelinus abdominalis, 398, 399. See also Aphid(s)

Aphid(s), 158, 356, 357, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 388, 393, 397–400

   controlling, 398–400; with parasites, 364, 398–99; with predators, 372–76, 399–400

   eating, 395

   problems possibly caused by, 358

   protecting seedlings from, 141

   varieties, 397–98

Aphid midge (Aphidoletes aphidimyza), 365, 399

Aphidius: A. colemani, 398–99; A. ervi, 398, 399

Aphidoletes aphidimyza, 365, 399

Arctic Summer. See Mullein

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Areoles, 187

Artichoke, 254–55

Associations and organizations (Appendix 1), 447–48

Aster (Aster spp.), 178; Aster x frikartii, 178; bloom date schedule, 164, 165, 167; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Ash, wood, 339–40

Autumn, 96

Avermectin B (Streptomyces avermitilis), 389–90, 408, 415

Avid. See Avermectin B

Avocado, 255–56

Azalea (Rhododendron simsii), 178–79; bloom date schedule, 165; suited for winter greenhouse, 167


B


Bachelor button. See Centaurea

Bacillus thuringiensis (BT), 386–87, 401, 402

Bacteria-based diseases, 425

Baits: pest, 393–94; slug, 412

Baking soda, spraying, 426–27

Ballasts, for HID lighting systems, 22

Banana, 156, 157, 256–58; dwarf Cavendish (Musa acuminata), 257; light and temperature requirements for, 100

Bark, 332

Barriers: slug, 412–13; sow bug, 413

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Basil, 305–6; crop family, 111; number of seeds per ounce, 129

Bay laurel, 306

Beans, 258–60

   broad, 274–75

   bush, 258–59; in hanging pots, 123; layout, 108; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 169

   crop family, 111

   fava, 274–75; layout, 108; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 169

   growing precautions for disease prevention, 260

   light and temperature requirements for, 100

   lima: schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 169

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   planting requirements, 139

   pole, 107, 258–59; layout, 108; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170

   pollination and, 147–48

   runner: pollination and, 148

   varieties, 259

   vertical supports for, 259

Beauveria bassiana, 388–89, 400, 408, 415, 419

Bedding plants, bloom date schedule for, 163

Beds: draining, 88–89; filling, 89–90; ground, 70, 86, 88; layout, 107–9; peninsular, 86, 87; plant placement in, 109; raised, 70, 85–88; soil in, 352

Beet, 119, 260; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 100; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170

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Beetle

   crypto (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri), 403–4

   ladybird, 373–74; Delphastus pusillus, 419, 421; Stethorus punctum, 408

   problems possibly caused by, 358

Begonia (Begonia spp.), 179–80

   angel-wing, 180

   Begonia feastii, 180

   fibrous (Begonia semperflorens), 179; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 167; spring transplanting schedule, 160

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   Begonia rex, 178–79

   tuberous (Begonia x tuberhybrida), 179; bloom date schedule, 163, 164

Bench(es): potting, 82, 83; propagation, 78–82

Benomyl, 428

Billbergia nutans, 183

Biological pesticides, 386–89

Biosphere 2, 442

Biostimulants, 336–37

Biotechnology, 444–45

Bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae), 157, 180–81; Strelitzia nicolai, 181; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Black-eyed Susan. See Thunbergia

Blights. See Diseases, fungus-based

Blood meal, 332

Blossom(s), troubleshooting, 152; blossom drop, 152; blossom-end rot, 298

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Blue marguerite daisy. See Felicia

Bolting, 119, 121

Bonemeal, 332

Borage, 306

Bordeaux spray, 391

Boron (B), 323

BotaniGard. See Beauveria bassiana

Bottom heating, 79–80; propagation bench, 81. See also Heaters/heating

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spp.), 107, 181–82; bloom date schedule, 164; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Brassavola orchid, 226

Brazilian plume (Justicia carnea), 213–14; Justicia brandegeana, 214; Justicia carnea alba, 214

Brick: floors, 77; thermal storage value, 459

Broccoli, 119, 121, 261; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 100; number of seeds per ounce, 129; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170

Bromeliads: Aechmea, 183; Billbergia nutans, 183; Bromelia spp., 182–83; Cryptanthus, 183; Neoregelia, 183; Tillandsia, 183. See also Pineapple

Browallia (Browallia speciosa), 183–84; bloom date schedule, 165, 166, 167; number of seeds per ounce, 129; orange. See Marmalade plant

Brugmansia. See Angel’s-trumpet

Brunfelsia australis, 184

Brussels sprouts, 262; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 100; number of seeds per ounce, 129; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170

BT (Bacillus thuringiensis), 386–87, 401, 402

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Bubble wrap, 50–51

Bulbs: easily forced varieties, 185; forcing process, 186–87; spring, 184–87

Burro’s tail, 249

Bush violet. See Browallia

Busy Lizzy. See Impatiens

Buttercup. See Ranunculus

Butterfly flower. See Schizanthus

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C


Cabbage, 119, 262–63

Chinese, 267; crop family, 111; light and temperature requirements for, 100; number of seeds per ounce, 129

   crop family, 111, 155, 121; hardened stems in, 140

   flowering (Brassica oleracea), 213

   harvesting, 107

   layout, 108

   light and temperature requirements for, 100

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   planting requirements, 139

   schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170

Cabbage aphid, 397

Cabbage looper, 389, 400–1; controlling, 400–1

Cactus (Cactaceae), 187–89

   Christmas, 188–89; bloom date schedule, 164; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

   desert, 188

   Easter, 188–89

   forest, 188–89

   night-blooming cereus, 189

   Thanksgiving, 188

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Cactus scale, 410

Cages, 106

Caladium (Caladium bicolor), 189

Calceolaria: bloom date schedule, 165, 166, 167; number of seeds per ounce, 129

Calcium (Ca), 322–23

Calendula (Calendula officinalis), 189; bloom date schedule, 163, 165, 166, 167; number of seeds per ounce, 129; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Calla lily (Zantedeschia), 190–91; Zantedeschia aethiopica, 191; Zantedeschia childsiana, 191

Callistephus chinensis, 178

Callus tissue, 144–45

Camellia (Camellia spp.), 191–92; Camellia fragrans, 192; Camellia japonica, 191; Camellia sasanqua, 191–92

Campanula (Campanula spp.), 192; Campanula carpatica, 192; Campanula isophylla, 192

Canna (Canna x generalis), 192–93; Canna generalis striatus, 192

Cantaloupe, 157, 263–64; crop family, 111; layout, 108; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; pollinating, 151; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170; trellising, 104–5

Cape primrose. See Streptocarpus

Caraway, crop family, 111

Carbon dioxide, 27–30; and composting, 29–30; depletion, 27–28; enhancement, 28; increasing, 29; measuring, 66; ventilation and, 28–29. See also Photosynthesis

Carbon-monoxide detectors, 47, 49

Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus), 193–94; bloom date schedule, 163, 164; light and temperature requirements for, 102; number of seeds per ounce, 129. See also Dianthus

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Carrots, 264–65; crop family, 111; harvesting, 107; layout, 108; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170

Catalogs, 114–16; tips for using, 117. See also Mail order

Caterpillars, 382; green worm, 400–1; problems possibly caused by, 358

Catfacing, 298

Catnip (Nepeta cataria), 306–7

Cats, 401

Cattleya orchid, 226–27; Cattleyea labiata, 227

Cauliflower, 119, 121, 265; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 100; number of seeds per ounce, 129; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170

CCA (chromated copper arsenate) treated wood, 42–44

Celery, 265; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 100; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 170

Celosia, spring transplanting schedule, 160

Centaurea (Centaurea cyanus), 194; bloom date schedule, 163, 164; Centaurea moschata, 194

Chameleons, 376

Chamomile, 307

Chard, 265–66

Chenille plant (Acalypha hispida), 157, 194–95; Acalypha pendula, 195; bloom date schedule, 166

Cherimoya, 266–67; light and temperature requirements for, 100

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Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, 43739, 440

