The holiday season is fast approaching. Are you going away to spend time with the family? Going down south? Maybe a little lover’s getaway? In any case, youwon’t be home! You can leave large bowls of food and water for the kitty, put your dog in a boarding house and ship the children to their grandparents, but who will take care of the most important, your houseplants? You can’t take them with you in this cold, they would freeze their buds off. And very few hotels accept pet plants (but I know at least one that will!) Well, I have the solution for you!
Indeed, the simplest solution is often the best! Water your plants moderately, then place them gently in the bottom of a transparent plastic bag. Finally, seal the bag with a rubber band or tie. It’s best to keep it away from windows and direct sunlight so that they don’t overheat. You can even put several plants per bag. Make sure the bag is well sealed so that the water doesn’t evaporate. In this environment, the humidity is almost 100%. There is no evaporation. You can easily keep houseplants this way for 6 months, maybe even up to a year!
Two months ago, not having the time to take care of them, I put some plants in transparent bags. Now, they’re in full health. They even seem to be doing better than before. A transparent bag is like a spa for your houseplants, it’s so humid. Maybe, after all, your plants need a vacation more than you do, and the plastic bag is a good way to give them one!
No Danger of Asphyxiation
And don’t worry, your plants aren’t like us: they don’t suffocate in a plastic bag. During the day, plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis. At night, it’s the other way around. Nothing is lost, nothing is created!
When I was a kid, I put small plants in a big bottle. My father kept that terrarium for over 30 years! (Maybe even 40 years, I’m not getting any younger!) I think he opened it 2 or 3 times over the years; otherwise those plants didn’t get any water, air or fertilizer. Well, some green goo (algae) has formed on the wet walls, but the plants are still alive and well.
But be careful! Under no circumstances should succulents or cacti be kept in a plastic bag. They will hate it and probably die! They are desert plants that store water in their leaves and stems to survive the dry season. They can go without watering for 6 months. However, keep them away from windows. This way, the lack of sunlight will slow down their growth, and they will need even less water.
Go in peace! Your plants will survive just fine without you. Maybe even better than your children’s caregivers!