No matter how hardy and drought tolerant indoor plants are, they require systemic care and regular care. Only a select few indoor “Spartans” are able to easily endure the absence of owners and appropriate watering. And after all, not only work trips, but also the long-awaited vacation, no one postpones for the sake of green and blooming favorites. Even if you can rely on faithful friends to take care of plants, you will most likely face unpleasant surprises when you return. And the first thing you should think about is emergency help for your green pets.
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How to prepare plants for your absence?
Everyone, even the most enthusiastic florist in life, sometimes has unexpected trips. And regardless of whether the reason is pleasant or not too much, such absences disrupt the usual way of life and all the plants in our house. And this is not to mention the long-awaited vacation! Even before going on vacation or a business trip, you should think about how to minimize traumatic factors for your plants. As with any crop protection issue, prevention is the best method of control. Even if you have a short trip of several days or you agree with someone about watering plants, you still take preparatory measures:
- Water the plants abundantly and fill the earthen lump with water. Install a watering device if you can.
- Move your plants to the coolest place in your home.
- Install screens that diffuse direct light, or move your plants to an area with diffused lighting and keep them out of the sun.
Such simple measures will help to minimize moisture loss and reduce the need for active care of plants, and, accordingly, simplify the measures that will have to be taken upon return.
Resuscitation of plants after a long trip
But first aid to plants after returning from vacation or travel may still be needed. Every florist more than once happened, at the first glance at the plants, to realize with chagrin that even your friends or neighbors, who undertook to water the plants, did not cope with their task and they are in a deplorable state.
And even if you have not been there for just a couple of days, the plants can still suffer. But in attempts to resume leaving and as soon as possible to compensate for their green favorites for the lack of attention, it is important not to overdo it and not to aggravate the situation. Never grab the watering can or start watering the plants right away. After all, if they were looked after, it is possible that the cause of the depression is not at all in the dryness of the substrate. Therefore, in order to help your indoor and potted plants, first of all, you need to carefully consider them and determine what state they are in:
- If you agreed with someone about care, then most likely the plants are in a waterlogged substrate, and have not suffered from dryness. Overmoistening of the substrate with temporary guardians threatens plants much more often, they are more likely to overfulfill their duties than to too scanty watering.
- There are also cases when the plants literally dry up. This problem is most obvious on short and unexpected business trips or trips and in cases where no one has agreed to help.
Moreover, outwardly, both options are difficult to distinguish. Two problems that you may encounter manifest themselves in the same way: dry tops, sluggish and pale leaves, and shrinking shoots are common in both cases.
What if the plants are flooded?
If your plants have suffered from too much watering and too active care, then it is urgent to dry the earthen lump. First, remove the pots from the trays and place them on a high stand so that air can enter the watering holes. Allow the potted substrate to dry almost completely, and for drought-resistant crops, dry it completely. Only after that, start the usual regular watering, be sure to focus on the degree of moisture in the substrate and carefully examine the plants before each procedure.
Plants will not recover as quickly, but will gradually return to normal. If drying does not help or is unacceptable for a particular type of plant, then you will have to resort to a dangerous, but the only way out – an emergency transplant.
What if the plants were not watered?
If your plants have suffered from too long drought, then it is urgent to saturate the earth with water and carry out emergency watering. But for such a procedure, the classic overhead irrigation method is not suitable.
Plants should be placed in large bowls or a bucket of water suitable for watering indoor plants and left completely submerged until the soil is completely saturated with moisture and air bubbles stop coming out.
If, due to their large size, it is impossible to immerse the plants in water, it is necessary to put the plants in a large container or on a pallet into which a large amount of water can freely drain and water a little bit of the substrate from above every hour. And then spend abundant watering.
But first aid to your pets is not limited only to moisture correction. It is necessary not to forget about sanitary pruning. It can be done no sooner than 10 days after you return and resume normal watering.
Within two weeks of resuming plant care, you will be able to judge whether the plant is capable of producing new leaves and shoots, or if you have to resort to more drastic measures. If the plant is recovering well, then pruning all dried, rotten, damaged parts of the plant, removing yellowed leaves and elongated shoots will help it fully recover.