For avid gardeners, it is always hard to say goodbye to our plants as the cold weather rolls in. But luckily a good greenhouse can allow you to grow all year long.
The small greenhouse kit is a great investment, and there is a version out there for everyone’s needs.
You no longer need to spend thousands of dollars on pre-built greenhouses or build your own and no matter what size yard, balcony, or deck you have there is a greenhouse out there for you.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top Picks For Small Greenhouse Kits
- 2 Best Small Greenhouses for Growing in 2021
- 2.1 1. Palram Snap And Grow 8’ Series Hobby Greenhouse
- 2.2 2. Abba Patio Large Walk-In Fully Enclosed Greenhouse With Windows
- 2.3 3. VEIKOU Walk-In Greenhouse
- 2.4 4. Palram Nature Series Mythos Hobby Greenhouse
- 2.5 5. Rion Grand Gardener 2 Clear Greenhouse
- 2.6 6. King Canopy Fully Enclosed Clear Greenhouse
- 2.7 7. Flower House FHSP300CL SpringHouse Greenhouse, Clear
- 2.8 8. Gardman R687 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse Perfect For Your Balcony
- 3 Why Should I Get A Small Greenhouse?
- 4 Other Benefits To Greenhouse Gardening
- 5 What Should You Consider In A Greenhouse?
- 6 Univent Automatic Vent Opener – Best Accessory To Add to the Greenhouse
- 7 Takeways
Top Picks For Small Greenhouse Kits
So if you dread the cold killing your plants or you just want to try growing a more extensive variety of plants, the small greenhouse is for you.
But choosing a portable greenhouse or grow tent for indoor growing could be overwhelming.
However, there are a lot of options out there that boast wide-sweeping claims, and durability price and size seriously matter (some clearly have more benefits than others) when it comes to choosing the best one.
Luckily with a lot of online research and a determination to not part with my plants, I’ve found 8 of the best small greenhouse options for any location or budget.
Here are my personal picks for the 9 best small greenhouses:
Best Small Greenhouses for Growing in 2021
1. Palram Snap And Grow 8’ Series Hobby Greenhouse
- Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
- Crystal clear virtually unbreakable polycarbonate roof and walls panels...
- Reinforced, double wall & rust resistance aluminum frame
It offers 100% UV protection and comes in a variety of sizes with almost 7 feet of clearance.
The glazing is polycarbonate and is ready to handle your specifications with double wide doors, adjustable vents in the roof, rain gutters, and a lockable door to keep others from getting into your greenhouse.
- Dimensions: 53 sq. Feet growing space and 6.8′ Of head room
- Warranty: 5 year limit warranty
- Shipping: Free
2. Abba Patio Large Walk-In Fully Enclosed Greenhouse With Windows
- 2 zipper door allows easy access and great ventilation for plants and...
- Strong durable reinforced transparent PE cover protect plants and allow sun...
- Constructed with heavy duty powder-coated steel frame,provides better...
With a steel frame and a strong, durable cover, this greenhouse is ready for anything. The windows come with an added layer of insect netting to make sure nothing gets in, no matter how small. And the best part, you don’t need tools to put it together!
- Dimensions: 8 x 10-Feet Large Walk in Fully Enclosed Lawn and Garden Greenhouse
- Shipping: Free
3. VEIKOU Walk-In Greenhouse
- [Upgraded Cover]: Made of environmental-friendly PE material, this small...
- [Reinforced Construction]: Constructed with heavy duty and rust-resistant...
- [Portable and Easy Setup]: This mini-sized greenhouse is easy to move...
While smaller than the previous two, this greenhouse is literally green which looks great in the backyard.
The framing is steel with a durable and waterproof polyethylene cover. The greenhouse includes two metal shelving units to put your plants on as well as ropes and stakes to keep it extra secure. An added bonus is it only weighs 44 pounds even with the steel.
- Dimensions: 2 metal shelving units, each with 2 shelves; Shelves are 11.5″ deep; Comes with 8 stakes and 4 guy ropes to keep them stable; Measures: 7′ x 4’9″ x 6’5″h
- Shipping: Free
4. Palram Nature Series Mythos Hobby Greenhouse
- Virtually unbreakable 4 mm twin-wall polycarbonate panels block up to 99.9%...
- Rust resistant aluminum frame and galvanized steel base
- Features include an adjustable roof vent, built-in rain gutters, hinged...
Polycarbonate panels with four-millimeter twin walls are virtually unbreakable and offers up 99.9% UV protection. The aluminum frame is one of my favorite features as well as the rain gutters, roof vent and locking door.
This model also comes with a steel base frame to keep your greenhouse exactly where you want it and a variety of size options, so you get the one that is right for you.
- Dimensions: 48 sq. feet of growing space (L x W x H): 97.2″ x 72.8″ x 81.9″
- Shipping: Free only within the U.S
5. Rion Grand Gardener 2 Clear Greenhouse
- Virtually unbreakable 4 mm thick twin-wall polycarbonate roof panels are...
