Greenhouse insulated with bubble wrap

How to insulate a greenhouse

Find out how to insulate your greenhouse over winter, keeping heat in but letting light through.

Do it:

Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

30 minutes

Insulating your greenhouse with a layer of bubble wrap in winter will give your plants a helping hand through the colder months, keeping in heat but letting light through.

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Insulated with bubble wrap, your greenhouse will have fewer draughts and will also benefit from lower bills if you use a heater during very cold weather. 

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You can buy insulating bubble wrap by the metre from garden centres. Choose polythene that is specifically designed for greenhouses, as it is UV-stabilised and should last for at least three years. Here's how to attach it.

You will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Scissors
  • Nails, drawing pins or wire to fix polythene in place

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Before buying any bubble wrap, measure the sides, roof and ends of the greenhouse.

Starting with the sides, fix the bubble wrap to the frame using nails, drawing pins or wire, keeping it tight for extra insulation.

When insulating the roof, fix the bubble wrap to the ridge and spread it down the glazing bars.

Insulating your greenhouse with a layer of bubble wrap in winter will give your plants a helping hand through the colder months, keeping in heat but letting light through.

Cut and fasten the bubble wrap around windows, vents and louvres so they can be opened.

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