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Antique Greenhouses: Functions and Features, What Are They?

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Antique Greenhouses: Functions and Features, What Are They?

Antique Greenhouses: Functions and Features, What Are They?

First, let's precisely and thoroughly explain what a greenhouse is: a structure used for growing or preserving plants and flowers.

In a greenhouse, an artificial environment is created where conditions such as heat, light, water, and air can be modified. Essentially, it's a protected environment that allows for off-season cultivation or growing plants in geographic areas far from their natural habitat.

A Bit of History About Our Greenhouses

The development of these structures in practice and architecture is connected to the industrial processing of metals and iron.

This led to their widespread use from the second half of the 13th century.

There is not just one type of greenhouse; based on its function – cultivation, reproduction, preservation – a greenhouse has specific shapes and characteristics.

Even ancient greenhouses could be constructed with various materials like iron, wood, even masonry, and covered with glass or plastic. The only difference lies in the price.

The concept of the ancient greenhouse evolved, and ornamental greenhouses emerged, becoming a true extension of the home.

An unusual example of a greenhouse is the orangerie, used to preserve collections of citrus fruits during the winter.

What's the Difference Between Agricultural and Ornamental Greenhouses?

While agricultural greenhouses are characterized by functionality, ornamental greenhouses are designed to house decorative flowers or plants and thus should be aesthetically appealing.

The ornamental or winter garden greenhouse is a fascinating element because it allows enjoying the natural beauty of the garden even during non-flowering periods.

Advantages of the Antique Greenhouse

This structure is seen as an important part of the house, bringing various advantages.

The first is certainly energy conservation; the greenhouse acts as a thermal buffer between the house and the outside space.

To build a greenhouse, you don't need a lot of space: even the smallest artisanal greenhouse can bring color and vitality.

Attention! The positioning of a greenhouse is crucial. Here are some tips:

When installing an ornamental greenhouse at home, it's important to pay attention to its exposure.

The ideal orientation is south, although it may require shading cloths to protect it from direct sunlight and heat, especially in summer.

The greenhouse should also have opening windows for ventilation and maintaining the right temperature and humidity for the plants. A good humidification system is perfect.

3. If houseplants are also kept in the greenhouse, it's important to pay attention to the temperature, as these plants do not survive at temperatures below 5°C (41°F).


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