I was recently asked to review this cute little device, the Parrot Flower Power. Flower Power is a wireless device which feeds information about your plant(s) via low-energy Bluetooth to your smartphone. You can move the device around and monitor a number of plants, or you can keep it in the one position and constantly monitor the one plant.
The Flower Power runs on a AAA battery (which should last 6 months) and once that has been inserted into the device, stick the Flower Power in the ground just in front of the plant to be monitored. Then you just need to download the Flower Power app to your smartphone (currently the app is only available for iPhone, with an Android app coming shortly) and get started by choosing which plant to monitor from the plant library of 7,000 plants. Select your plant and then allow the Flower Power to monitor your plant for an initial 24 hours. We had moved a lime tree from a pot to the ground and were curious to see how well it was faring, so testing the Flower Power out on that tree seemed a good choice.
Once the Flower Power has had time to collect data, it will provide you with a summary of things that need attention. As you can see, after the first initial 24 hours of monitoring our lime tree was reported as needing more fertiliser and sunlight (cloudy days will affect the sunlight reading), but the water and temperature levels were OK. Items coloured green have a status of 'OK' while those coloured orange need attention.
After adding fertiliser and a sunnier day, you can see that all the levels for the lime tree were reported as being 'OK'. Too easy.
The Flower Power is a great device and really makes caring for a plant so easy. At first I thought it sounded quite complicated, but I'm impressed with how simple it and the app are to use, and am keen to now move it around and get health reports on some of the other plants in the garden. Overall, I think this is an awesome little gadget to have if you like having a garden but aren't so great at actually keeping it alive.
The Parrot Flower Power retails for $79.95 and a list of retailers can be found here.
I received the Parrot Flower Power in exchange for a review, but all opinions expressed above are my own.