A winter clean for the greenhouse

Cleaning a greenhouse in winter is an important maintenance task to ensure optimal growing conditions for your plants for the coming season.

These are the basic steps I recommend you take to clean your greenhouse during the slower winter months:

  1. Choose a mild and dry day: Pick a day when the weather is not extremely cold or wet. 

  2. Remove all plants and debris: Take out all the plants, pots, and any debris that may have accumulated in the greenhouse. This will allow you to clean the surfaces more effectively.

  3. If possible sweep the floor to remove dirt, dust, fallen leaves, and any other debris from the greenhouse floor.

  4. Clean the framework: Inspect the framework, such as the metal or wooden components, and clean them if necessary. Remove any dirt or mold using a brush or a cloth. If there are any signs of rust, treat it appropriately to prevent further damage.

  5. Clean the windows, glass, or other glazing materials of your greenhouse. Use a mild detergent or a greenhouse-specific cleaning solution mixed with warm water. Use a soft cloth or sponge to scrub away dirt, grime, and any residue. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry.

  6. If you have them, check and clean the gutters: Clear out any debris, leaves, or twigs that may have collected in the gutters and downspouts of your greenhouse. This will help maintain proper drainage and prevent blockages.

  7. Even if you haven't had any pests or disease, it's a good idea to disinfect the greenhouse. Follow the instructions on the disinfectant product and apply it according to the recommended dilution and contact time. Pay special attention to the corners, crevices, and areas where pests or diseases are more likely to be present.

  8. After cleaning, take the opportunity to inspect the greenhouse for any cracks, gaps, or other areas where cold air can enter. Seal these openings using weatherstripping, caulking, or other appropriate materials to improve insulation.

    Remember, cleaning your greenhouse regularly throughout the year, including winter, will help maintain a healthy and productive growing environment.

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