If you grow flowers, vegetables or herbs in pots, you know that even a weekend without water in the summer heat can stunt growth and even kill plants. But asking someone to water plants every time you go away can become burdensome (for both the asker and the askee!).
A few years ago I thought about how I water my seedlings from the bottom and thought the same concept should work with pots, too- just on a larger scale. So my solution was to buy a kiddie pool to hold the pots, and then fill the pool with water:
I’ve used this method now for about four years and I’m really happy with the results. The plants stay alive (some even thrive), and I don’t have to bug someone to water them.
I’ve even gone for a week with the plants like this, but I asked someone to come and water the bigger pots and refill the pool at about the half-way mark. I found that about 5 days is max (OK, you could probably stretch it to 7…), because some of the plants don’t like being waterlogged and will look a little yellow when I get back. They usually perk back up in about a week, though, so it’s still better than loosing the plant entirely.
A weekend trip is just about the perfect amount of time – 3 days – and you will come back to plants that look as healthy as when you left. In fact, if I haven’t been consistent in watering (what- this surprises you?) leading up to the time away, the plants may even look better.
All the more reason to schedule a fun trip, I say.
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