Click & Grow SmartPot Plants

By: on September 01, 2012
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Before me sits a plant. Usually in this scenario I think about how it's probably the last time I'm going to see the plant alive. Because what it comes down to is that I am much better at sitting around with my thumb up my ass than I am at painting it green and nourishing the flora of Mother Earth. But this plant, I hear, is different. This is a Click & Grow SmartPot plant.

Click & Grow is a self-contained, self-sufficient plant watering and fertilization system. At its mouth, the SmartPot houses standard leafy, flowering, and food-producing friends, from cockscomb and painted nettle to basil, thyme, and chili peppers. At its base, technology steps in. Electronics, sensors, batteries, a pump, a water reservoir, and software programmed with varietals' specific nourishment needs co-mingle to infuse the plants above with precise doses of water, fertilizer, and air. Zero gardening knowledge, and pretty much as little effort, on the part of the plant owner is required for the plant to flourish.

Included with each starter kit is a SmartPot and a plant cartridge, the latter of which holds seeds, nutrients, and the special software that will communicate to the pot how to grow the cartridge contents. Once merged, the pot and cartridge work together like a printer, with the cartridge beaming messages of what the plant needs, and the pot making the delivery per its requests. If a plant reaches the end of its life cycle, or your enjoyment of it, growing a new plant is as easy as swapping out cartridges.

Click & Grow starter kits come with a Busy Lizzy cartridge, and nearly everything else needed to begin the plant growth cycle. New owners will need only to add batteries and fill the water reservoir up to the indicated water level mark with 1 liter of good quality tap or bottled water. Human elbow grease remains minimal throughout the plant's serviceable life, though the water reservoir should be refilled every month or two, and the batteries replaced once a year. If the SmartPot is thirsty for more water, it will blink a blue light, and if battery power is low, it will flash red.

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