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In various tough climates around the world livingshade has applied their knowledge and expertise to help growers control their climate. Presented here are just some of the success stories.

Each time, livingshade, in conjunction with Svensson screens, were able to regulate the light, temperature and humidity as well as reduce disease in the crop. For enquiries on how livingshade can help you, please email us or give us a call.

Hornsby Council Project, Sydney

Propagation houseOn-growing house

In a small nursery, we created a model production factory where each stage of plant growth could be investigated, and the correct climate control techniques could be implemented.

During the propagation stage, temperature and rH control are critical.

During the on-growing stage, plants need more light and this is where screens are needed. Also temperature and humidity levels still need to be regulated.

During the hardening-off stage, the plants need to be prepared for living and growing in the outside world, where conditions can be less than favourable. They can be grown in this stage in a moving shade house or an open roof house.

If, during each of these stages, the climate is controlled effectively, then when the plants or crops are sold to the public, they will be of the highest quality.

The trials helped us to discover the best methods of climate control, and the best ways to implement Svensson Screens.

Open roof houseHardening off

New Zealand Project

XLS 15 Svensson Screenslettuce growingLettuce crop

If you have been following so far, you will start to see some similarities in all of the situations. That is, that the climate you are growing in is what you need control over in order to maximise your productivity as well as the quality of your crop.

So, what were the challenges?

  • To reduce heating costs
  • To reduce dew drop and disease levels
  • To increase the temperature of the plants at night
  • To balance the Relative Humidity (rH)
  • To reduce the plant temperatures in summer
  • To provide a better working environment

And how did LS Climate Control overcome these problems?

Again, we chose Svensson screens and used our knowledge to apply them to the problem. In different houses, the growers now have control over the light and shade, the temperature, and the humidity for each of their crops. This has maximised their production and minimised their costs.

The results:

  • In summer, screens reduced plant temperatures by up to 12°c
  • Fruit quality and quantity much higher
  • Screens elevated relative humidity to 75-85%, optimum level
  • In winter screens kept the plants up to 6°c warmer with less chance of disease
  • Heating costs reduced by about 40%

Queensland Project

Excellent tomato crops

During summer, Queensland can be a grower’s nightmare… clear skies and high levels of radiation can cause crop stress and rH problems, particularly with small plants such as young tomatoes and cucumbers.

We measured the effect of light on plant temperatures. This was done in the DPI test houses at Redland Bay.

So, what were the challenges?

  • High light levels
  • High radiation
  • Therefore high plant temperature variations
  • Loss in productivity, increase in running expenses

And how did livingshade overcome these problems?

By analysing and applying knowledge and experience, and using the best equipment for the job. We chose Svensson Screens, and attained excellent results.

  • Reduced the plant temperatures by up to 12°C
  • Increased nighttime plant temperatures by up to 6°C
  • Helped reduce ‘dew drops’ and the risk of disease

Maldives Project

Aerial view of greenhouse installationFinal stage of constructionMature cucumber plantsLettuce growing under Svensson screens in Autopot system

The Maldives is the classic example of a very difficult climate to grow crops in. With high temperatures, humidity and stormy seasons, it seemed the perfect place for us to test our climate control systems.

The Maldives is one of the world’s special places. The beautiful beaches and warm seas are excellent for the holiday maker, but the climate is terrible for producing food. Like much of the equatorial area, it is hot and humid, with high levels of radiation, and many species of crop-damaging insects to deal with. Coupled with unusually high occurrences of high winds and storms, and you have a very tough climate to grow in.

So, what were the challenges?

Too much radiation and heat

  • The problem of insects
  • High humidity levels
  • Water wastage

And how did livingshade overcome these problems?

Firstly, we built a rain and insect-proof house with high ventilation and moving shade to give good humidity control. Next, we used Autopot Systems to regulate the amount of water used by the plants, according to what the plants required. This reduced water waste through more effective use.
For the first time, thanks to livingshade, it has been demonstrated that successful food production can be achieved in hot tropical areas. The investment paid back in less than 2 years.

We also:

  • Reduced plant temperatures by up to 12°C
  • Reduced dew drops and disease
  • Balanced the relative humidity
  • Provided a fantastic environment for the staff and the plants

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