So you’re going away on vacation and you have plants that aren’t going to last the length of the time you’re away. You could get someone to stop by and water your plants daily, but what if you don’t have that option or you don’t want others in your home? There’s actually an easy solution to making sure your plants don’t get too parched and thrive while you’re gone. Water plants with paper towel while away!
It’s called the wet paper towel technique. It’s really quite simple and you’ll think to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that before?!”. Plants are livings creatures. Have you ever watched your plants anxiously suck up water when it has dried out a little too much? It’s amazing! Plants will only take what they need, which is why it’s important not to overwater them so they don’t sit in wet soil and get root rot.
By rolling up paper towel to the length you need and placing one end in the soil of the potted plant, while placing the other end in a glass or bowl of water, your plant will get the moisture it needs until your return. The paper towel acts as a type of life line between the two and slowly but surely dispenses water to the plant. The roots will suck up the water through the paper towel and soil as needed. Genius!!
The amount of water you need depends on how long you’ll be away. I have heard of people leaving for a month’s time and returning to a thriving plant because they filled a sink partway of water and had the plant linked to it on the counter using a towel.
My advice is to keep your potted plant elevated slightly to prevent it from sucking up more water than it needs and keep it from creating a mess everywhere.
It’s a great option to have if you’re not sure what to do with your beloved houseplant while gone.