Plant Care, Tips

How to Water Plants While Away on Vacation: Top 5 Methods

#1: Glass Bottle Solution

Don’t throw away your glass bottles once it’s empty. Bottles are great for taking care of plants that need watering every day while you’re away. Or use this method on a daily basis to create less watering work for you. If the bottle has an interesting design, it can also be a creative and fun decoration to add to your planter.Refill the water after the plant sip up all of it.

Materials Required:

  • Bottle with cap
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Plier


  • Puncture holes in the cap.
  • Fill the bottle with water.
  • Place the bottle into soil.

#2: Houseplant Bathtub

Yes, you definitely can have your plants soak up some bath water while you’re gone for the week. Keep in mind that this method works best for plants that require a lot of water, like tropical plants and plants that don’t require much sun since the bathroom is usually the room with the least amount of light.

Materials Required:

  • Towel
  • Bathtub
  • Potted plants with holed planter


  • Fill up your bathtub.
  • Lay out a towel at bottom to cover the tub.
  • Place your plants on the towel in the bath.

#3: Water Wicking Drip System

In this method, you are linking up your plant to a water system using a simple cotton string. Wick watering works great for longer lengths of time, the more water you supply in the external bucket or vase, the longer your plants will be taken care of. The system is also great for those with more than one plant as you can water multiple plants at a time from a single water source.

Materials Required:

  • Cotton rope
  • A vase or bucket


  • Cut the cotton ropes.
  • Place ends of rope in the soil and water.
  • Water plant and fill the vase.

#4: Plant Saucers

This method is one of the simplest, but you probably shouldn’t use this solution for plants that need more attention. Saucers not only help retain water for your plants but also make it so the soil does not leak out from the bottom of your pot.

Materials Required:

  • Saucer
  • Drainage pot


  • Select a saucer
  • Place your plant in the pot
  • Soak the saucer or place water in the saucer

#5: Mini Greenhouse: Plastic Bag

It’s quite simple and a great long-lasting solution while you’re away from your plants. Be careful to follow the instructions on this strategy to avoid ruining your plants’ foliage. Don’t use this method in direct sunlight or with succulents as they might overheat or shrivel.

Materials Required:

  • Four wood stakes
  • Clear plastic bag (large enough to fit over the plant)


  • Insert the wood stakes
  • Water and place in indirect sunlight
  • Wrap your plant in the plastic bag

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