12 Tip Masterplan To Keep Your Houseplants Alive On Vacation

Hey there, plant-loving pals! Have you ever found yourself in a pickle when it comes to jetting off on a much-needed vacation while worrying about the fate of your leafy companions back home?

Trust me, I’ve been there! Picture this: you’re basking on a sandy beach, sipping a tropical drink, but deep down, your heart sinks as you wonder, “Will my precious green buddies survive without me?”

Well, fear not! I’ve got a secret weapon for you—a 12 Tip Masterplan that’ll ensure your houseplants thrive while you’re off gallivanting. Get ready to learn the tricks of the trade, the insider scoop, and become the hero your plant babies deserve.

So sit tight and get ready to embark on a wild journey where you’ll discover how to keep your leafy pals happy and healthy while you’re away. Let’s dive in!


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Amanda from Planterina is going to talk about how to leave your plants when you go away for an extended period of time. Whether you’re going on vacation, unexpectedly pulled away, or going home for the holidays, you might not be able to take your plants with you.

So, what can you do? In the second part of this video, she will also discuss traveling with plants and how to do it. Let’s dive right in and talk about leaving your plants behind because nobody really wants to do it, but sometimes you have to.

Firstly, let’s consider the type of plants you have as it will determine what you need to do for them. If you’re a frequent traveler or a busy person, it’s best to choose low-maintenance plants that require minimal care and watering.

She will provide a list of such plants that you should consider if you’re often away or busy. It’s important to do some research before buying a plant to ensure it fits your lifestyle.

If you know you can’t take care of your plants yourself, her first recommendation is to find and train someone to take care of them. If you’re going away for more than a week, it’s highly recommended to train someone or find someone who can take care of your plants.

She suggests walking them through your house or room, showing them each plant and explaining what needs to be done. You can use sticky notes with specific directions or create a video tour for them to reference.

Make sure they know where the watering can, fertilizer, and thermostat are located. It’s essential to prepare them well so they can take care of your plants properly.

If you can’t find someone to take care of your plants, you’re on your own. In this case, she will provide tips on how to leave for an extended period and ensure your plants survive.

Firstly, she recommends grouping your plants together in one central location. This increases humidity and provides mutual support for the plants. Next, place them in a spot with lower light, away from windows and doors, as this reduces water usage and slows down plant growth.

Lowering the temperature of your room or living space is also beneficial. It helps plants absorb less water and reduces the frequency of watering.

If you have ferns or other moisture-loving plants, she suggests placing them in a basin or using hydro spikes to provide a constant source of water.

Creating a microclimate using storage bins, plastic sheets, or mini greenhouses can also help retain moisture for certain plants.

For succulent plants, she advises watering them thoroughly before leaving, as they can store water in their leaves. Mulching the top of the soil with wood chips or straw helps retain moisture and prevents evaporation.

It’s also important to move plants away from air vents that can cause faster dehydration. Using a humidifier can increase humidity levels if you’re able to refill and clean it regularly.

In some cases, placing plants in the bathtub and covering it with a sheet can create a suitable environment for them. This method can help maintain cooler temperatures and provide light if the bathroom has windows.

However, keep in mind that without hot baths or showers, the humidity won’t be significantly affected.

By following these tips, you can increase the chances of your plants surviving while you’re away. Remember to consider the duration of your absence and the specific needs of your plants.

With a little preparation and care, your plants can thrive even when you’re not there to tend to them.

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