I have only recently become a plant parent. It started with 1 to check the cat wouldn’t eat it, then became 2 then somehow ended up at 12! But now the cat has decided to start chewing on them and kindly vomiting them up on the floor.

On a more serious note, I now need to think about how to keep my plant babies alive when we go on holidays. We do normally have someone come and check the cat so they could also water the plants if needed.  

Ideas if you don’t want to organise a plant-sitter while you are holidays

Bath – Put the plants in a bath with 1 cm of water. This seems like the simplest and best idea provided you have a bath. If you don’t have too many plants then a sink would work fine.

Slow seepage with a bottle – Put holes in the lid of a bottle and insert into the soil. Some tutorials suggest cutting the bottle in half but this can cause the water to drain too quickly so it is better to leave the bottle whole. Also make sure the soil is already wet to avoid the water draining too quickly. Alternatively, there are attachments you can buy that fit standard size soft-drink bottles.

Adjustable water dripper to suit standard bottle. Photo from

Terracotta water dripper – Fill with water and then the water slowly seeps through the terracotta into the soil. I have the snail dripper from Oxfam (they currently stock an Owl and Elephant) and find it works well for smaller pots and looks super cute!

Terracotta Water Dripper. Photo from

Sealable bag with thread – Essentially you thread cotton through the base of sealable bag and water slowly seeps down the cotton into your pot. There is a tutorial on the Instructables website.

Water wicking using a sealable bag and cotton thread. Photo from

Water wicking – Have twine running between a pot of water and your plant pots. Water will move down the twine and keep soil moist. Detailed instructions can be found at Scissors and Sage.

Water Wicking. Photo from

Capillary Watering Mats – These mats are made of absorbent fabric such as felt. They absorb water from a reservoir and then the soil in the pot draws moisture from the mat. Again, the Instructables website has a tutorial.

Self Watering Tray. Image from

Water crystals or wetting agents – There any many products stocked in plant nurseries and hardware stores that can increase the water holding capacity of the soil. These are generally low cost and easy to apply.

Water Storage Crystals. Photo from

Preferred Option

For me, I am just going to try the simple bath watering method to keep my plants alive while I am away. I will also try and remember to give them some indoor plant fertiliser before I go.

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