Chicory, light and temperature requirements for, 100

China aster. See Aster

Chinese cabbage. See Cabbage, Chinese

Chives, 267–68; crop family, 111; number of seeds per ounce, 129

Chlorine, 38

Christmas cactus. See Cactus, Christmas

Chromated copper aresenate (CCA) treated wood, 42–44

Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.), 195–96; bloom date schedule, 167; edible, 268; light and temperature requirements for, 102. See also Marguerite daisy

Chrysanthemum aphid, 397–98

Cilantro, 308; crop family, 111

Cineraria (Senecio spp.), 196; bloom date schedule, 166, 167; number of seeds per ounce, 129; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Cinnamon-based pesticides and sprays, 386, 400, 427, 408

Citrus, 157, 268–69; light and temperature requirements for, 100

Clay pots, 91–92. See also Containers

Cleome (Cleome hassleriana), 196–97; bloom date schedule, 164; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Clivia (Clivia miniata), 197

Cloning, 142

Coffee, 269–70; light and temperature requirements for, 100

Coir, 333

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Cold damage, 432

Cole. See Cabbage, crop family

Coleus (Coleus blumei), 198; Coleus pumilus, 198; crop family, 111; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Collards, 270–71; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 100; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170

Columnea (Columnea), 198–99; Columnea x banksii, 198

Community greenhouses, 436–40

Compost/composting, 333–34; carbon dioxide and, 29–30; classifying, 31; recipe, 32–33; rules, 31–32; troubleshooting, 32

Concrete: floors, 77, 88–89; thermal storage value, 459

Condensation, 9, 40, 41; avoiding and reducing, 41–42. See also Humidity

Container(s), 90–93; cleaning, 132; drainage, 92–93; fertilizing plants in, 344; flats, 133; for germinating seeds, 131; hanging, 93; paper pots, 134; peat pots, 133–34, 157–58; plastic versus clay, 91–92; plug trays, 135; recycled, 93; repotting and up-potting, 350–52; sizing, 90–91; slow-release fertilizers for, 344–45; soil blocks, 134; soil in, 346–50; for starting seeds, 132–35; Styrofoam trays, 135; vegetables in, 91, 123; washing, 360. See also Potted plants

Conventional heating, 46–47. See also Heaters/heating

Cooling/coolers: air-conditioning, 60–62; fans, 57–59; fog systems used for, 60; misting used for, 59–60; shade used for, 62–64; swamp/evaporative coolers, 60–62

Cool-weather crops, 121–22, 125–26

Copper (Cu), 323–24; and sulfur-based minerals as pesticides, 391

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Coral bells (Heuchera sanguinea), 199

Coriander, 308; crop family, 111; number of seeds per ounce, 129

Corky scab, 432

Cornflower. See Centaurea

Cosmos, number of seeds per ounce, 129

Cotton aphid, 398

Cotyledon undulata, 249

Cowpeas, crop family, 111

Crab cactus. See Cactus, Easter

Cracked fruit, 152; troubleshooting, 298

Cress, crop family, 111

Crocus, easily forced varieties, 185. See also Bulbs

Crop(s): families, 110, 111; maturity, 113; nutrition needs, 325; rotation, 112–13, 361, 424; succession, 155; yields, 118–19

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum), 157, 199; Codiaeum variegatum pictum, 199

Crucifers. See Cabbage, crop family

Cryptanthus, 183

Crypto beetle (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri), 403–4

Cucumber(s), 107, 271–74; crop family, 111; greenhouse varieties, 150–51; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 101; number of seeds per ounce, 129; pollinating, 150–51; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170; spring transplanting schedule, 160; trellising, 272–73

Cuttings, 142–45; moisture for, 131, 133–34

Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum), 199–200; bloom date schedule, 163; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Cymbidium orchid, 227

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D


Daffodil, easily forced varieties, 185. See also Bulbs

Dahlia (Dahlia pinnata hybrid), 200–1; bloom date schedule, 164; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160

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Daikon radish, 289. See also Radish

Daisy. See Felicia; Gerbera; Marguerite daisy; Swan River daisy

Damping-off, 430, 431

Datura, 177–78; crop family, 111. See also Angel’s-trumpet

Delphastus pusillus, 419, 421

Dendrobium orchids, 227–28

Design. See Interior design

Dianthus (Dianthus chinensis), 201. See also Carnation

Diatomaceous earth, 412, 413; controlling pests with, 395

Dibble, 140, 141

Diffuse/diffusing light, 6, 13

Dill, 308–9; crop family, 111; number of seeds per ounce, 129

Dirt floors, 77; thermal storage value, 459

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Diseases/disorders, 422–34

   ammonia-related, 432

   bacteria, 425

   biocontrol of, 428

   blossom-end rot, 298

   catfacing, 298

   cold damage, 432

   corky scab, 432

   diagnosing, 356–57

   early blight (Alternaria), 298

   environmentally caused, 432–33

   ethylene-related, 432

   finger blight, 432

   flower, 358

   fruit cracking, 298

   fungus-based, 425–26

   fusarium wilt (Fusarium), 298; Fusarium oxysporum, 305–6

   gray mold (Botrytis), 298

   gray wall, 299

   growth, 358

   horticultural oils effective against, 382–83

   identifying symptoms, 357, 358

   leaf, 358

   leaf mold (Cladosporium), 299

   light-related, 433

   managing, 354–434

   mixed plantings used to reduce, 110,       361, 424

   nitrogen oxide related, 433

   nutrient-related, 433

   organism-caused, 423–26

   pesticide-related, 433

   preventing, 424; for beans, 260; through managing environment, 434

   record keeping (Appendix 8), 482–84

   resistance to, 123–24, 361, 426

   salt damage, 319, 320

   seedlings, 430, 431

   smoke-related, 433

   sooty mold, 430, 356, 398

   Sporothrix, 338

   spraying for, 426–28

   strategies for controlling, 426–28

   sunscald, 433

   tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), 285, 296, 299, 423

   tomato, 298–99, 430; tomato spotted-wilt virus (TSWV), 414

   verticillium (Verticillium), 299

   virus, 423–25; tobacco mosaic, 285, 296, 299, 423; tomato spotted-wilt (TSWV), 414

   watering-related, 433

   wind-related, 433

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Dividing orchids, 225

Dogs, 401

Doors, air-lock entry, 51–52

Downy mildew, 429. See also Mildew

Drainage, 3, 88–89; container, 92–93; problems possibly caused by, 358; soil, 317–18

Dusts, controlling pests with, 395

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E


Early blight (Alternaria), 298

Easter cactus. See Cactus, Easter

Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum), 201–2

Edible plants: avoiding nitrate accumulations in, 121–22; light and temperature requirements for, 100–2; pesticides compatible with, 369–71. See also Fruits; Herbs; Vegetables; individual entries

Eggplant, 274; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 101; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; pollinating, 148–49; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Electricity: electric heating, 47–48; electrical needs for HID systems, 22; safety considerations, 70–71. See also Heaters/heating

Elongation, 17

Encarsia formosa, 369, 381, 390, 394, 416–19, 440–41

Endive, light and temperature requirements for, 101

Enstar. See Kinoprene-based pestides

EPCOT, 441–42

Epiphytes, 182, 224. See also Bromeliads; Orchids

Epsom salts, 340

Equipment: fertilizer, 327–28; spraying, 377–78. See also Gadgets/gizmos; Tools

Eretmocerus eremicus, 421

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Ethylene-related diseases, 432

Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), 10

Euphorbia family, 249. See also Poinsettia; Succulents

Evaporative coolers, 60–62

Exolite® UVT, 12

Experts, types of, 68

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F


Fall, 96. See also Seasons

Fans, 28, 29; cooling, 57–59; design considerations, 76–77; safety considerations, 71

Feijoa, 275–76

Felicia (Felicia amelloides), 202; bloom date schedule, 164

Feltiella acarisuga, 408

Fennel, 309; crop family, 111; number of seeds per ounce, 129

Fern scale, 410

Ferns, staghorn (Platycerium bifurcatum), 245–46

Fertilizing/fertilizers, 325–26

   diseases related to, 433; in seedlings, 431

   equipment, 327–28

   foliar feeding, 327–28

   injectors, 327

   numbers, 326

   organic, 325–26

   plants in containers, 344

   problems possibly caused by, 358

   safety considerations, 71

   seedlings, 158; diseases related to, 431

   slow-release, for containers, 344–45

   tomatoes, 297

   See also Nutrients

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Fiberglass, 7–8, 13; shade cloth, 63; for water storage, 73, 74

