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Going on holiday? Here's how to keep your plants happy

Christmas is officially on its way and with Christmas comes holidaying. Whether you’re just travelling a few hours away to stay with family, or you’re packing your bags to escape from the chaos for a few weeks, one of the most stressful parts about going on holiday is keeping your beloved plants alive. 

After all, the last thing you want to see when you return are depressed houseplants, rotten produce and overgrown weeds. Unfortunately, while it’s inevitable that you will have to give your garden some much needed tender love and care when you return, some of the things you can do before leaving to keep your plants as healthy as possible include: 

 

Water them before you leave

One of the last things you should do before leaving the house for some well needed time away is water your plants. But, rather than a quick spritz like you would normally give them, this is the one and only time that it is acceptable to grab a watering can and overwater your plants. Doing this will give them plenty of water to live off for a few weeks, so, while they may not be happy with it at first, your indoor and outdoor plants won’t be dehydrated by the time you get back. 

I also highly recommend checking the weather forecast before watering your outdoor plants. If it is highly likely to rain, you can get away with a little bit less drenching as your outdoor garden is far more adaptable than your indoor one. 


Use a water bubble 

If you’re only going for a few days and are worried about the impacts of drenching your plants, you can opt for a water bubble. Perfect for indoor plants, all you have to do is insert it into the soil and fill it up. It will then slowly release water into the soil to keep your plants hydrated while you are gone. 

You can also refill the bubble from the top, so if you have a family member or friend who is checking up on your plants during your trip, they can quickly top them up. I also have 5 designs to choose from in my shop, so they’re perfect for all interior designs and styles. 


Move your plants to a shady area 

It’s no secret that the sun dries out our plants quickly, especially in the summer. If you’re not sure how long your trip will be or are worried about your ability to keep your plants hydrated, moving them to the shade will help them to thrive. While they may be a little dehydrated when you return, it’s much easier to bring back a plant that needs some water than one that has dried out from too much sun exposure!