How To Keep Your Plants Alive While On Vacation
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Are you worried about leaving your plants at home this holiday season? When I was constantly on the road for shows as a musical theater performer, I became a professional traveler and learned a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to leaving your plant babies at home. The experience can be scary: it can make traveling—what is supposed to be exciting and relaxing—a time filled with anxiety. In this episode, I share many helpful tips you can start implementing on your plant collection so you can enjoy your vacations and holidays stress-free!

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In this episode, we learn:

  • [01:28] Maria’s fall updates
  • [02:24] Have you been to the kindest and plantiest corner of the internet yet? 
  • [03:03] The perfect planty gift for your loved ones this holiday
  • [04:56] What inspired Maria to do an episode on plants and traveling
  • [09:46] Your next favorite kitchen appliance!
  • [12:40] Understanding your plants’ lighting needs when you’re on vacation
  • [15:12] The importance of using grow lights in your home
  • [17:37] How to make sure your plants get good air circulation while you’re gone
  • [19:28] Maria shares her experience of accidentally leaving her plants in extremely hot temperatures
  • [21:31] How to keep your plants watered while you’re away
  • [25:23] Different watering hacks when on vacation
  • [29:36] Where to get stylish and functional plant accessories for gifting
  • [33:40] Why you need to cut off dead and yellowing leaves from your plants
  • [35:31] Should you hire a plant sitter when you go on vacation?
  • [40:40] Why putting your plants in the bathtub while you’re away might not work
  • [41:33] How to avoid root rot in plants
  • [42:34] Why the greenhouse method won’t work when you’re on vacation
  • [44:33] Maria’s reminder about the role of plants in our lives
  • [46:17] What to keep in mind as you travel and move around this holiday season

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