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Converting your Sunroom Into a Greenhouse During the Winter



Sunrooms are great spaces that combine the beauty of nature with the comfort of being indoors. Greenhouses bring a sense of peace and uniqueness to any home. Transform the interior of your sunroom to create a space full of nature and life year-round. Everything can be customized to fit your lifestyle and will enhance the beauty and value of your home.

 

Placement of the Sunroom- Greenhouse

Your sunroom must be in an area with full access to light and limited shading for the best plant growth. Ideally, a greenhouse should get full sunlight. At least six hours of sunlight is needed daily, especially during winters. The greenhouse must be kept under 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The easiest and the least expensive option to warm up a greenhouse in winter is to create a thermal mass or heat sink. These objects will absorb heat during the day and release it during the chilly nights. A ventilation system is needed to keep plants healthy and regulates temperatures. 

 

Choosing the Right Structural Materials 

Consider these structural materials: sleek aluminum, efficient vinyl, and warm and inviting natural wood when choosing the framework of your sunroom/greenhouse:

  1. Wood: Well-insulated, strong and traditional, such as our Georgian Conservatories.
  2. Aluminum: Low-maintenance and rust-resistant but weaker than other materials, such as our Curved Roof Solarium.
  3. Vinyl: Resistant to scratches and dents, meaning they'll never need to be painted. Have minimal maintenance requirements, reduced upkeep costs, excellent insulation, and durability. While this material is the most expensive on our list, it is versatile enough to allow customers to save more money on energy costs in the long run.

  Add Simple Necessities to Make Your Greenhouse Functional

  • Benches: Place your plants on the benches and arrange them as you see fit.
  • Water supply: Ensure your sunroom has access to a hose or sink to water your plants.
  • UV lights: Install UV lights for cold, dark or cloudy days. 
  • Heating source: Keep your plants warm during the winter.
  • Insect repellent: Protect your plants from harmful pests.
  • Seating: Add a seating area to sit down and relax in the comfort of your greenhouse.
  • You can also furnish your sunroom with brick tables and plant stands that absorb heat energy.

Planting Your Greenhouse Garden

In the winter, it's super challenging to grow fruits and vegetables outside with cold temperatures and frozen soil. Bring your garden indoors inside your sunroom and plant lettuce, herbs, carrots, and tomatoes. You can use large containers found at Home Depot or any gardening store. Showcase some gorgeous winter blooms dangling vines, exotic plants, and various cacti. 

 

For more helpful ways to convert your sunroom into a winter greenhouse, please contact Four Seasons at 888-270-3546 or chat with us anytime on our 24/7 live help desk. Regardless of how big or small your job may be, we'll do what we can to complete your vision promptly and to your standards, creating a space for many good times to come.

 

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