Alternatives to the inverted bottle
First, you will need to know the needs of the different species that you host in the house. For example, ferns are plants that require large quantities of water, orchids detest stagnation and for succulents, just wet them before leaving. Based on this knowledge it will be easy to take care of them with DIY tricks. Up to 3 – 4 days the plants abundantly watered and placed on the balcony, will resist during the holiday. Instead, if you spend more time outside, it is good to prepare a saucer with a layer of pebbles or gravel of about 5 cm, laying the plant and pouring a little water into the saucer. In this way, stagnations will be avoided and the water will be absorbed gradually.
Watering plants when on vacation: do it yourself methods
When leaving for holidays, the same problem always arises for those who love plants and have many at home: who will water them during our absence? If nobody is willing to help you, don’t worry because you will think about it yourself! Follow these DIY tricks and upon your return, your plants will be safe and sound.
If it’s short holidays like a weekend, then you’re in luck. An abundant watering will be enough to keep your plants alive pending the return. It is also important to select the place in the house where you will arrange the plants for the period you will be away. Choose a place that is not totally dark but where there is light lighting. For example, you can place your plants near a window with the roller shutter or shutter open.
Do not forget to leave water-filled basins near the pots so that the evaporation of the water can create a humid microclimate, vital for the plants.
Communicating the siphon principle
If you plan to stay away for more than 7 days, then special precautions should be followed. Through the communicating siphon method, you will be able to build a simple DIY irrigation system. Take a large bottle for each plant or a bucket if you have more than one plant to water. Place them near the plants but at a height higher than that of the pots, at least 10 cm. At this point, take strips of woven wool, or strips of filter mat for sale at the nurseries, of such a size as to leave one end in the bottom of the bucket and the other inserted in the soil of your plant for about 2/3 cm of depth. Before doing this, moisten the fabric. If the pot is large, then arrange multiple strips per pot at different points on the potting soil.
The filter mat method
This is also a system to use when you won’t be able to look after your plants for more than 7 days. Get a filter mat, sold in nursery stores. Prepare a bowl and fill it with water. At this point, take the mat, wet it according to the levels indicated on the instruction sheet, and place it on a flat surface such as the kitchen sink, for example. A part of the mat will be immersed in the basin of water which, however, must necessarily be at a lower level than the pot of the plant to be watered. The other end of the filter mat will lie directly under the pot. The water, in this way, ascends by capillarity in the ground and will water your plants.
Gel and drip implant
For much longer holidays it is good to rely on gels that gradually release the water, once inserted in the soil of the plant or a drip irrigation system. The latter is useful if you have a terrace and numerous plants to water as it is timed and allows you not to wastewater.
How to revive plants with too dry soil
With the arrival of warm and hot temperatures, it may happen that the plants will dry out in an almost irreparable. Always check the condition of the roots before giving them up and throwing them in the bin . In this way you will be sure or not if the plant will have any chance of reviving.
After a heat stroke, rehydrating the plants will not be an impossible feat. What do you need to revive them? Simple, an hour of time and a basin with water. However, before trying, check the condition of the roots well and if they are still turgid it will be worth trying to revive them.
Drill the soil and immerse the plant in a bowl
When it happens that the earth becomes very dry, to the point of rising cleanly from the pot, it is necessary to rehydrate it with great attention and patience. A quick and abundant watering would only create stagnant water at the bottom and the plant would not be able to get completely wet. What needs to be done to bring the roots and soil back to an adequate humidity level is really simple. Just pierce the compact soil, taking care not to ruin the roots, and place the plant with the pot in a basin with water. After about an hour, she will be rehydrated again at the right point.
Cut the dry parts and spray the green ones
After removing the plant from the bowl, drain the excess water. In addition, it will be important to cut all the dry parts. The leaves, branches, and holes that are now withered and dead will have to be removed so that the plant can regenerate completely. To end the moisturizing treatment for your plants, remember to spray the green foliage with distilled or rainwater. Afterward, avoid immediately placing the shrub in a too sunny position. Better to place it in a cool and shady place waiting for it to be reborn.