Tired of spending your summer watering your potted plants?
Choose plants that do not fear the lack of water and the problem will be solved!
Switching from daily watering to weekly or even bi-weekly watering is within reach by selecting plants that do not have high water requirements.
Native to dry regions, they can be recognized by their narrow, tough, silky or silvery foliage or, on the contrary, fleshy to store water.
Plants with little or no watering
In addition to the emblematic olive trees and lavenders many flowering shrubs only need to be cut down to size. one watering per week . This is the case of the cist of the oleander the Mexican orange of the perovskia s, the potentille . L’ escallonia or the grevillea are content, them, with a watering every two weeks.
Complete the scene with climbers: bignone , dipladenia and mandevilla ivy, ivy and star jasmine are among the least “silky” species. Add perennials, such as the euphorbia the coreopsis the gaura the népéta the phlomis the sedum … Finish with southern scented aromatics: bay leaf sauce , myrtle , rosemary , santoline savory, officinal sage , thyme , curry plant …
And if weekly watering is already too much for you, adopt succulents, those dromedary plants capable of surviving on a single drop of water, such as houseleek, the echeveria and the crassula .
Well installed anti-drought plants
To make your pots a success, give your plants optimal conditions. This means choosing a good loam It has a high nutrient content, an effective drainage layer and a sufficiently large container.
When it comes to pots, keep in mind that terracotta absorbs some of the water, so you should plan to water a little more. Metal or plastic pots heat the roots, use wooden or wicker planters to insulate them. In the same vein, avoid dark pots that trap heat.
Mulch the surface of the potting soil to retain moisture and bundle your pots together to create a plant bubble where the larger plants will shade the smaller ones. Finally, you should know that there are “water grains”, tiny beads of ultra-absorbent polymer that you can incorporate into the potting soil when planting (count 1 gram of grains for 1 litre of soil). By capturing the water from the watering, they keep the soil moist for longer.
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