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Plants For Sunrooms: Enjoying Sunroom Plants Year Round

Plants For Sunrooms: Enjoying Sunroom Plants Year Round


By: Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

A great way to enjoy some of your favorite plants year round is by implementing a sunroom for all seasons. There are many plants for sunrooms that can provide stunning interest. Let’s find out about some of the best plants to grow in a sunroom.

Sunroom for All Seasons

A sunroom is a glorious place to enjoy your morning cup of coffee, watch the birds or grow a wide variety of plants. Sunroom plants are a welcome addition to any sunroom, especially in the dead of winter.

Sunrooms allow you to grow a wide variety of plants that, otherwise, would not thrive in your particular climate. Some people enjoy bringing patio plants in after the summer heat passes and allowing them to overwinter in a warm sunroom.

Best Plants to Grow in a Sunroom

Tropical plants and most houseplants are very easy to grow in a sunroom. Some of the most popular plants for sunrooms include the following:

  • Hibiscus
  • Passion flower
  • Orchids
  • Easter and Christmas cactus

Hanging plants in a sunroom, such as Boston ferns and spider plants, are great for a decorative touch. Many people enjoy growing a variety of citrus plants in their sunroom too.

Caring for Sunroom Plants

In order for plants to thrive, it is important that you understand their native environment and mimic it as much as possible. For instance, some plants require high humidity, excellent ventilation and protection for hot afternoon sun. Do your research before you bring your plant home so that you can provide the best care possible.

Remember, an unheated sunroom in the winter may be too cold for some plants. If the temperature drops below 45° F. (7 C.), you may want to consider a supplemental heat source to keep plants healthy.

Keep a close eye out for pests. It is important to check under leaves and use an appropriate treatment immediately if you discover a problem.

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Sturdy

We are putting ours off the family room. We will install an exterior french door between the rooms so that they can be sealed off from each other when we want to open up the sunroom to create more of a screened-in porch. We will use it as a gathering spot and as a relaxing spot. We do not anticipate putting a TV in this room. I would call it a breakfast nook if you plan on using it in the manner you describe. I do have a picture of someone who has done this. If I can figure how to post it, I will.

Persnicketydesign

We're doing a sunroom with french doors that open onto the deck. I love 4 seasons rooms, but we don't really have 4 seasons here. it's either summer or winter. LOL Our sunroom is directly behind the den and will be used as a reading nook and computer area. There is a cased opening on the left that goes to the breakfast room (which opens to a screened porch) and another cased opening on the right that leads to the children's bedrooms & baths.


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Sturdy

I think I have figured it out. Here is the picture:

Emmachas_gw

sturdy, Wowww!! What size is that gorgeous room--- or nook?

Persnicketydesign

Sturdy

emmachas - it's not mine. I agree it is beautiful. We are building the same house this picture came from but they bumped out the breakfast nook into a large eating room. We are keeping just the nook in the plans but adding a sunroom off the family room.

jmjmommy - here is another angle showing how it comes off the kitchen.

Emmachas_gw

I want the nook AND the snow! I'll bet that beautiful picture is being saved on lots of computers today! Thanks so much for sharing it.

Jmjmommy

THANK YOU. That is exactly what I was looking for! WOW! My husband was the one wanting the sunroom/eating area and I was doubtful. I guess I can be wrong once every few years. )

Janbanks

Our sunroom is down a very short hallway from the kitchen / greatroom. It was drawn in our plans as a screened in porch but we decided to make it an all-season room. Deciding how to use this room has been the greatest challenge of moving in. Do I want it to be "garden like" with plants and patio furniture? Or do I want a bookstore like atmosphere with soft seating and small tables?
Right now, we're using it to hold furniture that has no other place in our home at the present time. When we have guests, we often end up out in the sunroom with the windows open, breeze and bird songs coming through. It's on the southside so so it's sunny in the morning and shady in the afternoon. It's the perfect little getaway. I'm glad that it's away from the central location of the kitchen and greatroom. (and the TV) It's a nice size but If I could do it again, I'd make it twice as big. Then I could put a big table for dining as well as an area for chairs and relaxing.

Ccoombs1

My sunroom is HUGE. It is 14' wide and 47' long. It will be the main gathering place for this new house. We are building the house ourselves and the sunroom overlooks my koi ponds. Even though it is still just stud walls and OSB floor, we spend every eveining out there, watching the koi and nature. It is one my favorite parts of the whole house.

