Greenhouse In a hot environment

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Hello. I haven' been on tortoise forum in a couple of months. I have been quite busy.

Anyways, we live in Texas and we built a greenhouse recently. It has only a few plants in it. Fortunatley for this year so far, it has stayed cooler, but it won't last long. We will get months in a row of 90- 100 degree weather. What is the best way to cool and humidify a greenhouse in this climate, enough to keep tropical plants ( and our tortoise during the winter). any suggestions would help. Thanks!
 

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You will need to be able to open it when it gets too hot for plants and tort in the summer. Possibly even have to add exhaust fan.
For winter you will need to add a heater for those times it gets too cold and for night. I would add a insulated heated hide also for winter.
For humidity, the ground with water should add enough humidity. Also if there is enough plants they will help.
 

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Have an opening at both ends with a fan at one end blowing towards the other end.
 

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If you don't already have shade cloth, adding that can help keep it from getting too hot in the first place. Or at least reduce the amount of excess heat you have to remove
 

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If you don't already have shade cloth, adding that can help keep it from getting too hot in the first place. Or at least reduce the amount of excess heat you have to remove
We even use that up here in Ontario.

Another old-school option is to use whitewash on the outside.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. Along with ventilation, we are going to use a small AC unit. I hope it helps, because it has gotten 110 in there with the doors closed, and on that day it was 60 degrees outside. It gets natural shade from a tree, except in late evening or early morning.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. Along with ventilation, we are going to use a small AC unit. I hope it helps, because it has gotten 110 in there with the doors closed, and on that day it was 60 degrees outside. It gets natural shade from a tree, except in late evening or early morning.

How large is your greenhouse? As noted above - a quick mixture of whitewash will make the windows temporarily opaque & reduce a lot of the sun’s rays.

A few vents as well Or a tarp over half of it...
 
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