Irrigation on vacation, total distress!
Keeping your bonsai watered while you are away from home has always been problem for bonsaístas. Pruning, feeding and general maintenance can be left for a week or two without any damage to their trees, but irrigation has to be done on a daily basis. A few enthusiasts refuse to enjoy the holiday traveling during the growing season, for fear of losing the trees for lack of water!
Fears of the tree to dry by the absence of the owner seem well founded, as we always hear stories of well-meaning friends, relatives and neighbors who forget to water a favorite tree guy …
Ask a friend or neighbor might work, but only if they are reliable enough to remember the watering correctly. Many plants were lost after neighbors forgot to water a tree only once while the owner was on vacation.
Leave a wick with a full bucket of water next to it is very complicated, especially if you have many plants, leaving the submerged bottom of the bowl touching the water can cause real damage to the roots, especially for all the trees that are already weak or defective of health.
For winter vacation watering is much smaller than the summer, put in the tropical interior, in a very bright and fresh, reduces moisture loss and sweating, is a preventive measure that can help for a short time, perhaps even a weeks, this will increase the amount of time that the tree can go without water added.
If a tree can be defoliated with confidence, do it one week before your last watering, because moisture may need to increase considerably in the days immediately after defoliation.
In case you do not like the excessive number of plants and long absence, will have to trust that fellow (neighbor or relative … the latter is the worst … kkk), can make a pleasant micro-climate plants, leaving them all together and in a place where the strong afternoon sun does not hit, which is the agent of moisture loss and excessive sweating, this clustering technique is very important, because the temporary watering is less likely to forget to water a or otherwise isolated.