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What To Do With Plants When Going On Holiday

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
What To Do With Plants When Going On Holiday

It's not just pets that we need to worry about when we go away; another common concern is finding someone to care for our plants. What will will happen to them? Who will water them? These are some common questions that we might ask before going on holiday. To make sure that your plants continue to thrive when you're away, keep reading this OneHowTo article on what to do with plants when going on holiday.

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Steps to follow:
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One of the most obvious options when you go on holiday is to entrust your neighbor, relative or acquaintance with the task of watering your plants. So, if you get the chance to ask somebody you trust to look after your plants, go for it! However, if you can't manage to find somebody suitable to water your plants when you are away, don't worry! We have some other options that you can take to make sure that your plants are still healthy (and alive!) when you return.

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First of all, water all your plants and remove all damaged parts of the plants (such as wilted leaves or broken branches), before you go on holiday. The plants will therefore require less water. Your plants will require special and specific care during the summer months.

What To Do With Plants When Going On Holiday - Step 2
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One common yet effective way of keeping plants healthy and moist for an extended period of time is to place the plant pots in the bath. Before doing so, put in the plug and place a layer of plastic or fabric along the bottom of the bath. On top of this, place some wood or bricks, on which the plant pots will be placed. After placing the plants on top of the wood/bricks, add around 5 cm (2 in) of water to the bath. The plants will have enough water for around two weeks.

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You could also try the following homemade option to care for your plants when going on holiday. Find some cotton string and insert one end in each plant pot and the other in a bucket or plastic bottle with water. The plants will be able to absorb the water from them when they need it.

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If you don't know what to do with your plants, you also have the option of setting up a homemade drip irrigation system to keep your plants well-watered when you're away. You'll need a plastic bottle filled with water and a pin to make a small hole in the cap. Finally, place the bottle upside down on each plant, so that water falls drop by drop. Check that there is plenty of water in the bottle: if not, find a larger bottle.

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Those who are on holiday for an extended period of time might be better off using an automatic irrigation system with a timer. They are more expensive but worth it if you want healthy plants when you come back from your holidays, especially if you have a garden.

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Finally, you could also use a infiltration rain garden. They are pots that have a water reservoir at the bottom, which will provide the plant roots with water. It is an option that can be used throughout the year, but, can be quite expensive as each pot will require its own system.

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All these techniques are effective to make sure your know what to do with plants when going on holiday. Try combining different techniques. For example, use the infiltration rain gardens for larger plants and homemade techniques such as placing the plant pots in a bath for smaller plants.

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