A new conservatory has been built. You are probably asking why make a new conservatory? Or what's new? Well, guess what? I'm going to answer all your questions... in fun list format!
The problems with the old conservatory:
1. The temperatures fluctuated wildly in the old conservatory. In the summer it could get to 120 degrees Fahrenheit at noon to 50 degrees Fahrenheit at night. This really screwed with some of the more sensitive plants and led to the death of a few. On the other hand, these wild temperature swings were beneficial to the highland Nepenthes.
2. Remarkably, it was too bright. In combination with the reason listed above, the brightness and high heat caused burning of leaves and pitchers.
3. Because of the aforementioned, the doors had to be left open and so the humidity was very low in the room.
4. There was not enough growing space.
So it became obvious that the conservatory had to be replaced. The first thing that had to go was the glass ceiling. We were able to then insulate the ceiling quite well, so that heat fluctuations would be reduced. This would also solve the burning problems. The room was also expanded to house more plants. Though it could not be expanded very large, for plumbing reasons, the room gained a good fifteen square feet of extra growing space. In the end, the conservatory turned more into a plant room (because of the lack of a glass ceiling.
The conservatory before
New heating/cooling system to regulate temperature
Now unfortunately, while the new conservatory was being built, I had to move out all of the plants, and I lost all of the tropicals except for the Nepenthes because of lack of sunlight and humidity. I will try to replace these plants in the future, but right now I'm focused on my new bog... Coming up next on The Carnivorous Plant Bog Blog!