Caring for your plants while on vacation

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:13 AM.

Harvest all ripe or nearly ripe fruits and vegetables before you go.  Vegetables, like flowers, will continue to produce if they’re harvested often otherwise, they’ll go to seed.  Here’s where you should definitely make arrangements with a neighbor to harvest and water your garden.

For those plants kept in the house, place them in a room receiving indirect sunlight.  Direct sunlight will dry the soil out too quickly.  But you don’t’ want to leave plants in a darkened room either, as this almost always results in leaf drop.  The last thing you should do before you leave the house is thoroughly soak the plants.

To help make your vacation more enjoyable prepare your plants, landscape, and garden before leaving.  If a neighbor can’t care for your plants, try the following:  First place outdoor plants in a shaded area; second, apply a thick layer of mulch to conserve moisture; third, cut or harvest fruits, vegetables, and flowers to encourage production.  Fourth weed your garden; and last, give everything a thorough watering just before leaving.

For more information on caring for your plants contact the Gulf County Extension Service @ 639-3200 or visit our websitehttp://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu  or www.http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.



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