How to Care for your Plants During the Holidays
As we all know, the holidays are coming up and that sometimes means multiple days away from our beloved plants. If this sounds like your life, then it’s time to prepare your urban jungle for your absence and care. Don’t stress though, I have some tips so that your houseplants will survive your holiday travel plans.
Gather all your plants in the same room to increase their chances of living and staying healthy. I've mentioned this is my previous posts about fall houseplant care, it even makes watering easier for your plant babysitter (if you have one). It also slightly increases the humidity in the air if you decide to go for a self-watering option. (See below for a video on self-absorbing plant tricks!) You can help the humidity by placing a bucket or large bowl filled with water in the room. Bring them as close as possible without having the leaves touching one another. Yes, even plants like their personal space.
Get a self-watering planter! I actually do not own one of these but if I traveled often I would probably have house brimming with them. So efficient and easy! Amazon has a lot of options but this Parrot POT is also ideal for peace of mind.
Add a water-filled tray or saucer underneath the pots. Your plants will absorb what’s needed for them to be happy and it won’t drown them. It's important to be sure that there is no water in direct contact with the soil to prevent root rot, aka don’t pour a bunch of water in your pots before you leave. You can add a layer of pebbles or small rocks in the tray to retain even more moisture, clay pebbles would be best since they evaporate slowly. Remember, the longer you are gone, the more water you will need to put in the saucer.
Don’t drop the temp in your house drastically. No need to raise the heating, but avoid turning it off completely during the winter months. That won’t be good for any living thing, especially plants.
The diaper trick. Now, this would be a little harder for anyone that doesn’t have kids but if you do have some youngins running around this one could work well! Before you leave for vacation re-pot your plant and place diapers on the sides or bottom of the pot. This will help your plant soil retain moisture for an extended period of time.
Let me remind everyone that more plants die of overwatering than then under-watering!
DIY WATER SELF-ABSORBING HACKS
If you follow my tips above you’ll probably be okay leaving your plants for a little while but if you think you’ll be gone more than the average bear, watch the video below to learn a few hacks to keep your babies alive and well this holiday season.