Fig, 154, 157, 276–77; light and temperature requirements for, 101

Finger blight, 432

Fire resistance, 11

Fish emulsion, 334

Flaming Katie. See Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Flats, 133

Flies

   fruit, 389

   greenhouse whitefly, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 388, 389, 393, 416–20; controlling, 369, 416–20; Encarsia formosa used to control, 369, 416–19; problems possibly caused by, 358

   sweet potato whitefly (silverleaf), 420–21

   syrphid (hover), 375–76

Floors, 3, 77

Floss flower. See Ageratum

Flour-dust plant. See Kalanchoe pumila

Flowering, reasons for, 146

Flowering tobacco. See Nicotiana

Flowers/flowering ornamentals, 172–253; “biological clocks,” 154; greenhouse varieties, 125; light and temperature requirements for, 102; male and female, 147; in mixed plantings with vegetables, 111–12; number of seeds per ounce, 129; nutrition needs, 325; physiology, 147; schedule for year-round blooms, 163–67; starting, 130. See also Ornamental plants; individual varieties

Fluorescent lights, 18–20, 82

Fluoridated water, 38

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Fog systems, 60

Foliar feeding, 327–28

Foot-candles, 14–16, 23; values, 15–16

Forcing, 126; cucumbers, 150–51; process, 186–87; selecting bulbs for, 185

Foundations, 2–3; insulation/insulating, 3, 5, 50

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea x ‘Foxy’), 202–3; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Foxglove aphid, 398

Frames, kit, 4

Freesia (Freesia refracta), 203; bloom date schedule, 166, 167; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Freeze-outs, 394–95

Fruit(s), 254–302

   nutrition needs, 325

   troubleshooting: cracked, 152; immature, 152; misshapen, 152; rotting, 152; set, 152

   See also individual entries

Fruit flies, 389

Fruit rot, 429; troubleshooting, 152

Fruit set, troubleshooting, 152

Fuchsia (Fuchsia spp.), 203–4; bloom date schedule, 164, 167

Fungicides, 422–23; chemical, 428

Fungus: beneficial (Beauveria bassiana), 388–89, 400, 408, 415, 419; controlled by copper-and sulfur-based minerals, 391; diseases, 425–26. See also Diseases/disorders

Fungus gnat, 401–2; controlling, 401–2

Fusarium wilt (Fusarium), 298; Fusarium oxysporum, 305–6

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Gadgets/gizmos, evaluating, 67. See also Equipment; Tools

Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides), 157, 204; bloom date schedule, 164, 167

Gardens, pest control in versus greenhouses, 362

Garlic, 309–10; crop family, 111; in homemade insecticide, 380–81; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 101; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170

Gases, venting, 46–47

Gels, water-absorbing, 343

Geranium(s) (Pelargonium), 205–6; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165, 166; garden or zonal (Pelargonium x hortorum), 205; ivy (Pelargonium peltatum), 205–6; Martha Washington (Pelargonium domesticum or Grandiflora hybrids), 206; number of seeds per ounce, 129; scented, 206; spring transplanting schedule, 160; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii), 206–7; bloom date schedule, 166; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Germination, 130–38; after, 136–37

GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) outlets, 71

Glass: glazing, 8–9; low-e, 8. See also Glazing

Glazing, 3–4, 7–14; acrylic, 7, 13; choosing, 10, 11; double and triple, 50–51; ease of application, 11; energy efficiency, 11; fiberglass, 7–8, 13; glass, 8–9; hail damage to, 8, 9, 13; high technology, 443–44; life span, 11; overhead, 95; plant growth affected by, 12–13; polycarbonate, 6, 9, 13,444; polyethylene films, 9–10, 13; R-values, 458–59

Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa), 207–8; bloom date schedule, 165

Gloves, 378

Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa), 208; bloom date schedule, 163, 165

Gnat. See Fungus gnat

Goggles, 378

Golden-trumpet vine (Allamanda cathartica), 107, 208–9

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Goldfish plant. See Columnea

Gomphrena, 207–8

Grapes, 107

Grasshoppers: eating, 395; problems possibly caused by, 358

Gravel floors, 77

Gray mold (Botrytis), 298

Gray wall, 299

Gray water, 39; using, 39

Green lacewings. See Lacewings, green

Green peach aphid, 398

Green worm, 400–1

Greenhouse(s)

   affected by biotechnology, 444–45

   books on constructing, 6

   bringing outdoor plants into, 159–61

   community, 436–40

   cool, schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting in, 169–70

   cooling and ventilating, 54–64

   defining areas in, 71–72

   designing and building, 2–7

   do-it-yourself, 5–7

   evaluating gadgets/gizmos for, 67

   floors, 3, 77

   foundations, 2–3; insulation/insulating, 3, 5, 50

   future of, 435–45

   high technology, 443–44

   as home-production unit, 435–36

   interior design, 69–93

   kits, 4–5

   layouts, 107–9

   measuring light in, 14–16

   microclimates in, 97, 98–99

   mulch in, 352–53

   nonsolar, water as thermal mass in, 75–76

   optimizing energy and efficiency in, 153–54

   ornamental flowering plants grown in, 161–62; for cool winter, 253

   pest control in versus gardens, 362

   plant placement in, 97–99, 109

   plants developed for, 125; cucumbers, 150–51; snapdragons, 244

   potting area, 82–83

   preventing diseases in, 434

   safety considerations, 70–71

   schedule for year-round blooms in, 163–67

   shading, 62–64

   shelves, 83–84

   solar-heated, 40–52; growing areas in, 85; optimizing energy and efficiency in, 153–54; plants for, 120–22; water as thermal mass in, 72–75, 460; in winter, 155–56

   space used effectively in, 103–7

   starting plants in, 157–59

   in summer, 156–57

   vegetables grown in, 162

   visualizing/planning, 69–73

   warm, schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting vegetables, 168–69

   weather equipment for, 64–67

   wheelchair accessible, 78

   world hunger addressed by, 443

   See also Greenhouse varieties; Solar greenhouses

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Greenhouse varieties, 125; cucumbers, 150–51; snapdragons, 244

Ground beds, 70, 86, 88

Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) outlets, 71

Growing areas, 85

Growing Edge magazine, 25

Growing seasons, 153–71

Growth, 12–13, 15; and carbon dioxide, 27–28; photoperiods and, 13–14; regulators, 390

Guava, 157

Gypsum, 340

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Hail damage, 8, 9, 11

Hanging pots, 93; bush beans in, 123

Hard water, 38

Hardened stems, 140

Hardening off, 159

Harvesting, 107, 109, 155; mixed plantings, 111

Heat: for cuttings, 144; latent, 73–74; tolerance, 120–21. See also Heaters/heating

Heat Mirror®, 8

Heaters/heating, backup plans, 48–50; conventional, 46–47; electric, 47–48; kerosene, 49; heating mats, 54, 79–80; nonventing, 46, 49; radiant, 47; safety considerations, 71; sizing, 47. See also Solar heating

Heating mats, 54, 79–80

Heirloom seeds, 118

Herbs, 302–14; crop family, 111; cultivating, 303; light and temperature requirements for, 101; number of seeds per ounce, 129; processing and using, 303–4; spring transplanting schedule, 160. See also Edible plants. See also individual entries

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Hibiscus (Hibiscus spp.), 209; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

HID (high-intensity discharge) lamps, 20–25. See also HID lighting systems

HID (high-intensity discharge) lighting systems, 20–25; ballasts, 22; drawbacks and other considerations, 22–23; electrical needs, 22; increasing efficiency of, 23–24; light bulbs, 21–22; light movers, 23; mixing bulbs in, 24; sizing, 24–25. See also HID lamps

High-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps, 21

Honeydew, 356, 398

Horsetail tea, spraying, 427

Horticultural oils, 382–83, 40, 403, 404, 408, 411, 415, 421; homemade, 383, 400

Hose, 36

Hot Pepper Wax Insect Repellent. See Pepper-based pesticides

Hover fly, 375–76

Hoya (Hoya carnosa), 209–10; Hoya longifolia, 210

HPS (high-pressure sodium) lamps, 21

Humidity, 39–45; for cuttings, 144, 145; and disease prevention, 434; for IPM (integrated pest management), 365; high, troubleshooting, 44; low, 44–45; measuring, 65–66; propagation bench, 81; for seedlings, 136; winter, 97; wood and, 42–44, 62. See also Condensation; Fog systems; Misting; Swamp coolers

