Gardening

Anti-drought pots


Tired of spending the summer watering your potted plants?

Choose plants that do not fear a lack of water and the problem will be solved!

Going from daily watering to weekly or even every two weeks watering is easy by selecting plants that do not have a high water requirement.

Originating in dry regions, they can be recognized by their narrow, leathery, silky or silvery foliage or, on the contrary, fleshy to store water.

Plants with little or no watering

Besides the emblematic olive trees and lavender, many flowering shrubs only needone watering per week. This is the case with cistus, of oleander, of the'Mexican orange tree, of perovskia, of the cinquefoil. Theescallonia where the grevillea content themselves withwatering every 15 days.

Complete the scene with climbers: bignone, dipladenia and mandevilla, ivy and star jasmine are among the least "thirsty" species. Add perennials, such asEuphorbia, the coreopsis, the gaura, the nepeta, the phlomis, the sedum… Finish with aromatics with flavors from the South: laurel sauce, myrtle, rosemary, santolinasavory officinal sage, thyme, curry plant

And if watering every week is already too much for you, adopt succulents, these dromedary plants capable of surviving on just one drop of water, like houseleek, l 'echeveria and the crassula.

Properly installed anti-drought plants

To make your pots a success, give your plants optimal conditions. It means choosing a good potting soil, rich in nutrients, with 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 plan to water a little more. Metal or plastic pots heat the roots, use wooden or wicker planters to insulate them. In the same idea, avoid dark boxes that capture heat.

Mulch the surface of the potting soil to retain moisture and group your pots to create a plant bubble where larger plants will protect smaller ones from their shade. Finally, know that there are "grains of water", tiny beads of ultra-absorbent polymer that you can incorporate into the potting soil when planting (count 1 gram of grains for 1 liter of soil). By capturing irrigation water, they keep the soil moist longer.

Laure Hamann

Visuals: Color your life

Video: Drought tolerant plants for full sun planters (October 2020).