Greenhouse Shade Cloth - 30% Black | Bootstrap Farmer

Greenhouse Shade Cloth - 30% Black


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Our greenhouse shade cloth is UV stabilized, rot and mildew resistant and has an 8 year warranty with 16 year life expectancy.  Shade cloth is an important component to your greenhouse to keep your plants safe during the intense summer heat.


Shade cloths protect the plants with light diffusion and UV protection.  They also help to keep your greenhouse cool, improve plant ventilation, reduce water usage, and help to prevent sunburn on plants.


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  • Black polyethylene, monofilament knitted fabric
  • 8 Year Warranty & 16 Year Life Expectancy
  • 30% Shade
  • 70% Light Transmittance
  • U.V. Treated
  • Mold & Mildew Resistant


Heat Reduction

The use of shade cloth in the greenhouse or out in the field can help to create a microclimate more ideally suited for plants to thrive.  In the greenhouse, shade cloth can reduce ambient temperature by 10 degrees or more.

Season Extension

Shade cloth will help to reduce soil temperatures so that you can continue growing greens & lettuce when normally it would be too warm. 

Light diffusion

Many plants benefit greatly from indirect light. The use of shade cloth will reduce plant damage created by too much direct sunlight.

Reduced Water Consumption/Energy Use

Lower ambient & soil temps means less water required to irrigate plants as well as less energy used to cool the greenhouse.

Pesticide Reduction

Excessive heat leads to plants that are stressed and more prone to attacks by pests. Heat reduction by the use of shade cloth, therefore creates healthier plants that are less likely to face insect pressure. 

Increased Product Quality & Better Yields

Shade cloth protects plants from damage such sun scald caused by direct sunlight.  Additionally, plants will experience increased bloom & fruit set when temperatures are moderated.

Plants the benefit from shade cloth

30% shade cloth is a great choice for vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers in areas with hot summers.  It is also useful for eggplants and melons to prevent sunscald during periods of intense radiation.  Additionally, you can use shade cloth to keep cool weather crops such as lettuce and greens from getting bitter and bolting.  


Rolls over 120 lbs must ship via motor freight.  We will notify you if your order requires this shipping method.  

A few things to be aware of on orders shipping motor freight (semi):

  1. Someone must be available at the shipping location to receive the order and must be able to unload it.
  2. If the customer uses the lift gate on the truck, the motor freight company will charge up $125 depending on the freight company, for which you will be responsible.
  3. If there is any noticeable damage to products, please note this on the bill of lading that the driver will have the customer sign.
  4. If the shipping address is a residential address, the semi will need to be able to get into your neighborhood with room to turn around. If not, we can make arrangements for the terminal to hold the order for you to pick up


Free shipping on all our shade cloth.  We want to be as transparent with our prices as possible so we don't want to surprise you with high shipping costs at checkout.

Expedited Shipping is not available for shade cloth.  Because each order is custom cut we can not accept returns once the item has shipped.

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  • How long does it take for your orders to ship/arrive? ordering GREENHOUSE SHADE CLOTH - 30% BLACK. The order will consist of 2- 80'x20' sheets, and 2-80'x6'. sheets

    Our shade cloth typically ships in 4 business days as we cut most pieces to length.  We ship via UPS out of Ohio so shipping time will be dependent on your location.  Typically it is between 2-4 days of shipping time.

  • we need it for shading people on a 60 x 35 rectangle of concrete with poles every 10 can I mount this??? Is this shade cloth hemmed and have grommets?

    We do have shade cloth that has grommets but we would need to custom quote that piece.  All our shade cloth has sewed edges.  That can be secured with these shade cloth hold down clips.  They secure to the edges of the shade cloth and you can then hook a rope in the center groove

  • we were considering the shade cloth for the top of our pergola. do you know if rain water will pass through it?

    Yes rain water would pass through.

  • What is the unit of measurement being used when you say 6x30? feet or meters... also what colours do you have available?

    Everything is in feet and in the color black.