How to Keep Your Houseplants Healthy While You’re on Holiday
Hello, lovely plant people! We hope you’re having a fabulous summer and have plenty of exciting trips planned. If you’re planning to get away this season, it’s a good idea to learn how to keep your houseplants as happy and healthy as possible while you’re gone. That’s why we’ve pulled together a few of our top botanical care tips, so you can focus on relaxing, safe in the knowledge that your green beauties are as happy as you are. Happy holidaying everyone!
Our Top Tips on How to Look After Plants on Holiday
Whether you’re jetting off to a sunny escape overseas or looking forward to an action-packed staycation, your plants needn’t suffer while you’re away. If you’re leaving houseplants for one week or slightly longer and don’t have anyone to check in on them, a little TLC and forward planning will keep them as good as new. Keep them bright and healthy with our care tips below.
Give Your Plants a Big Drink
One of the most important steps in helping your green beauties thrive on their own is knowing how to water plants when on holiday. Most of your houseplants will need a little drink while you’re away. Give them some water on the day you set off, then take them out of their ceramic pots and pop them in shallow water in your bath or sink. This gives them the chance to soak up the water they need while you’re gone.
For larger plants, either pop them in the bath with shallow water on a wet towel (so you don’t mark your bath) or take them out of their pot and place them in a shallow bucket of water. Your houseplants will be happy in shallow water for around one week to ten days.
Don’t immerse drought-loving houseplants, such as Sansevieria or ZZ Plants, in water. You should treat them more like succulents or cacti and give them a small drink. Too much water may damage their delicate roots.
Group Your Plants Together
It’s a good idea to group your houseplants together in your bathroom or kitchen, moving them away from windowsills and direct light. A few days before you leave, spend 30 minutes or so dividing your plants into small groups based on what they need. It’s best to keep succulents and cacti away from leafy, tropical plants and vice versa because they all need different things to be healthy.
You can also divide tropical plants into those that need plenty of water and those that don’t. Botanicals do this naturally in the wild based on their requirements because it helps them form their mini microclimates.
Plants that need humidity to thrive release moisture through their leaves. This process is known as transpiration. By grouping moisture-loving plants together, they’ll produce a more humid environment for one another, keeping each other happy and healthy until you return from your holiday refreshed and ready to care for them again.
Optimise the Environment
Houseplants don’t like change. They’re at their happiest in consistent temperatures away from drafts or too much heat (from radiators or heaters, for example). When you go on holiday, try to keep conditions as close to normal as possible. This can be tricky when you need to protect your house by turning the heating off and closing all windows, so the best option, if you have no alternative, is to move your plants into a cooler, shaded area (that gets a little bit of natural light).
Doing this reduces temperature and humidity loss by approximately 80% and prevents the leaves from drying out or scorching. Once you get back from your holiday, you can move your beautiful botanicals back to their original spot. Alternatively, now may be the perfect time for an interior style refresh.
What About My Succulent?
Succulents and cacti are hardy little plants that don’t need any additional care while you’re away. This is probably one of the reasons why you chose one in the first place! Before you go, give your drought-loving houseplants a little drink and move them away from windowsills and direct sunlight. You should also group them together in a well-lit spot in your home. Placing them together increases the humidity and gives them a better chance of survival while you’re away.
Cacti and succulents can survive for more than two weeks without water, giving you plenty of time to enjoy a well-deserved summer holiday in peace without worrying about your botanicals while you’re gone.
Call in a Favour From a Friend
Your plants will be fine when left alone for a short while. But if you’re leaving plants for two weeks or more, why not call on a neighbour or a friend to call in on your plants while you’re away? Ask them to check on your plants’ position to make sure they’re not in direct sunlight and get them to give your green beauties a nice big drink to prevent them from getting thirsty.
You could also ask them to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove any dust that’s accumulated. This will ensure your house plants can photosynthesise and grow while you’re away. You can return the plant-sitting favour for them next time they go away (a big bar of chocolate always goes down well too!!)
Choose the Right Accessories
The right accessories can make all the difference in keeping your houseplants looking and feeling their best, even when you’re away for a short while. Stock up on a few of these handy care favourites to get your plants prepared for your getaway.
Our Zab Plant Mister is a handy little tool for keeping houseplants hydrated. Keep the humidity high in the run-up to your getaway by spritzing your plants with a small amount of tepid water. This will stop your botanical beauties from drying out or getting grumpy while you’re on your travels.
Available in gold or copper, our watering cans are designed with a long, slim spout to rehydrate your green beauties directly into the roots. They’re perfect for hard-to-reach houseplants, giving you the opportunity to give them plenty to drink before you head off on holiday.
Plantsmith Perfecting Houseplant Care Mist
With a complete blend of 17 essential nutrients to aid growth, our Plantsmith Perfecting Houseplant Care Mist gives your houseplants a moisture boost before you head off on your travels. Just before you go, shake the bottle well and mist the leaves until it looks like a fine mist has settled on them. Then gently spritz the compost to moisten it and prevent your plant from wilting or crisping while you’re away.
Plantsmith Fortifying Houseplant Tonic
Promote stronger leaves and longer-lasting flowers while you’re away on holiday with our Plantsmith Fortifying Houseplant Tonic. This professional formulation houseplant food contains 13 essential nutrients to stimulate cell growth, including potassium, magnesium and iron. Simply shake the bottle well and mix 5 ml (approximately four pumps) into a litre of lukewarm water and apply it to the base of your plants before you go away. When you come back, they should be stronger than ever.
The Little Botanical Naked Range
It’s normal to lose the odd plant when you go on holiday. Don’t worry if you happen to lose one or two of your botanical beauties whilst you’re away. We’ve recently launched our Naked Range, so you can now buy some of our most-loved plants “naked” without the pots and re-use The Little Botanical ceramic you already have at home.
Now that you know what to do with plants when you’re on holiday, we’d love to hear about your travels. When you get back, send us your stories and your plant pictures and let us know how you got on with caring for them while you were gone. Or, if you have specific questions about holiday plant care, get in touch with us at [email protected] and we’ll happily offer any additional tips and advice before you go.
Lots of love,
Team TLB xx