What happens if you leave a houseplant unattended for 6 months?
I may have been an idiot and left a houseplant (I wouldn't be able to say what type it is, maybe an iris flower - forgive me, horticulture isn't my forte) in a house I won't be returning to until September. It's in the window so will have light everyday but obviously no water. I'm, of course, not expecting it to survive, but just wondering what I can be expecting to go back to in September - just a dead plant or a ton of mouldy yuck? Should I make a point of going back sooner to get rid of it (not preferable as I'm quite a long way away and obviously won't be travelling in the current circumstances) or will it be ok to leave all summer?
- pattyLv 62 months ago
was away for a month but my plant still survived.
- 2 months ago
I doubt there will be any mess to clean up. The plant will simply dehydrate. When you return, just pick it up and throw it into your garden space.
- ScottLv 72 months ago
It will die if it isn't watered, unless it's a cactus.
- Christin KLv 72 months ago
It will simply dry up. It won't mold, and even if it did, that mold wouldn't survive without water either. You'll just come home to a dried up pot, plant and root system.
It's unlikely its an iris--since they don't normally grow indoors.
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- Common SenseLv 72 months ago
You will come home to a dried out pot of soil, perhaps with some brown withered up vegetation. Due to lack of water, there will be zero moisture for any "mouldy yuck". A house plant cannot live without water for 6 months.
- 18 gibbs 20Lv 72 months ago
It will simply die and dry up. No muck.
- Anonymous2 months ago
By the time you get back it will be completely desiccated like a mummy and the only evidence of its desperate bid for life will be the withered remains of some growth. You won't be travelling anywhere before September soon. The lockdown is coming.
- Donnie PorkoLv 72 months ago
You can get one of those self watering bulbs. It’s basically an inverted vase that’s supposed to keep the soul moist when you can’t water it.
Without water, it’ll most likely be dead by the time you get back. Doubt any mold will grow since the sunlight will kill it and it’ll be too dry and bright for mold to grow.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Some plants might survive but if it's an Iris. I don't think so. They are very sensitive
- IanLv 42 months ago
Just tell me your address and I'll go straight over and water it for you....