Don’t stress your plants this summer
The sun cream, sandals and shades are packed and everything is ticked off your checklist…but what about the plants? Who’s going to look after and water them while you’re away if you don’t have a friendly neighbour or family member who can pop round?
If your plants are being left on their lonesome then they will get stressed if they don’t get enough water but there are a few things you can do to ensure they stay happy and watered until you get home.
1. Move container plants to shady spots. This will reduce the temperature and their need for water.
2. Water as thoroughly as you can as close as possible to your departure date, giving them a drink before you leave the house is a good idea.
3. Group plants together in trays to conserve moisture while you are away.
4. Place a sheet of shade netting over grouped plants to help reduce moisture loss.
5. Use an automatic irrigation system. This is perfect for bigger plants that can’t be moved or if you’re away for an extended period of time. A timer system can be set to water the plants as often as required. They’re simple to install and inexpensive too.
6. Sink terracotta pots into borders and water the pots and surrounding soil. The moisture in the surrounding soil will permeate the pots and keep them moist.