Inspiration for a tall conservatory

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Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150339Post Captain Caveman
Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:32 pm

After 6 months of renovations, we will be moving into our new home in May. We have a double height conservatory which faces south (to let in heat and light to the house :sunny: ) and I'd love to hear your ideas/ experience of growing one or two exciting things in such a space

Ideas so far:
Banana tree (yes I know its annual)
Grape vines

Inspire me with something exotic!

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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

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Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:24 pm

I'd have a lemon tree :flower:
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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150362Post Millymollymandy
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:13 am

So you'll soon be moving out of your cave then Cap'n? :lol: Citrus fruit sounds good to me! All year round basil including Holy (that's exotic :wink: ). Mind you will it be heated in winter or just frost free?
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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150374Post Captain Caveman
Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:10 am

Just frost free but double glazed and next to the house so I hope it will stay reasonably warm
You're not supposed to heat conservatories as they are included as outside space and the idea is it reduce our heating costs!

Citrus trees in pots tend to be quite small I think, I wanted to make use of the height
Has anyone tried growing grapevines in or out?

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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150377Post Odsox
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:34 am

Captain Caveman wrote:Has anyone tried growing grapevines in or out?
I assume as it's a conservatory you will be growing in containers, as the grape vines I've grown under glass have all been grown in the border soil.
I think pot grown ones are usually a lot less rampant (depending on the size of pot of course)
Next year I intend to grow a passion flower up into the roof space of my conservatory ... not the common outdoor one, but one of the more tropical ones like Grenadine that you get passion fruits from.
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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150379Post mybarnconversion
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:53 am

How about a largish olive tree I think you can get all shapes / sizes and ages...

Only thing that puts me off is they're just not British and therefore in keeping - but I'm sure one could be a stunning addition to a conservatory.

By the way - I'm considering a double height(ish) conservatory - any pictures / advice?

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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150403Post Thomzo
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:34 pm

Hi
You are lucky. I love my conservatory. I have two lemon trees, one is a sweet lemon and one in a 'proper' lemon. They both have great fruit. I made lemon curd a couple of months ago just from my home grown lemons. I know that they are in pots but they can still grow fairly large over time, if you keep increasing the size of the pot.

I have a bougainvillia in my conservatory, I know they aren't edible but the flowers dry really well and make a lovely addition to pot pourri.

I have tried strawberries in mine. Not a huge success but I kept overwatering it. I am trying again in a bigger pot. You can hang them in hanging baskets if you can find a way of watering them - perhaps on pulleys?

Geraniums do really well in my conservatory. You can eat the flowers and some tumble well so, again, can be hung from the walls.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and peppers all love the conservatory and can be trained upwards.

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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150423Post Captain Caveman
Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:10 pm

How about a largish olive tree I think you can get all shapes / sizes and ages...

Only thing that puts me off is they're just not British and therefore in keeping
I see your point but it really has to be something foreign to go in the conservatory. Its nice to stick to "local" plants but potatoes are from the Americas as are pumpkins. It wont mix with local flora or invade the UK so I'm not worried and if I could grow my own oranges then I wouldn't have to import so many - so which option is better?

I just thought of something else. Kiwis? Though I just read they need 400 hours of <7'C to fruit well :roll:

Olive tree would be cool but my wife hates them

Here's a pic of the conservatory which also gives me the chance to show off our new scarecrow, Spud, born today and my purple sprouting brocolli!
The conservatory is not fully finished yet as its awaiting its final colour. It is on the south side of our farmhouse
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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150438Post Millymollymandy
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:56 am

Wow that is some conservatory! :shock: You could have a mini Kew Gardens in there. How about some coconut and date palms? :lol:
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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150539Post mybarnconversion
Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:43 pm

A coconut or banana might fill it nicely ... perhaps even a small grove for that tropical feeling ... ;)

The only thing that survives in the conservatory where we currently live is cacti, perhaps one of the big spaghetti western ones?

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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 150930Post bodrighy
Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:23 pm

What about some perennial tomatoes? Don't know how tall they grow in the wild but as they are perennial vines it might be worth experimenting

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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 151212Post chadspad
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:27 am

What about an avocado tree? And a mango? And pineapples?
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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 151356Post MuddyWitch
Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:54 pm

We grew an avacado seed to a small (6ft!) tree before having to give it away to people with a conservatory like yours.

It's a great thing for kids to grow as you start it over a glass & you can watch it develope. It grows really quickly too.

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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 151372Post Captain Caveman
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:10 pm

I had an avocado tree in the garden where I stayed in India, it was massive, almost as big as a horse chestnut tree. The fruits got bruised as they fell from so high
The crucial question is, does it ever produce fruit, otherwise I'll get a normal tree, and how do you find a pot for a tree like that!!!?!?!

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Re: Inspiration for a tall conservatory

Post: # 151374Post chadspad
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:21 am

Surely it will only grow to the size of the pot you have it in?
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