How to Water Your Plants While Away

Summer time means vacationing and traveling to all your bookmark destinations. It also means leaving your life at home for a little bit while you go to recharge, relax, and refresh by the pool. What happens to those lovely plants you have been taking such good care of though? You can hire a plantsitter if needed, but why not get crafty and create easy, low cost ways to automatically water your plants while you’re away! 

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Proflowers has rounded up 6 DIY methods that when done correctly (by following our instructions) will keep all your plants alive and healthy while you are gone. Now you can completely relax and have no worries about the condition of your plant babies back home.

Method One: Glass Bottle Solution

Project time: Less than 10 minutes

Materials + tools needed:

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • A bottle with an aluminum cap
  • Pliers

Step 1: Puncture about 5 mini holes into the cap of your glass bottle of choice. This works best when the cap is made of aluminum material.

Step 2: Fill the glass bottle with water then cap the bottle.

Step 3: Dig a hole into the soil for the glass bottle to go into, then put the bottle (cap side first) into the hole of the soil.

Method Two: Houseplant Bath

Project Time: Five minutes

Materials + tools needed:

  • Towel
  • Sink or bathtub
  • Well-draining potted plants

Step 1: Fill up your bathtub or sink with about a couple inches of water.

Step 2: Lay out a towel in the tub or sink onto the water so that the pots of the plants do not scrape the tub or sink.

Step 3: Place your plants into the water on the towel. Make sure the plants are in a well drained pot.

Method Three: Water Wicking

Project time: Five minutes

Materials + tools needed:  

  • Cotton rope
  • A vase or bucket

Step 1: Cut the cotton rope into how many plants you need watering for. Make sure there is enough rope to be able to go two inches into the soil and have slack in the vase.

Step 2: Place the ends of the top into the soil and water. Making sure a lot of the rope is in the vase.

Step 3: Water the plant and fill the vase with water.

Method Four: Plant Saucer Setup

Project time: One minute

Materials + tools needed:

  • Saucer
  • Drainage pot

Step 1: Select a saucer that is close to the same size as the pot or a little bigger.

Step 2: Place your plant in a well drainage pot.

Step 3: Add water to the saucer, and place your potted plant on top of the saucer.

Method Five: Plastic Bag Greenhouse

Project time: 15 minutes

Materials + tools needed:  

  • Four wood stakes
  • Clear plastic bag (large enough to fit over the plant)

Step 1: Inert the four wood stakes into the soil of the plant to eventually create a plastic tent over your plant.

Step 2: Water the plant and place in indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight because this will kill your plant in the greenhouse.

Step 3: Wrap your plant in the plastic bag using the wooden stakes. Make sure that the plastic is big enough to not be wrapping over the plant too tight. Maneuver the stakes as needed.

Method Six: Water Bottle Solution

Project time: Five minutes

Materials + tools needed:

  • Plastic water bottles (size varies due to plant size)
  • Nails
  • Hammer

Step 1: Puncture about 6 holes on the side of the plastic water bottle and about three holes on the bottom of the plastic water bottle.

Step 2: Water the soil of your plant before then place the empty plastic water bottle into a dugged out hole in the soil. Make sure that the cap and about an inch or two of the water bottle are peeking out.

Step 3: Uncap and fill up the water bottle to the top then cap again.

Plant Lady Art Print with Succulents in a Greenhouse

We hope these methods are easy peasy for you and that you all have a wonderful vacation this summer, without the worry of keeping your plants healthy :) If you are a plant fanatic like we are, check out our Plant Lady Art Print to hang proudly in your home. A plant filled home, is a happy home.

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