Traveling can be stressful with the budgeting and the packing that comes with it. While stressing out about the travel, you forget about other things like the realization that your air purifying plants have a possibility of dying while you’re away! You don’t want to be the guy who sits on the plane and realizes this during takeoff. Air purifying plants can be resilient and can stand a few days without water but take for example a basil plant I owned just a few days ago—I wasn’t able to water it and it shriveled up and died in less than 2 days.
Vowing to never being this guy again (and I wasn’t even traveling, I’m just part of the working class and am very busy), I found a couple of budget-friendly ways to water plants that is both fun and very cheap to make.
So if you’re traveling or are just a busy plant parent like me, here are some things you can do to assure that your air purifying plants will still be there when you come back home!
Tip 1: Ask a friend
The cheapest and reliable option. The only downside is if your friend is not plant savvy, they may under water or over water your air purifying plant. Make sure to leave them with careful instructions such as touching the soil to feel if the amount if sufficient.
Tip 2: Make a watering bottle
A few things with this option:
- Make sure the soil is wet before inserting the bottle. This will ensure that the soil won't absorb all the water at once because it is already "fed".
- You don't have to use a wine bottle. It can be a small water bottle or a beer bottle even.
- You don't have to fill it all the way up and you can add liquid fertilizer
- It won't absorb the entire bottle unless the soil is dry to the bone.
Tip 3: Make your own greenhouse
Pictured here is a plastic container but you can also use a plastic bag of any size (depending on the size of your plant) such as a Ziploc bag or the bag pictured below:
The idea is to make sure the air purifying plant is enclosed by the plastic under a wet towel. It works like a regular greenhouse: the moisture is trapped. A few thing with this option:
- Make sure air is trapped inside. This will allow insulation and for the moisture to be trapped.
- Make sure the air purifying plant isn't crowded inside. Get a bigger bag/container if it is.
Keep them away from direct sunlight. They will get cooked if exposed to the sun.
Tip 4: String Drip System
This option is interesting because it depends on the string you get. You'll need a thick cotton string because those hold water best. Any other type of string will not work so don't reach for the sewing kit for the thin threads.
A few things:
- Before you start, water the air purifying plant. Make sure the soil is wet. Just like the DIY bottle, you don't want the soil to soak up the water from the bottle if it's bone dry.
- Depending on how long you will be gone, to be safe get a gallon container. It will guarantee that your plant will be watered and if there's some left over, it means it only watered itself on how much it needed during that time period (which is a good thing!).
- Make sure the jug/bottle/container is elevated. Don't let be below the pot, other wise the string won't drip down the water.
Tip 5: Watering Globes
This option is inexpensive but costs more than the tips above.The cheapest set could run you up to $8, which is not a bad price but given the circumstances of your budget it would depend on how much you want to shell out for your air purifying plants.
But watering globes are a great option because they are guaranteed to last two weeks (longer if you have a succulent) and work well with especially sensitive plants. Make sure to insert it through the root of the plant as the globes are top heavy and can topple over if placed on the surface of the soil.
I hope these tips help my fellow busy workers and travelers. Rest easy that you plants are in great hands and enjoy your vacation! Bon Voyage!
Author: Morena Guerrero