Sewwhatsnew

We will have a heated four season room at our new house, aprx 15 x 15, three sides are windows and the other wall opens to the kitchen table. I'm thinking this will be used as a family room, I don't have any furniture for it yet. I do like the idea of combining dining room and family room in the area, does anyone have pictures of their sunroom furniture in a similar size?? I do have a natural RATTAN SECTIONAL I upholstered it in cutsy bright floral cotton about 10 years ago. I still like it, but the colors (yellow,teal,red.orange, purple)are not popular right now ,should I consider putting that in there anyway? If it was a porch, I'd say perfect. I'm leaning toward FAMILY furniture. comfortable stuff, maybe a leather sectional??
I need an opinion of this ratttan sectional I'll try to get a pic posted this week. Maybe its time to sell it, BEFORE we move!!

Sewwhatsnew

Here is the sectional I continue to hang on to, what would you do?? Set it up in the four season room on brazilian cherry floor, or in the garage?? OR SELL IT. I have navy plaid covers too, but I don't care for that at all.

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Conservatory, Solariums and Sunrooms for Growing Weed

Besides greenhouses, the most obvious cultivation option available to home cannabis growers is a “sunroom,” which are popular retreats for many homeowners. A variety of household plants thrive in sun rooms across the country, so there’s no reason cannabis can’t flourish in the same environment.

If not built into the structure of an existing home, some people opt to screen-in a large porch area. The trick to a good sunroom for plants is providing a way to receive as much unobstructed light as possible. Screened-in sunrooms provide an excellent means of allowing sunlight to reach plants, but this material provides less protection from outdoor environmental factors like low temperature. Sunrooms in the United States should face southeast or southwest (followed by south) to receive the most sunlight possible.

Cannabis should receive 5 hours of direct sunlight at the peak of the growing season in mid to late summer—although access to 8 hours or more is ideal. Within the sunroom, furniture or room decorations should not obstruct light from reaching the plants. The more access your plants have to direct sunlight, the better.

Although you hear the terms sunroom, and solarium used interchangeably, there are subtle differences, but both are intended to meet the same end: providing an enclosed area rich in natural light.

A solarium typically has a glass roof and glass sides, maximizing light exposure and typically creating a warmer environment thanks to the sun’s rays. A conservatory, solarium, atrium, and sunroom are all very closely related and make a good indoor environment for growing cannabis without using lights. A sunroom is the most likely of the four to not have a glass roof.

When considering growing marijuana in a solarium, energy conservation is a major element to consider. Some growers opt for black marble to absorb the sun’s light and heat during the colder months.

Floor heating systems can also be used in solariums and greenhouses under wood flooring, concrete, or metal panels. Floor heating enables cannabis plants to grow during all seasons. Radiant heating provides uniform heating compared to other heating systems.


4 Things To Know Before Constructing Your Sunroom

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A sunroom, also known as a screen room, solarium, or Florida room, is a popular addition to homes. Sunrooms allow an abundance of sunlight and relaxing views while still allowing for shelter from the elements and outdoor pests.

There are many things a homeowner should know before construction begins, the size, materials, location, contractors, and the function just to name a few.

With a little bit of research and careful consideration, a light and airy sunroom can be added to nearly any home, usually at a much lower cost than other home additions.

Before you hire a renovation builder , there are a few things everyone should know about constructing a sunroom.

Functional Space

One of the reasons that a sunroom is such an affordable addition is that it can be used for a variety of purposes. It can be a quiet place to sit and read, a playroom, or a space to gather in for social events. IT can also make a great craft room, home gym, or a space to grow plants and flowers.

A sunroom can also grow with a family, it may be used as an additional playroom when children are small and later be a game room, craft room, or home gym as the children get older.

This is often a more affordable option than adding a playroom or other space that only serves one function and will later need to be remodeled. Even a small sunroom can be super functional and useful.

Before constructing the sunroom, give some thought to what the space will be used for. Some prefer to see it as something like a front porch with the added shelter of a roof and glass or screens, while others consider it an extension of the home, extra square footage in a sunny space.

Of course, the function of the space will also depend on the size and location. Many homeowners choose to use existing spaces such as a patio or porch for the base of the sunroom. This means that the location and possibly the function will already be decided.

Contract or DIY

Another thing to know is that sunrooms can be constructed by the homeowner, or like all projects, contracted out.

Some homeowners choose to get a sunroom “kit” . While these are an affordable option, they can be difficult to construct. Because the kits are already designed, they also don’t allow for individuality in design.

Of course, homeowners are able to build a sunroom without a kit. This would require appropriate permits as well as a plan for budgets and materials.

Hiring a contractor is also a good option. A contractor will be able to identify if an already existing structure is suitable for a sunroom or if the room will need to be added from the ground up.

A contractor will also be able to build to specifications making the finished project a space that is sure to serve the needs of the family.

Contractor Considerations

If a homeowner decides to hire a contractor, there are several things to consider when choosing one. How long they have been in business, and if they are insured being the first things to look at.

