There are always a few questions you must ask yourself before taking a vacation. Do you have someone there to feed your pets? Did you arrange with the post office to hold your mail? Did you pack everything you actually need? Well one question you should never forget to ask is if you arranged for someone to take care of your plants. If you have invested in larger houseplants like fiddle leaf figs, there's a big chance that two weeks sans care can be deadly for your plant friends. However there are a few resilient plants out there that can survive without any t.l.c.
We called on the team from Léon & George, the S.F.-based plant delivery company, to give us the dirt. Their top picks for long lasting plants? Zanzibar Gems and Snake Plants. "They are both great because of how little care they require overall," says co-founder Ron Radu. "We often suggest them for forgetful owners that don't water often, which makes them particularly suited for those going away on vacation as well."
"The Zanzibar Gem (aka the ZZ plant) can go many weeks and sometimes months without water," adds Radu. "Both plants also come in many different sizes from small desktop plants to large floor plants so there's some thing available for everyone."
If you're going away for a while, the Léon & George team left us with a few plant care tips. "If you’re leaving for a week or less, a good soaking will be all you need. You normally don’t want to oversaturate the soil with water, but this is an exception," they say. "As always, be sure not to leave any standing water in the saucer, as that may result in pests or root rot."
"If you’re leaving for a couple of weeks, after watering, try putting some moss, leaves, wood chips, or pebbles on top of the exposed soil. Basically any natural material than can keep moisture in," they add. Leaving for longer? "You’ll have to cover the plant in a plastic bag to help keep moisture in," they advise. "Make sure the bag sits above the top of the pot, and keep it off the foliage with some sticks. Cut some slits in the bag to make sure the plant can still breathe."
While the care may take a little extra time, you can relax on your vacay knowing your plant friends are safe and sound.