Quictent Greenhouse 1302W
The Quictent Greenhouse 1302W has a shape more consistent with tents and storage buildings. Quictent’s focus seems to be more about party tents, canopies, and portable garages.
This 10 feet long, 9 feet wide, and 8 feet high greenhouse…with 90 square feet of growing space…has 2 zippered doors and 5 screened roll-up windows. There are 2 windows on each side and a window in one of the doors. All windows are held in place with Velcro…rolled up…or down.
There are no tools required for setup because the frame parts click-lock into each other. One person can build this greenhouse easily in less than 2 hours. That includes the time to sort out the parts by the numbers on them and match up the numbers as shown in the assembly instructions. An extra set of hands can help get this greenhouse finished in less than an hour…SYNERGY!
The frame is white powder coated steel for rust resistance.
The oversized reinforced clear white polyethylene cover is UV protected and uses Velcro fasteners to attach to the frame.
TIP: To protect your cover and give it longer life, wrap your greenhouse frame with pipe wrap insulation. The pipe wrap will also keep a heated frame from baking and destroying the plastic cover. And, periodically, use a disinfectant that is specially designed as a fungicide, virucide, and algaecide for cleaning greenhouses such as Physan 20. Physan 20 is also used to clean and disinfect outdoor fountains, bird baths, and pools.
After using Physan 20, and making sure that the cover is clean and dry, apply a coating of 303 (30306) Marine UV Protectant. The 303 will rejuvenate the UV protection…making the cover look brighter and newer…giving it much needed extra protection. IMPORTANT: Follow the directions on the label.
A polyethylene plastic greenhouse cover won’t last forever. The cover usually starts to deteriorate or tear within the first several years. Thus, eventually, there will be a need to either repair or replace the cover with good quality 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheeting.
TIP: Instead of completely replacing the cover, just add the sheeting as another layer to the cover, hold it in place with snap clamps, and cut out holes for the windows and doors. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a roll or two of polyethylene repair tape to take care of small rips and tears in the plastic. And, what would make your greenhouse really cozy on a cold winter’s night is a top-of-the-line infrared heater.
TIP: Pick a calm day to build this greenhouse! Remember…wind is your enemy when trying to install a polyethylene plastic cover that is always ready to take flight and soar into the heavens!
Once completed, the greenhouse cover is big enough to bury the flap ends. Alternatively, you can place a board on the flaps to protect the plastic and put cement blocks on the boards for stability. Placing 8 blocks…2 on each side and one at each corner…will go a long way to keep the greenhouse in place.
TIP: The greenhouse comes with rope and 12 small tie-down stakes but, they are inadequate for stability during periods of strong wind! Instead, use some long tent stakes or metal T-posts or U-posts in the corners and the middle of each side to steady the greenhouse.
- The cover can tear prematurely…even though it has a reinforced mesh. This would be a good reason to keep a top notch 6-mil polyethylene plastic roll on hand.
- Defective low-quality door zippers.
- The Velcro holding the windows in place not matching up well especially if the cover is pulled tight across the frame.
- Incomplete and ambiguous assembly instructions. One customer didn’t realize that the window flaps were supposed to be on the outside until the cover was stretched over the frame and they noticed that the Velcro straps used to secure the cover to the frame were now on the outside.
- No framing on the front and back wall to support the plastic so, they will blow in and out when exposed to a little wind.
- The greenhouse needs a roof vent for an easier way for heat to escape when necessary.
Even with these issues, customers said that, considering the low cost, they could “weather the storm” and put up with a few minor inconveniences…and, they would purchase another Quictent Greenhouse 1302W in a heartbeat!
So, knowing the willingness of customers to purchase this greenhouse…even with its disadvantages…would you concur with them? Your thoughts and input are appreciated in the comments section or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim, the Life Long Gardener