Water is one natural resource that, in many countries, the amount accessible to be used in households, gets restricted.
Even though one’s garden can rely on rain as a water source, it is still limited to the requirements of what plants and trees need. That is why it’s important to choose the plants for your garden wisely.
Some plants require very little water, while other depends on the water daily to stay alive. While it’s nice to have a green-filled garden, it is no longer accessible for the water conditions cities, such as Cape Town, find themselves in.
Water stress does not only occur from plants receiving too little water, but it also occurs as a result of the quality of water that plants receive. For instance, when water contains too much salt, minerals, or is grey/ recycled, it can cause plants to get sick or die.
Water Stress in Plants
It’s easy to notice when a plant is water stressed. One can identify such a plant when its leaves start to wilt, or even if it changes colour.
Since plants get their moisture through their roots, in the ground, as well as their leaves, the soil also plays a significant role in its health. Soil moisture must be kept low. It will allow plants to have optimal energy when removing water from the soil. When the soil is too dry, the plants won’t be able to draw water into their roots, which will stop its growth and eventually lead to water stress. This process is known as the moisture effect.
Even though water restrictions often prevent us from caring for plants properly, we can still care for them by ensuring our gardens are set up in such a manner that it does not require a lot of water.