Gardening

Maintenance and watering of houseplants during the holidays


Plants need water, light and nutrients to live, even while on vacation!

Don't keep yourself from going though, there are plenty of techniques for caring for and watering your houseplants while on vacation.

Watering

Oyas

This ancestral system uses pear-shaped terracotta containers. Embedded in the substrate close to the plant but flush with the top of the pot, they are filled with water when you leave. Terracotta is a permeable material that allows water to pass through very slowly. So your plants benefit from a regular supply of water, which is much better than a sudden, heavy watering followed by a period of drought. You can then let them take over for 1 to 2 weeks. If you go for a longer period of time, someone will have to be relied on to replenish water in the oyster, which is however much less restrictive than watering every three days!

The pierced cap

This tip is easy as pie! All you need to do is get a bottle and pierce the cap with a needle. Then fill your bottle, turn it over and check for drops coming out of the cap. Then push it into your pot and leave this artisanal drip provide water to your plants. This inexpensive technique puts your plants on an infusion, so you can be away from two weeks to a month, depending on the size of the bottle and the needs of your plants.

The twine by capillarity

Another method is to use a string plunged into a basin of water on one side and driven into the earth on the other. The twine will absorb water by capillary action and thus redistribute it in the substrate. The roots of your plant will then have a permanent water supply. You can leave your plants with peace of mind for one to two weeks. Not if someone can drop in and add more water to the basin.

Hygrometry

Many houseplants are native to tropical forests where the atmosphere is warm and humid. These plants have enough heat in our interiors but often lack humidity.

For this, it is advisable to fill your saucer with clay balls soaked in water. As it evaporates, the water will create ambient humidity, which is beneficial for the plant.

During your vacation, and especially if it's midsummer, don't hesitate to bring your plants together on a bed of common clay beads. Then use a large, low basin lined with a thick layer of clay balls. Then pour in water so that the level is just below this layer.

This is because plants should not have their roots in standing water. Using the basin will create a thicker layer of beads than in saucers, so evaporation will last longer.

The light

You probably close the shutters when you go on vacation, to deter the burglar who passes by. However, if your plants don't have light, they will quickly die off. Three possibilities for this:

  • During summer, place them outside in the shade. In fact, we avoid the direct sun which would burn them and dry them out. In the shade, they will need less water while enjoying the light. At this time of year, your cold plants shouldn't suffer from too low temperatures. Plus, they'll appreciate the humidity of the night.
  • You collect them all under a skylight or a small window that does not allow entry into your home
  • If you cannot use the first two solutions, it is possible to buy lamps designed to bring light to your plants. You have to remember to program a switch-off of the light at night.

Nutrients

During the growing season (spring to fall frosts), plants grow and need regular fertilizer for this.

Consider giving them natural fertilizers just before your departure, this will be sufficient for 2 weeks to 1 month depending on the species. To do this, sprinkle well with water with a little liquid fertilizer.

You can also make a compost surfacing for the most greedy.

A little prevention

Some plants are more susceptible to pests and diseases than others. Maybe you've even dealt with some of them?

Every disease or pest is linked to preventive treatments. To avoid any risk, find out about these treatments according to the sensitivity of your plant.

However, you can still spray nettle manure on your plants, it strengthens them and prevents the arrival of many pests and diseases.

Fear of aphids ? Spray a little water with 10% liquid black soap before you leave.

Video: 12 Tips for Keeping Houseplants Healthy When you Travel! (October 2020).