Can Plants Survive Without Water?

Plants that can survive without water

Bougainvillaea Plants

Is this really true, can plants survive without water, The world of plants is pretty amazing. In fact, science has reported that there are more than 390,000 species of plants worldwide now that are a lot of plants

that are playing a major role in the plant kingdom which many are being used as food, furniture, medicine, to build houses, and so on. When it comes to wildlife it is very amazing the number of wildlife that depends upon plants for food and shelter.

Also without plants, the air pollution that we now face would be far greater meaning that our health would really suffer drastically. Plants are also responsible for the exchange of gases.

Plants release oxygen which we need to survive and take in the carbon dioxide that we exhale.

Nature needs our help

What is so sad is that many forests and other wildlife habitats are being destroyed to make way for buildings and other projects, not only are we endangered by the amount of these natural air purifiers that are being lost but wildlife is also suffering.

I believe what needs to happen is that as trees are being cut down it should be everyone’s responsibility to plant a tree so we can bring balance to our ecosystem.

In this article, however, we will be looking at plants that can survive without water.

Is this true can plants survive without water? ok, I know the statement I made earlier I might be stretching the truth a bit because every living thing needs water to survive even the tiniest microscopic organism.

But there are plants that can survive on very little water which is astonishing. I have worked with many of these plants over the years and I can tell you from my experience there are plants like that.

These plants can save you $$$$$$$$$

For those of us who are weekend warriors, we know that plants and gardening can be pretty expensive but investing in these types of plants can save you $$$$$$$$$.

Here are a few of the many drought-tolerant plants to add to your overall garden design.

Can plants survive without water?

Plants that can survive on very little water are known as drought-tolerant plants, some of these plants include

Aloe Vera- The aloe vera plant is perfect because it is not only drought-tolerant but the benefits of this plant and the positive impact it has on our health are really great.

Bromeliads- bromeliads are really great because of their low pest problems and their ability to go long without water.

There are more than 2,3oo species of bromeliads now that’s a huge family to be a part of. These plants can really make your garden colorful.

Lantanas can tolerate drought for long periods of time. I have worked with these plants and give them two thumbs up.

Bougainvillaea- the flower of bougainvillea is outstanding and is a show stopper when installed in a way where the flowers are mixed to give a rainbow effect.

I encourage you to make these plants a part of your spring garden and be the talk of your neighborhood. Bougainvilleas are salt-tolerant and can be planted along the coastline to withstand the salt sprays.

Portulacas- can also be found along the coastline because of its ability to withstand salt sprays. This plant can do well under drought conditions

and produces tiny flowers that are so beautiful, I have seen portulacas planted around the base of coconut trees to add color and it really gives a beautiful effect so kill two birds with one stone and spruce up your garden with these beauties.

Oleander- the flowers of the oleander plant are very beautiful. These flowers can be white, dark pink or red, yellow, or light pink.

But be very careful where you install this plant because the leaves of the oleander are poisonous.

We all know that the cactus plant can survive drought conditions. The Cactus is a desert plant and tops the list when it comes to plants that can survive on very little water.

you are sure to save some $$$$$$ on that water bill by installing some of these in your garden. But be very careful because the cactus is covered with prickles which can be painful if not handled with care.

Mother in laws tongue- is one of my favorites. These plants can either come in a solid green or green with a yellow margin.

I have worked with mother-in-law’s tongue on many garden projects and have gotten great results. The flower of this plant, however, is not that showy but the plant itself is beautiful and can work wonders.

Geranium- geranium has gained the attention of many because of its soft velvety look. The geranium plant produces beautiful flowers it

is also a great plant to install when seeking to attract wildlife to your garden. Handle with care because this plant is delicate and breaks very easily. Geranium has also been used for hanging baskets along with porches.

Z z plants-z z plant is said to be the easy plant because little care goes into maintaining this plant. The z z plant has small leaves that have a natural shine. The pest problem is small. I have worked with these plants over the years.

The only known pest problem that I encountered was the scale insects other than that this plant can survive on little water for up to 2 weeks or more. So make z z plants the easy plant a part of your garden design.

These are just a few of the many that can survive on very little water.

Can plants survive without water?

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The final word

So the moral of the story as you already know is that some species of plants need water no matter how small. Installing these plants in your home garden will not only give you the beauty and color that you need but

will make your gardening time a lot easier, investing in these plants is worth the $$$$$ and the effort. With that said let’s get started with that garden project.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

4 thoughts on “Can Plants Survive Without Water?”

  1. As an amateur gardener I clearly know that plants need two things to survive sunlight and water. But in this article I have come to know that a few genes of plants and those basic requirements can diminish or even disappear but some plants still survive, amazing!.
    thanks Richards. But in my conclusion, I have noticed that some factors influence a plant’s water needs involve the plant’s age, rate of growth, the kind of plant, how well established it is, soil type and whether it’s in a container or in the ground.

    • Hello aslam so nice to meet you, the information that you have shared here tells me that you are well on your way and not a amature as you may think. Your knowledge is very good and I am so happy that we have connect. Thanks for commenting, all the best to you and have a good day.

  2. This was a very interesting article. My favorite is aloe vera. I like how it requires little maintenance and has great healing benefits. I have never heard of most of the others. They all look beautiful and I will consider planting some. We live in Western Washington so we don’t have to worry about to little water.

    • The plant kingdom is pretty amazing and so diverse that it is just mind blowing. Plants can help us in so many ways. I love plants that requires small amounts of water because they are more easy to maintain and can save you $$$$$ on that water bill again so happy to see you and thanks for responding.

      And wishing you the best of success with your garden. Please let me know how it goes.


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