Plants wouldn't seem like a difficult thing to care for. They are relatively simple, though living things. However, when you have as many plants as we do (thirteen going on forty), you end up with several different species with different watering schedules and light needs.
So how does one hand off three windowsills of pots, dirt, and cherished living creatures without absolutely overwhelming the poor soul who has unwittingly volunteered to pour some water over them once a week only to find themselves in the middle of an emotional storm?
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Next, I numbered each one. Simple ballpoint pen is my go-to. If color makes you happy, use it. I barely stopped myself from watercoloring each one. Who knows what will happen next time I need to go on a trip.
Then, I gave each pot its own flag. The windowsills now look like a very cute crime scene.
Last, I wrote down simple watering instructions for each plant using its identifying number. Now there's no guessing or trying to remember detailed directions. The sheet details how much water, how often, and when to turn them so they get enough light.
No need to give them a torrent of seemingly unimportant information. No need for them to worry about forgetting something and killing your plants. You both win.
NOTE: You can also place your plants in groups of similar care thereby simplifying the process even further.
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