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falang
Jul 4, 2016 2:05 AM CST
Hi. I live in Thailand in a condo where i have a number of plants out on the balcony,i will be going on vacation soon for 6 weeks,i have no one to water them for me, is there a way in which they can survive my absence as i do not want to return to find them all dead and whittled away.
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DaisyI
Jul 4, 2016 9:42 AM CST
Welcome!

Wow! Six weeks! That's going to be hard. What kind of plants? How often do they need water? How big are the pots? If you have a faucet on your balcony, problem solved. Set up a drip system and use an irrigation timer to turn the water on and off.

If no faucet, there are drip systems you can set up using either a reservoir and a lot of irrigation tubing or a wicking system. I've done both and they work well but you might need a really big reservoir.

Nice fish. Was that supposed to be a photo of your balcony?

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plantmanager
Jul 4, 2016 9:51 AM CST
I have to leave my plants frequently for up to a month. I'm having good luck with these watering globes. I put 2 of them in each pot.
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If it's affordable there are usually housesitters who will tend to plants or animals while you're away. Maybe you could have them come a few times.
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Jul 4, 2016 9:55 AM CST

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I used to put all my houseplants in the bathtub with a bit of water at the bottom to wick up into the pots but that was only for 2-3 weeks.
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plantmanager
Jul 4, 2016 9:59 AM CST
I've done that too. I put a towel under them to hold more moisture. I had a closed clear plastic shower curtain so they could still have light. Later on my husband rigged up a small watering system that hooked to the faucet and had a timer on it.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 4, 2016 3:32 PM CST
I've laid a tarp or heavy plastic down over a border of wood. Placed the pots on the tarp, then fill it up with water. Mosquitoes can be a problem though. But you're away. Shrug! They will need a goid drink from the top when you get home. Welcome! Welcome!
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