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Going on vacation

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2021 5:02 am
by albertoburrito
I will be going on vacation for a little less than a week, and I need a method to water my indoor and outdoor cps. For indoor cps, I am planning to use a bowl of water with wicks, but I don't know how wet that keeps the media. Has anyone tried this? What would be a good idea for my outdoor flytraps?

Re: Going on vacation

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:42 am
by Rammplins
For the outdoor plants If its only a week I would say the tray method would probably be easiest, a deeper pour than normal should last a week. For the indoor plants there are those aquaglobe things, but I have no idea how well they work with sphagnum or peat.

Re: Going on vacation

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:33 pm
by thepitchergrower
What kind of CPs are you growing indoors?

Re: Going on vacation

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:06 pm
by CPhunter101
Adding to @Rammplins, the tray method would be best and your indoor/outdoor CPs will be fine with about 1.5 inches of water in their trays. The water will eventually dry up, but not before it hydrates your plants for 3-4 days. The peat moss and LFSM should then last you another 3 days. This should be enough before you return home.

Re: Going on vacation

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:14 pm
by Panman
Not knowing what you have indoors, you could bag the pots and reduce the light. I did this with my indoor pings and ceph. I put the entire pot in a ziplock bag and sealed it. I then put it where it would get indirect light. They were that way for 10 days with no problems. Think of it like a week of overcast skies.

Re: Going on vacation

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:33 pm
by albertoburrito
I’ve got a small (6 inch diameter) ventrata, and 3 pots of capes

Re: Going on vacation

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2021 1:00 am
by Panman
I would definitely bag the capes. Not sure what to do about the ventrata.

Re: Going on vacation

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2021 1:07 am
by albertoburrito
They normally can go a few days without water, so I will just give them more water.

Re: Going on vacation

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2021 1:24 am
by Apollyon
Make sure to keep them out of full lighting though, that's what is going to drain the pots quickly. I had to also bag my plants when I left on a trip. I made the days shorter and took most of the bulbs out. If you had to, go without. A little etiolated is better than dried up. If someone can't water the outdoor stuff, perhaps put it in the shade for a week.

Re: Going on vacation

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2021 2:29 am
by thepitchergrower
Just put them in a bright shaded spot without any direct sun and give them more water/bag them