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How to Grow Plants in Your Conservatory

How to Grow Plants in Your Conservatory

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The conservatory is becoming a true treasure to many a British household. Acting as a gateway to the outside world, even when less-than-ideal temperatures may be keeping you inside. And, let’s face it, for Britain that is more often than we would like to think. Which is why it is not surprising that many people are also using this space as a place to grow plants.

Inside the safe haven of a conservatory, many plants can grow and thrive without fear of a sudden cold spurt. Which is why choosing to grow something in your conservatory is only natural.

The Greenhouse Effect

A typical conservatory area has lots of glass panels, making it ideal to act as a sort-of greenhouse when the colder months are upon us. The glass traps sunlight – even when it is only minimal – keeping the space warm, allowing plants to thrive. This space will more often than not be the warmest room in your home for this exact reason when winter is not in full bloom.

What Plants?

The temperature of your conservatory will affect what type of plants you are able to grow in it. All plants have an optimum temperature, so it is always best to check what this is before committing to growing a particular plant. Most plants are happiest above 5°C, however, so if you have a minimum conservatory temperature around this then you should be fine.

  • Peaches
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Beans and peas
  • Chillies

Many of these are no fuss type plants, allowing you to sit back and relax as they enjoy the warmth that indoors has to offer.

Optimum Temperature

Of course, during summer you may find that your conservatory becomes too hot for your growing efforts. When this happens it is important to have a shaded spot in your conservatory to offer respite for your plants. Whether this is through blinds or by simply putting them behind your conservatory furniture. Shade is almost as important to growing plants as the sun, so keep an eye on this during the growing process.

Humidity goes hand in hand with temperature, also. Protecting your growing plants from damage is vital during the warmer periods of the year. As such, during this time, a lot of plants benefit from a daily misting of lukewarm water.

Keep Pests at Bay

Of course, one of the biggest downsides to growing plants indoors is the fact that they may or may not attract pests. A regular cleaning of window sills and the windows themselves is necessary, as pests can live on both. Dusty windows are also not able to let light into your conservatory as effectively, so it is always best to clean them to prevent this issue on a regular basis.

 

Overall, the conservatory is an ideal space to let loose your green thumb. As we near Spring, now is an ideal time to get started on your plant growing process and have them garden-ready when the summertime blooms in full.

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