3 Houseplants for Water Conservationists
Water conservation isnít just a concern for outdoor gardeners. If you want to do your part in conserving water, but donít have a garden, you can elect to grow houseplants that donít need as frequent watering. Plantscaping your home, office, dorm, or apartment with succulent plants will not only brighten up your living quarters, but youíll grow plants that donít mind being grown a little on the dry side.
1. Desert Rose
Adenium obesum is one of my all-time favorite succulent houseplants. When grown to highlight the fat bottom, the stems emerging from the caudex give this plant the appearance of a miniature tree. The many hybrid and grafted forms of this plant produce trumpet-shaped blooms in red, pink, white. You can also find some where all three colors are grafted onto one plant.
2. ZZ Plant
Zamioculcas zamiifolia may seem hard to pronounce, but itís extremely easy to grow. If youíve been in a mall or office, you may have seen these planted in mass and never noticed them. Their structural form is accentuated when grown as a single plant in modern containers like the one Suzanne chose for her plant. However, I like to grow them a little higher in a container to accentuate the caudex the stems emerge from.
Photo Credit:†Maja Dumat, flickr.com
3. Ponytail Palm
Beaucarnea recurvata is not a true palm, but it does look like a ponytail on steroids. When the top isnít cut, the single stem can reach several feet in height like Christaís 4-foot-tall plant. The caudex, resembling the foot of a pachyderm, takes on an interesting, crackled texture.
Did you spot what all three of these plants have in common? Theyíre caudiciform plants, also known as Fat Plants. A caudex is a short, thick, stem that may be swollen because thatís where it stores water. These are just three examples, but there are many more interesting caudiciform plants that you can grow. Plants that normally store water in a caudex donít need as frequent watering, and are likely to survive prolonged periods of dryness when you go on vacation, or just simply forget to water.
What houseplants do you recommend for indoor gardeners who donít want to waste water?
By Ramon Gonzalez, TreeHugger