10 Hottest products for Millennials – Parrot Pot
What is it?
In the era of smart-everything, of course there has to be a smart plant pot. On the face of it, this sounds like the kind of idea which makes you roll your eyes and mutter under your breath, but in fact it’s really, really good. The Parrot Pot houses a whole host of tech to measure water-tank capacity, soil-moisture levels, fertiliser balance, sunlight and temperature, all of which is dedicated to making it almost impossible to accidentally kill whatever house plant you’ve got in it.
Why should you buy it?
For the last few month, I’ve managed to keep Monty – a king sago palm (Cycas revoluta) – alive and healthy, ensuring he has enough sunlight, water and fertiliser to keep him going. So far, so good; he’s looking luscious, green and healthy. Without the Parrot Pot, I’ve no doubt that Monty would be a goner.
If you have green fingers, you can stop reading now: this is not the device for you. But if you’re the kind of person who tries to growth something in your room every year and fails dismally, the Parrot Pot will make sure your little green friend doesn’t die on you. The accompanying app – called “Flower Power” of course – lists almost every plant you could possibly think of, and tells you everything you need to know about looking after it.
Through the app, you can monitor exactly how your pet plant is doing on a day-by-day basis, and you can even get a year-by-year view if you’re lucky enough to keep it going for that long.
There’s a water tank which will deliver exactly the right amount of water, with enough capacity that you can go on holiday safe in the knowledge your plant won’t be dry brown and dead when you return.
It all sounds a bit frivolous, but having plants around is good for you – at least if you can keep them alive.
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