How to Care For drought Tolerant Plants
Drought tolerant plants are those that can tolerate prolonged periods of drought without being damaged. Many types of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and even flowers can survive in dry conditions for several years. Drought tolerance is a special genetic trait passed on from one generation to the next. If you want to know if a plant has this trait, look for its leaves which may be discolored, its appearance or the development of rings around the leaf tips. If you see these signs, you may be able to eat that plant as it is.
Some of the most common and beneficial types of drought-tolerant plants are the chives, an herb commonly found in salads and soups. They can tolerate some light shade during the summer months, but do not do well in full sun. For a sunny location, you might try a garden of grape vines with occasional watering. Chives are a perennial herb and do best in containers.
The best tolerant plants are those with green foliage and dark green stems. This appearance does not mean that the plant is actually drought-tolerant. The only thing you are accomplishing is providing an environment that the plant needs to survive. The type of soil and climate requirements needed by each variety is different. You should consult with a local nursery to identify the best tolerant plants based on these factors.
One type of drought tolerant plants that do well in limited or no water is the gladiolus. Gladiolus simply needs minimal water and is a very easy plant to care for. Its flowers bloom in late spring or early summer. It produces a large number of buds that open to show several little blue flowers. Gladiolus roots easily and will remain in the soil year-round.
Another group of drought tolerant plants are the evergreen shrubs, such as the Quaker, hibiscus, California poppy and rue. These shrubs are most successful in dry climates with temperatures between eighty and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Some evergreens will even tolerate temperatures as low as ninety-five. If you are trying to grow an evergreen plant, choose one that has a hardy root system and is resistant to frost.
One type of drought tolerant plant is the dwarf tomato. The dwarf variety is usually thought of as a decorative plant. However, the great thing about these plants is that they can handle either moderate drought or severe frost. They will also thrive in full sunlight.
Some perennials that can survive both wet and dry conditions are the tallow, bean, sunflowers and rocket. All of these plants can be planted in partial shade during hot dry days. You will want to water less often when planting these plants as they will tend to use more water when the soil is dry than when it is damp.
There are other types of drought tolerant plants that need less water. Some examples are the blueberry plant, post, kangaroo tail, desert sunflower and bladderwrack. Each of these plants only need minimal amounts of water, although some, such as the blueberry plant, may take excessive amounts if they are planted in the sand. The key to planting a drought tolerant plant is to know what kind of climate it needs and how much water it needs.
Watering is the most important part of caring for a plant. If the soil is dried out, then the plant may not be able to absorb enough water to survive. You should water the plant every couple days during the growing season. If you are in an area with lots of rainfall, then you should water your plant every couple of days during the summer. The best time to water your plant is just after the last frost if it is in the soil long enough.
If the leaves of the plant start to turn yellow, then it is time to water the plant. If you see that the roots are getting watery, then you should water the plant. You should water less if you are going to be gone from the area for a long period of time. You should make sure that there is plenty of sun for the plants to get plenty of sunlight.
If the leaves of the plant start to wilt, then the plant may be suffering from severe dehydration. You should try to get the area where the plant is located to receive some sun, especially during the day. You should avoid planting drought tolerant plants in shady areas. These plants are very vulnerable to cool weather. They will not survive very long without getting shade.