PLANTS FOR A CONSERVATORY

A conservatory is like an oasis for many plants – it provides an excellent rest home for those which we try to grow in difficult or unsuitable positions. If used mainly for plants, a conservatory should not be kept at a high temperature: in fact, a minimum winter temperature of 7 deg C (45 deg F) is quite adequate. Most plants that grow in the home will do well in a conservatory, as well as those that like cool conditions in a greenhouse.

Few people are lucky enough to have the Victorian type conservatory, with stone or brick floors and high ceilings. Most have just a lean-to type in which the plants are in separate pots. Position the plants so that there is interest at all levels, from the floor to ceiling. Large specimens of houseplants. with tree-like proportions, can be grown to give height, with climbing and trailing plants filling in the spaces.

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