Summer is the ideal season for taking a load off. The weather’s nice, school’s out for the kids and you finally have enough time saved up to take a well-deserved vacation. The only problem, you have dozens of gorgeous floral arrangements and plants in your home and there’s no one around to care for them.
Whether you plan on being away for a couple of weeks or a just a few days, you have to figure out how you’ll keep your bouquets and greenery alive and well. You don’t want to come home to a gloomy atmosphere that was once made lively by your flowers and plants. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can follow to ensure your bouquets stay fresh and rejuvenated the entire time you’re gone. Here’s how you can keep your floral arrangements and plants alive while you’re away on vacation:
Water Flowers Before You Leave
The easiest way to ensure your plants are in good shape while you’re on your trip is to water them right before you leave. If you think you’ll have trouble remembering to hydrate the flowers before you leave, place a few sticky notes near your door or in a specific place you frequent in your home. Or, you can set a reminder alarm on your phone! You may also consider purchasing a watering globe, which slowly releases water into the soil of your plants over a long period of time. This is a great investment for plant lovers who go on vacation often.
Give Plants Proper Amount of Sunlight
While flowers certainly need sunshine to thrive, too much sun could dry out your soil and leave buds looking shriveled by the time you get home. Move your bouquets and greenery out of direct sunlight and instead place them in areas that receive partial natural light so that your soil doesn’t dry out and remains moist enough to keep your plants alive.
Trim Plants and Flowers Prior to Vacation
If your plants are looking a bit dull before you leave for your trip, show them some TLC and give them a quick trim. Get rid of dead stems, leaves and blooms with a pair of sheers so that they can rebloom while you’re out of town. Also make sure that you get rid of any fallen leaves or debris that are left in the soil.
Hire a House Sitter
If you don’t have family or friends near that have the time to stop over and tend to your plants while you’re away, you may consider hiring a house sitter. After about a week alone, your flowers need water. If you’re worried about a stranger handling your plants the wrong way, all you have to do is leave a few notes and instructions for them to follow! This is a simple way to ensure your bouquets and greens will receive the proper love and care while you’re away.
No matter how your flowers look when you return from vacation, you can always purchase a few new bouquets to place around the house. Just check out Teleflora’s Deal of the Day bouquets. You pick the price range and the expert florists at Teleflora will construct a beautiful bouquet out of seasonal flowers. Arrangement designs vary based on the in-season flowers and personal creativity of the florist, but you can trust that the surprise will be worth waiting for!