It is entirely possible (though not neccessarily profitable) to grow tropical plants in cold climates using greenhouses. The high temperatures will require good insulation (double/triple glazing or barrier, night-time blanket) as well as some heating. When planning your greenhouse, keep in mind that the tropical atmosphere implies a high moisture environment, and that wood may therefore not be a good building material. The high moisture has other implications, such as for hygiene and potential insect infestations.
What to grow
Tropical fruit trees (e.g. citrus), ylang ylang, jackfruit, mangos, bananas, avocados?
Related Wiki Pages
- Greenhouses and Chinese Greenhouse
- Forest Garden Greenhouse
- Greenhouse Cultivation of Staple Crops
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- Kon-Tiki Kiln as possible heat source