Frequently Asked Questions

You may be wondering what is the difference between a shade house and hot house?

Greenhouse, glasshouse, hothouse – the names vary but the idea’s the same. By enclosing plants in their own little suntrap, away from frosts and chills, you can coax them to flourish outside of their normal season or climate zone. As a result, flowers and veggies start to do their thing earlier and indoor tropical plants go crazy. In the past you had the choice of either a shade house or green house  With Aussie Shade & Hot Houses you can have the best of both worlds – a hot house (greenhouse) for those that prefer the thermal plastic covering all year round or a shade house to protect against the hot summer sun and then turn it into a greenhouse for the cooler months.

A small shade house or hot house tucked into the backyard, will allow for potting-up favourite plants, striking cuttings and getting tomatoes to fruit earlier than everyone else in the street.

These days you can buy simple do-it-yourself greenhouses or shade houses that can be put together by the home handy person. The Aussie Shade & Hot Houses frames are made entirely of a tough UV resistant PVC pipe. The shade house is covered with horticultural commercial grade shade cloth and supplemented with thermal plastic for the cooler months while the hot house (greenhouse) has a thermal plastic covering.

Amazingly, the whole thing comes packaged in a box. Changing the shade house to a  hot house (greenhouse) to protect against cold winds and cool temperatures is a simple process.

There are many reasons why you might require a shade or hot house including:

To control the temperature and humidity required for seed propagation, orchids and young seedlings to grow.

For growing shade loving plants such as ferns, flowers, veggies.

For Protection from heat stress and direct sunlight to your plants.  Shade Houses help in protecting your plants from frost, wind, rain and hail.  Even in the winter, your plants may need shade from the sun.

Enables the agronomics of vegetables and spices, flowering plants, medicinal plants and foliage plants.

Shade-houses serve as a barrier for animals or weeds, and safeguards against pest attacks.

Features of an Aussie Shade & Hot Houses Shade-house

  • Unique long life PVC construction =  Lifespan 30+ years
  • 10 year warranty on Frame and Fittings.
  • Easy DIY Assembly – No Glue and two screws – from unpack to complete in less than a day.
  • Entire shade house can be dismantled, relocated and reassembled in less than a day.
  • Strong and sturdy – Can withstand winds up to 100km when correctly anchored.
  • One piece custom shade cloth
  • Choice of  50% or 70% shade cloth in Green, black or white
  • Options of single level, double level or no shelving
  • Maintenance free
  • Impervious to white ants and mildew
  • Rust resistant galvanised steel shelves
  • Easily extendable (in multiples of 1.2 m)
  • Optional water proof cover available to protect plants from excessive rainfall.
  • Detailed instructions provided.
  • Ultra strong PVC frame goes together with the use of a rubber mallet. No glue and two screws required.
  • One piece custom fitted shade cloth cover fits like a glove and in held in place by Christmas tree pins.
  • Galvanised shelves sit in place and are easily removable.
  • Entire shade house can be dismantled, relocated and re assembled in less than a day.
  • Contact us for our friendly after sales service and advice

When anchored correctly our shade houses can withstand 100+ km winds.

Anchor pegs are included in the kit.

Strong and sturdy – won’t blow away in high winds

The frame is constructed of Australian made UV protected PVC high pressure pipe. The pipe and fitting that make up the frame are manufactured in Australia to Australian Standards which ensure a 30 years life span.

Shelves are constructed from Australian made galvanised steel mesh, cut and shaped to fit on the built-in shelf supports.

Cover – All covers are made from commercial grade shade cloth or solar plastic which is cut, sewn and hemmed to fit neatly over the frame.

No! Your Shade or Hot House kit comes complete with everything including

  • Frame – Numbered pipe and fittings
  • Pre bent roof rafters
  • One piece shade cloth or solar plastic cover
  • Christmas tree pins to hold the cover in place.
  • Door hinge pins and door lock bolt with stainless steel screws
  • Pre bent galvanised steel mesh shelves.
  • Anchor Pegs – Made from the same PVC material as the frame and fittings.

Tools required for assembly of your shade house.

  • Rubber Mallet
  • Bucket with soapy water (dishwashing liquid works best)
  • Drill and 7mm and 8 mm drill bits
  • Phillips head screw driver
  • Hammer to drive anchor peg into the ground.
  • Tie wire to secure the frame to the anchor pegs.

If you live within a 200 km radius of Newcastle contact us to discuss assembly and obtain a quote.

Assembly outside this area may be possible. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

The size of your shade house will depend primarily on the space that you have available and the purpose for which you will use it.

It is always recommended you go as big as your space and budget allow as most people pant collections grow over time and insufficient undercover space for growing can be frustrating.

All Aussie Shade and Hot Houses products including shade house, green houses, hot houses, and plant stands are virtually maintenance free.

The occasional hose down to remove mould may be necessary in some climates.

It is okay to use a pressure cleaner on all parts of  an Aussie Shade & Hot House’s product.

Avoid using cleaning chemicals.


All Aussie Shade & Hot Houses products have a 10 year warranty on PVC frame and fittings.

All Shade Cloth is a commercial grade and has a 10 year manufacturer’s UV warranty.

All Solar Shield – Hortiweave (Hot house, rain/frost cover material) has a 5 year manufacturer’s UV warranty

All other component including mesh, eyelets pins etc. have a 2 year warranty.

You won’t get these warranties from inferior quality product from other suppliers.

Growing plants in a shade or hot house (greenhouse) can be rewarding for the home gardener – not only can you propagate new plants from your existing favorites, but you can get a jump start on your vegetable garden or protect and nurture your orchid collection.


Shade and hot houses are ideal extending growing seasons and for growing:

  1. Fruits and vegetables: eg. tomatoes
  2. Tree seedlings
  3. Hydroponic produce
  4. Shade loving (cut) flowers: ferns, azaleas and orchids
  5. Rainforest plants: gingers, monstera, philodendrons and cunjevois
  6. Frost/Heat sensitive plants: fuchsias, impatiens and begonias

Visit your local nursery for advice relevant to your location.

Phone 0400 342 268 or email discuss your requirements and place an order

Or  place your order via our website store.

  • Maintenance free Easy to assemble (in 2-3 hours approx)
  • Built in shelf system Unique long life PVC construction
  • Strong and sturdy
  • One piece custom shade cloth
  • Easily extendable (in increments of 1.2m)
  • Impervious to white ants and mildew
  • Rust proof galvanised steel shelves
  • Optional water proof cover available to protect plants from excessive rainfall

Friendly Local Knowledgeable Support.

REMEMBER! These are DESIGNED AND MADE IN AUSTRALIA from predominately Australian sourced materials.

  • You can start tomatoes earlier in spring and still be harvesting in winter if you grow them in a greenhouse.
  • If you don’t have much space, check out our hutch model – a mini house with a flap front.
  • If you love striking your own plants, a greenhouse is a gift, especially in cooler climates.
  • You can sow seeds early, get cuttings established faster and grow plants for transferring to the garden as soon as springs warm up.
  • In areas that experience frosts, a greenhouse lets you enjoy the exotic delights of tropical and warm-loving plants.
  • Greenhouses can be purely ornamental. By filling them with lush tropical plants and orchids, you can create a glorious sanctuary to withdraw to, and potter in, during the chills of winter.

REMEMBER! These are DESIGNED AND MADE IN AUSTRALIA from predominately Australian sourced materials.

  • DIY shade and greenhouses from Aussie Shade & Hot Houses start from around $1,000 for the most compact model.

REMEMBER! These are DESIGNED AND MADE IN AUSTRALIA from predominately Australian sourced materials.

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