What Can I Plant in my Greenhouse in February?

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  1. GHTeacher

    GHTeacher New Seed

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    I am a new teacher managing a greenhouse and I need help with choosing what seeds to have my students plant. I want them to be able to see plants grow over the few months they have left in school. Does anyone have any ideas? I need help!
    I am so lost!

    Thank you!
     
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  3. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Hi Teacher! I've never grown a thing in a greenhouse so I won't be of any help. But there's several folks here that can and will offer you great advice.
    In the meantime, since Texas encompasses many zones, I'm sure it will help to know which one you're in.
    Surely even greenhouse growing is different from... say zone 4 to zone 9?
     
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    GHTeacher New Seed

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    Great point! I am in Zone 8b in Texas
     
  5. waretrop

    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    The first thing I would look at is to make sure the greenhouse is being managed correctly. Every area is different. The sun is the greatest enemy for a greenhouse in the summer. In my area, in my yard, :D furnace failure is another in February. :D

    If you have experience this is good but you don't want to 'fry' the kids projects before they even get started. Who would get the 'F' then? You should go to some local greenhouse keepers to see how they manage theirs. It could be a garden center or a private person. You may need a shade cloth or something make sure the fans and ventilation systems are working correctly before you get started. Doing it after you get started is not the way to do it. It would be great if it's running now for you to just take over.

    I have only seen glass greenhouses at schools. I guess, high tunnels are different than greenhouses. My greenhouse is all glass. You don't take that glass out in the summer. It magnifies that sun. It's good sometimes but bad sometimes. You may need to learn about that.

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    Good luck and please keep us posted.
     
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  6. sewNsow

    sewNsow In Flower

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    Hi Teach,If you haven't any experience growing from seeds,you have quite an undertaking. Is this the first year for the greenhouse? If it isn't let's hope there are a couple of senior kids that worked in there last spring.
    There is a school gh near me. They grow lots of bedding flowers,hanging baskets & also vegetable plants. All to sell.
    But,even first year seed endeavors can be successful! There is such a wealth of info out there on growing from seeds.
    By Feb in your zone I wouldn't think heating would be such an issue but the daytime temps on sunny days sure will!I am in zone 5 & ventilation on sunny days is a real issue here in Feb.
    Actually I don't start my seeds in the greenhouse because of the fluctuating temperatures.I start mine in a room next to the greenhouse.Sometimes using a heat mat to set seed containers on.
    Maybe there will be an area where the conditions can be more closely controlled for seeding. I know i frequent a couple of greenhouses starting in Feb & love to watch the way they do their seeds & cuttings.
    There are some seed catalogs that give pretty explicit information on seeding. Stokes is 1.Thompson & Morgan another.I learned a lot from them.
    Good luck & feel free to ask questions.
    sNs
     
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    You can plant anything, depending on what your weather is like, well, almost anything aslong as your greenhouse is heated. I work in a greenhouse, we have everything, one of the big plants we have right now is Wave Petunias and Geraniums. We have lots though, we have dusty miller, alyssum etc and we also have vegetables, like tomatoes.
     

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