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3 Tier Growhouse - £9.99 at Poundstretcher instore
3 Tier Growhouse - £9.99 at Poundstretcher instore

3 Tier Growhouse - £9.99 at Poundstretcher instore

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If you don't know what a growhouse is, the best way of explaining it is that it's like a mini greenhouse. They're much smaller and cheaper than a real greenhouse, usually constructed from metal poles and plastic supports with a plastic coat rather than panes of glass, but they do the same thing, which is to provide a wind-free, insulated, and hot environment for faster plant growth. You know how the air in your car is always horribly hot after it's been parked out in the sun on a summer's day? That's the same greenhouse effect these growhouses produce, except while hot car air makes you feel horrible, it makes plants feel fantastic, and grow far faster than if they were just outside in the normal air. A friend of mine put me on to using growhouses around this time last summer, and I'm glad he did. They're great things.

About this growhouse here, it's a three tier growhouse, and it's identical to the 3 tier growhouses sold in the likes of Homebase, Additions, or Podingtons (podington.co.uk/clo…tml ) , except while Homebase charges a shade off £30 and the others charge £20-£25 before shipping, Poundstretcher are selling them for £10. I've bought two myself (one after the other), and I totally recommend them to you guys here.

They're best placed near walls in sunny areas, preferably face-on to the sun. Weigh them down with bricks, or there is a risk that they'll be blown over, as I've found a couple of times with my two-tier growhouses (which are made by the same company but cost £18 each, damned Homebase...). I found mine instore at the Edinburgh Gorgie branch, they should be nationwide. There's loads of other cool stuff instore too, like large plastic planters at £4 for 2, which is a bargain compared to Homebase.

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got 2 of these and they are pure rubbish

mark333;5295974

got 2 of these and they are pure rubbish



I have one which is ok but it was a replacement from wilkinsons after the 1st one split/ripped after installing it! u have 2 b very careful when constructing and even more careful when de-constructing ie putting away at end of summer as they would blow away or fall to bits:roll:

I've seen a few people say they rip and tear and the zip comes off etc but Ive had mine for a few months now and it seems quite strong and sturdy, maybe those who rip them are heavy handed? A tip isto tie the shelves down onto the poles with cable ties because they can be quite loose.

Just be careful In diect sunlight as sometimes the temps can reach far too high for most plants so make sure you give adequate ventilation when it gets hot, I use a wireless thermometer with a high temp alarm to warn me.

Wilkinsons do the same but 4 tier for £11.49 and b&m do a slimmer 4 tier for £10 too.

Good price and reccomended by me if you haven't got the room/money/time for a larger greenhouse =)

Ok if you only expect it to last one summer.

We bought the bigger version last year, packed it up and stored it in the shed over the winter, put it up this year and it's ripped so many times since it's been up there's more tape on it than greenhouse! It's not as if it rips along the seams, it's just anywhere!

They will last up to 3 seasons - far longer if you store the plastic during the hot summer months. Use it to bring on plants as summer approaches and then store the cover. The metal staging is still useful in a green house or shed when the plastic goes. So pretty good value for money.

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I've seen a few people say they rip and tear and the zip comes off etc … I've seen a few people say they rip and tear and the zip comes off etc but Ive had mine for a few months now and it seems quite strong and sturdy, maybe those who rip them are heavy handed? A tip isto tie the shelves down onto the poles with cable ties because they can be quite loose. Just be careful In diect sunlight as sometimes the temps can reach far too high for most plants so make sure you give adequate ventilation when it gets hot, I use a wireless thermometer with a high temp alarm to warn me.Wilkinsons do the same but 4 tier for £11.49 and b&m do a slimmer 4 tier for £10 too.Good price and reccomended by me if you haven't got the room/money/time for a larger greenhouse =)



The zip issue seems to be quite a common one. My two 2-tier growhouses from Homebase both have knackered zips, although, it seems that the manufacturer's figured the problem out now, and started gluing the green plastic at the top of the zips to the zips and leaving more thread at the top, which should stop the zipper from going over the thread and losing its track, which seems to be how my two have gone wrong.

If your zip does break, there's an easy and reasonably cheap fix, though. Buy a pack (or a few packs, more the better) of neodymium magnets from ]Deal Extreme, and attach five of them to the far end of a strip of duck tape spanning the length of the zip. Use five more on another strip of duck tape on the other half of the zip, seal it all up with a couple more strips of duck tape, and the problem's solved. This also has the advantage of making it much quciker to open and close the growhouse, since you can do it just by slicing your hand through one of the gaps and pulling. It also makes a satisfying clacky noise when you push the lid down and all the magnets snap together.

I don't think I'll ever grow out of being fascinated by magnets and their clacky noises.

Wilkinsons also do replacements covers for theirs at around £3. Even if it lasts one summer for £3 you cant complain. I got 2 replacements for mine last month when i got one for the kids.
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