Keeping houseplants healthy is not as easy as you think. Finding the perfect balance of light, temperature, and potting conditions while ensuring regular watering demands a lot. Establishing a routine is convenient, but even a small three-day getaway can disrupt the harmony. Thankfully, there’s a solution that doesn’t involve entrusting your dog sitter with this task.
Understand the Needs of Your Houseplants
The types of houseplants you own lay the foundation for your vacation care strategy. When establishing a plan, pause and assess the distinctive requirements of your plants, such as drought tolerance, sun exposure, size, for how long, and at what time of the year you’ll be away. Nathan Heinrich, a horticulturist and landscape designer at Nathan Heinrich Design, says that orchids, succulents, and cacti might be low-maintenance exceptions, but for the majority of the plants that need hydration, a trip of up to two weeks calls for a creative solution.
The Plastic Water Bottle Method
Keeping plants hydrated while you’re away requires nothing more than a humble plastic water bottle. Brody Hall, a certified horticulturist at The Indoor Nursery, unveils this intriguing method. Start by filling a sealed bottle with water, drill a small opening through the cap, and stick the bottle upside down in the soil. This will serve as a lifeline to your plants during your absence. However, while effective for shorter getaways, this technique has limitations. Extended vacations can exhaust the water supply, leaving your house plants dehydrated.
A Bathtub Oasis for Your Plants
For those graced with a bathtub, you hold the key to an endless hydration opportunity for your houseplants, assuming they’re planted in pots with drainage holes. Leslie Vincent, a gardening expert and horticulturist at Atkins Garden Shop, introduces the timeless approach. By submerging your plant-filled pots in one or two inches of water with unobscured drainage holes, you can create a mini hydration haven. Vincent clarifies that with this method, your cherished plants can remain quenched for up to a week.
Consider a Plant Sitter
If all else fails and your houseplants require personalized care, the ultimate solution is to engage the services of a devoted plant sitter. Whether it be a neighbor, housekeeper, or a professional online task service – Heinrich suggests this as salvation. For those deeply connected to their plants or embarking on a longer journey, rely on a plant sitter and provide them with detailed instructions for each plant’s individual needs. You can request regular photos to stay updated with their condition and guide necessary adjustments.
Actor Max Greenfield is a father of two who believes that cool dads don’t exist, or at least their kids won’t see them as cool for too long. Stay here to see his story.
Max Greenfield’s Kids: Ozzy and Lilly
In terms of keeping his cool dad title, the actor is safe for a few years solely because of the fact that his son, Ozzy, is only six and sees and admires his ability to lift heavy things. His daughter, Lilly, is 11 and just like Kylo Ren, she has completed her journey over to the dark side. She sees everything her dad does and says it’s both gross and embarrassing.
Max Greenfield Is Hip but Not Cool to His Daughter
The actor confesses he still dresses like a 14-year-old skateboarder and loves driving his Toyota 4Runner which he realizes is not practical, but everyone finds it rad when he rolls down the trunk window.
He’s even hip to all new music and has never flinched in front of Lilly when Olivia Rodrigo belts out the f-word in the song Drivers License (which he thinks is a little played out at this point). So it looks like he’s doing everything right but still, Lilly doesn’t think that Max Greenfield is the coolest dad ever. Not even one bit.
So What Does it Mean to Be a Cool Dad?
Before defining the cool dad, Max Greenfield is looking for the ultimate definition of being cool and stops at Brad Pidd in Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood. Definitely the coolest of the cool. However, Brad’s character is not a dad figure, and Max is trying to re-imagine the scene where Brad holsters a beer, hops on the roof, and takes his shirt off to fix an antenna with his wife and two kids looking on from the driveway. Definitely has a different vibe.
Dads Are Just Not Supposed to Be Cool
Max Greenfield realized that he doesn’t want his daughter to find him cool. She’s on her path of finding what’s cool to her. He’d rather she see him cry, laugh, and look silly and dumb so when she experienced those things, she won’t feel alone. Dads are there when you most need them, and the actor wants his children to know he will always be there for them and not shirtless on a roof, fixing an antenna.