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How should I keep good care of my plant when I'm away?
Last Updated: 03/11/2011


When you're gone on a short trip for less than a week or just over a long weekend, keeping your plant well watered and placing it in a good location is very important.

For bamboos, you should gauge the water marks left on your container from daily evaporation and compensate for the expected amount accordingly. If you're unsure, it would be best to remove the bamboos into a small bucket or aluminum tray filled with water that is high enough to touch the first notch down from the top of the stalk. Do not entirely submerge the bamboos or it might rot. Make sure that the stalks are standing upright with some sort of support. Then leave it in the bathroom area.

For bonsais, you can sink soak your plant and then saran wrap the pot to hold in the moisture which can last about 3-4 days. For a slight longer period, you can keep the pot in a tray of water filled to a little under the top edge of the bonsai pot. Then it's best to place the bonsai in a location where it will only receive a few hours of filtered morning sunlight and away from A/C vents. Also keep in mind to not have your plant in an area that has high fluctuations of temperature from daytime to nighttime and low humidity.

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