The thought of tending to your plants while you’re away on vacation can be overwhelming. You want to relax and enjoy your time off, but you also don’t want to come home to dead plants. It may seem difficult, but there are actually quite a few easy things you can do to make sure your plants are still healthy and thriving while you’re away.
So as you pack your baggage, remember also to prepare some of these expert tips to keep your plants hydrated and vibrant when you return home.
1. Keep away from direct sunlight
While it’s true that different plants have different sunlight needs, it’s best to move them to a place where there is a smaller chance of them getting burned. Since you’ll be away, you don’t want your plants’ soil to dry out faster. Move your plants a few feet away from the window or use a white sheer curtain to filter the light. However, if you have a cactus, there is no need to worry at all. These tough beauties love the sunshine. However, plants like money trees, golden pothos, and more often thrive in indirect sunlight.
2. Arrange them together
There’s beauty and science in putting your plants together while you’re away. Even though it appears that they are “spending time together” while you are away, they are helping create a microclimate for them to thrive. Plants thrive in groups because they generate their own microclimate, which helps them retain more moisture. You can also add pebbles and stones to keep the humidity up. This is beneficial for indoor plants like golden pothos, which require high humidity.
3. Use a watering globe
A water globe is a low-cost solution for keeping your plants hydrated while you are away for a few days. It works by filling it with water and inserting it into the soil, giving your plants a trickle of water for up to two weeks. It’s perfect if you keep plants that require constant watering, such as tomatoes.
4. A good bath before you go
Give your plants some love right before you leave by giving them a good soak. Allow your plants to soak in water until the excess water is drained from the pot. Then, drain them for 20 minutes before returning them to their saucers. If there is any excess water in their saucers, make sure to drain it as it could cause root rot.
There you have it! While you’re away, you want to make sure your beloved plants stay alive. If you have a reliable friend, you can ask them to check in on your plants once in a while. Good luck!