Shade Cloth, Tough and Durable Shade Fabric for Plants, Manufactured from High Strength Polyethylene - For Garden & Patio
Shade Cloth is an important product for any grower. Shade cloth provides UV protection for your plants, improves ventilation, reduces water requirements, and helps moderate greenhouse temperatures.
Our plant shade cloth comes in different colors and percentages. The percentage listed is a light diffusion percentage. The amount of light diffusion necessary is based on the type of plant and the climate that you are growing in.
35-50% shade cloth is a great option for most vegetables. Our 60% and higher shade cloth provides the optimal amount of light diffusion for light sensitive plants.
Shade cloth can be added to any structure. The edges of our shade cloth are unhemmed, giving you the freedom to use our product any way you need. We offer shade cloth clips that are easy to install for any application.
What is Shade Cloth?
Shade cloth is a lightweight netting made from low-density polyethylene and designed to block a certain amount of sunlight. We offer shade cloth in 35% - 80%. Shade fabric allows air flow, it can store and release heat quickly - allowing your plants to stay cool. The perfect shade covering for plants!
What Does the Percentage Mean for Shade Cloth?
The shade cloth percentage is the amount of light that the particular shade material will block. The higher the percentage, the more light the shade fabric will block. 30-50% shade fabric is commonly used in the garden or greenhouse to protect seedlings, plants that favor shade, or vegetables and fruits that may be susceptible to heat stress. 75% and higher is used to protect people or animals from the sun, such as using shade cloth for a patio.
What Color Shade Cloth Do You Carry?
Our shade cloth rolls come in both black, with varying light blocking percentages. The color of shade fabric does not change the amount of light it will block or how much heat will get through to your plants.
Can I Use Shade Cloth For My Greenhouse?
Yes! Shade cloth can be used as a covering for a greenhouse. Shade fabric will help protect plants from the sun and it won't prevent any water from getting through to your plants.
What Percentage Cloth Should I Use For My Plants?
The best shade cloth for plants is 30-60%. Any higher will likely block too much sun and stunt the growth of your plants. Before purchasing and installing any shade netting, it is always best to do some research on the particular plants that you have to understand their requirements.
How is Shade Cloth Sold?
We offer a wide range of widths and lengths for all of our shade cloth. Simply choose your light blocking percentage, width, and length. If you have a custom or bulk order, please contact us. Smaller sizes may be shipped folded, while larger shade cloth sizes will be sent as a roll.
Woven VS. Knitted Shade Fabric
Farm Plastic Supply carries knitted shade cloth. Knitted shade material is a much more lightweight and durable shade fabric than woven shade material. Woven Shade cloth is more prone to fraying. Both woven and knitted shade cloth will work for reducing sunlight, but our knitted material works better to keep plants from overheating due to its heat dissipation attributes.
Is Shade Cloth Waterproof?
Yes, shade cloth is waterproof. Water or moisture will not damage the shade fabric material. While shade cloth is waterproof, it will not block water from reaching your plants, giving you the benefit of permeability while still blocking harsh sunlight.
How Do I Install Shade Cloth Fabric?
Our shade cloth is easy to install with clips or grommets. The edges of our shade netting is unhemmed, giving you the freedom to use the shade fabric any way that you want. Shade fabric can be added to a greenhouse, hoop house, used as a patio covering, and more!
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Benefits Of Using Shade Cloth For Plants
Shade cloth is mainly utilized to reduce the amount of sunlight and heat that your plants get. This helps to reduce heat stress during the sunny and hot summer months. In some climates, you may need to use shade cloth all year.
How Much Will This Material Reduce Temperature?
While the percentage will tell you how much light the shade cloth will block, it does not tell you how much it well reduce the temperature. Air flow and humidity will play a role in determining how much temperature is reduced. A 30-50% shade fabric used on a greenhouse with good ventilation can lower temperatures by at least 10 degrees Fahrenheit.