- Clear polycarbonate side panels offer classic style without the worry of...
- Quick and easy assembly with a simple pin and lock connector system
While more expensive than our other options, this greenhouse is definitely worth the money.
100% UV protection and four-millimeter thick twin wall polycarbonate makes this greenhouse great, but what makes it even better is the heavy duty resin frame that is barn shaped for that classic greenhouse feel. And the quick assembly isn’t bad either.
- Dimensions: (L x W x H): 153.1 x 105.1 x 93.5 inches
- Shipping: Free
6. King Canopy Fully Enclosed Clear Greenhouse
- 1-3/8-Inch White Powder Coated Steel Frame
- Fully Enclosed Fitted Clear Cover
- Rip-Stop Greenhouse Cover
Steel frame, a fully enclosed clear cover and a white finish make this greenhouse look both cute and classic. Added features include a cover that is a UV inhibitor, fire retardant and water resistant with a ripstop.
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 126 x 115 x 95 inches
- Shipping: Free
7. Flower House FHSP300CL SpringHouse Greenhouse, Clear
- Quick and Easy Set up on Soil or Hard Surfaces in minutes
- Protects your plants and extends your growing season.
- Clear PVC material with UV protection for longer life.
With a quick and hassle-free set up this greenhouse works on any surface because of its open bottom design. It is ideal for tropical plants as it promotes and maintains high humidity levels and UV protection.
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 72 x 72 x 78 inches
8. Gardman R687 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse Perfect For Your Balcony
- Ideal for small backyards or homes where space is an issue; place on a...
- Gives seeds, seedlings, and young plants an early start
- Clear polyethylene cover and roll-up zippered door for easy access
This is my personal favorite because it is ideal for renters and the small size makes it easy for any home to accommodate. It truly is the every-person’s greenhouse.
The polyethylene cover and steel frame make this greenhouse both incredibly functional and sturdy. Plus it is absolutely adorable!
- Dimensions: 27″ Long x 18″ Wide x 63″ High
- Shipping: free
Why Should I Get A Small Greenhouse?
A greenhouse is a must have for severe gardeners as it allows for all year gardening. Greenhouses are no longer a status symbol or only for people with enough land to build one.
There are now prebuilt models, kits for those who aren’t able to build one from scratch but still want to put it together, and variations of the greenhouse style that makes it work for any and every type of household.
Greenhouses don’t just expand the growing season but make it possible for you to grow anything without having to worry about the outside climate.
Want to grow tropical fruits; the greenhouse can be built to fit those specifications. Trying your hand at cactus and succulent growing; that can be arranged.
There is no limit to the possibilities, and no matter what your location is, you can grow what you want, when you want.
Other Benefits To Greenhouse Gardening
You Can Pick Up Pesticide-Free Vegetables
Because the greenhouse is enclosed it allows you to grow organically and without chemicals if you so choose. Insects and animals cannot enter the greenhouse, so you also don’t have to worry about anything eating your plants.
Nothing better than eating it straight from the vine and this lets me do that without having to worry about chemicals.
Stable, Steady And Regular Gardening
Not only are you paying less because it is a much smaller size than larger greenhouses, but the smaller size means less cost to maintain your chosen climate.
If you want to create a tropical environment in a very cold place, you will have to pay to heat it, and that can be costly in larger greenhouses.
Solar powered options are not yet available to heat the inside of the greenhouse, and personally, I cannot wait until that becomes an option as it saves even more money.
Whether you choose a kit or a pre-assembled greenhouse, their smaller size allows you to not only install it without hassle but choose where you want it to go. From patios to backyards and everywhere in between, the smaller sizes accommodate any home.
Being a renter, I much appreciate the flexibility so I can still garden year round without having to worry about my landlord disapproving.
Sadly as plastic ages and time go on algae grows and what was once clear becomes opaque for UV damage. This means replacing plastic will be necessary every few years.
The smaller the size, the less plastic needs to be replaced and it is much easier to do so. The smaller size makes it more stable and less susceptible to collapses.
No Permits Needed
Unlike a large building, smaller greenhouses do not require building permits. Hassle free and as simple as bring it home and put it up, small greenhouses have become my new preference.
No Wasted Produce
Unlike with larger greenhouses that allow for massive hauls, the smaller size will enable you to grow what you will use while not having the extra go to waste.
Grow what you will use and don’t worry about rushing to get things canned or eaten before they go bad. Smaller amounts at a time still allow me to cut down on the grocery bill, but I don’t feel so overwhelmed or rushed.
What Should You Consider In A Greenhouse?
There are many types of materials to choose from when it comes to greenhouses of any size and knowing which ones are best in specific situations.
There are four types of greenhouse temperatures: Cold house, cool house, warm house, and hot house.
