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    Click and Grow – Horticulture Meets USB

    Click and Grow - Horticulture Meets USB

    There’s a new computerized system that is designed to take the guesswork out of growing houseplants. The Click & Grow system takes care of all a plant’s needs such as watering and fertilizing by way of sensors, a processor and special software contained in the pot.

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    The Click & Grow system doesn’t use soil as a growing medium. Instead it relies on aeroponics – a growing system that grows the plants in an air or mist environment. All you need to do is place a plant cartridge containing some seeds into the pot, fill the water tank and upload the proper growth program to the pot and the Click & Grow system will take care of the rest.

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    Although basic models include notification lights to let growers when the water tank needs refilling, more expensive models will even free growers of this task by collecting water from the air. Aside from the seeds, the plant cartridge also contains some basic fertilizer and information about the seed type. After the cartridge has been placed into the pot, users then need to connect the pot to a PC via a USB cable to download the appropriate growth program to suit the plant’s needs. The pot then constantly measures all of the parameters affecting plant growth to ensure the plant receives the best of tailored care.

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    The Click & Grow system enables users to grow any houseplant – a cactus, rose, or some other exotic plant that people often find difficult to grow because it takes too much effort.

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    The Click & Grow pots will start at around $24, with seed cartridges selling for between $4-6 at nurseries or on the Internet. (

    Published on March 18, 2010

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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