Husk tomato. See Tomatillo

Hyacinth: bloom date schedule, 166; easily forced varieties, 185; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Hybrids: advantages and disadvantages, 116–18; seeds, 128, 130

Hydroponics, 328–31; advantages, 329; disadvantages, 329–30; setups, 330–31

Hygrometers, 38, 40

Hypoaspis miles, 413, 415

Hyssop, anise, 305

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Impatiens (Impatiens spp.), 210; bloom date schedule, 165, 167; Impatiens repens, 210; New Guinea, 210; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Incandescent lights, 18

Injectors, fertilizer, 327

Inorganic soil amendments, 340–42

Insecticidal soaps, 381–82, 403, 404, 408, 421, homemade, 382

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Insecticides. See Pesticides; individual entries

Insects: beneficial, pesticides compatible with, 369, 370; mixed plantings used to reduce, 110, 361; resistance to, 124–25; screening, 59. See also Pests

Insulation/insulating: foundations, 3, 5, 50; night curtain, 52; Styrofoam, 49; walls, 50

Integrated pest management. See IPM

Interior design, 69–93; aisles and floors, 77–78; comfort considerations, 69–70; defining areas, 71–72; fans and vents, 76–77; interior surface considerations, 72; light and shade considerations, 72; mixing garden and leisure space, 84–85; planting options, 85–93; potting area, 82–83; propagation bench, 78–82; safety considerations, 70–71; screens, 77; shelves, 83–84; thermal mass considerations, 72–76

IPM (integrated pest management), 359–71; background, 363; beneficial insects used in, 364, 365–68, 369; components of, 361; humidity, 365; sprays, 368–71; temperature, 365

Iris, Iris reticulata, 185; easily forced varieties, 185

Iron (Fe), 324

Iron phosphate, 412

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Jasmine (Jasminum spp.), 107, 157; bloom date schedule, 16, 211–124; Jasminum humile, 211; Jasminum nitidum, 211; Jasminum officinale, 211; Jasminum polyanthum, 211; Jasminum x stephanense, 211; Jasminum tortuosum, 211; suited for winter greenhouse, 167; Trachelospermum jasminoides, 211

Joseph’s Coat. See Croton

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Kaffir lily (Clivia miniata), 197

Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.) 212; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165; Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, 212; Kalanchoe daigremontiana, 212; Kalanchoe mortagei, 212; Kalanchoe pinnata, 212; Kalanchoe pumila, 212; Kalanchoe tomentosa, 212; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

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Kale, 277

   crop family, 111

   flowering (Brassica oleracea), 213; bloom date schedule, 166; spring transplanting schedule, 160; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

   layout, 108

   light and temperature requirements for, 101

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   planting requirements, 139

   schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

Kerosene heaters, 49

King’s crown (Justicia carnea), 213–14; Justicia brandegeana, 214; Justicia carnea alba, 214

Kingfisher daisy. See Felicia

Kinoprene-based pesticides, 390–91, 419

Kit greenhouses, 4–5

Kohlrabi, 121, 277–78; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 101; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

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Lacewing, green (Chrysoperla carnea and C. rufilabris), 372–73, 399, 404, 411; controlling greenhouse whiteflies with, 419

Ladybug, 373–74, 399; Delphastus pusillus, 419, 421; Stethorus punctum, 408

Lady’s-Slipper orchid. See Paphiopedilum orchids

Larkspur (Consolida ambigua), 214; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

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Latent heat, 73–74

Lavender, 310; number of seeds per ounce, 129

Layouts, 107–9

LD-50 number, 380, 384

Leafhoppers, 385, 403; controlling, 403

Leaf miner, 382, 384, 385, 389, 402–3; controlling, 402–3; problems possibly caused by, 358

Leaf mold (Cladosporium), 299, 334–35

Leaf rot, 429

Leaf spots, 429. See also Diseases, fungus-based

Leaves, water and, 37

Leeks, crop family, 111; light and temperature requirements for, 101

Lemon(s), 269. See also Citrus

Lemon balm, 310

Leptomastix dactylopii, 404

Lettuce, 121, 278–81

   Bibb, 279–80

   harvesting, 107

   iceberg, 280

   insects and, 124

   layout, 108

   leaf, 279

   light and temperature requirements for, 101

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   planting requirements, 139

   Romaine, 279, 280

   schedule: for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170; for spring transplanting, 160

   varieties, 278–79; with lower nitrate accumulation, 122

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Light

   average percent possible sunshine by state (Appendix 2), 449–53

   diffusing, 6, 13

   diseases related to, 433; seedling, 431

   foot-candles, 14–16

   improving, 16

   low, 16, 18, 25–27

   lumens, 14–15

   lux, 15

   measuring, 14–16

   movers, 23

   plant growth affected by, 12–13, 15

   problems possibly caused by, 358

   requirements: for cut flowers, 102; for edible plants, 100–2; for germination, 132; for seedlings, 136

   summer, 94–96

   supplementary, 17–27

   transmission, 11

   ultraviolet, 10, 12

   See also Lighting/lighting systems

Light bulbs, HID, 21–22; mixing types of, 24

Light meters, 15–16

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Lighting/lighting systems, 17–27; duration, 25; fluorescent, 18–20, 82; HID (high-intensity discharge), 20–25; incandescent, 18; microwave, 25; propagation bench, 81, 82

Lily. See Calla lily; Easter lily; Kaffir lily

Limes, 269. See also Citrus

Limestone, 340–41

Lindorus lophanthae, 410

Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), 214–15; bloom date schedule, 166, 167

Living stones, 249

Lizards, 376

Lobelia (Lobelia tenuior), 215; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Low light, 16, 18, 25–27

Low-e glass, 8

Luffa squash, 292. See also Squash, winter

Lumens, 14–15

Lupine, bloom date schedule, 166

Lux, 15

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Madagascar palm, 249

Magnesium (Mg), 323

Magnifying glass, 355

Mail-order

   catalogs, 114–16; tips for using, 117

   pest control (Appendix 3), 454–57

   plants (Appendix 5), 461–65

   seeds (Appendix 6), 466–70

   supplies (Appendix 7), 471–77

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Malathion. See Pesticides, synthetic

Malope (Malvaceae trifida), 215–16; bloom date schedule, 166; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Mandevilla (Mandevilla spp.) , 107, 216; Mandevilla boliviensis, 216; Mandevilla sanderi, 216; Mandevilla x amabilis, 216; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Manganese (Mn), 324

Manure, 335–36; teas, 335–36

Maple, flowering (Abutilon megapotamicum), 216–17; bloom date schedule, 164; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Marguerite daisy: Anthemis tinctoria, 217; bloom date schedule, 164; Chrysanthemum frutescens, 217; suited for winter greenhouse, 167. See also Felicia

Marigold (Tagetes spp.), 217–18

   African, 217; bloom date schedule, 163

   bloom date schedule, 164, 165

   controlling nemotodes with, 409

   French, 217

   Mexican or sweet-scented. See Root beer plant

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   spring transplanting schedule, 160

Marmalade plant (Streptosolen jamesonii), 218

Mats, heating, 54, 79–80

Maturity, 146

Mealybug, 381, 382, 383, 384, 388, 403–5; controlling, 403–5; problems possibly caused by, 358

Measuring: carbon dioxide, 66; foundations, 2–3; humidity, 65–66; light, 14–16; temperatures, 64–65

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Melon(s), 157

   cantaloupe, 157, 263–64; crop family, 111; layout, 108; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; pollinating, 151; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168, 170; trellising, 104–5

   crop family, 111

   muskmelon, 263–64

   pollinating, 151

   spring transplanting schedule, 160

   watermelon, 107, 302; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 102; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

Melon aphid, 398

Mesoseiulus longipes, 407

Metal halide (MH) lamps, 21

Metaphycus helvolus, 410

MH (metal halide) lamps, 21

Mice, 405

Microbes, soil, 319

Microbial enhancements, 336–37

Microbial pesticides, 386–89; Bacillus thuringiensis and B. t. israeliensis, 386–87, 401, 402

