Discussion of house plants are never welcomed on this blog; it seems I am the only Garden Ranter who’s willing to put up with their supposed difficulties—or who feels those difficulties are worth enduring.
Especially in the summer, when all our attention is turned outside, it seems talk of common indoor plants is superfluous at best. I would agree, but I must note that a relatively recent solution for African violets presents a great answer to the common houseplant problem—what to do with them when you’re on vacation. This pot is really a porous clay insert within a decorative bowl, which generally has water in it. you water the bowl, not the pot the plant is in.
I must say, I have never seen my African violets do so well, now that I am using these pots. I wonder if regular clay pots, placed in a bowl of water, would work as well, though of course they wouldn’t be so decorative. If so, it would enable them to subsist for at least two weeks without watering.