Are you a plant assassin?

The key to keeping your greenery alive remotely

Lifestyle

Woman looking at a dead pot plant

A plant owners’ worse nightmare is finding their beloved greenery wilting upon their return from a relaxing break with the family, a business trip, or an unplanned excursion.

Whether it is a selection of beautiful houseplants or healthy vegetables in the garden that have been nurtured with lots of care over the years, a trip away from home can be stressful and one question remains; who is going to take care of the plants?

It is well known fact that household plants can contribute to improving air quality, enhancing mood, as well as making the interior of a home much more appealing, while homegrown vegetables tend to be fresher, tastier, and more nutrient dense than those bought off the shelf. Therefore, it is important to take the right steps to keep the greenery alive while taking time away from home.

Lay the foundation for success early on and take note of how much water the flora requires and ensure there is adequate drainage at the bottom of the pot, especially if the plant has been transported to a friend’s house. Pay attention to the amount of light the foliage needs to survive and select the best position before leaving the property, plants will dry out quicker in direct sunlight, an area with less sun will be more desirable.

Below are four methods to follow to keep houseplants and vegetables thriving remotely.

Remote Watering
  • Automatic water pump – Amid a technological era, it is not surprising that there are many ways to water indoor and outdoor plants while away from the premises. An automatic water pump with a timer is a convenient long-term solution. The pump will take water from a container that needs to be filled before departing and it will only start when the timer goes off.

  • Drip watering system – This allows for watering multiple plants at the same time if they are close together. The machine works with gravity. The water from a storage container travels through each tube directly into the plant.

  • Self-watering planters and bulbs – A simpler option could be a self-watering planter, the pot is typically filled with water, and it will take care of the rest resulting in healthy, well hydrated leaves.

  • Sprinklers on a timer – For outdoor flowerbeds, lawns, and vegetables a sprinkler system with a timer will do the trick.
Self Watering Plant system
DIY handsfree watering

For a small number of plants indoors and outdoors, a DIY option might be more cost effective and suitable.

  • Reuse a water bottle – The soil should be well soaked if the plant will be unattended for a little while. Dense soil will stop the water flow until the plants needs water again. Simply fill a water bottle, put a few holes in the bottle close to the top for drainage and put it into the soil. It should sit a few inches below the surface to work effectively.

  • Watering globes – These are readily available online and they work in the same way, they need to be filled with water, inserted into the plant and they will slowly drip water into the soil. Dry soil will absorb the water much quicker. For those who will be away from home for a short period of time, giving the plants a good soak before leaving might be adequate.

 

A self-watering Vegepod for use outdoors

Urban gardening is on the rise due to the multitude of benefits it brings, including fresh and safe produce, the ability to grow food year-round and it is a sustainable method that does not require much space.

A Vegepod is a raised and enclosed container designed to stop contamination and keep the soil healthy while also controlling the nutrient levels.

They are portable, which means they can be relocated if the homeowner is moving house and they are self-watering. Water is stored in the base of the pod and the wicking system keeps the soil moist. Established plants can last weeks without watering in Vegepods.

They are another sustainable option for helping greenery thrive outside the home, regardless of the climate or travelling circumstances.

Vege Pod
Someone house sitting plants
Find a sitter to take care of the plants

A trusted friend, family member, or a house sitter can keep your plants alive and well inside the home, while a gardener can oversee the health of outdoor shrubs.

Not all plants travel well and that should be taken into consideration before making plans to drop them off at a friend’s house for a vacation of their own.

No matter how long an enthusiastic plant owner will be away from home, there are plenty of technological and DIY options to keep flowers and vegetables healthy for the duration of the trip.

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A plant owners’ worse nightmare is finding their beloved greenery wilting upon their return from a relaxing break with the family, a business trip, or an unplanned excursion.

Whether it is a selection of beautiful houseplants or healthy vegetables in the garden that have been nurtured with lots of care over the years, a trip away from home can be stressful and one question remains; who is going to take care of the plants?

It is well known fact that household plants can contribute to improving air quality, enhancing mood, as well as making the interior of a home much more appealing, while homegrown vegetables tend to be fresher, tastier, and more nutrient dense than those bought off the shelf. Therefore, it is important to take the right steps to keep the greenery alive while taking time away from home.

Lay the foundation for success early on and take note of how much water the flora requires and ensure there is adequate drainage at the bottom of the pot, especially if the plant has been transported to a friend’s house. Pay attention to the amount of light the foliage needs to survive and select the best position before leaving the property, plants will dry out quicker in direct sunlight, an area with less sun will be more desirable.

Below are four methods to follow to keep houseplants and vegetables thriving remotely.

Remote Watering
  • Automatic water pump – Amid a technological era, it is not surprising that there are many ways to water indoor and outdoor plants while away from the premises. An automatic water pump with a timer is a convenient long-term solution. The pump will take water from a container that needs to be filled before departing and it will only start when the timer goes off.

  • Drip watering system – This allows for watering multiple plants at the same time if they are close together. The machine works with gravity. The water from a storage container travels through each tube directly into the plant.

  • Self-watering planters and bulbs – A simpler option could be a self-watering planter, the pot is typically filled with water, and it will take care of the rest resulting in healthy, well hydrated leaves.

  • Sprinklers on a timer – For outdoor flowerbeds, lawns, and vegetables a sprinkler system with a timer will do the trick.
sprinkler
DIY handsfree watering

For a small number of plants indoors and outdoors, a DIY option might be more cost effective and suitable.

  • Reuse a water bottle – The soil should be well soaked if the plant will be unattended for a little while. Dense soil will stop the water flow until the plants needs water again. Simply fill a water bottle, put a few holes in the bottle close to the top for drainage and put it into the soil. It should sit a few inches below the surface to work effectively.

  • Glass watering globes – These are readily available online and they work in the same way, they need to be filled with water, inserted into the plant and they will slowly drip water into the soil. Dry soil will absorb the water much quicker. For those who will be away from home for a short period of time, giving the plants a good soak before leaving might be adequate.

 

watering globe
A self-watering Vegepod for use outdoors

Urban gardening is on the rise due to the multitude of benefits it brings, including fresh and safe produce, the ability to grow food year-round and it is a sustainable method that does not require much space.

A Vegepod is a raised and enclosed container designed to stop contamination and keep the soil healthy while also controlling the nutrient levels.

They are portable, which means they can be relocated if the homeowner is moving house and they are self-watering. Water is stored in the base of the pod and the wicking system keeps the soil moist. Established plants can last weeks without watering in Vegepods.

They are another sustainable option for helping greenery thrive outside the home, regardless of the climate or travelling circumstances.

Vegepod
Find a sitter to take care of the plants

A trusted friend, family member, or a house sitter can keep your plants alive and well inside the home, while a gardener can oversee the health of outdoor shrubs.

Not all plants travel well and that should be taken into consideration before making plans to drop them off at a friend’s house for a vacation of their own.

No matter how long an enthusiastic plant owner will be away from home, there are plenty of technological and DIY options to keep flowers and vegetables healthy for the duration of the trip.

plant sitter

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