Living in the Future: "My Plant Waters Itself"

Living in the Future: "My Plant Waters Itself"

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Caroline Biggs
Apr 18, 2017
(Image credit: Parrot)

Okay so I'm admittedly a bit of a black thumb. For starters, my apartment—like most in New York City—has windows that directly face the brick exterior of a neighboring apartment, which means natural sunlight is, well, reserved for time outdoors. Throw a busy schedule and life in the mix and remembering to water your succulents is not as easy as it sounds . So although it's upsetting that I can't even keep an air plant alive, it's not terribly surprising. Miraculously, I've managed to maintain one single, healthy houseplant that was gifted to me a few months ago. However, even that requires weekly phone reminders to water and sweet talk—which I often still forget to do. Suffice to say, a green thumb I am not.

Enter: The Parrot Pot

The Parrot Pot is a wireless "smart" flowerpot that synchronizes your plant (and its unique needs) straight to your phone . Four built-in sensors help monitor your plant around the clock, while a self-watering system automatically waters your plants for you for up to a month. It's arguably the future of successful gardening or at the very least, a promising solution for forgetful plant owners and urban apartment dwellers.

(Image credit: Parrot)

First Impressions:

The pot was delivered to me with a heartleaf plant, soil, and four AA batteries already installed. It's not the most attractive plant pot I've ever seen (i.e. it's big and plastic), but it could easily be slipped inside a larger, prettier vessel. As for the physical setup, I only had to add about a half gallon of water to fill up the built-in reservoir (which is done via a water filter on the back side of the vase). I set it in my brightest window (which isn't saying much) and was surprised about how simple it looks despite being so high tech.

Next, and most importantly was setting up the "flower power" app in my smartphone so I could regulate my new Parrot Pot and plant. This called for enabling Bluetooth, downloading the phone application (for free in the app store), and then locating the type of plant (heartleaf philodendron) in their database. Once I uploaded an image of the plant and synchronized it to my phone (literally with one touch of a button) my Parrot Pot was ready to go, err, grow.

The first thing I tried was a manual watering, which was complete after one touch of the "water" button. Next, I decided to set up the "perfect drop feature" which, unlike the "Manual" watering mode, automatically waters your plant for you to achieve its optimal growth. For safe measure, I checked my sunlight, temperature, and fertilizer levels and then double-checked my water levels, too. Less than an hour after receiving my Parrot Pot—with no real effort on my part other than installing the app on my phone and pouring in the water—my heartleaf plant was "good" (save for the inescapable lack of sunlight) for the next month, at least. Unbelievable.