How Did Those Plant Watering Spikes Work Out? Did My Plants Survive?

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So How Did Those Watering Spikes Work Out?

So how did my plants weather me being away for 2 weeks? Here’s how they looked when I left.

Watering Flowers While on Vacation

 

You may remember that I placed clay spikes with bottles filled with water in each of my potted outdoor plants before leaving for my trip.

Water Plants While Away

 

Here’s how they looked upon my return…not too bad. I had placed all my geraniums here on the front of the house where it’s not quite as sunny as where they normally are on the south side of the house. As expected, the bottles were all completely empty of water when I returned. A few days after I left, it dawned on me that I did a dumb thing. I should have pulled the bench I placed them on, out and away from the house! The bench was partially underneath the eaves while I was gone, which means the plants couldn’t fully benefit from any rain we had while I was away. Arggg. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that when I first placed them here.

Plant Watering System While Travling

 

You can’t really see it in the photos but I had a lot of dead leaves underneath and one smaller geranium there on the back row in the center of the bench. It obviously didn’t get a lot of rain because it was the furthest up under the eaves.

Potted Plants After 2 week trip, Keeping plants alive during vacation

 

My honest feelings on this watering system are that it probably works better for indoor potted plants and if you’re only going to be away for a week or so. I think indoor plants would do well, but outdoor plants receive a lot of sun, which of course dries them out much faster.  I just don’t think the bottle/spike method would work that great if you live where the weather is really hot. I think the reason my plants did as well as they did is because we did get a little rain while I was away, so that helped when the bottles emptied out, whenever that was.

Watering Plants on Vacation

 

If you wish to try this with your indoor plants while away, I purchased the clay spikes here: Terracotta Watering Spikes.

 

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Author: Andy Edwards