Houseplants: holiday care

Most houseplants will tolerate a few days' absence without suffering, but absences of more than a week call for some creative measures to provide valuable moisture in the right quantity.

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A little general maintenance, such as removing dead flower stalks, helps ensure plants are in good condition for when you return from holiday. Credit: RHS/Tim Sandall.

Quick facts

Suitable for: All houseplants and conservatory plants
Timing: Normally summer holidays
Difficulty: Easy

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