This is a neat little building which is perfect for first timers, if you are limited in space but want to cultivate or if the greenhouse you already have is starting to get a little too full and you need some extra space to work. It really does have a very cool and modern look to it so it is going to stand out in your garden very well and it actually comes complete with shelving which can hold heavy items. It’s ideal for protecting precious plants, seedlings, fruit and vegetables from the elements and pests. It’s very affordable too and comes home delivered.
This grow station even though it is very low priced is still made with some high quality materials. They have used polycarbonate panels for most of the structure so that anything you grow in here is going to be well protected from the elements, bugs and birds as well as ensuring that they are exposed to the maximum amount of sunlight. An aluminium frame makes it a very secure unit that is going to stand strong for many years and as there is a good sized door and top which can be opened, working in here is going to be a comfortable and pleasant experience.
What we rate
Perfect for looking after food and plants
Has a very attractive design
Does not take up a whole lot of room
Has an opening top and a sliding door on the front
What we slate
Can be very fiddly to build
You may get addicted to growing plants and vegetables!
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials9/10
Ease of Installation7/10
Value for Money8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Greenhouse Type And Roof Size
The Palram Plastic Grow Station is something that we think is really cool and would be perfect for those of you with green fingers. While this is called a grow station, we feel that it is more of a mini greenhouse and little workshop. This is something that does not take up a whole lot of space and will serve as a great place to look after plants and grow some food as well. If you already have a greenhouse, but are running out of space then this would be a great, low cost way to give you an extra area to work with. Two strong, galvanised steel shelves are included with the unit and each one is a decent size allowing for many items to be placed on them. It is not a large unit, but it is still offering a good amount of space to make use of. The depth is 1 foot 9 inches so it really does not stick out all that far, the width is 3 feet 8 inches which actually offers you far more space than you would think. The height of the unit is 4 feet 5 inches so standing up and taking care of what you are growing is going to be comfortable.
The top of this grow station is made with a high quality polycarbonate panelling which is going to allow the sunlight to beam inside all the while protecting against harmful UV light. If you have something that needs a lot of sun to really help it grow then you will want to put it right under the very top. They have put a good slant on the top of the grow station to ensure when it rains, the rain will always run off it.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
We love the polycarbonate panelling that this is made from as it has such a clear and attractive look to it. These are nice and clear so they are always going to let in lots of sunlight. They are also as close to unbreakable as you can get so you have no worries about them breaking and destroying what you have inside.
The frame is made from strong aluminium and that is going to make sure this is one very strong and secure unit. We really like this frame not just because of how strong it makes the grow station, but because of its silver look it also stands out and actually helps make the structure very attractive. So while the main reason you will want this is to look after your plants and food, because of the great looking frame, you are also going to be very pleased with how it looks.
The framing along the bottom of the grow station is very thick and strong, but there is no actual floor inside of here so you will want to place this on some decking like in the picture or on concrete. If you can sort out some kind of flooring yourself then you could actually put this on grass.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
You do not have to worry about getting the paint brush out and treating this once a year. We would though recommend that you keep on top of making sure it is clean and clear so the maximum amount of sunlight can get through. But cleaning this is as simple as using a bucket and sponge.
You will get a one year manufacturer’s guarantee with this which may sound a little low, but due to how strong these materials are, we do not see you having any issues with this.
Doors And Windows
The Palram Plastic Grow Station makes getting to your plants and other items very easy due to the sliding door that are located on the front of it. Just simply slide the door over to the side and get to work. The door is made with the same polycarbonate panelling and aluminium frame as the rest of the structure. The top of the grow station can be opened up so you have plenty of room to work in this part of the unit as well.
We have already mentioned those polycarbonate panels which cover most of the grow station. These are just awesome in that they have a very attractive look, they are strong and they really do give what you are growing amazing exposure to sunlight.
Security And Privacy
The grow station is a very secure unit and that lid on the top can be locked so no critters can get in there and have an all you can eat buffet with your plants and vegetables. We feel that it is a very sturdy structure and that anything you place in here is going to be kept very safe.
Customisation Options And Extras
Due to the materials which are used in the construction of this grow station, you cannot make any changes to the way this looks. We are no though going to criticise it for this as this is the case with larger and far more expensive greenhouses as well.
No extras are offered here and you do get everything you would need included with it. The only thing we wish they offered was some kind of flooring for those people who are going to have to install this on grass.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is one very well made and cleverly designed unit that is made with some very high quality materials.
Longevity of Materials9/10
You are going to be able to use and enjoy this grow station for many, many years due to the materials used in its construction. It also requires very little upkeep as well which is always a nice bonus.
While this is not a huge amount of space to use, we feel that it still offers you a decent amount of room to make use of. Those two shelves are rather spacious and can handle quite a lot of weight so you can do far more in here than you would think.
Ease of Installation7/10
Do not be scared when you first see that vast amount of screws, bolts and other things that are used to secure all this together, just get all the materials organised and take your time. This is going to take 4-6 hours and probably see you turn the air blue once or twice, but the end result is well worth it.
Value for Money8.5/10
We really like what Palram have done here and think this is very fairly priced and will make you gardeners out there very happy.
Final Thoughts: For those of you who have pretty much maxed out the space in your greenhouse or even those of you looking for a small space to get into gardening, the Palram Plastic Grow Station is going to be ideal for you. This with its compact design can pretty much fit anywhere and it is made with very impressive materials that are going to last for many years. We really like this grow station and can see people who like to look after plants and grow vegetables have a lot of fun with this. The price we feel, considering the materials which have been used is very fair and if you are someone who loves to grow things then this is something we feel you will really enjoy.