What Is A Car Dashboard Plant?
A car dashboard plant is a type of succulent that grows on the dashboards of cars. They are usually greenish or purple in color, but sometimes they have yellow stripes running along them. These plants do not require much light to grow and will survive in temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius (-20 Fahrenheit). Some types even thrive at lower temperatures, though it takes longer for their leaves to develop and produce more stems than others.
The most common types of car dashboard plants include:
Will Plants Survive In Cars – Using Your Car For Plant Growing?
You may think that these plants cannot survive in your vehicle, but there are some tricks to make sure they do. You need to keep the following things in mind when growing your own plants.
1) Do Not Over Water!
Watering too much can cause root rot which will kill the plant within a few days. If you want to save money, then use a water filter.
2) Use Good Lighting!
If possible, try to get natural sunlight. Avoid using fluorescent lights because they emit harmful UV rays which can damage the plant’s DNA.
Also avoid using incandescent bulbs since they burn out quickly and will eventually cause your plants to die due to lack of nutrients.
3) Keep Temperature Under Control!
Cars heat up in the sun and cool down in the shade. This keeps the temperature of your car constantly changing.
Without proper heating or air conditioning this can be bad for the plant. If you cannot afford a car AC unit, try using a box fan by purchasing one at a nearby department store for about $20. By placing it at the window, it can suck out hot air and help cool your car down.
4) Only Use Good Soil!
Plain topsoil from your backyard will not do. You need to use a good quality of mixed soil that contains nutrients and minerals for the plant to grow properly.
Using cheap, low-quality soil can lead to root rot which will kill your plant within days. If you want to save money, try mixing your own by combining two parts topsoil, one part sand, and one part peat moss.
5) Pick A Good Spot!
To ensure your plant gets enough sunlight, pick a spot where it will be in direct sunlight at least 6 hours a day. Make sure the leaves do not touch the roof of the car.
You can fix this by placing it in a hanging planter to raise it up slightly or by simply rotating it a few degrees each day until you find the perfect spot that has no shade at all.
6) Get A Photocell Timer!
If you only leave your car parked for a few hours at a time it is still important to keep the car lights and AC turned off. This is because your battery still undergoes strain even if you are not using its power source.
A photocell timer can be hooked up to your car battery and set to automatically turn things on and off for you. This will ensure that it is not being overworked while you are away.
7) Keep It Fresh!
Remember to water your plants at least once a week. If there are no trees or shade around then you can water them twice a week.
Try to do this in the morning so the leaves have time to dry before the sun goes down. Remember, over-watering is bad so don’t drown it!
So there you have it folks, 7 ways to save money on gas and help the environment at the same time. If everyone did their part to conserve energy, there would be more than enough to go around.
Start today and see your savings grow!
Good luck and drive safe!
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