No doubt! All plants require enough amount of water to thrive but some lucky and outstanding houseplants can live without water. If you live in water guzzling area where plants will face an adverse environment and deficiency of water then growing drought-tolerant plants is a productive way to enhance the beauty of your kitchen. They never starve for water, stay athletic, and can thrive in parch soil. Here are some unique drought-tolerant plants for you. If you mostly forget to water your houseplants then choose one of them for your kitchen according to your interest.
Agave is one of the most common and low maintenance drought tolerant plants with prickly-edged leaves. Agave is related to the Asparagaceae family and native to arid and semiarid regions of the Americas. Their symmetrical and lanceolate glossy leaves grab the attention of everyone. They can survive for a prolonged period without water because water is stored by agave in their dense leaves and is regarded as fire-resistant.
Growing tips of Agave plant
- Agaves adore full exposure to the sun to retain their beautiful form so place it near the window where they can get a sufficient amount of sunlight for a couple of hours a day.
- Agave loves well-drained soil. The texture of the soil may be rocky or sandy-like.
- You can fertilize your starving green plant with compost tea once a year.
- Spring and fall are the ideal time to plant the agave plant.
- You can satisfy your green friend by placing it in the ground or a small pot.
Caring tips of Agave plant
- Predominantly, Agave plants have thorny leaves or stinging prickles which may cause skin infection by touching so, keep away from your fur babies and lovely kids.
- Your agave plant may suffer from prone to rotting due to debris in the rosette or overwatering so, don’t drown your green friend, and never forget to clean the plant.
Lithops (Living Stones)
Lithops are outstanding, stone-like, and incredibly slow-growing succulent or pebble plants, native to southern Africa. If you have a swamped routine then Low- maintenance Lithops are ideal plants to fulfill your desire. This stemless plant is comprised of a pair of leaves with a fissure (small gap) between them that resemble stones rather than leaves and epidermal windows on the top surface of leaves. Mostly Lithops have a pair of leaves but few varieties consist of only one leaf.
Types of Lithops
There are 37 various species of Lithops and 145 varieties are available now. Some of the most common are
- Lithops Aucampiae with a reddish-brown color and pale yellow flower
- Lithops Dorotheae with dark greenish-brown color and bright yellow flower
- Lithops Optica Rubra with red-purple or magenta color and white or creamy yellow flower.
- Lithops Fulviceps with kidney bean-shaped leaves and white-yellow flowers.
How to maintain your Lithops Plant?
- Always remember your green friend needs 4-5 hours of direct sunlight each day to stay healthy and energetic otherwise its color may be dull.
- Just make sure that you alternate the position of the pot so that all areas of the succulent obtain equal sunlight. If the sun will play hide and seek with you in the winter and your plant can’t get enough sunlight then you can use grow lamp.
- Lithops loves the bright sunlight of morning sun so, keep it near a south-facing or west-facing window with a curtain of your kitchen.
- This plant will show its best result in temperature between 60-80 𝇈F. Temperature should never decrease below 40𝇈F and increase over 90𝇈F.
- This succulent can survive with an inch of water a year because the fleshy leaves of this plant can store an abundance amount of water for a long period and remain Lithops alive in drastic drought conditions.
- Cactus mix and rapidly draining soil are ideal for planting the Lithops. You can add sand, pebbles, and gritty materials to the pot of Lithops.
- These low-maintenance living stones never demand fertilizing but little pruning.
This perennial and stonecrop plant, a genus of succulents has thick fleshy leaves and blossoms clusters of small star-shaped and reddish-pink flowers from midsummer to fall. It is native to North, South, and Central America. Sedum divides into two main categories such as low-growing and tall sedum. Sedum is rich in colors and shapes.
How to grow and care Sedum plant?
- Sedum prefers full exposure to the sun at least 6 hours per day but some varieties of sedum appreciate indirect light in sizzling conditions.
- Sedum loves loose loamy and gravelly soil with excellent drainage for thriving.
- No doubt, sedum also needs water like other plants but it can hide an adequate amount of water in its roots or leaves which enables sedum will survive in bone-dry conditions.
- If you feel that the top 2 inches of soil are dry then it requires a reasonable amount of water. But if you notice that the plant begins to droop and appear wilted, leaves deprived of their chubbiness, and fall due to fatigue, it is an alarming situation for you that your plant is extremely thirsty.
- Sedum can cope with high temperatures but extremely high temperatures above 90 DF can parch the leaves of your plant.
- Sedum doesn’t need ample pruning and fertilizing.
If you are yearning for something new and a little splash of vibrant colors in houseplants, red Aglaonema with dark red leaves and pinkish green foliage is an outstanding option for you. It is also called as Chinese evergreen plant. This low-maintenance and low-light indoor plant is ideal for all new plant parents. It can enhance the beauty of your kitchen space with its astonishing look foliage and make your day.
Varieties of Red Aglaonema
- Siam Aglaonema
- Pink Dalmation
- Ultra Pink
- Red Emerald
- Super Red Star
How to Grow and Care for Red Aglaonema?
- Make sure the soil of your Aglaonema plant is just slightly moist but not soggy. Normally, it requires watering more often in the spring and summer but rarely in winter.
- Aglaonema appreciates bright indirect light but it can deal with low light well. Always remember, green varieties of Aglaonema loves low light while colorful varieties prefer bright indirect light.
- If you feel that the top 2 inches of soil are dry then it requires a reasonable amount of water. But if you notice that the plant begins to droopy and appear wilted, it is a sign for you that your plant face dehydration. If you look at yellow spots on the red leaves of your plant or the edges of the leaves turn brown, it indicates that your plant receives too much water or fertilizer.
- Temperature between 65-75 DF is ideal for thriving Red Aglaonema. Prevent your plant from bone-chilling cold. Aglaonema can tolerate low humidity levels but the high humidity level is much better for this plant.
- Feed your green friend during the spring and summer instead of the winter season.
- Ingestion of Red Aglaonema is toxic and perilous to pets and humans. It may cause gastritis and stomatitis disease.
If you are looking forward to a bright, low- maintenance, and sun-lover spring plant and live in a warm climate, Bougainvillea’s your dreamy plant. Bougainvillea can fight intense drought conditions and remain alive for a long period. Adding Bougainvillea is a beautiful touch to your kitchen. It is native to Central and South America. It has a strong desire to climb on the walls of your kitchen. This fast-growing plant has a hard stem with thorns and green heart-shaped leaves. Bougainvillea blooms pink, purple, white, and yellow followers for you.
How to care for and maintain Bougainvillea?
- You can keep your Bougainvillea plant near the south-facing window because it loves bright sunlight. It needs a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day to bloom stunning flowers. If you don’t have enough space, you can also thrive bougainvillea in a pot, or hanging basket. It can’t tolerate cold so, avoid cold temperatures in the winter season.
- It prefers slightly acidic and gritty soil instead of wet soil to proper thrive.
- You must need to train your Bougainvillea for climbing and fertilize it regularly throughout the growing season.
It requires watering once a week after planting it.
- Once the plant is groomed, you need to water it when you feel your plant looks dehydrated.
- Bougainvillea has a high ability to repulse pests and diseases. If you feel your plant suffers from any disease then use insecticidal soap or neem oil.