Don’t like going on vacation to your favorite destinations? But you, on the other hand, love your plants too. Regardless of your level of enthusiasm for gardening and your immense love for plants, everyone needs time to relax and unwind a bit. Your beautiful garden, on the other hand, will not take care of itself. Vacations of a week or more will require certain systems to be in place to ensure the long-term health and survival of your plants while you are away.
So to help you relax when you’re away from your plants, we’ve put together a list of five simple tips to keep your balcony plants alive while you’re away.
1. Water the plants before leaving
Water the plants just before leaving. Keep all indoor and outdoor potted plants in a cool, shady place out of direct sunlight so that water does not evaporate too quickly in too much light and the soil stays moist longer. Keep all the plants in one place so that your friend, who will be watering them while you’re away, doesn’t forget to water them.
2. DIY Drip System
Drill several holes near the top of the bottle in a plastic bottle. Fill the bottle halfway with water and turn it upside down before you go on vacation. Place it in the ground so that the ground covers the holes in the bottle. The water will slowly drip from the bottle into the soil and hydrate it whenever the soil becomes dry. This system easily saves time, money and water because the system is so efficient.
3. Give your plants a bath
You can give your pots a bath while you’re away if they have good drainage. Simply place the potted plant in the tub, sink, or other container filled with a few inches of water (make sure it has drainage holes). The plants will have absorbed exactly what they need, never too little or too much. This will actually keep the plants going for at least a week.
4. Keep away from direct sunlight
Make sure your plants are not in direct sunlight. Install artificial shade with a covering of fine white leaves if planted in a flowerbed with direct access to sunlight, ensuring air circulation throughout the garden. Another option is to bring them inside your home, creating a mini greenhouse from a clear plastic bag with vents.
5. Ask your friend/neighbor to plant them
If your vacation is going to be too long, you can ask a friend or neighbor to water your plants while you’re away.
Water your plants with these gardening tips and tricks so they can thrive even when you’re not around.
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