Microclimate: definition, 96; greenhouse, 98, 97–99; rules, 99; winter, 96–97

Micronutrients, 321, 323–24; chelated, 342–43. See also Boron (B); Copper (Cu); Iron (Fe); Manganese (Mn); Molybdenum (Mo); Nutrients; Silicon; Zinc (Zn)

Microwave lights, 25

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Midge: aphid midge (Aphidoletes aphidimyza), 365, 399; Feltiella acarisuga, 408

Mildew

   downy, 429

   powdery, 124, 429; cinnamon used to control, 386; garlic and, 380

   See also Diseases, fungus-based

Milk, spraying, 426

Milk thistle, 310

Millipedes, 405–6

Mimosa, crop family, 111

Mimulus (Mimulus x hybridus), 218; bloom date schedule, 166; number of seeds per ounce, 129

Mina (Mina lobata), 107, 219; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165

Minerals

   copper (Cu), 323–24; pesticides with, 391

   sulfur (S), 323; controlling mites with, 408–9; pesticides with, 391; sprays, 427–28

Mint, 310–11; crop family, 111; varieties, 311

Minute pirate bug (Orius insidiosus), 415

Miracle products and stimulants, 337

Misting, 36, 45, 79; for cooling, 59–60; for cuttings, 144, 145; seedlings, 141; systems, 80, 81–82; timers, 80, 81

Mites, 382, 386

   Amblyseius: A. cucumeris (aka Neoseiulus cucumeris), 414

   Amblyseius degenerans (aka Neoseiulus degenerans), 414–15

   beneficial, 406–8; controllings thrips with, 414–15; Hypoaspis miles, 402; Hypoaspis miles, 413

   controlling, 406–9

   Hypoaspis miles, 415

   Mesoseiulus longipes, 407

   Noeseiulus californicus, 407–8

   Phytoseiulus macropilus, 408

   Phytoseiulus persimilis, 407

   spider, 381, 383, 385, 388, 389, 391, 406–9; problems possibly caused by, 358

   two-spotted, 406–9

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Mixed plantings, 109–12, 361, 424

Moisture: for seeds, seedlings, and cuttings, 131, 133–34; soil’s ability to hold, 317

Mold: gray (Botrytis), 298; leaf (Cladosporium), 299; sooty, 430, 356, 398

Molybdenum (Mo), 324

Monkey flower. See Mimulus

Monopodial plants, 225

Moon lily. See Datura

Morning glory (Ipomoea), 107, 219–20; bloom date schedule, 164, 165; greenhouse-grown, 12; Ipomoea nil, 219; Ipomoea purpurea, 219; Ipomoea tricolor, 219

Mother of Hundreds. See Kalanchoe mortagei

Mounting systems, polycarbonate, 11

Mulch/mulching: disadvantages, 413; in greenhouses, 352–53

Mullein (Verbascum bombyciferum), 220–21; bloom date schedule, 165; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Muskmelon, 263–64

Mustard: crop family, 111; greens, 101

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Narcissus: bloom date schedule, 166; easily forced varieties, 185

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), 107, 221–22; bloom date schedule, 166; crop family, 111; number of seeds per ounce, 129; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Neem-based pesticides, 384–8, 403, 415, 419

Nematodes, 409; beneficial, 411, 413; controlling, 409; parasitic (Steinernema carpocapsae, S. feltiae, and Heterorhabditis), 387–88, 401–2, 404, 411

Nemesia (Nemesia strumosa), 222; bloom date schedule, 163, 166, 167; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

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Neoregelia, 183

Neoseiulus cucumeris (aka Amblyseius cucumeris), 414

Neoseiulus degenerans (aka Amblyseius degenerans), 414–15

New Alchemy Institute, 122

New Zealand spinach. See Spinach, New Zealand

Nicotiana (Nicotiana spp.), 222–23; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165; crop family, 111; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Nicotine: pesticides with, 386; tea, 380, 385

Night-blooming cereus, 189

Night curtain, 52

Nitrates, avoiding accumulations of, 121–22

Nitrogen (N), 321, 322, 326, 356, 400. See also Fertilizers; Nutrients; Soil amendments

Nitrogen oxides, 433

Noeseiulus californicus, 407–8

Nonventing heaters, 46, 49

Nozzles, 34, 36–37, 59–60; cleaning, 378

Nutrients: diseases related to, 433; for germination, 132; imbalance, 356; soil and plant, 320–25. See also Calcium (Ca); Fertilizers; Magnesium (Mg); Micronutrients; Nitrogen (N); Phosphorus (P); Potassium (K); Silicon; Soil amendments; Sulfur (S)

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Okra, 281–82; light and temperature requirements for, 101; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; pollination and, 148; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

Oleander (Nerium oleander), 223

Oncidium orchid, 228

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Onion(s), 282–83

   bulbs: layout, 108; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

   bunching, 283

   green, 282–83; layout, 108

   greens, schedule for planting, growing,       and harvesting, 169, 170

   light and temperature requirements for, 101

   multiplier, 283

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   onion family, 111

   photoperiods and, 14

   planting requirements, 139

   spring transplanting schedule, 160

Oranges, 268–69. See also Citrus

Orchids

   Brassavola, 226; B. nodosa, 226

   Cattleya, 226–27

   cinnamon used as pesticide on, 386

   Cymbidium, 227

   Dendrobium, 227–28; D. aggregatum, 227–28; D. nobile, 227–28

   epiphytes, 224, 225

   monopodial, 225

   Oncidium, 228

   (Orchidaceae), 223–32

   Paphiopedilum, 228–29

   Phalaenopsis, 229

   sympodial, 225

   terrestrials, 224, 225

   troubleshooting, 230–32

   Vanda, 229–30; terete types, 230

   vanilla (Planifolia fragrans), 230

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Oregano, 311

Organic fertilizers, 325–26

Organic soil amendments, 332–40

Ornamental plants, 157, 172–253

   best suited for cool winter greenhouse, 167, 253

   for cut flowers, 252–53

   growing in greenhouses, 161–62

   fragrant, 253

   transplanting, 158; schedule, 158

   with unusual or colorful leaves, 253

   vining, 252

   See also individual entries

Overwatering, 35, 97. See also Watering

Oxalis (Oxalis spp.), 232

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Pachypodiums, 249

Painted tongue. See Salpiglossis

Palm(s); date (Roebelenii), 233; fan (Chamaerops humilis or Livistona chinensis), 233; lady (Rhapis excelsa), 233; Madagascar, 249; (Palmae), 232–33; sago (Cycas revoluta), 232–33

Panda plant. See Kalanchoe tomentosa

Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana), 233–34; bloom date schedule, 163, 165, 166, 167; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Papaya, 283–84

Paper pots, 134

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Paphiopedilum orchid, 228–29

Parasites

   aphids controlled by, 398–99

   beneficial, 364, 365, 369, 398–99; controlling scale with, 410

   Encarsia formosa, 369, 381, 390, 394, 416–19, 440–41

   Eretmocerus eremicus, 421

   Lindorus lophathae, 410

   Metaphycus helvolus, 410

   mites, 413

   nematodes (Steinernema carpocapsae, S. feltiae, and Heterorhabditis), 387–88, 401–2, 404

   See also Predators, beneficial

Parsley, 311–12; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 101; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

Parsnips, light and temperature requirements for, 101

Passionflower, (Passiflora spp.), 107, 157, 234–35; Passiflora actinia, 234; Passiflora edulis, 234; Passiflora x alatocaerulea, 234

PBO (piperonyl butoxide), 393

Peas, 107, 119, 121, 284–85; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 101; number of seeds per ounce, 129; pollination and, 148; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

Peat moss, 337–39; peat humus, 339; sphagnum, 337–38

Peat pots, 133–34, 157–58

Pencil plants, 249

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Peninsular beds, 86, 87

Pentas (Pentas lanceolata), 235

Pepper(s), 285–86; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 101; number of seeds per ounce, 129; pollination and, 148; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170; spring transplanting schedule, 160; varieties, 285, 286

