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Space Requests

QR code for plant growth facilities space.

All PGF spaces (greenhouses, growth chambers, labs) are available to CSU-affiliated researchers via PGF User Space Request QR Code or here: Space Requests

Requests are on a first-come, first serve basis and users are encouraged to request space before the beginning of each semester.   

Space allocation is determined by the greenhouse manager. Prospective users are encouraged to contact the greenhouse manager early on to discuss space needs and complete a space request form. Verbal discussion or email requests are not considered official reservations. The greenhouse manager can assist in determining the correct amount of space needed for project. The minimum amount of bench space to request is 1/4th of a bench (about 53ft2). It is recommended to reserve more space than anticipated. additional bench space is not a guarantee.   

Growth chambers space requests are based per chamber. Due to limited supply and high demand of growth chambers, ‚Äúsquatting‚ÄĚ in chambers is not permitted. Users must be conducting active research in all PGF-owned chambers. If a chamber is found to be empty for 3 consecutive months, the reservation is subject to termination.¬†¬†

Rates and Fees

Facility usage rates and fees are necessary in order to cover our operating, repair and maintenance expenses.   

Greenhouse rates are a flat rate across all greenhouse bays (main facility and biosecurity ‚Äėsouth houses‚Äô) and charged by the¬†1/4th bench unit. Growth chamber rates are flat across all growth chambers¬†¬†

Monthly Rates-FY 22 

Main and South greenhouse Rate: $30  per  1/4th bench  

Growth Chamber Rate: $200/month 

EGC walk-in Rate: $400/month   

Greenhouse/Growth Chamber Reservations 

If you are already a registered user OR

Email PGF to inquire about reserving space.

Facility Access 

Once you have been assigned space, all users must complete annual Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training and attend an on-site orientation before access is approved. Once completed, access will be activated within 24-hours. Users must plan ahead to complete training requirements, day-of training is no longer provided. More details coming soon! 

Services and Supplies 

As part of the user fee, PGF offers services and supplies to facilitate efficient and effective research. Below are a few services we offer.   

  • Repair¬†and¬†maintenance¬†of¬†greenhouse¬†&¬†growth¬†chamber¬†equipment-shade,¬†pad¬†wall,¬†exhaust¬†fans, benches, etc.¬†
  • Manual closing of vents during high wind forecasts¬†and subzero temperature¬†
  • Greenhouse,¬†warehouse¬†and¬†growth¬†chamber¬†cleaning¬†–¬†sweeping,¬†trash¬†and¬†compost¬†removal,¬†filter¬†changes¬†
  • Annual deep cleaning of greenhouses-pressure washing, disinfecting, etc.¬†
  • Washing¬†and¬†UV¬†sterilization¬†of¬†1-gallon¬†pots –¬†users must bring dirty pots to dirty pot rack in warehouse¬†
  • Pest Management-biological and chemical¬†¬†¬†
  • Environmental¬†control,¬†set-point¬†adjustments¬†and¬†seasonal¬†photoperiod¬†adjustment¬†¬†
  • Autoclaving¬†of materials in¬†main¬†PGF facility and non-transgenic¬†material –
  • Refilling¬†and¬†cleaning¬†of¬†south house¬†footbaths¬†
  • Basic irrigation system set-up¬†
  • Greenhouse and growth chamber light bulb repair/replacements¬†

Warehouse Supplies  

Items are for current, fee-paying PGF facility users. Non-fee paying labs are welcome to purchase supplies for a fee.   

  • Promix¬†potting¬†mix (HP & BX)-use potting mix in white bins first¬†¬†
  • Soil¬†amendments¬†(perlite, vermiculite,¬†greensgrade-located in white bins)¬†
  • 2‚ÄĚ, 3.5‚ÄĚ, 4‚ÄĚ square pots,¬†1 & 2 gallon¬†round pots, 1‚ÄĚ & 2‚Ä̬†conetainers¬†
  • Humidity Domes¬†(small & large)¬†
  • 1801 flats and inserts (webbed, with holes and no holes)¬†¬†
  • Slow-release¬†fertilizer (Osmocote)¬†
  • 200¬†ppm¬†diluted¬†fertilizer¬†(15-5-15)¬†
  • White¬†plant¬†labels¬†
  • Nitrile¬†Gloves,¬†dust¬†masks¬†
  • Bamboo¬†stakes¬†of¬†various¬†sizes¬†
  • Misc. tools¬†(short-term use only)¬†
  • Hoses, watering wands and watering cans¬†
  • Dosatron¬†fertigation¬†
  • Assorted¬†specialized¬†research¬†equipment¬†(scales,¬†EC¬†meter,¬†etc)
  • Carts & wagons (short term only, must be returned by the end of day)¬†

Amenities Available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Material must be clearly labeled with lab, date & content. 

  • Drying¬†Oven (25C) ¬†
  • Mist¬†benches (112a and 104 greenhouses-contact PGF for available location)¬†
  • Warehouse¬†Storage (for long-term researchers only)¬†
  • Cold rooms (2.4C/2C)¬†
  • Soil & Plant Grinding rooms (103C & B)¬†

Other services (see PGF for details/requests, fees may apply) 

  • Plant Propagation¬†
  • Conservatory Plant¬†Lending¬†
  • Special¬†Orders¬†
  • Weekend/holiday watering¬†¬†

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