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Plant Care Tip #24: Returning From Vacation
Sad Parlor Palm

Sad Parlor Palm

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Coming back home to sad plants after a few days or weeks away? Here are the top 3 tips for reviving their perk.

Soak - check the moisture of the soil at the top and bottom of the nursery pot (you have to remove it from its decorative pot). If still slightly moist, return to your regular watering schedule. If completely dry, bring your plant to the shower and give the soil a nice soak through. Let the water drain completely before returning to its home. 

Prune - after the shower and when your plant has dried a bit, you should see the leaves perk back up. (occasionally after long droughts, your plants may need a second shower before this happens.) Sift through all the green and thoroughly remove any brown or yellowing leaves.

Chat - Talk to your plants and let them know everything's going to be okay! You can do this while you're caring for them, or say hello just when you're passing by. 

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Brings instant style and summer feels all year-round. It’s easy to care for and does well in low light. This popular indoor houseplant makes for a perfect gift or starter plant, and sits well as an accent on any desk or shelf.

1 ½ft tall plant with ceramic pot and reclaimed wood stand: $139
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Making Sure Plants Survive Your Vacation

Your plants can be okay even if you’re not around to take care of them. With just a tiny bit of advance prep, you can leave home for weeks at a time without killing off your leafy green friends.

Some 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. 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 as described above, try putting some moss, leaves, wood chips, or pebbles on top of the exposed soil. Basically any natural material than can keep moisture in. Our plants at Léon & George come with green moss on top that’s decorative but also helps the soil retain moisture.

  • If you’re leaving for a really long time, well that sounds pretty exciting, but it also means you’ll have to cover the plant in a plastic bag to help keep moisture in. 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. Alternatively, you may consider simply asking a friend to come water the plants for you.

  • Plants that like humidity may do better in the bathroom while you’re gone, provided there’s a source of light in there. But remember not to give plants more light than they’re used to getting, because that might stimulate growth which uses up more water.

  • For the same reason as above, don’t feed the plant any fertilizer in the days and weeks before you leave, as that will also stiumlate growth at the wrong time.

  • Prune off any unhealthy, dead or dying leaves by plucking them off if they come out easily, or by cutting them with a sharp scissor at the base of the stem. In doing so, the plant will waste less energy trying to keep those leaves alive.

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