Pepper-based pesticides, 385–86, 400, 403, 405, 408, 415, 421

Perennials, 162; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Perlite, 341

Peruvian lily. See Alstroemeria

Pest control: mail order (Appendix 3), 454–57; trends, 440–41

Pesticides

   alternative, 380–89

   aphid, 400

   Avermectin B (Streptomyces avermitilis), 389–90, 408, 415

   botanically based, 383–86

   chemical/synthetic, 376–77, 392

   cinnamon-based, 386, 400

   compatibility: with beneficial insects,       369, 370; with edible crops, 369–71

   copper- and sulfur-based minerals as, 391

   diseases related to, 433

   growth regulators, 390

   homemade, 380–81

   horticultural oils, 382–83, 40, 403, 404, 408, 411, 415, 421

   hot pepper-based, 385–86, 400, 403, 405, 408, 408, 415, 421

   insecticidal soaps, 381–82, 403, 404, 408, 421

   kinoprene-based, 390–91, 419

   LD-50 number, 380, 384

   microbial and biological, 386–89

   naturally based, 389–92

   neem-based, 384–85, 403, 415, 419

   nicotine-based, 386

   pyrethrin-based, 383–84, 40, 403, 404–5, 408, 415, 419, 421

   rayania-based, 384

   rotenone-based, 384

   sabadilla-based, 384

   safety, 378–80; considerations, 71

   synthetic, 376–77, 392

   systemic, 392

   See also Pests; Sprays

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Pests, 158, 159, 396–421

   baits and traps, 393–94

   beneficial, 364, 365–68, 369, 398

   controlling/managing, 354–434: in greenhouses versus gardens, 362; with beneficial insects, 364, 365–68, 369; with diatomaceous earth, 395; with dusts, 395; with freeze-outs, 394–95; with integrated pest management (IPM), 359–71; with sprays, 376–80; strategies, 357–59; with water, 391–92; without sprays, 393–95

   eating, 395

   identifying, 396–97

   predators that eat multiple, 371–76

   record keeping (Appendix 8), 482–84

   resistance to, 124–25, 361

   on roses, 241

   steps for minimizing, 360–61

   symptoms of, 357, 358

   See also Aphids; Cabbage looper; Fungus gnat; Leaf miners; Leafhopper; Mealybug; Mice; Millipedes; Mites; Nematodes; Pesticides; Pets; Scale; Slugs; Snails; Sow bugs; Thrips

Petunia (Petunia x hybrida), 154, 235; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165; crop family, 111; spring transplanting schedule, 160; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

pH, 318–19; scale, 318

Phalaenopsis orchid, 229

Phlox, number of seeds per ounce, 129

Phosphate: colloidal, 341; rock, 341; super, 341

Phosphorus (P), 321, 322, 326. See also Fertilizers; Nutrients; Soil amendments

Photoperiods/photoperiodism, 13–14, 25, 154; incandescent lights and, 18

Photosynthesis, 12–13, 27; aiding, 16; incandescent lights and, 18. See also Carbon dioxide

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Phytoseiulus macropilus, 408

Phytoseiulus persimilis, 407

Pill bugs, 395, 413; controlling, 413

Pineapple, 286–87. See also Bromeliads

Pineapple guava. See Feijoa

Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans), 236; bloom date schedule, 164; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Piperonyl butoxide (PBO), 393

Planning, 69–73

Plant growth, 12–13, 15; and carbon dioxide, 27–28; photoperiods and, 13–14

Planting

   depth: for germination, 132, 136; and seedling diseases, 431

   mixed/integrated, 109–12, 361, 424

   patterns, 107–13

   record keeping (Appendix 8), 480–81

   very tiny seeds, 137

Plants: “biological clocks,” 154; developed for greenhouses, 125; disease-resistant, 426; for solar-heated and cool-winter greenhouses, 120–22; growing for outside, 157–59; inspecting, 355; low light’s effect on, 18; mail order (Appendix 5), 461–65; monopodial 225; moving from outdoors into greenhouse, 159–61; nutrients for, 320–25; nutrition needs, 325; ordering, 115; propagating, 127–45; rooting, 142–45; selecting, 114–26; spacing, 16, 103, 107–9, 431; staking, 106–7; starting, 157–58; sympodial 225; tall versus bushy, 122–23; trellising, 1036; winter-loving, 125–26. See also Edible plants; Flowers; Ornamental plants; Tropical plants; Vegetables; individual varieties

Plastic packs, 133, 135. See also Containers

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Plastic pots, 91–92. See also Containers

Plug trays, 135. See also Containers

Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata), 107, 236

Pocketbook plant (Calceolaria crenatiflora), 236–37

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), 237–38; bloom date schedule, 165

Polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), 238; bloom date schedule, 165, 166

Pollination, 146–52; artificial, 151; methods, 147–51; of tropical and subtropical plants, 151–52; optimum conditions for, 146–47; troubleshooting, 152

Polycarbonate: glazing, 6, 9, 13, 444; mounting system, 11

Polyethylene films, 9–10, 13

Polymers, water-absorbing, 343

Poor man’s orchid. See Schizanthus

Poppy (Papaveraceae spp.), 238–39; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167; Iceland (Papaver nudicaule), 238; Oriental (Papaver orientale), 238; Papaver somniferum, 238; shirley (Papaver rhoeas), 238; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Portulaca, spring transplanting schedule, 160

Pot marigold. See Calendula

Potassium (K), 321, 322, 326. See also Fertilizers; Nutrients; Soil amendments

Potato, 287; crop family, 111. See also Sweet potato

Potato aphid, 398

Potato starch, 427

Potted plants, 90–93; in raised beds, 86. See also Containers

Potting benches, 82, 83

Potting soil, 346–50; commercial, 347–48; customizing, 349–50; homemade, 348–50; recipe, 349. See also Soil

Powdery mildew, 124, 429; cinnamon used to control, 386; garlic and, 380

Prairie gentian. See Lisianthus

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Praying mantis, 374

Predators, beneficial, 364, 399–400; controlling scale with , 411; controlling slugs with, 412; crypto beetle (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri), 403–4; green lacewings (Chrysoperla carnea and C. rufilabris), 372–73; Hypoaspis miles, 402; ladybug or ladybird beetle, 373–74; mites, 406–8; multiple pests, 371–76; praying mantis, 374; spiders, 374–75; Stethorus punctum, 408; syrphid or hover fly, 375–76; toads, chameleons, lizards, salamanders, and snakes, 376; wasps (Leptomastix dactylopii), 404. See also Parasites

Primrose (Primula spp.), 239; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165, 166; Primula malacoides, 239; Primula obconica, 239; Primula sinensis, 239; suited for winter greenhouse, 167. See also Streptocarpus (cape primrose)

Primula. See Primrose

Propagation, 127–45; with cuttings, 142–45; seed, 128, 130

Propagation bench, 78–82; setting up, 81

Pruning, tomatoes, 297, 300–1

Pseudostem, 257

Pumpkin, 292; crop family, 111. See also Squash, winter

Purslane, 288

Pyrethrin-based pesticides, 383–84, 40, 403, 404–5, 408, 415, 419, 421

Pyrethroids, 383–84

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Quamoclit vine. See Mina

Queen’s tears. See Billbergia nutans

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R-values, 458–59

Radiant heating, 47. See also Heaters/heating

Radish, 288–89; crop family, 111; Daikon, 289; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 101; number of seeds per ounce, 129; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

Rainwater, 39

Raised beds, 70, 85–88; constructing, 85, 87–88; trellising in, 103

Ranunculus (Ranunculus asiaticus), 239–40; bloom date schedule, 163, 166, 167; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Rayania-based pesticides, 384

Record keeping (Appendix 8), 478–84

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Red Riding Hood. See Mandevilla sanderi

Reflective surfaces, 23–24, 72; increasing, 25–27

Repotting, 350–52; orchids, 225–26; process, 351

Respirator mask, 356, 378

Rock floors, 77

Rock wool, 341–42

Rondeletia (Rondeletia spp.), 240; Rondeletia leucophylla, 240; Rondeletia splendens, 240

