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Love Plants? A Sunroom Would Be Ideal!

Do you love plants and gardening? In the long, cold winter, do you long for greenery while looking at seed catalogs? Are you running out of windows in which to put potted plants? Is your family starting to make cutting remarks about living in a jungle while brushing aside a hanging philodendron on the way to breakfast?
A sunroom is perfect for you!


House Plants

Your house plants will have all the light and warmth they need in the sunny windows of your sunroom. You can bring some of the plants that are crowding out your other living space in; they will be happy with the light and warmth, and your family will be happy to have a counter again.
Houseplants that are particularly great for sunrooms include:
  • Hibiscus 
  • Christmas cactus 
  • Hanging ferns  
  • Small fruit trees - lemon, orange, pomegranate, peach, and fig can all grow well in large pots.
  • Orchids 
  • Passion flower 
  • African violets 
  • Fuchsia 
  • Bottle brush plant 

Do a little research when getting a new plant. Some plants may require more humidity than you have or want to have, depending what else you put in your sunroom. If you want to grow the humidity-loving plants, a cool-mist vaporizer can make sure there is sufficient moisture in the air. A warm steam one can, as well, but will bring the temperature way up. Don't keep electronics or musical instruments in a high-humidity room.
You may want to keep your sunroom heated in the winter, especially if you are growing citrus, orchids, or other tropical plants in it. 

Observe your plants; some might do better directly in the window, and some might prefer indirect sunlight, and so do better further back into the room.

On the hottest days of summer when you can't be in the outdoors for fear of sunburn or heat exhaustion, you can sit in the comfort of your air-conditioned sunroom and enjoy your indoor garden.




Gardening

If you do outdoor gardening, you'll have a great space to nurture your seed starts while the last of winter works its way out. Be sure your sunroom is at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit even at night, and start the seeds according to the directions on the envelope. 
You can grow fresh herbs and vegetables all winter in your warm, sunny add-on. Bring your favorite plants and most important seasonings inside before the frost, and have year-round fresh rosemary, basil, cilantro, parsley, or mint. 
Vegetables that you might consider:
  • Lettuce and spinach 
  • Onions 
  • Tomatoes  
  • Beans or peas (Unless you are putting in an indoor trellis, use bush varieties, not climbing.)
  • Peppers 
  • Eggplant 
  • Radishes and short carrots 

You can grow things like squash, potatoes, and corn, but they tend to take a lot of room and need different pots than are usually used indoors.

Relaxation


A sunroom is part of your home. You can have a lovely, comfortable seating area in the midst of all this growth. After nurturing your garden, you can relax in perfect peace with your book, computer, or music, breathing in the greenery-scented air and feeling contentment.

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