A group of wacky scientists
with waaaaaay too much time on their hands came up with a way to enable plants to call and remind you of your neglect (as if you already didn't feel guilty enough).
I am already imagining my cactus calling me in the character of Clint Eastwood's 'Dirty Harry' and telling me what might happen if I overwater him (and will these plants be mindful of my Whenever Minutes on my cell phone plan?).
Cuban Oregano's sexy-voiced call for help.
Although presented with humor, and not yet an item on the market, could this be something that could be taken seriously?
In between laughing, we did think about how being taught the correct way to care for a plant, and then following a regimen, is so important. A good nursery can help you with the first part at the point of purchase, but the routine is then up to you. The one thing this concept has going for it is the ability to notify you BEFORE the plant has quietly died on you. Would something like this make the difference for busy people who need a little help in getting into a proper plant care routine?
matt at apartment therapy dot com