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Let's pretend it's just a vacation, but without your prized plants!

IT'S HURRICANE SEASON IN MUCH OF THE COUNTRY! Most people are nervous this time of year about storms and evacuation and potential disasters. It's never too early to make a plan to protect yourself and your family, including you plant family!

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR INDOOR HOUSEPLANTS FOR YOUR TIME AWAY FROM HOME:

*If possible, bring any water sensitive plants with you, know you who we are talking about. Those diva plants that need bottled water everyday at a very specific time. It's not likely that they will survive without you.

*Move yours plants to indirect sunlight and out of window sills and direct sunlight. Indirect light will keep your plants alert while the direct sunlight will not dry the soil out so quickly.

*Move plants away from heat sources and drafts. This will help to keep soil moist longer.

*Bunch plants close together. They will create humidity between them.

*Water well right before you leave in a well drained pot. Do not leave your plant to soak in a pool of water.

*Remove dead leaves and give a dose fertilizer

*Set temperature to room temperature or cooler

SO YOU MADE IT HOME BUT YOUR PLANTS ARE STRUGGLING:

*Remove any dead or dying foliage

*If the plant is hard or brown, check roots for any sign of life. A pliable stem and even a few green leaves is a good sign!

*If you left your plant in water and the leaves look wilted and brown but the soil is moist, it may be drowning! Repot with fresh dry soil and place in the sun to help it to dry quicker. 

*DO NOT fertilize struggling plants. Fragile roots can be damaged by fertilizers.

*Roots & leaves absorb moisture, put your struggling plant in a humid environment will help it to bounce back quicker.

*Slow release water soluble fertilizer is an option if your plant is on the road to recovery.

*If you have tried everything and nothing is helping your plant, it maybe time to send it to the great compost pile and allow it to live its life back to offering nutrients to others. 

Most times, plants will do just fine and bounce back after a few days of evacuation/vacation. If not, "A dried plant is nothing but a sign to plant a new one." -Priyansh Shah
 

Sources & Additional Details:

https://plantperfect.com/how-to-vacation-proof-your-house-plants/

https://traveltips.usatoday.com/care-plants-vacation-1746.html

https://www.miraclegro.com/en-us/library/indoor-gardening/gardening-care-tips-while-vacation

https://www.rd.com/home/gardening/how-to-revive-a-dead-plant/

 

 

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