Four Beautiful Flowering Plants for Any Greenhouse

Sep 11, 2013 by

The greenhouse is one of the best places to grow and enjoy some absolutely amazing flowers. Thanks to its warm and humid environment though, you will need to carefully choose the species of plants that you grow so that your flora is kept happy and healthy all year around. By making a careful selection, you will have flowers no matter what the season is as well, allowing you to experience a world of colour whether it’s July or December. To help you create the perfect greenhouse setting, here are some of the best flowering plants to choose.

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1) Orchids

Since most orchids are grown in far-off, exotic lands, you will need to know a bit about their preferred environment so you can grow them properly in your greenhouse. In general, phalaenopsis, cattleya and ontoglossum varieties work best. To ensure your orchids are kept healthy, regardless of the species though, follow these steps.

  • Select orchids from the same temperature regions
  • Keep your greenhouse temperatures suitable
  • Stabilise the overall internal humidity levels
  • Use shade cloths to prevent direct heat access
  • Follow the orchid’s yearly growth cycles

Ask your local nursery for more information about how to handle these fragile flowers. With a little effort, you can experience some beautiful blossoms as a result!

2) Lilies

Thanks to the warm and humid conditions inside your greenhouse, the lilies you plant can be forced to bloom earlier than they would in the wild. This means you can extend the blooming season and surround yourself with colour for much longer. The fragility of lilies means that the greenhouse is a much safer setting for growth than simply planting them outside in your garden. Of course, you’ll need to tweak the environment to promote optimal growth. As well as purchasing a complete set of high quality hydroponics equipment, you should plant these flowers in beds as opposed to pots. Also keep the interior of the greenhouse well ventilated and properly shaded so you keep each lily away from harsh sunlight or stagnant air.

3) Foxgloves

Lovers of this British beauty will be pleased to hear that this is yet another plant that thrives in the greenhouse environment. Typically these blossoms take two years from seeding to flowering, a timeframe which can be shortened in the regulated setting that is the greenhouse. During sowing, keep the temperatures cool though, as small foxgloves can’t handle the heat very well. If you sow during the winter, by the time the summer comes around, the plants will be fully grown and able to withstand the hotter environment on their own.

4) Lupines

These cone-shaped flowers fit very well into the greenhouse setting. While growing this flora, make sure that the pots are well-drained as they don’t like soggy soil. Placing the pots in direct sunlight is alright as well. If this isn’t possible, light shade will suffice. To encourage growth, day-extension lighting is very effective. Despite the added light, temperatures should be kept cool as excess heat will result in poor conditions for your lupines.

Colourful Surroundings

These are just some examples of which flowering plants are suitable for your greenhouse. With the right techniques and a little research though, just about any species can be grown in this environment. All you need is some expert advice about the setup that is most suitable. Buying some high quality gardening gear also comes recommended. Whichever varieties you choose, hopefully you can soon enjoy some amazing blooms in the comfort and privacy of your back garden. Harness the true beauty of nature through a smart selection of flowering plants for your greenhouse.

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Green’s Horticulture in the UK is a business catering to the needs of those looking for hydroponics and other growing systems for greenhouses and plant nurseries.

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