Homestead Hack: Keeping Potted Plants Watered

by Texas Homesteader 

A sweet friend recently shared with me a pot of chocolate mint.  Oh how I love mint and although most people say it can be an invasive plant I’ve planted various kinds & have never had it survive over a year.  It’s not really a brown-thumb issue, it’s a “planted the house in the hole of plant-life death” issue.  LOL  I have trouble getting any plants, trees or shrubs to survive in our front or back yards.  Must be something in the soil…

So I may plant this mint in a decorative pot on my porch instead, but the blasted heat of summer is here and RancherMan & I are about to leave town for a few days so I dare not plant it outside now.  I can keep it in the house short term, but how will I keep it watered while we’re away?  Check out this Homestead Hack for keeping plants watered.
HOMESTEAD HACK Keeping Plants Watered: How do you keep your household plants watered for a few days while you're away? #TexasHomesteader

My mother taught me this trick several years ago:  Fill  a dish tub with about 1-2 inches of water (depending upon the size of the pot your plant is in) and set your potted plant(s) in the water.  The water will enter through the holes in the bottom of the pot and wick upward toward the roots.

HOMESTEAD HACK Keeping Plants Watered: How do you keep your household plants watered for a few days while you're away? #TexasHomesteader

I sat this dish-washing tub in my sink next to my kitchen window, put a little water in it and sat my little pot of chocolate mint in it.  It worked beautifully to keep this plant watered during our short yet several-day stint away from the homestead.


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16 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Keeping Potted Plants Watered

  1. Jessica

    Great ideas. I just started keeping plants in my house so I am trying hard to not kill them. Thanks for linking up to Simply Natural Saturdays.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’ve never been overly successful with houseplants Jessica. But for the few that I do have, this hack has come in handy for keeping them watered while we are away. And I need all the help I can get. HA ~TxH~

  2. lisa M

    Great idea! I love your Homestead hacks series! You have so many great ideas!

    I just wanted to stop by and thank you for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday last week….sorry I’m late though, I’ve been working 11 hour days! Hope you’re having a great weekend!


  3. Margy

    Good reminder. We will be leaving for a week and my plants might need a drink like this while I’m gone. Fortunately my good friend John comes by to take care of the outdoor pots and garden every three days or so unless we get a good rain. – Margy

  4. Christine | Where The Smiles Have Been

    This trick is so simple but still totally genius! I never would have thought of it, but then again I sooooo don’t have a green thumb and we rarely have plants at home that actually stay alive (aside from succulents). This tip might help for that though too! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! 🙂

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I don’t have many inside potted plants but my mom always did growing up. She always used this method, using the bathtub when necessary and she never lost any of her plants. Now that I have a few here & there I’m able to draw from that experience – thanks mom! ~TxH~

  5. ColleenB.

    Another way is to set your plant; if have more than a few, is to use a small kiddy pool. Put nice layer of pebbles in the bottom and add water and set your plants right on the pebbles.


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