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
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.