Before I get started, if you are a person who LOVES to travel and even takes longer trips which keep you from adorning your living space with plants, you'll want to read this one all the way through.
So let's talk about traveling as a plant parent. They say pets are the new kids, and plants are the new pets. And when it comes to being a plant parent, stories of plant sitters are REAL. Don't change your mind about a plant wall just yet though - there is reprieve for those of us who's plants are mostly in water.
If you love plants, but like to play on EASY mode, then growing in water is for you. They offer flexibility in their water replacement schedule and are forgiving. And if you're considering a plant wall - this page right here has some great options of our most popular products, an option for a big (one time) discount AND come with nutrients!
To date, my longest trip away from my propagated plants was likely 19 days on a trip to Scotland. A close runner up was Mexico City and I'm at zero casualties so far. So here's a cheat sheet for you and don't be upset if it's anticlimactic.
Guide for a Short Trip - 2 to 7 Days
If you're planning on a quick trip and refreshing water might be tough to fit in, don't stress it and just come back to your plants without worry. So long as you've replaced the plant's water in the last month, you don't have a thing to worry about.
If you have the time, going around and topping off the water in your vases is ideal as it will replenish the oxygen in the water a bit. But for this timeline, that's totally optional.
Guide for a Medium Trip - 8 to 14 Days
Have a somewhat longer trip planned? Best case is to refresh the water if you have time.
BUT if packing, planning, and errands has you backed up - spending a few minutes to just top off the water across your glass vases is enough to get you through the trip! Plants won't drink through the water in any MOBO vases in that period of time - even in the driest of climates.
Often times, not getting around to do any care for your plants at this point still won't do them harm. All of us long-term plant people know we've left our plants in water for months at a time before and they've walked out okay for it despite the neglect.
Guide for a Long Trip - 14 Days to 60 Days
Okay, here is where I hopefully add a little value to you all. If you have a BIG trip planned and no-one scheduled to drop by and refill your vases, then this is what you want to do.
1) Refresh the water in your vases. We really like to refresh the water in our vases at home every 2 to 3 weeks. We know how easy it is to let that schedule slide because your plants don't seem to mind, but they really do better having that fresh water to grow in. Play it safe and refresh the water now, add in nutrients if you have them, and you'll be set.
2) If you live in a particularly dry climate AND it's summer time with warmer temperatures AND you plan to be gone for close to that 60-day window, you might consider making sure your plants' roots all reach the bottom of your vases. If your plants are younger with shorter roots, you run the chance of the water evaporating past the point of where the roots stretch down. So if you have a plant with shorter roots, push them down as far as seems reasonable and don't worry about having the water line ride up high on the plant so long as the leaves remain breathing.
3) Move any plants in direct sunlight or intense indirect light further from their light source. Intense light increases the rate of algae growth, and if you won't be around to address that, you could come home to a green watery mess which won't be fun to clean. (let us know if you're dealing with this and I can send instructions to you)
4) If you're planning on being gone beyond 60 days, having someone come by to top off the water is ideal because you're moving into uncharted territory. But we are curious - have you left your plants growing in water without replacing the water for more than 60 days? If so, we'd like to know :)
That's all have for you for tips. If you have anything you do when you go on a long trip that you feel like we should have included, send me an email as I'd love to know!
And with that - here's the shopping link for those of you interested and happy travels to you all this summer!