Watering when you're away...

@meiteoh (421)
Switzerland
May 11, 2008 3:31pm CST
This is more for those who don't have gardens (well, actually I don't mind hearing from those who have gardens)... I have heaps of flowers planted along my balcony which gets great sunlight because we face the south but when it comes to rain, we only get rain landing one to two inches from the edge - the part which doesn't get ANY sun! =.= I'm just worried that if I go on holiday for like a week or so (more than three days, that is), what's going to happen to my freesia, cyclamens, dahlias, rose... I did toy with the idea of getting those plant jelly things which help hold water in OR those edge pot/planter holders so I can perch it up right against the top edge of the balcony (water + sunlight is great!)... Does anyone else have this problem?
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
11 May 08
Your dilemma is easy. 3 days isn't that long. It would be possible to place the pots into something that holds water. Then put an inch or 2 of water into it. As the soil dries it will wick water into the pot.
11 May 08
I have a few pots in my garden which suffer from this problem when I am away. So last year I when I planted these pots I did put in a handful of the jelly water retention things, and they did the trick. I was only away for a week at a time, and I don't think the plants were "thirsty" ones. Perhaps a good idea to check out which plants might require a lot of water.
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• Lubbock, Texas
11 May 08
If you're going to be gone for a week or so, I would definitely get some of the polymer crystals. Setting the plants in a larger container with an inch or so of water would be ok if they didn't get full sun, but I'd worry that the container water would evaporate too soon. I love those polymer crystals for my potted plants. We have very hot evening sun and lots of wind. They do really help.
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@meiteoh (421)
• Switzerland
12 May 08
Sounds like a plan! I'm not so worried about the ones in big pots (16 to 20cm) just the little ones like my cyclamens (which went all droopy after three days of no water) and African violets. Definitely will check whether the store has these or not...
@kykidd (6820)
• United States
11 May 08
My biggest problem is the impatience that I plant every year. If I don't water them almost every day, they seem to wilt away. Hence the name, I guess. I usually need to have a friend come over and water while I am gone if it doesn't rain.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
12 May 08
I dont really ahve that problem as i make arrangements for my mom to come down feed my dogs/cats and water my plants while i'm away. They also check their bulls or heifers they keep in the pasture at my house when i'm away.