How to keep flowers in the house before leaving on vacation? Wick watering basics

Of course, if you have a windowsill to grow cacti, then this article is unlikely to be necessary. But if you are the owner of more delicate plants, it makes sense to think about the extended life in the period of your holiday.

The first thing that may come to mind is the help of relatives, friends or neighbors who will stop by your house to water the pots in your absence.

What to do if all the family also left for the seas in holiday, and the neighbors you do not trust? What precautions you can take to save your Pets room from the drought?

Or have to purchase an automatic irrigation system in a flower shop… Or build it from scrap vehicles.

Collect all the basins and shallow container available in the house. Divide your plants into groups according to the degree of their needs for moisture. Cacti and succulents can not touch, simply pour them and leave in the same place, they will easily transfer your week-long absence. Other plants spread in basins, the bottom of which poured a little water. This is the easiest method, but the plants can peruvianis rot.

Consider another method: the potted plants buried in the wet peat. That will fit the capacity of the large size (including bath). The bottom of its stack waterproof foil, container filled with peat, so that it covered him placed in pots with plants. Abundantly watered peat water. This method is similar to the one when the plants are buried in the garden.

Much more effective is to use wick watering. For this you will need a bucket of water and a thin burn-wick (synthetic or cotton) or thick natural wool. Swipe one end of the harness (strand) in each pot, it will enter the water. The other end place in a bucket of water. For greater reliability place the bucket above the level of the pot.

Wick is sold in flower shops, one end of this thin cord is brought through the bottom hole of the pot to the roots of plants, relocation of plants, and the other end in a container of water is large in size (bucket or tub). When conducting wick try not to disturb the fragile roots of plants.

You must pay attention to the following peculiarity: if you are going to make a wick watering houseplants on a regular basis, then you need to purchase in a flower shop special synthetic wicks (cotton will rot quickly). The wick should be well wet, that is, to possess capillary properties. For wick irrigation use substrates are very breathable and moisture, such as peat-perlite substrate or mixture on the basis of moss-sphagnum. If you use a dense substrate that contain organic material, it will retain water, which will adversely affect your plants.

Be sure to try out a device for watering before you leave on vacation, to correct deficiencies and verify actions.

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