I did a lot of YouTubing and Googling and the general vibe is that I have to water it once a week and spray it with nutrients monthly.
That’s all well and good until you actually try that and it it dies after about a month. Now I just water it when to mood seems right and honestly, it’s treading in the hinterland between life and death. I worry for it, but it’s out of my hands.
With pets, things are easier. I was shocked to learn that my sister’s dog only has one meal a day but I guess if he were hungry, he’s kick up a fuss. He never does. He’s pretty relaxed.
Plants don’t kick up a fuss when they’re thirsty and that’s why mine has more near-death experiences MJ in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films.
The rather brilliant Mu Design have come up with the the Smart Planter, which is essentially a pot for your plant that has a face.
The planter connects to your phone as you scan the QR code attached, you tell the app which plant you have in it, and then it essentially acts as a surrogate personality for it.
It will let you know if it’s too hot, too cold, thirsty, over-watered, not got enough sun and more through facial expressions, and will even look pissed off if your pet wanders too close.
I’m a big fan, to be honest, even if the “vampire” mood is totally lost on me.
Cute, isn’t it?
Unfortunately you can’t yet purchase your own Smart Planter. Mu Design have started an Indiegogo for their product, where they hope to raise £27,027, so far reaching just under £24,000.
They have plans to release the planters in time for Christmas this year and I’d definitely be interested in getting one once they’re released. I’m fed up with my orchid’s attitude.
Images via Getty, Mu Design
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down. You can contact Alfie at [email protected]Follow