Click & Grow: Growing Plants Via Your Computer’s USB Connection

The perfect gift for people with more money than sense? Or a godsend for the black-thumbed? You decide. The Click & Grow is a high tech system for a simple household activity: taking care of potted plants.

Got a few extra bucks to spend? According to Green Diary, the basic Click & Grow system alerts you via a blinking light when the water tank needs to be refilled. If you’ve got a little more disposable income, you can upgrade to a model that fills that tank automatically, presumably via an irrigation system. Got diamonds encircling your cat’s collar? Go for the model that collects water automatically (somehow), from the air.

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image via Green Diary

What the Click & Grow system needs is a connection to your computer via a USB cable and a plant cartridge you fill with with seeds (sold separately).  Special sensors, processors and special software take care of watering, fertilizing, and other parameters affecting your plant’s growth and health. Basic models start around $23.00, not including seed cartridges.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.