Follow these tips from Plant Mom to care for your plants while you’re away.
Whether you’re traveling for the holidays, going on vacation, or out of town for business a little extra preparation can ensure that your houseplants will stay healthy and happy while you’re away.
Clean up your plants
Remove any dead leaves—they just take up more energy from the plant. And don’t forget to check the soil and remove any dead and decaying leaves to prevent insects from moving in.
Water them thoroughly
Give your plants a good soaking before leaving. Most plants require a bit less water in the winter, but always keep your individual plant needs in mind. Doing this in a tub or shower makes it easy to water your plants thoroughly. Allow the water to flow freely from the bottom of the pot. Let your plants rest and the excess water to drain before placing them back on their saucers. Remember, you do not want to have any standing water in the saucer, because it can cause root rot.
Boost the humidity
Humidity is key to keeping your plants healthy. Group your plants together in a smaller room or area that still receives some natural daylight. This will create a microclimate and the plants will create their own humidity. If your bathroom has a window that provides light this would a great choice. Use a pebble tray (watch how to make one) and make sure that it is full of water and mist your plants before you leave.
Ask for help
Ask a friend to care for your plants if you will be away for an extended period of time. Make sure you leave clear watering and misting instructions and walk them through your plant routine.