Cold houses: These greenhouses are designed to have no additional heating source other than the actual enclosed space. They are ideal for the spring and fall to help extend the growing season and give crops more time to grow. But because it has no added heating the temperature inside can go below zero.
Cool houses: They are designed to maintain the greenhouse temperatures above freezing. While they aren’t ideal for many plants, the ones that can survive freezing weather will have no problem in this type of greenhouse.
Warm houses: These are the most popular greenhouses as they support a comprehensive range of plants. The temperature usually hovers around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and plants that can withstand the cold can also be placed inside without issues.
Hot houses: The hot dwellings are designed to support tropical plants and are heated to stay above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
They must have supplementary heating sources to support these plants, and you must consider the other plants you put into the greenhouse and make sure they can handle the heat and humidity.
These types of greenhouses also require more frequent maintenance as they can grow algae on the plastic quite easily.
How Large A Greenhouse Will You Really Need?
The greenhouse can range in shapes and placement. There are free standing greenhouses as well as supported greenhouses that lean against walls or buildings. Other styles can include A-frames, lean-tos, domes, gothic, and Quonset.
Options For Framing Material For A Greenhouse
The types of materials for a greenhouse will determine how your plants go so you should consider what you want to grow and how each material will help or hinder their growth.
Clear panels are ideal for seedling preparation for transplanting into the outside garden. The clear panels let in direct sunlight and can energize your plants and boost their growth rate.
An opaque panel is needed for plants that will grow to maturity in the greenhouse. This is because the opaqueness of the panels most closely mimics photosynthesis.
If you have no desire to move your plants to the outside, this will help to give them what they need without giving the plants too much direct sunlight.
Wood is strong enough to hold any glazing material but will wear out over time and is susceptible to rot.
If you are choosing this type of frame, it will require yearly maintenance and proper drainage.
They are heavy with adequate anchorage and make it very hard to blow over. They are also easier to personalize with shelving and attachments.
Aluminum is very durable and rustproof, but is also very lightweight. They are the ideal material for first-time greenhouse owners and are easy with little to no maintenance involved.
The aluminum is also a good conductor of heat, so it helps keep your greenhouse warm without having to pay for extra heating.
Plastic is the most inexpensive option but comes with a downside of being incredibly lightweight and easier to blow over. They also don’t conduct heat as well as their metal counterparts.
To keep the plastic frames in place, they are often anchored by steel frames so consider the quality of what you are getting and how it will handle the climate where you are.
Steel is extremely heavy and is typically used for permanent greenhouse structures.
They are difficult to maintain and work with so this is not my first pick for framing material, but if you live in a very windy location it may be better to pick steel for the added weight and anchoring it provides.
Although tempered glass has made vast improvements in preventing breakage compared to regular glass, it is still extremely heavy and hard to work with.
Freezing temperatures can crack and break the glass so while it has an aesthetically pleasing historic feel, it is not recommended for cold places.
This type of glazing is translucent rather than transparent, so the light comes through softer and more diffused. This makes it more useful for greenhouses and comes in a variety of thicknesses that help insulate the greenhouse as well.
This is my personal favorite, and while I highly recommend it, I don’t recommend the three-wall option as even though it adds greater insulation and protection against breaking, it makes it harder for light to get through to your plants.
Polyethylene glazing for greenhouse covering is the least expensive option but it is still a viable one for smaller greenhouses and plastic frames.
Sadly this glazing material is susceptible to discoloration, fading, and yellowing and must be replaced every three to five years. It is also able to tear due to stretching caused by temperature extremes.
If you live in a very mild climate and only want a tiny greenhouse that would work on decks or porches, this will work for you.
But extreme weather conditions will wreak havoc on this material, and you will not have it long before needing to replace it.
Heating Options For The Greenhouse
Considering how much you have to spend will impact how much-automated control you can afford. For a lower-end heating option, I recommend a simple space heater.
Other more expensive options include forced air heat, radiant heat, steam, hot water systems, and soil heating.
No matter what option you choose make sure you plan ahead to ventilate your plants when introducing additional heat properly.
Univent Automatic Vent Opener – Best Accessory To Add to the Greenhouse
A univent automatic vent opener lifts from 15 to 30 pounds – depending on the model. This is not a traditional-style greenhouse but rather an enclosure opener that adjusts your greenhouse vents depending on how hot it is.
It screws directly into the greenhouse frame and is well worth the money as it takes the hassle out of the opening and closing vents and allows you to just focus on the plants.
As a shorter person I know I appreciate not having to climb up on a stool every time I need to adjust the vents.
There are many varieties of greenhouses, and it is up to you to decide what you want, but I highly recommend these options and wish you the best of luck in your gardening adventures.
Lindsey Hyland grew up in Arizona where she studied at the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. She continued her gardening education by working on organic farms in both rural and urban settings. She started UrbanOrganicYield.com to share gardening tips and tactics. She’s happy to talk about succulents and houseplants or vegetables and herbs – or just about anything in a backyard garden or hydroponics garden.