Is Muslin / Cheese-cloth any good for Greenhouse Shading?
jasminewhite Posts: 21
I would love to find a plastic-free solution for shading my greenhouse plants over summer so am thinking I could fix muslin cloth to the inside of my greenhouse on the south side instead of buying green plastic mesh. It gets all day sun and we're in the south of England. Then the muslin material could double up as a fleece-type layer for my succulents in winter. Would it give enough shade?
I found a photo which gives some idea of the amount of shade they provide.
It's not a lot, but just takes the edge off and keeps the temp down a bit
So I think if anything muslin may be a bit too dense
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
East facing, top of a hill clay-loam, cultivated for centuries (7 years by me). Birmingham
I use old lace curtains on the outside of my greenhouse and it works beautifully, I take them down in the autumn, put them through the washing machine then put away until the following Spring. They are no longer white and there are a number of extra holes here and there but still serviceable.
I would have thought muslin would work well, it will probably need weighting down and will probably rot quite quickly but you should get a few years of use from it.