Looking for a greenhouse that is designed to trap heat to store all your plants? Are you looking for information to help you decide which greenhouse is the best for your needs. We all know that no greenhouse is the same. And that is why we wrote the Solexx greenhouse review 2018.
Looking for a greenhouse designed to channel and trap the heat? A respite in the bitter cold of winter?
Solexx Greenhouse claims to do just that. In fact, there is very little about this manufacturer’s products that isn’t designed to evenly distribute light and heat across your greenhouse.
What are the benefits of that intense focus? You’re looking at plants who are gently encouraged into engaging in photosynthesis and thus grow faster.
Solexx offers a few products and each falls within the same vein with the only tangible difference lying in the size of the greenhouse and roof pitch.
Table of Contents
- 0.1 The primary models available include:
- 1 Unique Features
- 2 Our Reviews for Solexx Greenhouses
- 3 Our Verdict
- 4 Do You Need a Greenhouse?
Have a look at a few other greenhouse brands Eco Greenhouse reviewed:
The primary models available include:
- Solexx Garden Master
- Solexx Gardener’s Oasis
- Solexx Harvester
- Solexx Conservatory
- Solexx Early Bloomer Greenhouse
Best product for: Gardeners who like all-inclusive packages
Solexx Greenhouses are designed with one important factor of greenhouse growing in mind: heat.
Every aspect of each Solexx model and cover are designed to ensure that the correct amount of heat not only penetrates the greenhouse but is trapped within the structure.
There are five main features unique to Solexx worth discovering:
- Composite framing
- White insulated cover
- Added accessories
- Easy setup
The frame of the Solexx greenhouse is relatively unique. While other manufacturers use wood frames for durability or PVC frames to cut costs, Solexx uses composite tubing.
Composite tubing is the same product used to build bridges – so we know it’s durable.
The composite tube frame is strong on its own, but that strength is also bolstered by the steel fittings and the addition of PVC to keep it strong and stable while still flexible enough to deal with whatever the season has to throw at you.
As you’ll see, the whole greenhouse is white including the frame.
Solexx says they chose to use a white frame because it reflects the light within the greenhouse and sends it back to your plants rather than absorbing the light or letting it escape back to your garden.
There’s one more reason we like the composite frame. While it supports light and heat, it also actively fights against cold.
Metal and PVC on their own can transfer cold temperatures into the greenhouse. After all, metal is a conductor. By avoiding this added transfer of temperature, you’ll be able to keep the greenhouse warmer without relying so heavily on a heating or light system during the winter.
White Insulated Cover
Unlike other greenhouses, Solexx models are white. While we question the sanity of leaving a white structure outside – after all, won’t it lose its color after a few days? – there are a few good reasons for using a white cover.
Because the cover is white, it is better able to diffuse light as it enters and remains in the greenhouse. According to Solexx, when sunlight hits the walls, it is able to send the light into every part of the structure, meaning there are no dark corners for plants to hide and die in.
What does this mean for your plants?
More light translates into greater rates of photosynthesis, the process by which plants use sunlight to transform their food and grow.
Solexx says the use of white is so effective on stimulating photosynthesis that plants in their greenhouses grow 25% faster than they do in competing models.
The white polyethylene cover also offers a twin-wall thickness that provides extra insulation.
One of the biggest selling points for us, when we look at greenhouses, is the extra accessories added in. Who likes making a big investment and then buying several little things just to make it functional?
Solexx throws in both hanging rods and a shelf with the purchase. This means you’ll be able to use your greenhouse right away without worrying about finding the right sized accessories after you build.
Unlike other greenhouses, Solexx doesn’t offer a specific ventilation system.
We think this can be a positive or a negative for the greenhouse depending on how adverse you are to saving money. Some ventilation systems require access to a power source, which will add to your monthly electricity bill.
There are ventilation flaps included in the design. You’ll find a 24” x 12” air vent included with every model.
You can purchase an optional solar power opener with some models, but it’s not required and comes at an extra cost.
The frame is easier to set up than metal or wood frames because they’re a bit lighter.
Additionally, Solexx does what many other manufacturers do now and pre-cut the frame to make assembly easier. We also like that the pieces are color coded, so unlike anything from Ikea, it’s easy to determine what bit goes where.
What We Like
What We Don't Like
Our Reviews for Solexx Greenhouses
8x8, 8x12, 8x16 and 8x24
8x8, 8x12, 8x16, and 8x24
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Solexx Greenhouses Models
As previously mentioned each of the models comes with the same properties described above. The biggest difference between Solexx’s models are the size and the pitch of the roof.
Let’s go through the four most popular products:
Solexx Garden Master
The Garden Master is the biggest traditional style greenhouse on offer (but it’s not the largest available Solexx product). It offers a pitched roof that’s 8’9” in pitch and even the walls are 6’6”, which is perfect for both hanging and for tall trellis plants.
You’ll find the composite frame, twin-wall greenhouse panels, door, and ventilation are included in this model. It also comes with four bench frames and two hanging rods.
Solexx’s Garden Master also comes in four sizes: 8’, 12’, 16’, and 24’.
