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The Differences in Temporary and Permanent Greenhouses

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe


There are different types of greenhouses. Some people mistakenly think that you can grow different varieties of crop in one greenhouse. The truth is, the type of greenhouse you choose will depend on a couple of factors:

  • What you plan to grow
  • Your situation

Different plants require different environments in order to grow and thrive. You can therefore opt for the type of greenhouse that most suits your needs depending on what you plan to do with it.

Types of Greenhouses

There are two types of greenhouses: permanent and temporary. The type you need will depend on whether you want to do a lot or relatively little with it.ary greenhouse does not require a hefty investment since you may not be able to do as much with it as you would with a permanent one.

Temporary Greenhouses

If you indulge in gardening more as a hobby than a business meant to bring in profits, the temporary greenhouse may be a good fit for you. They are best suited for:

  • Using it during the wintry seasons to protect delicate plants
  • Growing crops when the ground is covered in frost

When the conditions are back to being favourable for crops, you can dismantle your structure and pack it away for next time. Temporary greenhouses are not as big as the permanent ones as there is no need for them to be spacious.

Some of the structures may have frames made of steel or pole but the covering is film. They are easy and quick to put up and equally easy to dismantle. Manufacturers will advise you to have their covers removed before the high winds strike because they have no wind or snow loads.


  • Very affordable
  • Can be put up for temporary use when needed
  • They are portable

Temporary greenhouses are not built for harsh weather and they do not last very long.

Permanent Greenhouses

There are two great reasons for opting to go with the permanent greenhouse:

  • You want to make some money
  • You plan to grow crops that do well in your geographical location

These structures are pricier than their temporary counterparts but people tend to choose them because with good management, they will give better service. Moreover, you can grow a wider variety of crops including exotic ones and they have a lot more space.

The quality is also better because the frame is bolted together. Also, the material used such as glass or polycarbonate is a lot sturdier than film. A permanent greenhouse of good quality will have snow and wind load.

While a temporary greenhouse may not require a permit to install, many permanent ones do.


  • They are sturdier and therefore last much longer
  • They have more room and can accommodate more plants
  • They can be a means to earn extra money

The ground for installing a permanent greenhouse requires some preparation as a base or foundation is needed. You are well advised to let a professional handle the installation. The warranty ranges from one year to a limited lifetime warranty depending on the greenhouse.


Temporary greenhouses as well as varieties of the smaller permanent ones are easy to move. However, it is not advisable to move them often as that may make them weak. If you must move your small permanent greenhouse, disassemble it and mark each piece clearly for reassembly.


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