Love the look of live plants in your home, but hate returning from a trip to find they’ve all failed to survive in your absence? Seasoned traveler and self-proclaimed “plant lady,” Taylor O’Sullivan, shares her hacks for keeping plants fresh even from a far!
As a lover of the outdoors and lush foliage, Taylor O’Sullivan breathes life into her bright and airy California home by incorporating greenery into the decor. Her plants make the space feel truly alive while boosting health benefits like increased oxygen levels and purified air.
Taylor travels often for both work and pleasure, but she manages to keep her plants alive with these nifty tricks:
Tip 1 – Opt for self-sustaining succulents. Most succulents need only sun and a little bit of water to thrive, so as long as your space has a decent amount of natural light, succulents can virtually take care of themselves.
Tip 2 – Utilize a self-watering system like Blumat’s Watering Stakes. As the soil dries, the water is naturally siphoned from a nearby water jar until the soil is sufficiently moist, at which point the Blumat intuitively stops drawing water, avoiding both over and under watering.
Tip 3 – Don’t be afraid to call upon artificial plant stand-in’s for very long trips. I love to cook with ingredients that I grow myself, so I built a hanging herb garden in my kitchen. While I like having easy access to a sprig of rosemary or fresh basil leaves, the reality is, if I’m traveling for more than a month, this hanging herb garden just can’t hang. Because the herbs are destined for inevitable death, I make sure I use all of them before I leave, making pesto or freezing the fresh herbs into ice cubes, and then replacing the herbs with succulents or faux plants.
Tip 4 – Groom plants before your departure. Leading up to a trip, I’ll give particular care to my plants by watering them amply, trimming back leaves, and making sure they’re positioned properly in ambient light. Your plants will have a better chance of staying alive if they are in good shape when you leave them.
Tip 5 – Ask a friend or neighbor to stop by and water any outdoor plants. With Blumat handling the indoor plants, you’ll only have to ask a neighbor to stop by and water your outdoor plants. Minimal effort required on their part and no house key trade-off necessary!
Cultivating a home full of vibrant plants can bring freshness, positive energy, and joy into your life, so all of the care is totally worth it! And remember, plants are for everyone, regardless of your lifestyle. Whether you travel a lot or work from home, with just a little bit of love and effort, you can transform your living space into a lively green sanctuary.