If you have ever had to go away for a while, but were afraid your plants would die in your absence, here is one way to avoid coming back to face a bunch of withered sticks.
I had heard about this watering method, but then actually tried it for our last two-week vacation. The process is simple. Using a cotton clothesline rope, a bucket of water and the magic of capillary action, the plants water themselves while you are gone.
- Place the plant on the kitchen counter or simply leave it where it usually stands.
- Cut small sections of clothesline rope and submerge them in water until they are soaked through.
- Water the plant thoroughly, then using a pencil, make a hole in the plant’s soil at least 3-4 inches deep.
- Using the same pencil, push one end of the wet clothesline rope into the hole and put the other end into a pot of water. The water simply moves gradually through the rope into the plant and keeps it slightly moist.
When I used this method for our vacation, I placed my small plants on the kitchen counter and had their various ropes meeting in a large kettle of water. The three larger plants each had their own bucket. After 2 weeks away, I came home to find all of my plants nicely watered and the buckets nearly empty. Now, I am not sure how long this method would work, but I assume it would be good until the bucket was dry. So, conceivably I could use this for a longer span of time by using a larger reservoir of water.
I was very happy with my “water ropes” and plan to use them whenever we travel from now on and spare my sister the job of watering all the plants.