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Greenhouse Energy Conservation Strategies: Temperature and Scheduling



Temperature controls the rate of plant development and thus, crop timing.  Temperature can also influence extension growth of plants, greenhouse energy consumption, and crop quality attributes.  To learn about how temperature influences crop timing, crop quality, and energy consumption, visit the Managing Greenhouse Temperature section of this website.  Additional information on temperature, as it relates to greenhouse energy conservation, is listed below.

  • Virtual Grower, a free computer program for greenhouse growers to predict heating costs.  Developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

  • Larger Liners, Shorter Crop Time by Paul Fisher, Heather Warren, and Luke Hydock, University of Florida and University of New Hampshire.  Reprinted from the mid-September 2006 issue of Greenhouse Grower.

  • The Most Profitable Liner Size? by Paul Fisher, University of Florida.  Reprinted from the October 2006 issue of Greenhouse Grower.

  • Finishing Poinsettias Cooler by Jim Faust, Clemson University and Roger Kehoe, Ecke Ranch.  Reprinted from the October 2007 issue of Greenhouse Grower.

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