Tech Squibs: Click & Grow Plants for Bachelors

A Click & Grow unit grows your houseplant robotically, allowing you to ignore it until its ready for you to pretend you grew it.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

SQUIB: a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech; b : a short news item. (Merriam-Webster)

This Tech Squib acknowledges that there are some items any bachelor's home must display. For example, imagine dirty dishes, a ridiculously big TV with a PS3, provocative art and a dead plant.

The folks at Click & Grow are working to eliminate that last item. Their robotic units (resembling a Mac Mini, only larger) are electronic smartpots that grow plants without watering or fertilizing. You need do little else besides assemble the unit, pop in some batteries, fill a water reservoir and press a button. Put the box near a bit of sunshine and go about your misspent life.

Sensors in the Click & Grow measure all the necessary parameters and doses an exact amount of water, fertilizer and air according to the plant’s needs. You get a "pot" including electronics, sensors, batteries, a pump and a water reservoir. The plant cartridge packs the seeds, nutrients and special software for growing the plant in the cartridge.

We started one up here, and we already have little Basil sproutlings already. Lazy botanists can also pick up Cockscomb (…stop giggling…), Conander, French Marigold, Garden Sage, Lamb's Ear, Lemon Balm, Mini Tomato, Painted Nettles, Thyme and Chili Peppers – all for about $60 each.