If you or a loved one has a health condition that affects memory, such as dementia, it can be challenging to remember to water houseplants and they will often wilt and die as a result. However, there are many benefits to having houseplants, such as improving the aesthetic of a room and brightening your mood. Opting for dry climate plants can allow you to continue enjoying the beauty of having plants in your home without worrying about remembering to water them every few days. Dry climate plants require very little water to thrive, with some varieties only needing a few drops of water every few months, which some people may find easier to manage. Here are four dry climate houseplants that require very little care:
Jade plants look like miniature trees with thick trunks and round, spongy leaves. Several plants can be grown in a large pot, or a single plant can be kept in a small pot, which makes jade an ideal plant when space is limited. Jade benefits from sunlight, so it's an ideal windowsill plant, and it produces several star-shaped white flowers to enjoy.
A Christmas cactus is a leafless plant that instead has several cladodes that grow from a central stalk. Cladodes are a type of stem that looks like a vertical string of flat leaves. This plant is ideal for those who appreciate flowers in their home during the winter months, which is when a Christmas cactus blooms. The bright pink flowers add a burst of colour and warmth, which can be a welcome reminder that spring isn't far off.
Portulaca is a small plant that stores water in its leaves, and this access to stored water allows it to bloom multiple times throughout the growing season. This plant produces several small, delicate flowers in a range of bright colours including purple, red and orange, so it will brighten a room and complement a range of colour schemes.
Aloe vera plants have long, thin leaves that protrude from a central stalk and are filled with a clear gel, which is considered to have medicinal properties. Aloe vera is a hardy plant and makes a striking centrepiece on a coffee table or dining table. Its blooms, which are typically yellow or orange in colour, are long-lasting and extend from the centre of the plant.
These are just a few examples of dry climate plants that are ideal houseplants for those with memory problems. If you'll only remember to water your plants occasionally, these types of plants will continue to thrive and provide a source of natural beauty for you to enjoy.