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Growing Fruit Trees in Your Conservatory

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If you are looking for a way to extend the growing season in your region, conservatories can be a great addition to your home. You can specialize in growing flowers, vegetables, or even fruit trees in your conservatory, which is characterized by an expanse of glass in the roof and sidewalls. What will grow best depends on your climate and on the specifications of your conservatory.

Designing The Best Conservatory For Fruit Trees

While most plants require heat and sun, they also require shade, moisture, air circulation, and relief from excessive sunlight. A proper conservatory regulates these variables with excellent design, maintenance, and proper accessories.

  • Controlling heat. Some conservatories are unheated, but controlling temperature is important in most climates. Even parts of Florida and California are chilly sometimes, but conservatories in New York, Kansas, or Denver need more year-round heat to ensure the survival of fruit trees and other produce. Depending on what you want to grow, you might choose to keep the temperature the same in the house or maintain a minimum temperature in the winter.
  • Provide shading and ventilation. Your conservatory should be fitted with solar-controlled glass on the roof that reflects the sun when it is at its highest. Adding electrically-controlled blinds to the roof and windows will mitigate sunlight, as well as lessen the impact of heat. Vents and doors enable air circulation to offset heat in warmer climates year round and in all climates in the summer.
  • Control humidity. Fruit trees and other plants in the conservatory need water and nutrients to support the root system and produce fruit, along with misting them with rainwater or lukewarm water every day.
  • Clean windows. Dirty windows limit light flow and provide a habitat for garden pests. Cleaning conservatory roofs and windows, especially on second-story conservatories is challenging, but specialized telescopic cleaning equipment can help both professionals and homeowners keep the windows clean.

Choosing Fruit Trees For Conservatories

Knowing the proper temperature and conditions that various types of fruit trees require will help you determine what to grow in your conservatory and how to regulate the temperature there. Using an online zone-finder can help you select the best for trees for your climate and offer insights about the proper temperature for conservatories in Delaware, Michigan, Maine, or other states.

  • Subtropical plants such as oranges, lemons, clementines, kumquats, and grapefruits require a minimum temperature of 40°F, but need temperatures up to 100°F to bear fruit.
  • Peaches and nectarine do well in temperatures of 50-55°F until the fruit sets, but higher temperatures of 65-70°F to bring fruit to maturity.
  • Mulberry trees require bright, indirect light and great ventilation, with the temperature of 55 to 70°F.
  • Figs, which will well in a large pot, need temperatures of 55 to 65°F, protection from direct sun, fertilization, only two or three times during the growing season.
  • Grapes, though not grown on a tree, grow well along walls and across the roof of conservatories where there is sun or light shade. They require constant temperature between 63-68°F to flower and temperatures in the seventies and eighties to ripen.
  • Apricot trees grow well in pots in sunny conservatories with temperatures of 60-80°F, but they can survive in very cold temperatures before they start to flower

Building The Best Conservatory For Indoor Fruit Growthgrowing fruit trees indoors, indoor fruit trees, conservatory gardens, conservatory

When you are considering a conservatory that will produce delicious edible fruits, Simply The Best Conservatory can design and construct it for you, complete with all the accessories you need for effective growing. For great ideas, visit our online galleries and then call us for a consultation at 877.607.0077.

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Designing The Perfect Sunroom

Want to create a private sanctuary at your home? Add a sunroom to your home; a place where you can sit and relax as you enjoy the splendor of the outdoors without the annoyance of heat and insects. Depending on the size of the room, your new addition can be a family room, a room for reading and reflection, a game room, or a spot the hot tub. It can even have amenities such as a fireplace or wet bar.

Positioning Your Sunroom

sunroom addition creates a bright, cheery respite, even in the cold of winter. Usually located on the side of your home, a sunroom may also be located in the back according to today’s creative designers and architects. Using one wall of the house for side or the back, the additional walls are covered with large windows that emulate glass walls or with screens and windows set above a porch rail.

Your sunroom is constructed with the idea of enjoying one foot indoors and one outdoors. With three walls jutting out into your yard, you get a panoramic view of the yard or garden. The glass walls allow the sun to flow into the room, which makes you feel you are outside. To gain as much light more as possible, orient your room to the east or south in northern climates, and to the east or north in eastern and southern climates where you need shade to keep cool.

You can celebrate the room as a sunroom by surrounding it with gardens or shrubs, not just the lawn. The landscaping makes the room part of the décor. Even in the winter, the view can be impressive.

What is the Best Type?

