If you’ve invested a lot of time and money into your plant family sometimes the idea of going away and leaving them to fend for themselves is too much to bear but most house plants will tolerate a few days’ absence without suffering. If you’re planning on going away for more than a week though you’ll need to get creative so your plants stay happy.
Here are our five top tips for keeping your plants alive while you go on holiday…
1. Ask a friend or neighbour
You wouldn’t go away and leave a pet, you might ask someone to look after them, so why not do the same for your plants? After all, you’ve probably become just as attached! If you only have a few plants you could take them to a friend's house or a neighbour, but if you have a lot then you may need to bribe them to help out with the promise of a holiday gift. Your plants will thank you.
2. Put damp newspaper on the soil
Water your plants thoroughly, being sure to water all around the stems so that the soil is damp to touch. Cacti and succulents can tolerate much longer periods of time without water so don’t be tempted to give them a thorough watering before you leave. After you’ve watered your plants, soak some sheets of newspaper in water and then lay them on the soil, covering the surface. This should prevent the water evaporating so quickly and will hold the moisture for longer.
3. Put your plants in the bath or sink
For plants that need a lot of moisture and humidity a nifty tip is to place towels or newspaper soaked in water in the bottom of the bath or sink and place your plants on top.They will enjoy their new damp surroundings.
4. Find the perfect position
If you leave your plants in a bright, hot place then they may not fare well, temperature and light can have a big affect on your green friends. If you’re going away in summer, move your plants to the cooler, shadier parts of your house. It’s important to learn the specific requirements of each of your plants though and if you’re going on a winTer holiday be sure the temperature doesn’t drop too low.
5. Group your plants together
Plants enjoy company, place them together without their leaves touching and out of direct sunlight. Place a bowl of water in the middle to ensure there’s enough humidity and it will encourage the plants to create their own microclimate for them to thrive.