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Updated January 19, 2009
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Watering Houseplants While You're Away
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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, $15, 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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