A shade house is a horticultural structure which provides a mix of shade and light to provide suitable conditions for shade-loving plants, or to reduce the temperatures under the cover. Typically it will have a frame which supports mesh fabric or wood lath.[1]

Shade houses may also be used in commercial horticulture. For example, vanilla vines need 50% shade and, in deforested areas of Mexico, this is provided by shade houses of 1,000 – 10,000 square metres. These have tree-like support posts or actual living trees. From these, shade cloth walls of 3–5 metres height are suspended and these are black or red to cut the luminosity by half.[2]


  1. ^ Clarence Birdseye; Eleanor Gannett Birdseye (1951), "Shade-Houses", Growing Woodland Plants, Oxford University Press, pp. 37–39
  2. ^ Daphna Havkin-Frenkel; Faith C. Belanger (2010), "Shade Houses", Handbook of Vanilla Science and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, p. 24, ISBN 9781444329377