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FIBERGLASS: Diffuses Light Almost Completely

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by Robert M. Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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There are no direct beams aimed at leaves; overall greater light intensity can be tolerated under fiberglass without burn; the greenhouse is less of a heat trap under fiberglass; leaf temperatures do not rise as high; light intensity and temperature rises less limiting to growth. A64-284
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