The Garden Room: Where Plants Cozy up to People

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A garden room is designed for plants as well as people. And since it’s part of your house, the garden room must do more than just house plants — it must also provide living space. Many garden rooms do double duty as breakfast room, dining room, entertaining area, family room, and sitting room. Some indoor gardeners incorporate the garden room into their bathroom. If the garden room is to be a new addition to your house, be sure to get a building permit.

When it comes to selecting wall and floor building materials, always keep this concept in mind — water and dirt will be everywhere. So, the materials should be impervious to moisture damage and should be easy to clean.

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Light is the key factor for growing plants successfully. In the average American house or apartment, most rooms provide inadequate light. The best the indoor gardener can do is to group plants around the best-lit windows or install artificial lighting to help the situation.

But because the garden room is designed with the growing of plants as one of its main objectives, providing adequate light will be a major consideration. Abundant window area and possibly a glass ceiling or skylights will bring in more than ample light for tropical foliage plants.

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Heating should be no problem. Most people extend their regular house heating system into the garden room. Tropical foliage plants grown indoors usually like the same temperatures as people. Temperature levels between 70 and 75 F during the day and around 65 F at night should please all the occupants. Most plants need good ventilation — that means doors and windows that can be opened to let stuffy hot air escape. You may also want to install a circulating fan.

Humidity is another essential element plants need. Most tropical plants grown indoors can get by with levels around 30 to 40 percent, and you can provide this humidity level without sophisticated equipment. A number of plants grouped together will help provide humidity to each other through transpiration — plants give off moisture through their leaves as a natural process. Misting your plants will also help.

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If you have a great number of plants, a storage and potting area with a water faucet would be extremely useful. For plant containers, potting mix, fertilizers, and the other garden paraphernalia most plant lovers collect, plant storage that will keep everything close at hand. And a water faucet with a hose will make your watering chores much more manageable.

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