If you’re going on vacation or have a not-so-green thumb, these smart pots will keep your plants alive so you don't have to worry.
Whatever the opposite of green is—maybe red?— that's what color my thumb is. My red-thumb and I have over-watered Bonsai trees and under-watered desk succulents to death on a few occasions, and now we've relegated ourselves to a plant-less inhabitance.
Smart technology might be giving me and my gardening-inept peers another option, however. The Parrot Pot Smart, Connected Flower Pot ($49 on Amazon) is the plant-watering expert we all aspire to be, detecting exactly when your plant needs water with four built-in sensors that measure light, temperature, soil moisture, and fertilizer levels. You can use the wireless pot inside or outside with four AA batteries.
There's a special "Plant Sitter" mode on the flower pot for when you go on vacation that lets you rest easy knowing your plants will get the right amount of water at the right times for up to a month. You'll get to come back from a trip to a familiar green, lush home instead of a wilted, sad sight and dried-up dead leaves to sweep up off the floor.
The company also has another smart-tech accessory for your plant called the Flower Power sensor, which you stick in a plant's soil and hook up to an app on your phone. The Flower Power ($98.34 on Amazon) fills you in on your plant's wellbeing and needs with alerts in real time and has a battery that lasts up to six months.
And just like that, technology saves us from ourselves once again.