|A friend's whimsical shade house / potting shed in California. Note the solid knee walls to give extra protection|
Living on a sunny ridge, and propagating only native California plants, I know that the greenhouse that Wood Rat built for me has limited utility. I love my greenhouse - but it gets too hot in summer. A shade house is much more to the point. I could do most of my propagation in a shade house.
Shade houses come in a variety of forms - but all offer some degree of shelter from extreme weather conditions.
|A utilitarian shade house of metal and shade cloth (Sierra Azul Nursery)|
Shade houses provide some protection to plants - less sun, less wind and rain, and a little frost protection. Different types give different degrees of shelter and shade. For my shade house I chose 60% shade - approximately.
|I love this shade house at Sierra Azul Nursery. Shade cloth on top and wood slats along the sides|
Plus - when you grow from seeds or cuttings - those plants take up exponentially more room once you pot up to 4 inch and then some of those to gallon pots. They need some place to finish growing up.
|Another shade cloth and wood slat shade house - this one at Asilomar State Beach|
|Some older hoop shade houses at Suncrest Nurseries and a simple shade cloth roof. Beneath are the CNPS plants grown by our propagation group. (Foreground are Suncrest plants that don't need shade any more!)|
We debated where and how and when - but never IF - to build one. Next post - how our shade house turned out.