Click and Grow Review 2017 – Have you ever forgotten to water your plants? Or maybe you remember to water them but for some reason, they just won’t stay alive?
If so, a company called Click and Grow has a great solution.
As you know, it can be a challenge to keep plants alive, and especially hard to make them thrive. Plants require enough nutrients, sunlight, and water in order to really flourish.
Fortunately, there is an indoor plant growing machine called the Click and Grow Smart Garden which really simplifies growing fresh herbs or plants at home.
We had the opportunity to test and review the Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden, and below are our initial findings after about of a month of use.
What is the Click and Grow Smart Garden?
First of all, What is the Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden? The Click and Grow is an autonomous garden for your home or office. It is a small, tabletop smart garden, that simply plugs into the wall. It then takes care of the rest. You never have to worry about watering your plants every day again.
The Click and Grow garden has an automatic light timer, smart soil, and built-in sensors which combine for very easy gardening. You simply insert the soil pods, fill it with water, plug it in, and wait.
Click and Grow: What’s in the Box?
- Click and Grow Smart Garden
- 3 Basil pods
- 2 lamp extensions
- Setup guide
The Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden comes in a very nice box. The packaging has been well designed and walks you through the setup process as you are unboxing the garden.
The packaging also has interesting plant facts printed directly onto the cardboard (nice touch!). Our favorite was ‘The tallest basil’ which was apparently from Greece and measured almost 11 feet tall.
Click and Grow: Design & Setup
You start by inserting the basil pods into each of the 3 cavities in the smart garden.
You then name each plant with a washable marker (very important step).
Once the pods have been set you cover each of them with a small plastic dome. These domes create a greenhouse effect which helps the plants grow quicker (we noticed our basil had sprouted after only a few days!).
You then fill up the water reservoir. We found it very nice that the water supply will easily last a month before needing to be refilled. Watering the plants has never been easier!
And finally, you’ll plug in the smart garden and the waiting game begins.
Design and Technology:
The Click and Grow has a very classy look. The garden is slim, sleek, and very modern looking. It is perfect for your kitchen counter (especially if you get the basil pods). We reviewed the white version of the smart garden, but other colors are also available.
The Click and Grow has a 16 hour light cycle meaning the lights are on for 16 hours and off for 8. The light timer starts as soon as you plug it in, so make sure you figure out the best timeframe for you. For example, we plugged our Click and Grow in at 7:00 AM so it would turn off at 11:00 PM.
Pros and Cons of the Click and Grow
The first thing we noticed upon plugging the Click and Grow in was that the light is extremely bright. We do not recommend having the smart garden in your bedroom.
Another thing we noticed was that the pod furthest away from the light stand received the least amount of light. It was noticeably smaller than the other two basil plants. We attempted to solve this problem by switching the order of pods midway through.
And finally, we had the basil grow so tall that a few of the leafs got burnt by the light. This was our fault however since we did not add the lamp extenders sooner.
Click and Grow: The Mobile App
The mobile app is a nice addition to the Click and Grow smart herb garden, but it is not essential at all. Moreover, the app contains interesting information about the plants you grow, but it does not connect to the actual garden in any way.
Many smartphone users experience ‘app fatigue’ which is when you have too many apps on your phone. It can be draining to have to scroll through many different apps for many different functions.
So while it is nice that there is a supporting app for the Click and Grow, don’t worry you don’t need to download it if you don’t want. The smart garden will work just as well without it.
Click and Grow: Final Review
Overall the Click and Grow Smart Herb garden is an extremely useful smart home gadget. You literally set it and forget it. Knowing that your plants are receiving the right amount of water, light, and nutrients is great. We have also setup our SensorPush smart sensor to assist is monitoring the temperature and humidity levels of our plants.
At the end of the first week, we had moved some of our other plans near the Click and Grow so they would receive consistent light as well (see image above). This example alone illustrates the power and importance of automation.
We consider the Click and Grow somewhat of a ‘robot garden’ since once it is up and running the device works on its own.
Home automation is growing in popularity, more and more devices are introduced each year, and the Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden is a great example of automation done right. A lot of home automation solutions aim to solve nonexistent problems. For example, the idea that it is easier to turn off your lights via app on your smartphone is hilarious. Everyone knows it is not very hard to turn the lights on or off via the light switch (setting timers is another story). With that being said, the Click and Grow does solve the problem of watering/growing plants.
If you are the type of person who struggles to keep plants alive or would love peace of mind knowing your plants are getting optimal amounts of water and light, the Click and Grow is a perfect product for you.
See also: Complete List of Home Automation Ideas
We really enjoyed reviewing the Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden and recommend it to anyone who is looking for ways to simplify their lives through home automation. Smart plants are awesome!
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