7 Plants that Grow in Sandy Soil

Last Updated: 19.10.2023
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Do you live in an arid region and having difficulty finding the plant best suited for the soil type? Here is the list of Plants that Grow in Sandy Soil!

Plants mainly require fertile and rich soil to grow, but there are several Plants that Grow in Sandy Soil as well. In this article, we have made a list of 7 plants that flourish in such type of soil.

What is a Sandy Soil

Sandy soil got its name due to its sand-like texture. It has a high sand content or granular particles. It formed from the disintegration and erosion of decaying rocks and stones, for example, limestone, granite, quartz. Unlike regular soil, this soil doesn’t get messy and provides good drainage. It also prevents water erosion and a good choice for growing succulents.

Characteristics of  Sandy Soil

The color of sandy soil is Brown. The particles of this type of soil are bigger than other soils, making it porous. It is also very light and warm and cannot hold a lot of moisture, which makes growing plants quite tricky for them as the development of the proper root system in plants requires a lot of humidity, which sandy soil lacks, due to its porous nature.

Where is Sandy Soil Found in India

The sandy soil in India is found mostly in western Rajasthan, Southwestern Punjab, Haryana, and northwestern parts of Gujrat.

Plants that Grow in Sandy Soil

Although sandy soil is not much favored when it comes to growing plants. But certain plants require soil conditions as that of sandy soil. Here is a list of certain plants that can do well in sandy soil.

1. Khejri


Botanical Name: Prosopis cineraria

Khejri is a commonly visible tree in the sandy lands of Rajasthan and has been declared as the state tree of the region. The tree holds an essential place in the culture as well. It is quite hardy and can do well in a hot sunny climate, without requiring much attention.

2. Lavender Plant


Botanical Name: Lavandula

Lavender plants are famous for their beautiful flowers. Also, they are easy to grow and maintain, thanks to their hardy nature. Also, they can grow well in sandy soil as it provides good drainage.

3. Hibiscus

Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus or Gudhal is another plant with beautiful cut flowers and many health benefits that you can grow even in sandy soils. These plants can not do well in waterlogged conditions and require moist soil. You can grow these plants in sandy soil by taking proper care of their water requirements.

4. Rohira


Botanical Name: Tecomella undulata

Rohira is limited to the arid regions of Rajasthan in India and grows well in the sandy soil. Its yellow, trumpet-like blossoms, are the state flower as well. Rohira’s wood is also widely utilized in making furniture.

5. Potatoes

Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum

Potatoes are the root vegetables that can easily survive in sandy soil due to their requirement of salinity. Sandy soil can be an excellent choice to grow potatoes, as they require porous and well-draining soil. The only problem you may face while growing in sandy soil is too much drainage. Just make sure that the plants get enough amount of water.

6. Cucumber

Botanical Name: Cucumis sativus

Cucumbers are trailing vines that can grow well in a variety of soils. But if you want your veggies faster, then growing them in sandy soil is the right choice, as they produce early crops. Providing your plants with some Goabr ki Khaad now and then is also going to increase the fruiting and keep it healthy.

7. Beans

Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Beans can also grow in sandy soils that, too, with a good crop. They are prone to diseases when kept in wet soil for too long; thus, they require soil that is well-draining and porous to allow the water and air to reach the roots properly. Sandy soil is also slightly acidic in pH, which again works well for growing beans.

So, in conclusion, you can say that sandy soil is not bad when it comes to growing your plants. It can be the right choice only when one knows how to put its attributes to good use. For example, the plants that require well-draining soils can grow well in sandy soil, but you have to keep a check on the water requirements of the plant.

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