How to Use Technology to Grow Healthy Indoor Plants
As more people jump onto the indoor gardening trend, a number of new hi-tech products have hit the shelves, offering everything from Wi-Fi connected planters that alert you when your plant’s soil is too dry to smart hygrometers that sync with your phone to keep track of humidity indoor levels.
Ready to take your indoor garden to the next level?
Below, we highlight 6 tech gadgets that will make you an indoor gardening pro:
#1: Parrot Pot’s Smart Planter
When it comes to indoor planters, most people focus on three things: color, material, and size.
But if you’ve ever had trouble keeping your houseplants alive, you may want to consider getting a smart planter like Parrot Pot instead – it’s a Wi-Fi-connected pot that automatically monitors and waters your plants.
What’s great about Parrot Pot is that despite all of the tech that’s crammed into it (it has sensors for measuring water, fertilizer, light levels, humidity, and temperature), it looks just like a regular houseplant pot.
All you have to do is download the free Flower Power app and pair the Parrot Pot with your smartphone.
Within the app, once you give your plant a name and select its species, you’ll begin to receive data about its health, as well as notifications to refill the water reservoir or relocate the plant if it’s getting too much or too little light.
You can also set an automatic watering schedule where Parrot Pot decides when and how often to water the plant. Talk about easy!
#2: Scott’s Gro Water Sensor Kit
If you’d rather stick to a non-smart pot but you still want a little help with watering your plants, you should check out the Gro Water Sensor Kit by Scotts.
How exactly? Well, to begin, you need to install the Gro Hub in your home and connect it to your Wi-Fi.
From there, simply insert a water sensor into the soil near your plant and then download the Gro Connect App to set up your plant’s watering needs. The app has a catalog of over 50,000 plants to choose from, so whether you’re monitoring a snake plant or Heartleaf Philodendron, Gro has you covered.
You can also use the app to set up your alerts through push notifications or email (or both). Basically, you’ll never have to worry about over- or under-watering your plants again.
#3: ThermaPro TP90 Smart Hygrometer
When we think about the health of our houseplants, we often focus on water, sunlight, and soil quality – but what about humidity?
Some of the most popular indoor plants today originally come from tropical or subtropical regions with very high levels of humidity. And yet, many homes are as dry as can be – especially in the winter months.
Once installed, not only can you monitor the real-time humidity levels in your home via the display and Smart ThermoPro Home app, but you can also connect it to Alexa and other voice assistants to receive humidity readings via voice command.
#4: TaoTronic’s Smart Humidifier
While it’s great to know what the humidity levels are like in your home, how do you go about actually changing them?
On top of their sleek designs, TaoTronics humidifiers can run from 12 to 30 hours before needing a refill and cover rooms of up to 322 square feet.
Plus, since they’re “smart” humidifiers, you can control them using your smartphone via the Sun Home app, and they’re compatible with voice assistants like Alexa or Google Home.
Just keep in mind that not all plants prefer the same amount of humidity! For example, if you have tropical plants intermingled with cacti and other desert-dwelling plants, you’ll need to find a middle ground that suits both plant varieties.
#5: Notion’s Smart Water & Temperature Sensors
Notion’s multi-purpose sensors can be used for all kinds of things – from monitoring open and closed doors, smoke and CO2 alarms, and so much more. But they’re also really helpful for indoor gardeners!
Take Notion’s smart temperature sensors, for example. If you own any plants that get stressed out by fluctuations in temperature, you can install a Notion Sensor near them to keep track of any changes.
Using the Notion app, you can set custom thresholds for each sensor so that you’ll receive an alert the moment the temperature of that rooms falls outside the designated range – like if a window was left open in the winter.
Indoor gardeners can also benefit from Notion’s water sensors, which can be used to catch any spills or leaks that may occur, whether it’s from a watering mishap or a misbehaving humidifier!
#6: Roleado LED Full Spectrum Grow Light
Finally, let’s talk about lights. While most plants are happy enough with direct or indirect sunlight, buying a grow light could be a worthwhile investment, especially in the darker winter months.
But as with most tech products these days, there are countless options to choose from. Should you go with a fluorescent or LED light? And what about high-intensity discharge (HID) grow lights?
The answer really depends on your personal needs, however, if you’re looking for a great all-around option, you should check out the Roleado LED Full Spectrum Grow Light.
Thanks to the brand's proprietary spectrum with 460 to 465 nm, 620 to 740 nm, and a 6,000 to 6,500 K waveband, it provides indoor plants with a diverse range of light.
If you’d rather stick with sunlight, another option would be to purchase a light meter. It’s the easiest way to determine if your plant is in the best light position in your house.
Luckily, there are plenty of great light meters on the market, as well as smartphone apps that work great as well.
And that’s it! Growing healthy indoor plants has never been easier thanks to all the tools and gadgets available. Hopefully, this list gives you all the inspiration you need to turn your home into a green oasis.
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