Par­rot Pot

If your plants con­stantly wither away, believe it or not, there’s a smart plant pot to help

T3 - - Select - £ 129.99, par­rot.com

There’s sat­is­fyingidea of some­thingnur­turingabout the a it grow to life, plant but and the watch­in­gre­al­ity is usu­al­ly­when, de­spitethat of our a tragic best half-life ef­forts, it wilts and dies within days.

This is not an un­com­mon re­al­ity ei­ther, es­pe­cially if you’re par­tic­u­larly clumsy in the green-fin­ger de­part­ment There’s a very good case, then, for the Par­rot Pot: a smart plant pot that’s de­signed to take care of your plant, so you don’t have to. How does it does this? The pot uses a va­ri­ety of sen­sors to con­stantly mon­i­tor a plant’s wa­ter mois­ture, sun­light, tem­per­a­ture and level of fer­tiliser in the soil. When the wa­ter gets too low, it’ll au­to­mat­i­cally wa­ter the plant us­ing the built-in ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem; all you have to do is fill up the 2.2-litre wa­ter tank. As with most gad­gets of this ilk, there’s a com­pan­ion app for your phone, which you use to con­nect to the pot. Once you’ve added the plant you want to pot to your vir­tual gar­den (with help from the ex­ten­sive plant direc­tory), you can then place the plant with soil, and af­ter about 24 hours, af­ter it’s mea­sured its sur­round­ings, it’ll tell you if you need to ad­just any­thing, such as move it to a sun­nier spot. Over time, your plant should get ev­ery­thing it needs with min­i­mal in­ter­fer­ence from you.

The main down­side of the Par­rot Pot is the use of Blue­tooth. Un­like most smart gad­gets, that give you up­dates over the in­ter­net, you need to be within range of the pot to get them. Then there’s the ac­tual price – £130 is sig­nif­i­cant, even if you’re pot­ting a prize plant; and the pot de­sign it­self might not be to all tastes.

Ver­dict

T3 says Although it’s a huge amount of money to put down to take care of a plant, the Par­rot Pot is an easy-to-use and ef­fec­tive way of keep­ing even the most stub­born of plants in good health.

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