I'm a gardening expert – the cheap household item you need to keep your plants watered while you're on vacation

GOING out of town can be hard for plant owners, who are often left trying to find ways to keep their plants alive.

One gardening expert has recommended some DIY methods and tools to keep greenery alive without having to hire a sitter.

Gardener Sarah Mitroff recommended four watering methods to CNET.

These tricks are recommended for plants that need frequent watering, as some plants, like succulents, would prefer no water while you're out of town.

Old-school water wicking method

Materials needed for this method include a large water container and some cotton rope.

First, cut the rope to fit between your plant's soil and the bottom of your water container of choice.

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Push the other end of the rope below the surface of the soil, but don't disturb your plant's roots.

Fill the water container with water, making sure your rope touches the bottom of the container.

The device will transfer water via the rope, ensuring constant moisture levels.

DIY drip system

Materials needed for this method include one empty plastic bottle, such as a medium sized water bottle.

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Cut several holes into the water bottle, close to the top.

Before leaving, fill the bottle with water and insert it a few inches down into the soil.

Make sure the soil covers the holes, but the bottle isn't too deep as to disturb the roots.

Give your plants a bath

Before leaving, fill up your bathtub with a few inches of water and lay a towel down on the bottom.

Leave the plants in the water while you're away, and they will stay hydrated for up to a week.

Make sure your bathroom and bathtub get enough sunlight for your plant type.

Plastic bag greenhouse method

Materials needed include a clear plastic bag large enough to cover your plant and pot.

Make sure that when you cover the plant with the plastic bag, it doesn't cling to the plant. It's alright if it brushes against the leaves.

Water your plant as normal before leaving.

Blow a bit of air into the bag so it creates a balloon around your plant and plant leaves.

Leave the plant in direct sunlight, and the water will evaporate against the bag and drip onto the plant.

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