Does the contractor have experience building sunrooms from the ground up and from existing structures? It is helpful to have a list of questions and details of what is wanted before meeting with a contractor.

It may also be helpful to see examples of sunrooms they have built in the past and if they have customer testimonials or reviews. It is also important to ask if they have experience in all aspects of the build.

For example, if a three or four-season room is being built are they able to install electrical outlets and baseboard heating or would that be a separate contractor?

Lastly, homeowners should consider if the contractor will also be able to finish the room, paint, install windows, and install flooring or crown molding. When getting an estimate it is important that every detail is included.

A Room For All Seasons

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Sunrooms can be modified to be three or four-season rooms . This might vary depending on geographic location.

Typically a sunroom added to a patio or porch will have windows with very little wall space, often meaning that there is no space for power outlets or baseboard heating.

This is another reason that sunrooms are so cost-effective, they don’t require heating or cooling like the rest of the house.

The sunroom will not have a heat source, instead depending on the heat from the large panes of glass to keep it warm in the cooler months. In the winter, with less sunlight, the sunroom may be too cold.

For homes in colder climates, or just for those who wish to enjoy the sunroom year-round, three or four season rooms may be something to consider.

While three and four-season rooms still utilize large windows on all sides, they will typically have knee-high wall space that allows for the installation of baseboard heating and electricity.

A three or four season room will increase the cost of the addition but will also increase the functionality of the home and the value of the home.

Conclusion

A sunroom is a great investment for most homes. A standard sunroom or a three or four-season sunroom increases the functional space in a home and can increase the value of a home.

Sunrooms are a good place to add creativity and individualization to a home, creating a space that meets the ongoing needs of the homeowners.

Before construction begins, there are several things to consider. If the room will be seasonal, or if a little more money will be budgeted to ensure a functional space year-round.

Homeowners should also consider the climate where they live, the location of the sunroom, if a pre-existing structure will be used and if they would like to build one on their own or hire a contractor.

A sunny and airy sunroom can be a beautiful additional and a great way to bring in the benefits of the outdoors in a safe and sheltered way.


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How To Build A Four-Season Porch

Building a four-season porch, otherwise known as a four-season sunroom, can be the perfect addition to your home and offers many wonderful features. Sunroom enclosures offer bright, natural light, a wonderful view and are a natural family gathering place. Below are some guidelines for designing your own four-season porch.

As you consider the following steps, keep a tape measure handy, along with a pencil and paper to write down exact measurements as you decide them. As you work through the steps, draw a clean design on paper or, if you’re a drafter, you might use a CAD program to create your design on the computer, or you can have a drafter do it for you for a fee.

Step 1 – Location

Most sunrooms are built off a kitchen or a living room, but you may also choose to build off of your bedroom. Since they make natural family gathering places, building off the bedroom may not be the best option however the usage of the room is up to you.

Also, before settling on a room to build it off of, think about how big you want your sunroom to be versus how much yard space it will take up.

Step 2 – Measuring

Use your tape measure to measure out the length and width of your sunroom. Put a length of rope down along each of the sides to help you visualize how much space the sunroom is going to take up just because you have the room for it, doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily like it taking up that much space. Of course, if you’re converting an outdoor porch into a four seasons porch this step is taken care of for you.

You’ll also need to decide whether you want any sort of high, vaulted ceilings and what their measurements would be. Many sunrooms have a ceiling that is higher than the average ceiling, but it may not work with your home.

Step 3 – Window And Door Design

Assuming you don’t keep a door that is already there, you’ll have to decide between: a hinged door to your sunroom (the average width being either 30” or 36”), a sliding glass door, no door at all, or even no walls at all. Also, decide on the type of door (if any) to lead outside from the sunroom.

Window design should be fairly simple you can get creative, though generally, you’ll want plenty of windows on all 3 walls (or even a mostly glass wall) while keeping with the look of the rest of your house’s windows.

Step 4 – Wall Design

Many places having building codes dictating things like insulation, electrical wiring, and outlets, so be sure that your walls meet this standard for your area. If you want a different outdoor siding than the rest of the house, plan for brick, stone, or vinyl. It is important to consider the benefits and downfalls of each. On the inside of the walls, decide whether you want the walls painted, wallpapered, or covered with paneling of some type.

Step 5 – Ceilings And Floors

Part of the ceiling and floor design is choosing between heating and AC options. If the weather changes dramatically from hot to cold in your area, consider adding onto your current heating and AC system with more floor or ceiling ducts. Another option is to use baseboard electric heat and instead of using AC, to use open windows during the summer.

For your flooring: tile, hardwood, and carpet are popular, however, consider coordinating your flooring with the adjoining room. For your ceiling style, you may want wooden beams left revealed, a ceiling fan, skylights, or even an all-glass ceiling with window coverings that crank open.


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