How to water plants on holiday

If you are one of those people who have struggled to keep your plants alive, if you feel that these living creatures are almost part of your family and are like your children, or if you would simply hate to see your precious plants die of thirst after taking a well-deserved break, then you need to read on, as we will give you some great tips on how to water your plants on holiday.

4 Ways to water plants on holiday

Some people are blessed with the good fortune to have a responsible neighbour, friend, flatmate or family member who can take care of a rigorous watering schedule for each type of plant, but not all of us are so lucky. That's why we propose several simple, inexpensive and homemade methods that will ensure that your plants receive the proper hydration for their species.

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Self-irrigation Bonsai
holiday watering!
White Bamboo Orchid
A very tropical orchid

Glass Bottle

We know you don't need an excuse to drink good wine, but glass bottles can be recycled to water your plants while you're out and about. With this method you can guarantee about 5 or 6 days of watering for a medium to small pot. If it is very large, you can use a couple of bottles.

All you need is a bottle with a metal lid, nails and a hammer. Start by removing the plastic coating on the inside of the metal lid. With the nail and the hammer make about 4 or 5 holes in the lid. To prevent it from bending, place it on a firm surface and make the holes from the inside.

Fill the bottle with water up to the rim and place the pierced lid on the bottle. Dig a small hole in the substrate of your pot and place the bottle upside down, burying the end with the lid. The water will be in contact with the substrate and the plant will be able to remove it when it needs it.

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Calathea orbifolia
An exotic Calathea
Monstera Deliciosa
Adapts to any environment

Immersion Bath

This method is perfect for plants that require high levels of humidity and do not require a lot of sun. It can sustain your tropical plant for a week or more, depending on how much water it needs.

It is not recommended for succulents or cacti, as constant contact with moisture can cause root rot.

To do this you should fill a bathtub, dishwasher or large container (where the whole pot will fit) with about 3 cm of water. You can place a towel on the bottom so that the pots do not scratch the bottom of the surface. Then place the plants in the water and leave them there. They will get the water they need.

The twine

This method is ideal for small to medium sized plants. It can maintain the moisture level of your plant for about a week.

To apply it you will need a water container and a piece of cotton thread or braided cloth. It should be more or less thick and long enough to reach the bottom of the water pot and the bottom of the pot. Moisten the substrate well.

Place one end of the twine into the pot where the water will go and bury at least 8 cm of the twine into the plant substrate at the base of the plant. Fill the pot with water up to the rim. Remember that the rim of the water pot should always be higher than the pot, so that gravity helps the water to drain into the pot. You can take the opportunity to put some liquid fertiliser in the water. Avoid leaving it in direct light, as the sun can dry out the thread and damage the system.

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Self-irrigation Bonsai
holiday watering!
Areca Palm
€64.00 €57.60
Tropical and hardy

The mini-greenhouse

If your holiday will extend over more than a few days and the above solutions fall short, you can make a mini-greenhouse. This works very well for small to medium sized plants, which do not require direct light.

You will need a large clear plastic bag, which can completely cover the plant and its pot, plus rubber bands/elastic bands.

Place a damp towel in the bottom of the bag. Water the plant in the usual way, without over-saturating it. Place it inside the bag, on top of the towel, and blow some air into it, to create a balloon around it. If the bag sticks to the plant, you can place some sticks to support it. Close the bag with the help of the rubber bands. Fold it back up and seal it again with another rubber band. This will prevent moisture from escaping. The plastic bag will act as a greenhouse, in which the plants will remove the moisture through the daughters, which will fall back into the substrate. Just keep them out of direct sunlight.

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Kentia Palm
€74.00 €66.60
Tropical and purifying
Bird of Paradise
Decorative and resistant

Don't let your lifestyle get in the way of your desire to live in a green home.

If you travel frequently or have to spend a few days away from home during the week, you may want to purchase plants that suit that lifestyle. You can look for some low-maintenance, hardy plants that can live in low-watering conditions: cacti, succulents and plants such as mother-in-law's tongue and potos are perfect for you.

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Yvonne Briones

There is something that plants and content creation have in common: natural geometry. I love creating visual content and managing Be.Green campaigns.

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