Root beer plant (Tagetes lucida), 312

Root rot, 429–30

Rooting, 142–45

Rooting powder, 142–43

Roots: care requirements, 315–53; root rot, 429–30; seedling, 140–41

Rose (Rosa spp.), 240–41; greenhouse-grown, 12; light and temperature requirements for, 102

Rose aphid, 398

Rosemary, 312–13; crop family, 111; number of seeds per ounce, 129

Rot(s): leaf, stem, and fruit, 429; root, 429–30. See also Diseases, fungus-based

Rotenone-based pesticides, 384

Rubbing alcohol, controlling mealybugs with, 405

Rusts. See Fungus-based diseases

Rutabaga: crop family, 111; light and temperature requirements for, 101

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Sabadilla-based pesticides, 384

Safety, 70–71; with sprays, 378–80

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Sage, 313; crop family, 111. See also Pineapple sage

Salamanders, 376

Salpiglossis (Salpiglossis sinuata), 242; crop family, 111; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Salt: damage, 319, 320; Epsom, 340; and seedling diseases, 431; in soil, 319

Salvia (Salvia farinacea), 242–43; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Sand, 342; thermal storage value, 459

Sawdust, 339

Scab, corky, 432

Scale, 381, 382, 409–11

   black, 410

   brown, 410

   cactus, 410

   controlling, 410–11

   fern, 410

   long brown, 410

   problems possibly caused by, 358

   varieties, 410

Scallions, crop family, 111. See also Onions, green

Schedule(s): bloom date, 163–67; for planting, growing, and harvesting vegetables, 168–70; ornamental spring transplant, 160; vegetable spring transplant, 160

Scheduling, 153–71

Schizanthus (Schizanthus x wisetonensis), 243; bloom date schedule, 164, 165, 166, 167

Screens: design considerations, 77; vent, 59

Sea lavender. See Statice

Seasons: cool, 154–55; greenhouse, 94–97, 154–57; greenhouse; warm, 154–55

Security, 11

Seedlings: diseases, 430, 431; light for, 136; moisture for, 131, 133–34; roots, 140–41; starting, 157–58; transplanting, 138, 14041

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Seeds: age of, and seedling diseases, 431; heirloom, 118; hybrid, 118, 128, 130; mail order (Appendix 6), 466–70; number per ounce, 129; ordering, 115–16; planting and germinating, 130–38; propagating, 128, 130; sowing, 135–36; storing, 130; very tiny, 137; viability, 128

Sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica), 243–44

Sewage sludge, 339

Shade cloth, fiberglass, 63

Shading, 16; compound, 53; drawbacks of, 64; greenhouses, 62–64; tall plants, 96

Shallots, crop family, 111

Shelves, 83–84

Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana or Beloperone guttata), 244; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Shungiku. See Chrysanthemum, edible

Shut-off valves, 37

Shutters, vent, 58

Silicon (N), 321, 325; spraying, 427

Silver Lining. See Mullein

Silverleaf (sweet potato whitefly), 420–21

Sinks, 83

Siphons, fertilizer, 327

Site orientation, 52

Sludge, 339

Slugs, 376, 385, 395, 411–13; controlling, 412–13; problems possibly caused by, 358; protecting seedlings from, 141

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Smoke, diseases related to, 433

Snails, 411–13; controlling, 412–13; problems possibly caused by, 358

Snakes, 376

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus), 154, 160–61, 244–45; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167; forcing snaps, 244; light and temperature requirements for, 102; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Soft water, 38

Soil

   aeration, 316

   in beds, 352

   in containers, 346–50

   and disease prevention, 434

   as thermal mass, 87

   clay, 89

   for cuttings, 144

   drainage, 88–89, 317–18

   filling beds with, 89–90

   for germinating seeds, 131

   maintaining, 344–50

   microbes, 319

   moisture-holding ability, 317

   nutrients for, 320–25

   orchid, 224

   organic matter, 317

   salt in, 319

   salty, 89

   and seedling diseases, 431

   sterile, 346–47; for starting seeds, 132

   temperature, 52–54; fertilizer uptake affected by, 343; for germination, 131, 139

   testing for watering, 35–36

   thermometers, 53, 66

   warming, 53

   “year-round,” 316

   See also Potting soil; Soil amendments

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Soil amendments, 331–43

   bark, 332

   blood meal, 332

   bonemeal, 332

   chelated micronutrients, 342–43

   coir, 333

   compost, 333–34

   Epsom salts, 340

   fish emulsion, 334

   gypsum, 340

   inorganic, 340–42

   leaf mold, 334–35

   limestone, 340–41

   manure, 335–36

   microbial enhancements and biostimulants, 336–37

   miracle products and stimulants, 337

   organic, 332–40

   peat moss, 337–39

   perlite, 341

   phosphate: colloidal, 341; rock, 341; super, 341

   polymers and gels, 343

   rock wool, 341–42

   sand, 342

   sawdust, 339

   sewage sludge, 339

   vermiculite, 342

   wood ash, 339–40

Soil blocks, 134

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Solar greenhouses, 40–52; growing areas, 85; in winter, 155–56; optimizing energy and efficiency in, 153–54; plants for, 120–22; water as thermal mass in, 72–75, 460; in winter, 155–56

Solar heating, 40–52; for kit greenhouses, 4–5; thermal storage, 51. See also Thermal mass

Solar-rights laws, 15

Solenoid valve, 81

Sooty mold, 356, 398, 430. See also Mold

Sorrel, 289

Sow bugs, 395, 413; controlling, 413

Sowing: direct, 137–38; seeds, 135–36; tools, 136; very tiny seeds, 137

Spacing (plant), 16, 103, 107–9; and disease prevention, 434; and seedling diseases, 431; seeds, 132–33, 135–36

Spanish flag. See Mina

Sphagnum peat moss, 337–38

Spider flower. See Cleome

Spider mites, 381, 383, 388, 389, 391, 406–9; problems possibly caused by, 358

Spiders, 374–75

Spinach, 119, 289–90

   crop family, 111

   harvesting, 107

   layout, 108

   light and temperature requirements for, 101

   New Zealand, 107, 281; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170; trellising, 105

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   planting requirements, 139

   schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

Sporothrix, 338

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Sprays/spraying

   adjuvants and additives, 392–93

   alternative, 380–89

   baking soda, 426–27

   Bordeaux, 391

   chemical/synthetic, 376–77

   cinnamon, 427

   for controlling: aphids, 400; fungus gnats,

      402; greenhouse whiteflies, 419–20; mealybugs, 404–5; mites, 408–9; pests, 376–80; slugs, 412; sweet potato whiteflies, 421; thrips, 415

   for diseases, 426–27

   equipment, 377–78

   homemade, 380–81

   IPM, 368–71

   LD-50 number, 380, 384

   milk, 426

   nontoxic, 426–28

   potato starch, 427

   procedure, 379

   safety, 378–80

   silicon, 427

   spreader-stickers used in, 392—93

   sulfur, 427–28

   vinegar, 426

   See also Pesticides

Spring, 96

   transplanting, 158–59; schedule for ornamental plants, 158; schedule for vegetables, 161

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Squash, 157

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   pollinating, 149–50

   spring transplanting schedule, 160

   summer, 107, 290–91; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 102; schedule for

      planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170; trellising, 105; varieties, 290

   winter, 107, 291–92; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 102; Luffa, 292; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170; varieties, 291–92

   See also individual entries

Staghorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum), 245–46

Staking, 106–7

Star jasmine. See Trachelospermum jasminoides

Starting, 157–58

Statice (Limonium sinuatum), 246; bloom date schedule, 164, 165

Steel, thermal storage value, 459

Steinernema feltiae, 411

Stem hardening, 140

Stem rot, 429

Stethorus punctum, 408

Stimulants, 337; biostimulants, 336–37

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Stock (Matthiola incana), 246–47; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167; crop family, 111; evening-scented (Matthiola longipetala), 247; light and temperature requirements for, 102; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Stone, thermal storage value, 459

Strawberries, 292–93; photoperiods and, 14

Streptocarpus (Streptocarpus x hybridus), 247–48

Streptomyces avermitilis, 389

Stress, 357; flowering triggered by, 146

String of beads, 249

Styrofoam: insulation, 49; trays, 135

Succulents, 187 248–49

Sulfur (S), 323; and copper-based minerals as pesticides, 391; controlling mites with, 408–9; sprays, 427–28

