What do you do when you’re about to go on vacation? Leave all your beauties to wither in the hot summer sun! Not an option. With our trip to New York on the horizon I decided to conduct a lil’ experiment!
We were going to be gone eleven days.
I crowded all my plants that weren’t succulents into the bathroom and watered them the morning we left, giving my begonia a full on shower for a few minutes. I filled my spray mister and watering cans to the brim and set them amongst the plants. I misted the air copiously and made sure the curtain was pulled back to let in full light. I left the bathroom door slightly ajar.
The idea was that the bathroom retains the most moisture and has the most gentle southern light. The plants once watered would transpire onto each other like in a terrarium! It worked well! My four foot high begonia that usually starts to droop after a little over a week without watering looked great when we got home. And I was able to shower and water everything quickly on my return!
What do you do if your gone longer than a few weeks though? I recently adopted two plants belonging to a traveling soul that was moving to the southwest for who knew how long? I was going to give them the good treatment, and why not? But first I had to put them through a period of isolation before introducing them to my plants to see if they had any bugs. Give them a month in a separate space with plenty of light and water (think garage or basement). Good thing I took the pains… it turned out they did have something that could have spread to my other plants. Now instead of a summer spa with all my other plants they are going to enjoy their own window on the world until I figure out if they can get healthy enough to join the group.
Have any favorite tips for treating your plants right while you’re away? I’d love to have a few new tricks in the bag!