The dog days of summer are here, the North Carolina humidity is kicking and it's time to get out of the outdoors and off on your vacation. But as your well-awaited time away approaches, perhaps you're thinking you want to bring the outdoors in with an oasis of house plants. No need to sweat it out in the garden and there's no need to wait until after you get back from your week off of work! There are plenty of easy-care, indoor plants that are vacation-proof.
Read about these five plants that don't mind if you go:
Succulents store water in their leaves, roots and stems which means when you water them, they save some for later. Wait for the succulent's soil to dry completely and once it has, shower the plants with enough water that it runs out of the drainage holes in it's pot so that it's soaked thoroughly. Empty any water left in the plate underneath and take off to your vacation destination!
It's no secret. Cacti are native to the desert which means they thrive without much water. However, when cacti are planted in a container, they do need a little bit of additional TLC, as compared to the care they require when planted outdoors. In general, cacti do best when watered about once a month but humidity does play a factor. Once you think it's time to water, test the soil with a dowel rod by sticking it all the way down to the bottom of the pot. If the rod has any moisture on it, wait to water.
Snake Plants, Glowee, Mother-in-Law's-Tongue–call them what you want–they are one of the most popular house plants around. You've seen them growing in office spaces, Mexican restaurants, in design magazines. Why? Because they're easy and easy-care is what you need if you plan on taking off on a jet plane. Snake plants grow well with very little light (although they prefer to be close to a window) and only need to be watered once the soil is dry.
The ZZ plant is the easiest plant you’ll ever buy. Coincidence that it’s name rhymes with the word easy? Well, it’s proper name is Zamioculcas zamifolia. So naturally botanists back in the day began to refer to it as it’s acronym. The ZZ plant name stuck. ZZ Plants hold water in a similar manner to a camel. Under the soil, these African natives carry potato-like rhizomes which allow them to store water during drought. Lucky for us, this evolutionary root system works in our indoor container gardens just as as it does in it’s natural environment. So what does this mean for it’s caregiver? ZZ plants only need to be watered once the soil is completely dry to the touch or about once a month.
Bromeliads are perfect for adding an array of bright, tropical foliage to your home. They come in a variety of colors and don't require much by way of care. Just be sure to plant your bromeliad in a pot with holes in the bottom so that the roots don't stay wet. When watering, soak soil thoroughly until water falls through the drainage holes. Then wait (or take your vacation!) until the top two inches of dirt are dry before watering again.