Summer, 94–96; growing in, 156–57

Sun angles, 94–96

Sunscald, 433

Sunshine, average percent possible by state (Appendix 2), 449–53

Supplies, mail order (Appendix 7), 471–77

Swamp coolers, 45, 60–62

Swan River daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia), 249; bloom date schedule, 164, 165

Sweet alyssum. See Alyssum

Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus), 107, 249–50; bloom date schedule, 163, 164, 166, 167; crop family, 111; light and temperature requirements for, 102; number of seeds per ounce, 129; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Sweet potato, 287–88; light and temperature requirements for, 102

Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), 219

Sweet potato whitefly (silverleaf), 420–21

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Swiss chard, 119, 265–66; crop family, 111; harvesting, 107; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 102; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

Sympodial plants, 225

Symptoms, identifying, 358

Syrphid fly, 375–76

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Tarragon, 313–14. See also Root beer plant (Mexican or winter tarragon)

Tea plant, 293–94

Teas: horsetail, 427; manure, 335–36; nicotine, 380, 385; willow, 143–44

Temperature

   air, 45–52

   and disease prevention, 434

   for IPM (integrated pest management), 365

   greenhouse, 155

   heat tolerance, 120–21

   night, 162

   pollination, 147

   problems possibly caused by, 358

   requirements: for cut flowers, 102; for edible plants, 100–2

   soil, 52–54; effect on fertilizer uptake, 343; for germination, 131, 139

   water, 39; raising, 40

   winter, 96–97

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Temperature-sensing alarms, 48

Thanksgiving cactus. See Cactus

Thermal mass, 72–76; in nonsolar greenhouses, 72–75; in solar greenhouses, 72–75, 460; soil as, 87; suggested amounts, 460

Thermal storage, 51; values, 459

Thermometer, 65; placement, 65; soil, 53 66; types of, 64–65

Thermostat, 57, 58; heating mat, 80

Thinning, 137–38

Thrips, 381, 382, 384, 385, 388, 393, 413–16; controlling, 414–16; problems possibly caused by, 358

Thunbergia (Thunbergia alata), 107, 251; bloom date schedule, 166; suited for winter greenhouse, 167

Thyme, 314; number of seeds per ounce, 129; varieties, 314

Tillandsia, 183

Timers, misting, 80

TMV (tobacco mosaic virus), 285, 296, 299, 423

Toads, 376

Tobacco: controlling fungus gnats with, 402; crop family, 111; effect of when transplanting, 140. See also Nicotiana; Nicotine

Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), 285, 296, 299, 423

Tomatillo, 294

Tomato(es), 107, 153, 155, 157, 294–301; bush, layout, 108; crop family, 111; determinate, 123, 295; disease resistance abbreviations, 296; diseases and disorders, 298–99, 430; indeterminate, 123, 295–301; light and temperature requirements for, 16, 102; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; pollinating, 148; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170; spring transplanting schedule, 160; transplanted, 158; trellising, 105; vining, layout, 108. See also Tomatillo

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Tomato cages, 106

Tomato spotted-wilt virus (TSWV), 414

Tools: sowing, 136; transplanting, 140–41. See also Equipment; Gadgets/gizmos

Trachelospermum jasminoides, 211

Transplant shock, avoiding, 134

Transplanting, 138, 140–41

   ornamental plants, 158

   schedule: for ornamental plants, 158; for vegetables, 160

   spring, 158–59

   tobacco and, 140

   tools, 140–41

   vegetables, 159

   winter, 126

Transvaal daisy. See Gerbera daisy

Traps, sticky, 393–94, 415; controlling greenhouse whiteflies with, 420

Trellising, 1036; cucumbers, 272–73; horizontal, 106; plants suitable for, 107

Tropical plants: growing in summer, 156, 157; pollinating, 151–52; starting, 130. See also individual entries

TSWV (tomato spotted-wilt virus), 414

Tulip: bloom date schedule, 166; easily forced varieties, 185

Turnip, 301–2; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 102; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

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U-values, 458

Ultraviolet light, 10, 12; produced by MH lamps, 21

Up-potting, 350–52; process, 351

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Vacuuming, controlling greenhouse whiteflies with, 420

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Valves, solenoid, 81

Vanda orchid, 229–30; terete types, 230

Vanilla orchid (Planifolia fragrans), 230

Vegetables, 254–302

   with complete flowers, 147–49

   in containers, 91

   greenhouse varieties, 125, 150–51

   growing in greenhouses, 162; cool-winter, 121–22

   with incomplete flowers, 149–51

   light needed by, 15

   in mixed plantings, 109–12, 424; with flowers, 111–12

   number of seeds per ounce, 129

   nutrition needs, 325

   planting requirements, 139

   schedule: for planting, growing, and harvesting, 168–70; spring transplanting, 160

   selecting, 118–20

   starting, 130

   tall versus bushy, 122–23

   transplanting, 159; schedule for spring, 160

   See also Edible plants; individual entries

Vent openers, 56–57

Ventilation/ventilating, 55–57; carbon dioxide and, 28–29; heating and, 46–47

Vents, 55–57, 58, 59; design considerations, 76–77; screening, 59

Venus’s flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), 251–52

Verbena, number of seeds per ounce, 129

Vermiculite, 342

Verticillium (Verticillium), 299

Vinegar, spraying, 426

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Viola, number of seeds per ounce, 129

Virus: diseases caused by, 423–25; tobacco mosaic, 285, 296, 299, 423; tomato spotted-wilt virus (TSWV), 414. See also Diseases/disorders

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Walkways, 77–78, 86; lowering, 87

Walls, insulating, 50

Wasps

   Aphidius: A. abdominalis, 398, 399; A. colemani, 398–99; A. ervi, 398, 399

   beneficial, 364, 399

   Encarsia formosa, 369, 381, 390, 394, 416–19, 440–41

   Eretmocerus eremicus, 421

   Leptomastix dactylopii, 404

Water drums/storage, 38; care of, 76; for thermal mass, 72–73, 75, 460; for thermal storage, 51; purchasing, 76; warm, 53, 54

Water/watering, 33–39, 158

   basics, 35–36

   before transplanting, 140

   for controlling: pests, 391–92; thrips, 416

   and disease prevention, 434

   diseases related to, 433

   gray, 39

   hand, 34, 36–38

   latent heat of, 73–74

   overwatering, 35, 97

   problems possibly caused by, 358

   quality, 38–39

   and seedling diseases, 431

   systems, 37–38

   temperature, 39; raising, 40

   testing soil for, 35–36

   thermal storage value, 459

   warm, 52–53

   when to, 33–34

   See also Thermal mass; Thermal storage; Water drums/storage

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Water-absorbing polymers and gels, 343

Watermelon, 107, 302; crop family, 111; layout, 108; light and temperature requirements for, 102; number of seeds per ounce, 129; planting requirements, 139; schedule for planting, growing, and harvesting, 169, 170

Wax plant. See hoya

Weather: equipment, 64–66; predicting, 66–67; radios, 66

Weather-stripping, 51, 56

Weeds, 422

Weep holes, 89

Weevils, problems possibly caused by, 358

Wheelbarrows, 86, 87

Wheelchair access, 78

Whitefly

   greenhouse, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 388, 389, 393, 416–20; controlling, 416–20; Encarsia formosa used to control, 369; problems possibly caused by, 358

   sweet potato (silverleaf), 420–21

Willow tea, 143–44

Wilting. See Fungus-based diseases

Wind damage, 433

Windflower. See Anemone

Winter, 96–97; growing in, 155–56; ornamental flowers and plants best suited for greenhouse in, 167, 253; plants for cool greenhouses in, 120–22; plants needing, 125–26

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Wood: ash, 339–40; floors, 77; humidity and, 42–44, 62; raised beds built from, 85, 87; thermal storage value, 459; treated with CCA (chromated copper arsenate), 42–44

Wood stoves, 48, 49

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Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. See Brunfelsia australis

Yields, 118–19

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Zinc (Zn), 324

Zinnia (Zinnia spp.), 252; bloom date schedule, 164, 165, 166; number of seeds per ounce, 129; spring transplanting schedule, 160

Zucchini, 290–91. See also Squash, summer

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