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How Long Can House Plants Go Without Water?

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For people who grow many plants at home, one of the biggest worries is when you are about to embark on a long vacation or trip. You could get worried about the state of your house plants if they aren’t given water for an extended period of time. So how long can plants go without water? It depends.

Some plants are simply better equipped to handle drought situations than others. Some plants also simply require less water in order to thrive. An extreme but relevant example of this is the cactus. Some cactus plants will do just fine, even if you don’t water them for two or three weeks. Swiss cheese plants, also referred to as Monstera deliciosa, on the other hand, require a lot of water and the soil they are grown in should be relatively moist.

Generally-speaking, we would say that most house plants can go without water for about two weeks, although this will also vary based on external conditions like the weather. If you live in a place that has a very dry and sunny climate then the plants may require watering at least once a week (or at an even more frequent schedule).

Before you head out, we suggest you do some research on the specific types of plants you grow at home to get an understanding of how long they will be able to survive without water. If you have plants that are less drought-tolerant, it may not be a bad idea to get a smart watering system to automatically water the plants for you while you are away. Those who are on a budget could also create a simple drip system. DIY & Crafts share some excellent ideas you can try for building your own irrigation system.