Summer vacations are often a tough time on plants, and can be challenging for the gardener, too. You have to get a neighbor, friend, or relative to come in and water the plants or take a chance it will rain while you're away so your plants and lawn don't dry up.
Now there's a new, all-natural product that can be added to plants and lawns to send them into temporary hibernation so they can fight dry conditions and survive. "Vacation" is a soil drench, anti-transpirant that stimulates plants to close their stomata (breathing and evaporation pores in a leaf) and conserve moisture. There are no adverse effects on the plants. In 2 weeks the effects wear off and the plants continue to grow. If the plant was flowering when you apply Vacation it will hold those flowers, but not produce more until the effect wears off. The effects of Vacation are reversed any time by rain or watering the plant. Vacation is biodegradable and safe for pets and wildlife. It's registered for use on vegetables, lawns, shrubs, and flowers.
For more information on Vacation, go to: Natural Industries.
Article published on May 19, 2009.