You can also choose to purchase panel thickness of 3.5 mm or 5 mm or a deluxe version of either thickness.
Here are the basic specs for the Garden Master:
- Wall Height: 6’6”
- Roof Height: 8’9”
- Door Dimensions: 35” x 75.75”
- Aisle Width: 36”
Solexx Gardener’s Oasis
The Gardener’s Oasis is the most popular greenhouse Solexx offers because it’s best designed for year-round gardening. It allows you to maximize the amount of space provided without leaving gaps that hobby gardeners might struggle to fill.
Slightly smaller than the Garden Master, you’ll get two double-tiered bench frames rather than four.
Like the Garden Master, the Gardener’s Oasis comes in 8’, 12’, 16’, and 24’ lengths. It’s also extendable like the Garden Master.
- Unit Measurements: 8’ x 8 ‘
- Door Dimensions: 35” x 75.75”
- Aisle Width: 36”
The Solexx Harvester is for the keen gardener who doesn’t necessarily have the yard space or desire for a full-size greenhouse. It differs from the Gardener’s Oasis because it’s designed to sneak into a space next to your house or garage. But you’re not limited to these spaces: it also stands on its own perfectly well.
You’ll get 60 sq. ft. of growing area with the Harvester that you can fill with the single double-tiered and one single-tiered bench frames provided. Don’t worry – you’ll still receive two hanging rods.
As with the other models, you can order this model in a size ranging between 8’ and 24’.
- Height: 8’
- Length: 8’
- Door Dimensions: 35” x 77.25”
- Aisle Width: 36”
The Master Gardener is the largest traditionally styled greenhouse, but it is the Solexx Conservatory that provides the most growing space with 110 sq. ft. with which to grow virtually anything.
This is a style you’d purchase if you were running a garden business or working on a significant project. It’s so large that you have 30 feet of hanging space provided by four hanging rods and it’s tall enough to grow small trees.
The biggest difference is the amount of aisle space provided. You’ll get two single-tier benches to run each side of the greenhouse. But you’ll also have room to place a double-tier bench in the middle.
You’ll also find four doors to access the building – and each of them is lockable.
The Conservatory comes in three lengths: 8’, 16’ and 20’. It’s also possible to place a custom order for an even larger greenhouse.
- Height: 9’6”
- Width: 8’ or 16’ or 20’
- Door Dimensions: 35” x 77.25X
- Aisle Width: 36”
Solexx Early Bloomer Greenhouse
All of these greenhouses have been fairly large. But if you’re looking for a starter greenhouse, don’t worry, you have options, too.
The Early Bloomer model gives you enough room to try your hand at greenhouse gardening or even provide just enough space to house your most prized plants.
One of the things we most like about this greenhouse is that it’s easy to set up, break down, and transport. It’s hard to find a greenhouse that you can pull out for a season at a time, but the Early Bloomer covers this option well.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Height: 6’3”
- Width: 8’
- Door Dimensions: 29” x 67”
Solexx offers greenhouses designed to trap and utilize all available heat to promote photosynthesis and plant growth in ways you can’t achieve in outdoor gardening. These white greenhouses promote light while remaining easy to set up and breakdown and relatively affordable and they come in enough sizes to ensure you’ll find one that fits your needs and inside your yard.
Solexx Greenhouses are ideal for year-round gardening in cold climates, but they may not be suitable for warm climates. Still, if you’re trying to grow tropical plants in a non-tropical climate, these greenhouses could be a perfect fit.
Do You Need a Greenhouse?
If you’re new to the world of greenhouses, then you’ve inevitably asked whether you need a greenhouse at all.
The simple answer to your questions is yes – you do need a backyard greenhouse.
A greenhouse is the only way for most of us to garden in January and February, those cold winter months where we might otherwise be trapped indoors entirely.
We often find that people think about greenhouses from an abstract point of view: they want more space,
- to grow different plants,
- or to enjoy gardening the winter.
But it’s the specifics that will best help you make a decision about whether you really need a greenhouse.
Have you thought about having strawberries from your garden – in May? What about protecting your tomatoes from the blight? Perhaps you’d like a bright, crunchy salad year-round?
If these little things sound right to you, then you should buy a greenhouse.
There are also the practical issues to consider. If you struggle with pests – whether insects or animals – a greenhouse is one of your best options. It allows you to maintain your ecosystem and avoid going to unnatural lengths to rid your yard of those things that eat your cauliflower before you do.
Additionally, the winter frost is enough to kill some plants, which ultimately wipes out all the good work you started earlier in the year. A greenhouse is a place to preserve your work.
In fact, a short growing season is an excellent reason to buy a greenhouse.
But if you really want to know if you should buy a greenhouse, stop thinking about toiling away in your garden for just a moment. Instead, sit back and think about the idea of stepping into your back garden in the midst of winter and stepping into a warm, humid room. All of a sudden, you’ve arrived in the tropics and you haven’t even left your property.
Ultimately, there are plenty of reasons to buy a greenhouse. If you find any one of these appeals to you, then it’s time to dig deeper. And don’t forget to visit the rest of our greenhouse reviews to find your perfect seasonal escape.