Since the orangery was first introduced to British homes in the 17th century, it has been considered the best domestic method of cultivating exotic plant life on British shores, regardless of how harsh the UK climate may get. Of all the plants being grown in British orangeries, citrus tree plants are one of the most popular choices. This is due to the simple yet highly effective process that goes into their cultivation, and of course they can produce delicious ripe fruit regardless of the material the structure is made of.
Here are a few helpful tips to get you started on the road towards rearing your own wonderful fruits.
Which citrus plants should I buy?
To get the best results from your citrus farming, it makes sense to purchase the smaller varieties of citrus plants known as ‘dwarf trees’ as these will grow to smaller heights, and in doing so won't be able to reach heights that cause problems inside an orangery, such as damaging the structure's interior.
If you want fast growth from your plants, it’s best to buy citrus trees with an age of at least two years, as they will have developed into a good size already and are therefore ideal for quick results.
How do you keep citrus plants healthy?
Here are a few of the best ways to keep citrus plants strong and able to produce high quality fruit.
- It’s worth remembering that Dwarf trees require moist conditions for their soil as drier conditions will affect the strength of their growth, thereby lessening the quality of the fruit.
- Citrus plants require daily levels of direct sunlight for their growth, with a warm temperature surrounding them, so if possible make sure you have an orangery with a south-facing window where a condition the experience of outdoor growth will be replicated. Designing your own bespoke orangery can ensure that you make the most of the natural light your home experiences.
- Be sure to store your plants at 55-68° F with a 30-60 % level of humidity, because temperatures any lower or higher will harm the freshness of the fruit, rendering the taste unsatisfactory.
- The use of a humidifier can help humidity levels even more, especially during colder winter months. However, this is not the most environmentally means of ensuring a healthy plant growth. It's also not a cost effective option when considering how much money running such technology can cost. Frequently placing several bowls of water around the orangery will gradually result in the water evaporating into the atmosphere to raise the humidity level around the plants.
If you want to choose from a range of finest orangeries for your home, or submit your own bespoke orangery design for professional building, visit ahorangeries.co.uk, where you'll find many other beautiful home structures available, such as a wide range of luxury verandas and conservatory models.
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