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- Perfect Drop: This automatic watering system encourages your plant’s growth, giving it exactly the right amount of water at exactly the right time.
- Plant Sitter: Parrot Pot optimizes water consumption, providing up to one month of unattended automatic watering.
- Plant Expert: With 4 embedded sensors, Parrot Pot takes accurate, real-time measurements of data that is vital to your plant’s health (sunlight, fertilizer level, temperature and soil moisture).
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|Item Dimensions||12.28 x 8.09 x 8.09 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.418 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||3.31 pounds|
|Platform||No Operating System|
|Shipping Weight||4.41 pounds|
The smart pot that cares for your plants. Parrot Pot is a connected pot that helps you keep your plants healthy. It has a smart watering system and 4 sensors that continuously monitor your plant’s needs. Enjoy stress-free gardening!
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It uses an extensive plant database and a cloud service to determine if your plant is getting enough light, fertilizer, temperature, and water. Not enough light? Move the pot to a sunnier or shadier place and you are done. Not enough fertilizer? Add some liquid fertilizer or push a few fertilizer sticks into the soil. Bad temperature? Move it indoors. All of these are basically one-time things. You do them, and you never have to worry about it again. Except for water. It is great to know when to water a plant. Too wet, and the roots will rot, killing the plant. Too dry, and the plant will get stressed and lose leaves, eventually dying - generally after someone notices and pours a ton of water onto it.
Not this pot. This one doesn't just notify you when it is time to water, it does it for you, by pumping water up from a reservoir at the bottom and spraying it onto the top of the plant soil. This means all you really have to do on an ongoing basis is fill the water tank every so often. The pot can go up to a month without a refill. This is especially good for people who travel. What do you do when you get notified that you need to water a plant back in North Carolina while you are in a hotel in Wales? That's right, nothing. This pot waters itself while you are gone.
It is a bit larger than you might expect. The electronics take up very little space, but there is a water tank in the base which makes the pot taller than the average pot. The inside dimensions of the area where you can plant something are about seven inches across, and 7.5 inches to the top of the base. That's pretty big for a houseplant, and crazy small for any outdoor plant. So, drop those thoughts of planting a nice shrubbery and grab yourself some pretty aloe or cast iron plants instead.
Sean Logue, 2017
So far we've planted Rosemary in one and an Aloe plant in the other. They are both doing so much better than they were when we had them in regular pots.
It doesn't just do the watering for you, it also tells you if your getting too much or too little light, if the amount of fertilizer in the soil is correct. Temperature, etc. All tailored specifically for the plant you're growing (which you select from a plant database in the app).
But if you dive into the app, it also gives you advice on plant care specifically for your plant, and interesting background information on the plant.
I think the coolest feature is that when you first get the pot, you can put it in a spot where you'd like a plant and let it sit there for 24 hours. It gathers info on how much light you get in that spot, and it tracks how the ambient temperature changed over the course of the 24 hour period... and then it recommends what type of plants will do well in that spot.
The kids really enjoy the app and love to monitor our plants health every day. Parrot has essentially "gamified" growing plants.
This all sounds great, but there is one problem - it does not work.
At least once every other day, the app gives me a warning that there is ‘System maintenance required’.
It then instructs me to run a test to see that water jets come up from the watering system. I do the test and they do. Then the app continues:
“Please tamp down the soil. The water jets are functioning properly but the sensor cannot correctly detect soil moisture. Loose dry soil can impact the consistency of the readings.”
I have “tamped down the soil” countless times and inevitably the next step is:
“Soil tamping insufficient. The sensor has not detected an increase in moisture. Please follow the video tutorial below.”
The video tutorial instructs you to extract the plant with the soil, separate the bottom part in two, presumably to make better contact with the sensor and then jam it back into the pot. The video also reassures you “Don’t worry about the roots, they will grow back!”
I have done this once. It did not help.
While you might think that all this might indicate that my pot is defective I don't think it is - the moisture sensor seems to track the moisture fine when I water the plant manually and even one or two automatic waterings might go ok. I think the main problem lies with the algorithm of the pot that tries to be too smart and expects that the sensor will detect a change in the moisture very quickly after each watering and no matter how little water it used.
I am not sure if it is the quality of the soil I have used or something else, but this does not happen that quickly for me. Usually the moisture goes up a few hours later, but usually the pot has given up waiting and goes into ‘System maintenance’ mode. The big problem is that when it is in this mode it totally stops trying to water the plant, which makes it unusable.