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Whether you are like us and have an excess of 50 houseplants, or you are a new plant parent: preparing for that long-awaited holiday (thanks, Covid) and the thought of leaving your friendly foliage to their own devices for several weeks can be quite daunting...
Who will water it? What happens if it's really hot — or cold for that matter? Will it be dead when you get back?
Before you know it, you're at full tilt stressing and haven't even begun to think about the packing... Stop!
We are here to help. Our holiday hacks will smooth out all those stresses, so the only worry you'll be left with is if you grabbed the passports or not.
First things first, not all plants need the same level of care, and as a result some are a lot less needy than others.
Finding out your plants care requirements (see our Horty Hints and care guides), will prep you for any trip ahead. If you are new to plant parenthood or are thinking about buying your first plant but that holiday next month is putting you off, take a look at some of our no hassle, bulletproof plants that won't even notice you have left. The low levels of care make them ideal for beginners or the frequent traveller.
These thick fleshy plants are native to the dry climates of Africa and Southern Asia and are used to long periods of drought, making them perfect for breaks away in the sun.
These tropical African evergreens have low humidity requirements and an infrequent watering cycle making them a popular choice for that busy holiday maker.
Although called a palm, they are actually succulents that retain water in their thick trunks, and only usually need watering once per month! A winner amongst jet-setters.
So you are clued up on all of your plant's needs but not quite sure on who you can trust to be your horticultural house-sitter. These Holiday Hacks will keep your besties looking their best, and you'll be happy knowing you are passively caring whilst pretending not to, by the pool.
As obvious as this sounds, make sure you give all of your plants a good water before you go away.
After watering, line the top of the soil in your pots with a few layers of damp newspaper or hydrogranules. This will stop water evaporating quickly and your plant from becoming dehydrated.
Investing in self-watering accessories such as our self-watering teardrops can go a long way. The plant will slowly absorb the water as it needs it when it needs it.
On a larger scale, such as large planters, borders and vegetable patches, you can repurpose a plastic drinks bottle. Put plenty of holes in the cap, and chop the bottom off the bottle. Next, sink the bottle half-way down into the soil, neck first, and fill.
For thirsty plants such as peace lilies, put the plant and its grow pot in a basin and fill with 1-2cm of water.
Whilst you expect the best of the hot weather while you are away, you cannot predict the ups and downs we get here in the UK.
Moving your houseplants away from bright light sources such as windows and conservatories, for a short period of time will do them no harm.
Even the sun worshippers will thank you for preventing them from feeling the burn in unexpected heatwaves. This will also stop the soil from drying out faster.
Now that your houseplants are happy, it's time for that holiday... Just remember to send them a postcard.
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