View Archive Plants for the Conservatory 20 June 2011

People have a conservatory built for all kinds of reasons, and the great pity is that these buildings have often been underused. More recently there has been a greater interest in how useful a conservatory can be, either as somewhere to sit with a drink after work and view the garden, or as an extra room, a dining room for example. The conservatory is a good place to have plants that need a lot of sunshine and that don’t do well in a cold climate. The traditional orangery, for example, was originally purpose built to hold plants that thrived in warmer climates but not in the colder weather that is so common in Britain.

You can give your conservatory new life and enjoy plants and flowers that you thought wouldn’t grow in the garden by purchasing those plants for the conservatory. Plants that need a lot of sunlight often do especially well in a conservatory because of the warmth and light that floods through tall glass windows and perhaps glass domed roofs. You will need to care for any plants you have for the conservatory in the same way that you would care for your plants in the garden. You may need to consider treating your plants with fungicide, as fungus can often be a problem with plants, even when they are in a conservatory.

Make sure that plants have enough room in the pots you have chosen, if there is insufficient room for the roots to spread, you could end up with a dead plant. You’ll need to water the plants regularly, just as you would any other plants. If you want your plants to thrive in the conservatory, make sure they are in a spot where they get plenty of light and also oxygen. Some plants may benefit from a few hours out in the garden when the weather is warm and sunny, a bit of time in the outdoors can do wonders for plants that may be looking a bit pot bound.