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how much water do plants need in a country like cyprus,at the heart of summer
Probably too much, Guest. I think that I recently read that Cyprus is the first country to have actually run out of fresh water! I don't know what the future holds.
29 Sep, 2010
Depends on the plant - mediterranean style plants such as silver leafed shrubs, and some herbs, cacti, Yucca, that sort of thing need much less water than would, say, a broadleafed tree or shrub. I wouldn't recommend Hydrangea, for instance, if water was in short supply.
If Bulba and I understood the CNN broadcast we were watching correctly it isn't that water is in short supply more there isn't any at all. The Greek Cyprus government is building large reverse osmosis water treatment plants to be able to use sea water. Turkish Cyprus is relying on a pipeline which will be built from mainland Turkey.
Obviously some of the established mediterranean herbs and shrubs will continue to survive but as to actually trying to grow plants in a garden, I would be doubtful.
Desert planting only then by the sound of it.
Yup if I remember correctly they have had no rain for 4 years.
Hopefully the summer temps are lower than my area--that will expand their gardening options enormously. A four-year drought though is bad news for just about all plants!
In summer the temperature goes up to around 34˚C
30 Sep, 2010
I have been reading a little more about this on the web and, apparantly, it is something that started in the late 60's. Since then the weather has got drier and drier and this once lush island is rapidly becoming a barren desert.
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