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Cacti, succulents and alpines will all grow well in them, as they need protection from winter wet more than from the cold. Bulbs grown in pots will flower three to four weeks earlier than they would outdoors. A cold greenhouse is also a good place to grow hardy plants with early flowers that need some protection, most notably camellias. Cool house The benefit of a greenhouse is really felt when a little heating is given in the winter months to keep it frost-free. 5–7°C (40–45°F) is known as a cool house.
Occasionally, move all pots and containers outside and hose down to keep larger leafed plants dust-free. Humidity High humidity is essential to keep greenhouse and conservatory plants healthy. Dry air can lead to leaves looking dried out and brown patches or edges appearing. Low humidity will also encourage one of the most common pests of greenhouse and conservatory plants – red spider mite. Most plants will reward any efforts to increase the humidity in the air around them by growing faster and having healthier foliage.
By using benches with slatted tops, some light will filter through to the lower levels and you will be able to grow plants that thrive in shade or dappled shade there. However, they are not so useful as propagation areas and are not suitable if you are using a capillary mat to aid watering. Try to keep one area free of benches for growing tall plants such as tomatoes. Alternatively, you can buy benches that fold away so that the way you use the space changes from season to season. Propagation area Even if you only have a small area available, it is worth having some space for propagation.