You might think that $79 is a lot of money to pay for a flowerpot. For an ordinary flowerpot, you would be correct. The Click and Grow Smart Flowerpot, with its sensor and specially-designed soil, is hardly ordinary.
I received the Smart Flowerpot about a week and a half ago and I’ve been dying to try it out. Why the excitement? I have a confession to make.
I kill plants.
I don’t mean to kill them. I have lovingly nurtured basil, bell peppers, tomatoes, sage, thyme, and a few very unlucky grocery store orchids. Despite my best efforts, they all met the same doom. I’m the problem. Over-watering, under-watering, or incorrect lighting have led me to frantic sessions of Googling how to resuscitate a chive plant. To no avail. As a result, I can’t help but experience intense jealousy whenever my friends post photos to Instagram of their bus-sized rosemary plants with captions like, “I guess I might be okay at this whole gardening after all.”
I suspect I’m not alone.
For those of you who lack green thumbs, those of you like me, Click & Grow offers hope. They want to remove you from the growing equation almost entirely.
The company first appeared on my radar when I was conducting research for a smart gardening round-up which included both the Click & Grow Smart Flowerpot and Herb Garden. They impressed me again with the announcement of their latest product, the Smart Farm. In case you’re not following them, Click & Grow seeks to change the way we view gardening.
Click & Grow couples sensor technology, their patented nanotech growth medium, and programmed, automatic watering to make gardening a complete no-brainer. In fact, they claim that with their products, anyone can be a gardener. Given my track record, I’m anxious to put that claim to the test. If the growing process is anything like the setup, I might be on easy street. After adding water to the reservoir, and plugging in four double AA batteries, the packaging tells me I can basically do nothing and expect perfect chili peppers within four months.
In addition to the Smart Flowerpot's sleek design, I appreciate that it is reusable. When your basil plant fades, as all things must, you can order another seed cartridge and begin the process anew. Click & Grow offers $20 refill cartridges ranging from mini tomatoes to painted nettles, to lemon balm, thyme, or sugar leaf, just to name a few. They say more are on the way. Given the cost of herbs at the supermarket, a Smart Flowerpot could pay for itself in short order.
You may wonder how long those batteries will last. Click and Grow states that the four required AA batteries will last eight to 12 months. Rechargeable batteries will work just as well, if you're interested in reducing your footprint further. The time seems reasonable and I hope to be able to substantiate that claim. Along with growth updates, I'll be sure to keep you posted on battery life as well.
This is an ongoing hands-on. As the plant grows and matures, I’ll add to this and let you know how the product is doing. I have high hopes for the Smart Flowerpot. Or, maybe, I just really like the idea of having fresh chili peppers at work. Either way, I’m excited to see if Click & Grow is right about anybody being a gardener. Stay tuned for updates about the Smart Flowerpot’s performance.