The plant window
Setting up and filling a plant window requires a certain amount of knowledge, if it is to remain a source of joy. The technical equipment is decisive for the success. The term “plant window” is very variable and difficult to define. If plant windows are installed in new buildings, are they standardized, can, however, be different within the individual building projects. Are they installed later, shape and size are based on the existing structural conditions. Then the term ranges from a simple box window to a plant tub at ground level behind glass panes at full room height. Above all, plant windows should meet the needs of the plants, Of course, not without a decorative effect corresponding to the effort.
The different types of plant windows can be divided into two groups. The simplest form is the window open to the room, but with greater width and depth compared to the usual type. It is the most common form today and gives a direct connection to the plants housed in it. However, it is less appropriate for orchid care, because the unfavorable factors of the living climate are still fully effective.
This disadvantage does not apply to the plant windows that are closed on all sides. You have a certain climate of your own, which is adjustable. The conclusion is made by normal rotating windows or by movable panes of glass. The increased humidity due to the shielding of the dry room air is an essential factor for the successful care of orchids. However, the heat is shielded at the same time, and this inevitably results in the need for additional heating, at least in the colder season. The dimensions – in itself arbitrary – should however 1 Do not fall below m width; the bigger the dimensions, the greater the effect. A minimum of 1,20 is required, to accommodate larger plants. The sill height of the window is fixed in the case of subsequent installation, can, however, be arranged as required for new buildings, if not counteracted by building regulations. In general, most plants should be housed a little above eye level when sitting, which results in a parapet height of a maximum of 70cm; 50 but up to 60cm are better. Then a certain amount of supervision is possible on some of the plants, which already seems favorable for the determination of the correct humidity. When a plant window is preferably occupied with orchids, however, these will not only take up the floor space, as is usually the case with other plants. Just to take advantage of the differentiated temperatures within the height of the window, you will let plants hang down from the side and from above. With it you can also the different light effects, according to the needs of the plants, take advantage of. The installation of intermediate floors is not advantageous. Even if glass is used for this, the reduction in exposure to light is so great, that at least the plants furthest down must be damaged as a result of lack of light.