September 26, 2020

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The best garden tech and gadgets to make your plants happy

The use of garden smart technology is on the rise (Picture:Getty) The use of smart...

The use of garden smart technology is on the rise (Picture:Getty)

The use of smart garden technology is on the rise, allowing everyone from seasoned gardeners to total amateurs to get stuck in.

Grow kits allow you to plant fresh tomatoes in your cramped one-bed flat, apps can help you keep on top of watering and robotic spider-like planters will ensure your indoor greenery thrives in the sunshine…

Here are some of the best garden gadgets for your home:

Flyte Lyfe planter

The Lyfe planter

The Lyfe planter (Photo: Lyfe)

If your home is as chock-full of gadgets as it is plants, Flyte’s Lyfe planter is the perfect product to bring your two avocations together.

The minimalist 12-sided vase impressively floats and rotates above a cut oak base.

That will not only convince visitors you’re some sort of wizard, it will also provide your greenery with uniform exposure to light.

£213.99, Amazon

Click & Grow’s Smart 9

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Click & Grow’s Smart 9 (Photo: Click & Grow)

Perhaps our favourite gadget in this round-up, Click & Grow’s Smart 9 is an innovative self-growing garden that lets you grow your own food indoors all year round thanks to its (admittedly blinding) integrated pro lights and innovative self-watering functionality.

It’s easy to set up, looks like something out of a sci-fi film and offers a huge range of planting options. Our basil, lettuce and tomatoes are all doing great.

£175.54, eu.clickandgrow.com

Hexa

Hexa

The Hexa is not one for arachnophobes (Photo: Hexa)

And now on to the creepiest. Perhaps not one for arachnophobes, the Hexa is a six-legged all-terrain robot that, er, doubles up as a plant pot.

Sit a shrub in the top of the freaky-looking gadget like a sort of leafy hat and the Hexa will automatically move into the sunshine when needed and retreat to the shade when it’s had enough.

It’ll also let you know when it’s out of water by stomping its feet. Certainly not one for the easily spooked.

£769, vincross.com

Netatmo Weather Station

Netatmo’s Weather Station

Netatmo’s Weather Station helps you regulate the air temperature (Photo: Netatmo)

Recently updated to be compatible with Apple’s HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, Netatmo’s Weather Station is an all-in-one solution for accurately tracking vital data, including temperature, humidity and pollution measurements, from your smartphone.

As such, it will help you tend for your plants more efficiently — if it’s too humid, for example, you’ll know it’s time to treat your greenery to a spray of leaf-cooling mist.

£122.93, amazon.co.uk

VegTrug Grow Care Garden

VegTrug Grow Care Garden

The VegTrug Grow Care Garden smart sensor (Photo: VegTrug)

Smart sensors take the stress out of maintaining your garden and this is our favourite.

Simply plant the stick into a raised bed or an outside pot and, thanks to its built-in Bluetooth connection, you’ll be sent real-time information straight to your smartphone — everything from soil moisture content and fertility level to temperature and light intensity. 

£30, robertdyas.co.uk

Gardena Smart Water Control

Gardena Smart Water Control

The gadget is good for holiday-makers (Photo: Gardena)

If you’re away from home a lot of the time, Gardena’s Smart Water Control is the gadget for you.

The discreet system automatically controls the irrigation of your outdoor plants, ensuring your shrubs are suitably watered at all times. 

£144.95, worldofwatering.co.uk

Polk Audio Atrium Garden System

Polk Audio Atrium Garden System

The speaker that can be planted in your garden (Photo: Polk)

Researchers claim that plants thrive when music is playing so Polk Audio has created a high-end speaker system that can be planted in your garden.

It can withstand harsh weather, extreme temperatures and the harshest conditions, all while delivering high-fidelity audio for the great outdoors. 

£404, en.polkaudio.com

Stihl iMow

Stihl iMow

The robotic lawnmower for gardeners (Photo: Stihl)

Stihl’s iMow range is another aimed at the busy (or lazy) outdoor gardener.

The robotic lawnmower not only helps your backyard look its best but also ensures it’s well looked after.

It finely shreds grass clippings, letting them fall back on to the lawn to act as an effective fertiliser, helping to provide vital nourishment. 

From £999, stihl.co.uk

Lua Smart Planter

Lua Smart Planter

The plant pot lets you know how your shrub is feeling (Photo: Lua)

If you’re a ’90s kid who fondly remembers the Tamagotchi and you’re keen to turn your black thumb into a green one, the Lua smart planter is the gadget for you.

The pet-like plant pot, available on Indiegogo, will let you know how your shrub is feeling: its built-in LCD screen can display 15 emotions, from ‘happy’ when it’s got plenty of water and natural light, to ‘vampire’ when it’s not been exposed to enough sunlight. 

£87, indiegogo.com

Botanium

Botanium

The futuristic gadget (Photo: Botanium)

One of the most futuristic-looking gadgets on our list, the Wall-E-style Botanium is a self-watering planter that’s a great entry into growing herbs and veggies in your garden-less flat.

Fill the minimalistically designed self-watering planter with ‘growing medium’, plug it in, and you can easily start growing herbs and veggies — be it coriander or cherry tomatoes — with its innovative growing technology. 

£79.99, suttons.co.uk

Brabantia

Brabantia

The regrow kit makes growing veggies easy (Photo: Brabantia)

If Botanium sounds too much like hard work the Brabantia regrow kit makes growing veggies even easier.

You don’t even need seeds to get going — simply fill the pot with water, stuff the floating attachment with leftovers from veg you’ve already chopped — be it chillies or onions — and voila, you’ve got your own miniature allotment. 

£22.95, amazon.co.uk

Dowsing & Reynolds’ Moss Wall Panel

Dowsing & Reynolds’ Moss Wall Panel

The Moss Wall Panel looks impressively stylish (Photo: Dowsing & Reynolds)

If your home is traditionally a place where plants go to die, why not buy a plant that’s already, er, dead?

That’s not as bleak as its sounds, as Dowsing & Reynolds’ Moss Wall Panel not only looks impressively stylish for a plant that’s not living — the moss is harvested and then preserved, which puts it in a dormant state — but it’s also maintenance-free so no watering or upkeep is required. 

From £74.99, dowsingandreynolds.com

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