The type of sunroom select comes down to personal choice, but here are a few of the many options to choose from:

  • Studio sunrooms have flat roofs forminimal energy usage
  • Gable sunrooms have vaulted ceilings for extra height, along with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Garden sunrooms are artful structures of different shapes that to accommodate indoor gardens

Elements of the Design – Windows

Windows are the key design element in any sunroom. The average glass enclosure has 24 or more windows which, depending on their style, material, and quality, impact how the room looks.

With so many openings, you will want to choose energy-efficient windows that will retain heat in the winter and block it in the summer. Many sunrooms have a double-paned glass with a low-emissivity coating, triple paned windows filled with argon gas are even more effective. Aim for ENERGY STAR® windows that qualify for a federal tax credit.

Other Elements In Sunroom Design

Once you determine your window selection, you need to consider other elements for a coordinated look.

  • Floors. To accommodate the traffic between the inside and outside via the glass enclosed room, consider something durable, such as wood laminate, which is versatile, easy to install, and affordable. Other choices include concrete or tile, materials that also give an outdoor vibe.
  • Walls. Bypass drywall for materials that give a porchy feel, such as tongue and groove wood boards, steel, or concrete.
  • Outside materials. Continue the materials used on the rest of the house so that your room appears to flow from the rest of the structure.
  • Wiring. Make sure that the room is wired for a ceiling fan to promote proper ventilation. When you choose a fan with a lighting kit, you will be able to use your sunroom in the evening.
  • Décor. Durable furniture like wicker, bamboo and wrought iron that can tolerate high humidity and won’t fade or rust. Add plants for a natural touch.

Designed correctly, your sunroom will open the house while offering additional living space and lift your spirits during a long dreary winter. Contact Simply The Best Conservatories to discuss the type of sunroom that is best for you.

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The Top 5 Benefits Of Adding a Conservatory to Your Home

Are you looking for a way to add a magic addition to your home that is protected from the elements, while offering you a great view of your yard and scenic views beyond? A conservatory might be your answer. Whether you own a home with a glass enclosure already in place, or you are planning to add one, there are five benefits to having one attached to your home.

Benefits of a Home Conservatory

A conservatory is a great way of expanding your living space, filling it with light and bringing the garden into your home. As expert installers and designers, we are proud to share the main benefits and features of having a conservatory on your home.

1. Increases the Value of your Property

Built in the style of your existing home, your conservatory is an extension of it that incorporates the beauty of your exterior landscaping with the architecture of your home. The style and look of your addition will immediately present a wow factor to any prospective buyer.  Especially if you selected a classic Victorian conservatory or a vintage roof lantern type.

More cost-effective than other types of room additions. a conservatory is enough of an investment that you would not add it specifically to sell your home as you might not recoup your whole investment upon sale. However, if you add it when you anticipate decades of happy living in your residence, you will get years of glorious pleasure from it. This glass addition will make your home memorable to buyers and aid you in selling for a higher price.

2. Increases Additional Living Space

The main reason for a conservatory is to give added living space where you can relax, dine, and socialize or to do whatever you choose. The space is so versatile that you can use it as a toy room when your kids are young that transitions to a reading room or lounging area when they get older. You might even use it as an extension of your kitchen or family room. It is a a beautiful space you can use all year regardless of the weather.

You can even bring the outside in by adding potted plants or use your conservatory as garden space that affords you flowers, fresh herbs, fruit trees or vegetables throughout the year.

3. Becomes A Fantastic Source of Sunlight

Fully constructed with glass panes, the conservatory brings the maximum amount of light into your home. The more time you spend in your glass enclosure, the more exposure you get to vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin that that aids your immune system, strengthens your teeth and bones, and helps ward off depression. Many people indoors are deficient in Vitamin D, but all the light that comes in to your home conservatory will counteract the effects of being inside.

4. Brings your Garden Closer

Conservatories are often built or near your garden so you can enjoy the beauty of your garden and landscaping. The same holds true if you live in a mountainous region or on the beach. Of course, if you live in a climate where it is warm most of the year, you will get the benefits of seeing your garden as different plants bloom.

5.Becomes a Windows to the Outside

Conservatories usually feature multiple doors that lead to a deck, patio, or garden path. Whether you use French doors, sliding doors, or bi-folding doors that allow you to open up large segments of the conservatory, they are not only easy to see out of but offer easy access to the outdoors as well.

Bringing the outside in – that’s what home conservatories are all about. If you are thinking adding a glass enclosure to your home, take a look at our style gallery of conservatory designs to start planning for yours today.