My name is Lisa and I'm a crafty girl with wanderlust working as an engineer by day. My blog chronicles projects in my home as well as pictures and stories from my travels.




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Keeping My Plants Watered On Vacation

I love having my window herb garden but I always run into a problem when I am out of town. I hate returning home to a sad, half dead plants. My plants are currently thriving, including two little primroses that I brought back to life after rescuing them from a sale rack at Home Depot. I would hate to have them wither while I am in Italy so I decided to do some research before I left about how I can give them a fighting chance to survive my vacation.

I read about all sorts of things from making watering systems out of a soda bottle to fancy self irrigation systems that you can buy. The idea that seemed the best to me was what is apparently known as the "bathtub trick." The basic idea is to make a terrarium with your plants in the bathtub by adding a few inches of to the bottom of the bathtub and covering it with plastic. The plastic seals in the humidity so that the plants don't dry out.

I decided to give it a try and gave my plants a good watering. I didn't want the pots to scratch my bathtub so I put some drawer liner down before placing my plants inside and filling it with about two inches of water I then covered the top of my tub with clear plastic wrap, taping down around the outside of the tub with painter's tape (I didn't want to risk messing up my tub's new paint job with duct tape). I poked a few ventilation holes in the plastic wrap to finish up.

I am hoping this plan works and that I come home from vacation to find my plants alive and well in their little bathtub terrarium. Have you ever tried the "bathtub trick"? What is your best method for keeping plants alive while you are on vacation?

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Wow, great trick... I typically got my neighbor to water my plants but now I don't have to bug her! Thanks for the tip!

I'm not sure even a trick as seemingly fool-proof as that one would work for me. I kill plants even when I'm home with them. : )

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

I like the idea of the clear plastic wrap - I hope the plants are survivors when you get home.

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

Ryan- I'm not sure if it will work. I'll have to see if my plants are alive when I get home!

Sandy- I've had trouble in the past over watering my plants but I've gotten better at restraining myself and my plants are happier for it!

Mary-Lou- Thank you! I home they are alive when I get home, too!

March 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

Hi Lisa! I use Aqua Globes. Have you heard of them? They come in different sizes and are perfect for when you go on vacation. One globe will last 2-3 weeks, and if it is an extra large plant, like an indoor weeping fig tree, I used 2 globes. I hope this helps, I've had the same problem myself in the past.

March 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEthylene

Ethylene- The aqua globes sound like a great option. Thank you for suggesting them to me. If the bathtub trick doesn't work I may have to try them next time!

March 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

Hi Lisa!
Did this trick end up working?
I'm about to try it out for my vacation as well and I would be interested to know if it worked for you.

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesca

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