Any serious gardener will appreciate the benefits of putting up a greenhouse in his garden. Aside from the fact that it can be a great space where you can propagate plants from your existing outdoor garden, it is also a perfect structure to start planting crops like fruits, vegetables and herbs all-year round.
Yes, that is right. You can use your greenhouse every day, no matter what time of the year it is. This is because of the presence of systems that make it easier to regulate the temperature and moisture that comes in to the structure. Wonder how you can put the space into good use every single day? Why not plant any of the most common greenhouse plants that you can find on the list below?
If there is a single perfect plant category that fits into a greenhouse, that will be no less than vegetables. The good thing about planting vegetables in the greenhouse is you can choose to plant a variety during the warm months and another bunch in the cool months. This will give you an assurance that you can enjoy these favorites at any time of the year.
Warm season crops are those that grow in greenhouses with temperature that is between 12 and 29 degrees Celsius or 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. A list of these vegetables are tomatoes, cucumber, squash and peppers. In order to grow these vegetables inside a greenhouse, they will need supplemental lighting, hand pollination and trellising.
For cool season crops, you can opt to plant carrots, peas, broccoli and lettuce in the greenhouse. They are actually best suited for unheated backyard greenhouses. These plants are also known for being able to tolerate even the coldest or chilly nights thus you do not need heat in order to grow them inside the structure except if you are living in a place with extremely low temperatures. You will not need overhead lighting too when growing them. Your greenhouse will need enough ventilation though to grow these crops.
Another group of plants that will love to live in greenhouses are ornamentals. These plants are grown by those who love nature and those who find pleasure in seeing beautiful elements found in one’s garden. Ornamentals may either be annuals or perennials. Examples of those that grow well in greenhouses are petunias, impatiens, geraniums, caladiums, ferns, savia, chrysanthemums and poinsettias.
Do not miss out on growing tropical plants if you have a greenhouse. You have small tropical plants to choose from like orchids and Venus flytraps. The so-called carnivorous plants which are known for helping when it comes to insect control are also great additions to the structure. Take note that tropical plants are known to require more water in order for them to grow thus you must have access to water in your greenhouse.
The key to making these plants grow in your greenhouse
It is very important to consider the type of structure that you have in order to allow these plants to grow in your ‘indoor garden’. It is crucial to check the requirements of each plant category as to temperature, water, ventilation and heat. Unheated structures are available for those of you wanting to grow cool season crops while there are also those types that are made to help greenhouse growers all-year round.
It is best to get help from experienced glass garden builders when it comes to planning the types of plants you want to grow in your greenhouse. Make sure that what your structure will be able to support the requirements of the plants that you plan to grow inside it.