Greenhouse vs conservatory, and N-facing garden

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edstar500
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Greenhouse vs conservatory, and N-facing garden

Post by edstar500 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:07 pm

i am moving house, currently i have 6x8 greenhouse in a south facing garden.

i had been factoring into my house search the need for a big garden so that i can build a fairly large greenhouse (e.g 6x20). however, i am now also considering just bolting some kind of conservatory or garden room onto the side of a house. so, first question is what are the pros and cons of greenhouse vs conservatory. I like the idea of a conservatory/garden room as it feels like it would be more stable, less risk from storms and high winds.

i have seen a house that i like but it is north facing. so i'm interested in other people's experiences growing in a north-facing environment. would i be ok if i put a north-facing conservatory onto the back of the house - am i going to get enough light to still grow a good variety of cacti and succulents?

the house is a victorian property in SE london

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Re: Greenhouse vs conservatory, and N-facing garden

Post by cactushobbyman » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:04 pm

If the room is adjacent to the house and its footprint is not that deep, full sun exposure could be lost. Years ago I had a lean-to greenhouse facing north and house plants did great. The roof was clear so the upper shelves were okay for cactus, however, the house was in San Jose, CA and there were very few days over 100 degrees and rarely below freezing.

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Re: Greenhouse vs conservatory, and N-facing garden

Post by edstar500 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:31 pm

Thanks ... It would be adjacent to the back of the house - I am thinking 8 to 10 foot deep

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