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Best Smart Garden Sensor
Nowadays more and more people start paying attention to what they eat. Many started growing their own food, even if it’s a tomato on a window sill. However, the problem with gardening for beginners is that it can sometimes be quite tricky. If you ever tried growing something, you’ll know that it’s often the case of placing a seed into the ground and hoping for the best.
Unfortunately, plants get sick often. And all of the time you spent taking care of it may go to waste in a couple of short days. Professionals obviously face the same set of problems but years of experience helps them identify the problems and act quickly.
What should the amateurs do? That’s what smart garden sensors are for. This kind of a device can measure soil temperature, moisture levels, nutrition, humidity and much more. Don’t worry, you won’t get lost with all the data. Most of these sensors have plant databases and will interpret the information themselves. They compare collected data with the ideal conditions for each plant and give you bets tips on how to take care of your plants.
Edyn Wi-Fi Smart Garden Sensor
At the moment, there is no other as sophisticated and efficient garden sensor in the market. As a Kickstarter-funded project, Edyn was born in 2014. As you would expect, as a young company they have their flaws which each small team faces. But don’t let that take anything away from what a superior product they have built.
Edyn measures soil moisture, humidity, sunlight, nutrition and soil temperature (not to be confused with weather temperature). But data collection is just the beginning. Based on the measurements, Edyn will connect to the global plant database and pick the best way to treat your plants. Or, if you prefer, you can connect Edyn to IFTTT, set your own parameters, sit back and watch your world bloom.
Lastly, Edyn also connects to your Wi-fi network and records the data for future reference. Plus, you won’t ever need to think about batteries because the device is solar powered. If you want to extend Edyn’s functionality, you can also get Edyn’s water valve and automate the nutrition process completely.
Xiaomi 4 in 1 Plant Flower Care Smart Monitor
Xiaomi is tiny and modern-design smart plant sensor. Given the price comparison with Edyn, and the fact that it’s almost as capable, Xiaomi may be a sensible choice. The sensor works via an app where you can add as many plants as you want. It will measure moisture, sunlight, nutrition and soil temperature and give you the best course of action.
Xiaomi gives plant care tips by analyzing the soil and comparing the results to the database that currently has over 5,000 plants. However, you should note that while the database is rich in flowers, there aren’t many vegetables. Although, knowing the data is already a great step towards taking care of your plants.
Overall, Xiaomi is a superb sensor with a very easy to use app that stores all the data and usefully sorts it by day, week and month. Chances are after you try it, you will want a couple of more to cover the whole range of plants in your home.
Wimoto GRO001 Grow Bluetooth Smart Plant Sensor
We don’t normally do this, but if you are looking for a smart plant sensor, you might want to take notice of this one. It hasn’t been released yet, but you can preorder the sensor for $49. Wimoto has a range of sensors and chances are this one will become a worthy competitor to both Edyn and Xiaomi.
However, it works slightly different. Wimoto will measure conditions of the soil and send the data to your phone via bluetooth. It will collect data on sunlight, soil temperature and moisture levels. You will have to know how to interpret the data correctly. Which you will eventually learn no matter what sensor you use, but with this one the learning curve may be a bit steeper.
sPlant Soil Sensor
If you are looking for something simpler, sPlant sensor may be exactly what you need. It’s an all-in-one no fuss sensor. No need to analyze and compare any complicated data. A single sPlant device will measure the soil and give you information by simply lighting up. Green means your plant is healthy, blue informs that it lacks moisture while orange indicates the lack of nutrients. Simple.
sPlant also has a plant database for you to refer to. The device works without the app, which also means that you can download sPlant app from the App store right now and test it out even before you buy.
By the way, if you buy several units at once, you can save a ton of money.
These are some of the best smart garden sensors that we have found on the market. There are a few minor differences but all of these are solid choices.
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