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Houseplant Care While Traveling

If you have indoor houseplants, they require care when you are away and extended trips can take a toll on houseplants. Unlike cats and dogs, there is no kennel where you can take your houseplants and pay for someone to make sure they get the light and water they need. If you have good neighbors, you may be able to make arrangements for them to come in and do some watering once or twice while you are away. If you are going to be gone several weeks or a month or more, this may not be the best solution and experience shows that over watering is common when others take care of your plants.

There are lots of gizmos on the market that claim they will keep your plants hydrated and some work and some are a waste of money and effort. The best solution we’ve found is a self watering pot with a bottom reservoir. Manufacturers claim these pots will keep your plants watered for up to two weeks but, the truth is, they may not work that long if you have the air conditioner running (more evaporation) or the pot is small.

Misco Self-Watering Flower Pot

The best solution is to fill the reservoir and then stand the plant in a plastic container, the larger the better. We use a plastic storage tub. Put enough water in the plastic container to go several inches above the top of the reservoir opening. This will keep the plant happy for many weeks and, if it is kept in a well lit environment, the plant will be alive, happy and thriving when you get home.

There are lots of self watering planters on the market but one of the better choices is Misco (available at Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot and other fine stores). They offer several different sizes and colors so you can mix and match for all your plant needs.