How Can I Keep My Houseplants Watered While I’m Away?

Real Simple answers your questions.

Q. What’s the best way to water my indoor plants when I’m on vacation?
Joanne Ficke
Lavallette, New Jersey

A. Leave them in a water-filled sink or tub. For trips of up to a week, begin by thoroughly watering plants. "Then place a towel at the bottom of a bathtub or a sink and fill with about two inches of water," says Barbara Pleasant, author of The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual (Storey Books, $25, amazon.com). Sit the plants in the tub or the sink and they’ll soak up the water. Away for longer? Call on that trusty neighbor.

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