I've been contemplating building a greenhouse primarily to hold my Nepenthes collection, which is outgrowing its terrariums faster than expected...
I really have no clue as to whether my concerns about this project are crazy, paranoid or moranic, so any advice specifically with regards to neps and greenhouses would be appreciated.
I suppose, my first concern is with the sun overheating it during the day or burning the leaves... and so was thinking about placing it in the shade and adding artificial light to suppliment the light... (is that overkill?) I was also thinking that a small solar panel would be the ultimate way to charge the battery (and humidifier? and fan?) for the lights and am wondering if anyone knows where to find something like that? or another option would be to place it in the sun and use frosted glass for the ceiling to make the sun less harsh and burning?
Because humidity and cool night temps are an issue with neps I was wondering how quickly a 10'x12' glass enclosure would cool at night on its own without opening it up? It's usually in the 50's here at night. Or if I did open it up, could I build smaller clear plastic sheeting "walls" inside to trap humidity?
Shucks (scratch head, rub chin) any websites or books on the subject or pics of your setups would be much appreciated! (grin)
Thanks so much (in advance) for helping!