How to water the plants on vacation.
I imagine that more than the one you will have gone through that situation of, suitcase in hand, take a last look at your plants (which, before leaving, you have soaked as if there was no tomorrow) and you will have wondered what you will find when you return! With how beautiful they are now!
The easiest option would be to ask a family member, friend, neighbor, to spend a little water from time to time, but in our case, we don’t have anyone trustworthy nearby to ask for it and, also, I recognize that neither I like to bother with these things.
So I was taking a look to see what home irrigation systems to irrigate plants on vacation showed me the oracle of Google and, although it is possible that many already know this invention, I thought it was a good idea to share it in case someone can help. Also, I take this opportunity to give you some more advice that I have been collecting so that the plants resist our absence.
IRRIGATION BY STRIPS OR COTTON CORDS
This option is the one that I am going to use this summer and which is also economical, easy and quick to assemble.
+ Container of about 2 liters
+ Cotton strips
- We fill with water a container of about 2 liters (a bucket, a bowl, a pot or a bottle for example).
- Cut some strips of cotton cloth long enough to reach each pot. You can also use shoelaces or cotton rope.
- Place the pots around the container (which we will raise with the help of another container) and introduce one end of the rope or strip into the soil of a pot and the other end in the water. In this way, when the earth dries, it will absorb the liquid. The rope has to be submerged enough in the container so that when it evaporates or spent the water is always in contact with it.
OTHER IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
In DIY Centers we can find some simple irrigation systems that can also come in handy, such as clay cones, water gel, gel beads, hydrojardineras, and other more complex systems, since they need a water outlet, but not complicated to install as drip irrigation with timer.
TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF PLANTS IN VACATION
- Group all the plants so that they take advantage of the humidity that they give off between them.
- Without leaving the plants in the dark, remove them from direct sun and/or separate them from the walls where the sun is very much (since they retain a lot of heat) and place them in a cooler area so that they do not need to consume so much water.
- Remove the largest leaves, dried leaves, withered flowers, stalks in bad conditions and weeds so that the plant does not waste moisture and nutrients in them.
- Avoid fertilizing some time before our trip so as not to boost its growth.
- Do not leave them locked in a room because it is necessary for air to circulate and renew.
- It is not advisable to introduce the pot directly into a container of water because the roots may rot.