Remember your plants while you’re away! Don’t leave your indoor plants starving for water while you’re galavanting around the world.
Chances are, if you’re away for just a week or two, most houseplants would survive if watered thoroughly right before you leave. They may be limp and wilted upon your return, but a good watering would probably revive them.
To be safe, and to not put your plants under this stress, there are things you can do to keep their thirst quenched while you’re gone.
One option is to ask a friend or neighbor to water your plants. Though for us frequent travelers, that can be a continual burden on someone. You may also not want the house entered multiple times while you’re away. But if someone is already coming in to take care of your pets, then you may want to ask that they water the plants as well. Bring them back a nice souvenir from your trip or perhaps give them a gift card to thank them.
Another option is to use watering bulbs which release water as the plant needs it, for up to two weeks. The Plant Nanny Watering Globe Set receives good reviews, are easy to fill and do not get clogged up with dirt when inserted into your plant. They also work with outdoor plants and hanging baskets.
Test them out long before your trip so you can judge how the bulb will dole out the water sufficiently. Large or extra-thirsty plants may require two bulbs.
Your plants will appreciate being taken care of while you’re away.