Saline water

Could someone please advise me as to which plants would survive with saline water. I live on a farm in the Limpopo province and the only water available is borehole water, but it is saline and not suitable for drinking.  I have tried rosemary,  lavender, and cycads. After a few months all the leaves turn brown and die. Any ideas would be welcome.

Carol Odendaal,  Vught farm, Ellisras Limpopo.

2 Responses to Saline water

  1. Dani March 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi Carol

    Suggest you google “plants which can use saline water” – there are a few options but they all seem to point to using plants which grow at the coast. The problem is that watering plants with braak water causes the soil to become salt laden, and unless a plant can handle that I don’t think you won’t have much luck growing “normal” plants there. I’m sorry I don’t have better news for you…

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/seaside/gardening-salt-water-soil.htm or https://www.sebiology.org/publications/Bulletin/July05/salinity.html

  2. mol-d March 19, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    “Agapanthus and bottlebrush are True salt tolerant plants you could try, and cactus plants, aloe and acacia, also bougainvillaea and Cape honeysuckle. The long term answer would be to put a filter on your pump to remove some of the salt, if possible”

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