We’ve all been there — two hours into the trip and you say, “I forgot to water the plants.” Instead of eagerly awaiting a fun time, you’re languishing over coming home to dead plants.
Now you can keep your house plants watered autonomously — for up to a month — with the Parrot Pot Smart Gardening System, available from Drone Nerds. Parrot Pot is a life saver — or at least a plant saver — for people who travel, work late hours, or just have a lot of things to do every day because of family responsibilities.
Enjoy that vacation! Do all the things that crowd your to-do list without worrying about — or tending — your plants every single day. Parrot Pot takes care of just about everything.
You’ll still have to feed and water your plants, but not daily, and not even every week. The Parrot Pot is smart: It learns how much and how often to give the plants what they need.
Warning: You’ll still have to talk to them.
Parrot Pot features:
The Parrot Pot is 12½ inches tall and 8.1 inches wide. It holds small to medium-sized plants and enough water for up to a month — perfect if you’re going out of town.
It’s made from plastic that resists degradation by ultraviolet rays. That’s important if you keep your plants where they get lots of sunlight, which is loaded with UV rays. It also means you can use the pot outdoors. Use it to help you maintain plants on a porch, in a sunroom, in a screen enclosure, on a deck or patio, or by an entry. And at the office, where just getting a cup of coffee sometimes is an insurmountable task, the Parrot Pot is invaluable.
Because it’s deeper than it is broad, it will fit neatly inside many decorative clay or plastic pots, or inside a floor vase.
The Parrot Pot runs on batteries, but there is no expensive, purpose-made battery to purchase. It just uses off-the shelf AA batteries from a discount store. It ships with 4 batteries, which power its sensors, and help it send alerts and operate the watering function. Those batteries should power the pot for about a year. When you think about it, that means you’ll have to buy more batteries and insert them only half as often as you change the battery in your smoke alarm.
Parrot helps you become a good gardener.
To take advantage of everything the Parrot Pot can tell you, you must download the Flower Power app for either an iOS or Android smartphone. The app has a database of plants; you select your plant. Occasionally connect to the pot by Bluetooth and load in the information it gathered on soil temperature, water consumption and fertilizer levels. The information is uploaded to the internet, where you can access it and the tips Parrot Pot gives you.
One of the pot’s sensors monitors the water level. When the level drops too low, and it’s time to replenish the reservoir, the Parrot Pot will tell you. No kidding. You’ll receive an alert on your smartphone.
Watering will be done for you. Now, don’t underestimate how valuable that can be in a busy life. But also don’t think it means you can buy a plant and forget it.
Watering probably will be done every day or every day and a half or so. Parrot Pot holds 2.2 liters of water — about 2.3 quarts. When it’s low or dry, you’ll just have to add more water, and Parrot Pot will take care of the watering chore from there.
You’ll also have to fertilize as needed, although Parrot Pot will help you figure out how often and how much.
Manually watering the plant is possible, too, with the touch of a watering button on the pot.