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Relax, your plants will survive your Summer holiday

Written by
Amy Earley

Flights and accommodation are booked, the dog's off to a kennel and that long-anticipated break is all you can think of.

But who is going to look after your beloved plants?

Except in very hot weather, your outdoor garden can probably look after itself for a week or two, but potted plants are a different matter.

The ideal solution is to ask a green-thumbed friend or relative to swing by occasionally to do some wearing. But failing that, a little planning may be required.

In hot weather, you can use the old bathroom solution and group your pot plants together in the tub or shower before giving them a good watering. Put in the plug and leave a little water in the tub for them to soak up later.

This is a great option for peace lilies, ferns, and other thirsty plants, but don’t leave plants such as succulents sitting in water for too long.

Self-watering pots are another option, but it’s best to have the plants established in the pot well before your holiday so you can check they are thriving.

In cold weather, it’s vital that the plants are not suddenly left to freeze if heating is turned off while you are away.

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