SUMMER IS HERE. The out of office is on, your bags are packed and the holiday mood is ON. Then, in the corner of your eye, you catch a glimpse of your monstera. It's been growing gloriously, thanks to your doting care and affection, and now you're JUST GOING TO LEAVE IT?!
GO LOW MAINTENANCE
If you travel a lot, opt for plants like succulents and cacti. We hate to admit it, but these guys really won't miss you.
GIVE YOUR PLANTS A HOLIDAY
No flights needed. Find a room in your house where the temperature is pretty constant (but not too warm) and light levels aren't too strong and pop your plants in there whilst you're away. Indirect sunlight and a mild temperature will stop plants from drying out too quickly.
For thirstier plants, pop them in a sink (or bath tub if you've got a few) with an inch or two of water and let them chill there whilst you're away. As a rule, we advise letting plants sitting in water, but a couple of weeks won't hurt. It should be obvious, but this will only work if your plant pot has a drainage hole in the bottom.
ASK A MATE
If you really can't face leaving them all alone, find a green-fingered friend who doesn't mind stopping by to check things over. A bottle from duty free usually covers the cost.
DON'T SWEAT IT
Seriously. Unless you're going on a very extended stay, most houseplants in the UK will manage a week or two without their regular watering regime. Just move your plants out of any direct sunlight and give them a good drink before you go. Most plants prefer to be under-watered than over-watered, and will recover quickly once you get home and give them a drink.