Keeping Houseplants Alive when You’re Away
When you go out of town, there are all number of places to look after your furry companions. In fact, the pet-care business is booming! However, the same options aren’t available for your houseplants. Leaving your plants alone for too long could result in a not-so-triumphant return from the tropics. Coming home to a lush garden instead of wilting stalks and crispy brown leaves is the goal. So what do you do?
Keep in mind, plants frequently go for several days or even a couple of weeks without water in their natural habitats. If you’re going to the cottage or spending a few days with a friend, your flora will probably be fine.
Flowering plants tend to need the most water, so give them an extra dose just before you leave. Also, make sure they are in indirect, rather than direct sunlight. That will help them conserve water.
If you’re going to be away for a week or more, consider one of the several products on the market that water plants automatically. Most of these will let you adjust how often each plant gets watered, and how much water they will receive.
You’ll find plenty of DIY automatic waterers on the internet, from plastic cups with tiny holes in the bottom to upside-down bottles with wicks. These might work, but you’ll want to test them first.
At the end of the day, your best option might be to have a friend or trusted neighbour take care of the plants for you. Just be sure to give them clear instructions. Brief instruction cards in the vicinity of each plant are a good way to make the job easy.
Your houseplants will thank you!