Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go, you’re standing here…realizing that $130 fiddle leaf fig you bought will be withered kindling by the time you return. You bought a tree, not a dog, for the very reason that you don’t want to be tied down! So, how do you keep your plants alive while you’re on vacation? It’s a question we’ve asked many a time, after coming home to a pile of dead leaves. That’s why we turned to Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising and resident plant dad at 1-800-Flowers.com for his secrets to keeping everything from low-key succulents to total-diva gardenias thriving. Here’s what he had to say (including a hack that will make you want to stock up on yarn ASAP).