Greenhouse heat failure

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Tater'sPa, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. Tater'sPa

    Tater'sPa Well-Known Member

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    Well, My electric heater in the greenhouse was somehow unplugged during the last night with freezing temps.....
    I had 12 huge beautiful tomato plants all bearing fruit, I was really looking forward to those great tasting maters...just a month longer but :no: All I have now is some wilted green mess. :waa: :waa:
    I guess I'll have to figure a fail safe way to heat it now.
     
  2. anniew

    anniew keep it simple and honest Supporter

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    sound like human failure rather than equipment failure if it
    was unplugged...
    Ann
     

  3. Tater'sPa

    Tater'sPa Well-Known Member

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    Yup you're right, this human failed :)
     
  4. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Maybe a freeze alarm? You can buy one from greenhouse suppliers. Sorry about your crop. Know that hurt.
     
  5. sisterpine

    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

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    so sorry to hear about your tomatoes freezing. i am planning on heating my ghouse next year and will learn from your problem!
     
  6. Tater'sPa

    Tater'sPa Well-Known Member

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    I'm quite new to greenhouse growing, I just built this house a couple months ago.
    I had hung a quartz electric heater from the top frame, It works well using little power to keep things warm enough. >>justa gotta keep it plugged in!
    My stevia plants didn't make it either

    Cyngbaeld, Yes a freeze alarm :) what a great idea! I'll have to check on that.
    Live and learn ;) I'll know better next time.
     
  7. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    Your stevia plants may still survive. Cut them off about an inch or so above ground and keep them well watered. I thought that I'd lost mine when they didn't get watered in the hot sun and were virtually bone-dry. However, there was plenty of life in the roots and they've all regrown from the base of the plants.

    Martin
     
  8. Tater'sPa

    Tater'sPa Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advice Paquebot, I did that. hope it works!:)
     
  9. diane

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    Sorry for you loss!! I plan to learn from this as well and install a freeze alarm for insurance. You might want to keep those tomato plants watered. If they didn't freeze totally to the roots they might just sprout again. Would be a head start anyway.
     
  10. bugstabber

    bugstabber Chief cook & weed puller Supporter

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    That's too bad! I know how sad I am when I get caught by an unexpected frost. Are you starting anything new?
     
  11. jackie c

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    A few years back we had a very late frost, I thought all my plants bit the dust. Well they came back with a vengence! I had bought more plants which were way ahead of the ones that got frosted, but the frosted ones had at least 3 times the amount of fruit in the end!
     
  12. Tater'sPa

    Tater'sPa Well-Known Member

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    I'm really wanting to restart something and I might after new years. The tomatoes are gone for sure :rolleyes: the stevia may survive as the roots were well covered with mulch. If not Daryll from FL will be getting another order :D
    Winter hasn't even started and I'm ready for spring! :haha: