Talk to the Plant

Having healthy, thriving plants is rewarding, but caring for them can be tricky. If your plants could speak up when they needed water, that would be ideal. With PlantLink, now your plants have a voice. Using “links” that you place in the soil, this system monitors the precise moisture and can tell you exactly when to water. Simply choose the kind of plant and the soil, and now your plant has a bona fide personality. It will alert you—with a bit of humor, even—when it’s thirsty. Log in to your dashboard to get the latest information on your plant, or choose to receive updates via email or text message. For avid green thumbs, this soil moisture sensor can really streamline your gardening. And it can help conserve water, too. For those of us who forget to water our plants—and there are a few of us here at The Grommet—it’s an easy way to become a better gardener. You can even keep tabs on your plants while you’re on vacation. Now your neighbors only need to water when the time is right. The base station comes with one link, but can handle up to 64 more. Let PlantLink take some of the guesswork out of gardening, and enjoy the results.

PlantLink

Smart Soil Sensor

Talk to the Plant

Having healthy, thriving plants is rewarding, but caring for them can be tricky. If your plants could speak up when they needed water, that would be ideal. With PlantLink, now your plants have a voice. Using “links” that you place in the soil, this system monitors the precise moisture and can tell you exactly when to water. Simply choose the kind of plant and the soil, and now your plant has a bona fide personality. It will alert you—with a bit of humor, even—when it’s thirsty. Log in to your dashboard to get the latest information on your plant, or choose to receive updates via email or text message. For avid green thumbs, this soil moisture sensor can really streamline your gardening. And it can help conserve water, too. For those of us who forget to water our plants—and there are a few of us here at The Grommet—it’s an easy way to become a better gardener. You can even keep tabs on your plants while you’re on vacation. Now your neighbors only need to water when the time is right. The base station comes with one link, but can handle up to 64 more. Let PlantLink take some of the guesswork out of gardening, and enjoy the results.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes

    Hello Grommet community! I am happy to bring PlantLink to you today. Please let me know of any questions you have and I will answer them. I answered a few from Mike which you can find below.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:07 AM

    The idea behind Plantlink is to give your plants a voice. Every time it needs watering, you get an email from your plant begging for its life. It’s hilarious. What made you bring a comedic voice to Plantlink?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:07 AM

    Connecting with nature and plants is important to our users and we wanted a way to make it fun and inclusive.  Giving the plants a personality is a way to remind users daily that their plants are living, breathing things that react to their environment. We also want the task of watering plants to be a ritual that helps you unwind, fun notifications remind us it should be a relaxing activity.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:08 AM

    The customization of PlantLink is very impressive. Each plant has a profile with specific instructions for watering. So you’re like me and you don’t know the type of plant, are you at a disadvantage and will I kill plants?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:08 AM

    We find that most of our users are bringing plants home from the store, labeled with tags that help them look up the plants easily in the PlantLink database of 50k plants. If you really don’t know the plant, we’ve directed people to resources like Reddit.com, GoBotany New England, or the old fashioned way, asking mom :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:35 AM

    What prompted you to invent this? Was it an ‘aha’ moment?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:35 AM

    The idea for a plant monitoring system started with a Basil plant we just couldn’t keep alive. We knew that watering needs vary greatly, from Jade trees to Basil plants. With a Jade tree you might water it twice a week if you were just guessing but after placing a link next to the Jade tree you’d find it needs to be watered anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks. Environments change constantly and being able to see that is making our users better gardeners. Watering when your plants need it not only gives users the happiest plant, but it also saves a lot of water.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:36 AM

    Why is this something even the average gardener should have?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:36 AM

    Any new gardener should learn what to look for in a plant to determine its health status. For example if a plant is stressed it will start withering, show burn spots, etc. keeping track of watering usage you can prevent the plant from being stressed all together.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:36 AM

    Do you feel PlantLink can be an important player in the move for water conservation? At the very least it can help in ensuring your gardening smarter.

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:37 AM

    Absolutely, most people would be surprised at how little water is required to keep lawns and gardens in good health. When this product was first brainstormed, water conservation was a big part of its mission and purpose. Water conservation has become an even larger selling point, highlighted significantly by the historic drought in the Southwest. We hope to save as many gardens as possible!

  • Heather
    Heather
    7/27/2015 12:13 PM

    Hi Mercedes, I see the base station is plugged into an ethernet as well as a power source. Does it have the ability to connect to wifi? How close does the base station need to be to the plant?

  • Heather
    Heather
    7/27/2015 12:16 PM

    @Heather Also, if it does not have WiFi capability, and must be plugged into a router, how far can the base station be from the device and the phone? The plant I'd like to use it on is on our upper level (3rd floor), and the router is in the basement (two floors down).

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 12:30 PM

    @Heather

    Great question!

    The Basestation must be connected to your router. The Basestation uses this internet connection to send soil moisture data to the myplantlink.com web app. The web app allows users to access plant data anywhere(just like checking your email) they have an internet connection. At the office, in the house or three states over.

    Line of sight range: Sensors can transmit soil moisture data up to 100yds from the PlantLink Basestation.

  • Heather
    Heather
    7/27/2015 12:47 PM

    @Mercedes So would this work between floors/levels? It's within 100 yards, but there are floors/walls/etc.

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:01 PM

    @Heather That should work just fine.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/27/2015 12:41 PM

    I might consider buying this if it wasn't so huge and bright white. Are you planning to make one that's inconspicuous?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 12:55 PM

    @Amy Thanks for the feedback!

    When marketing the product we’ve always chosen to show it loud and proud next to plants. In use, most PlantLink Links are hidden under the plants leaves or placed out of sight. The devices is about 1.35” wide by 3” tall when in the soil. As for the next generation, it will be smaller and offer color options.

  • Ron
    Ron
    7/27/2015 1:05 PM

    Hi Mercedes, this looks like an awesome solution to watering plants, BUT, when you are on vacation, or a "Snow Bird", away from home for a few months......is there a way, via the internet, that the plants can be watered? You would think, with technology, being able to control so may other functions......like heating and cooling, there might be a remote control for watering plants? Ron

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:16 PM

    @Ron Great question, we are currently developing a water on demand valve! We will introduce the valve together with gen 2 of PlantLink in March. We've also been working to integrate with smart/connected sprinkler controllers for even more smart home integration.

    Currently the notifications settings allow you to shift notifications to a friend so they can monitor and take care of your plants while you're away.

  • Todd
    Todd
    7/27/2015 1:23 PM

    @Mercedes Nice to hear the valve isn't dead. Will Kickstarter backers that backed at the Valve level be getting a discount when it is released?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:33 PM

    @Todd

    We’ll send updates through our newsletter when the valve is released. Stay Tuned!

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    7/27/2015 1:23 PM

    Hi Mercedes,

    I love this product, but wish it were prettier. Anyway you guys could add some nice designs instead of that plain white look?

    Good day!--Pamela

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:40 PM

    @Pamela Thanks for the feedback!

    Our goal is to connect people to nature and their plants. Plants are the star of the show, our job is to give those beautiful plants a voice!

    As for the next generation, it will be smaller and offer color options.

  • Eileen
    Eileen
    7/27/2015 1:33 PM

    Will it tell you if you overwater?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:53 PM

    @Eileen It certainly will!

    With the myplantlink web app, PlantLink users can see if their plants are OVER or under-watered.

  • Laurie
    Laurie
    7/27/2015 1:49 PM

    Does this work for outdoor plants?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:59 PM

    @Laurie Certainly! The Links are designed to be used in and outdoors. Simply select your specific plant in our database of over 50,000 plants and you'll be up and running! Many of our users have multiple Links across their backyards monitoring various plant types. Do you have a lot of plants? You can monitor all of them—up to 64 Links can be on a single basestation. Find additional links here: https://www.thegrommet.com/plantlink-additional-sensor

  • Jim
    Jim
    7/27/2015 3:56 PM

    $35/link is prohibitive. You need to make these much much cheaper.

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 4:29 PM

    @Jim

    Hi Jim, we're proud to say that our product is manufactured in the USA. We're also the least expensive and most scalable product in the connected plant monitoring category. The pricing reflects the hardware, software, and firmware required to deliver a quality product.

    Over time we hope that some of the hardware used within the device lowers in cost, which would lower the price to consumers.

    Also note that with the purchase of any PlantLink system or Link you receive continued support of the free PlantLink app/database and customer service.

  • Lucia
    Lucia
    7/27/2015 5:23 PM

    I suspect there are some who would be interested in your device and I expect it works like a champ. But for me, it is way more than I can afford, especially since I use a probe three times a week to determine what my plants need, and that works fine.

    Good Luck,

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 5:56 PM

    We totally understand, Lucia! Sounds like you are already on top of your gardening. You have some lucky plants!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

PlantLink

Smart Soil Sensor

Talk to the Plant

Having healthy, thriving plants is rewarding, but caring for them can be tricky. If your plants could speak up when they needed water, that would be ideal. With PlantLink, now your plants have a voice.

Using “links” that you place in the soil, this system monitors the precise moisture and can tell you exactly when to water.
Simply choose the kind of plant and the soil, and now your plant has a bona fide personality. It will alert you—with a bit of humor, even—when it’s thirsty. Log in to your dashboard to get the latest information on your plant, or choose to receive updates via email or text message.

For avid green thumbs, this soil moisture sensor can really streamline your gardening. And it can help conserve water, too. For those of us who forget to water our plants—and there are a few of us here at The Grommet—it’s an easy way to become a better gardener. You can even keep tabs on your plants while you’re on vacation. Now your neighbors only need to water when the time is right.

The base station comes with one link, but can handle up to 64 more. Let PlantLink take some of the guesswork out of gardening, and enjoy the results.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes

    Hello Grommet community! I am happy to bring PlantLink to you today. Please let me know of any questions you have and I will answer them. I answered a few from Mike which you can find below.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:07 AM

    The idea behind Plantlink is to give your plants a voice. Every time it needs watering, you get an email from your plant begging for its life. It’s hilarious. What made you bring a comedic voice to Plantlink?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:07 AM

    Connecting with nature and plants is important to our users and we wanted a way to make it fun and inclusive.  Giving the plants a personality is a way to remind users daily that their plants are living, breathing things that react to their environment. We also want the task of watering plants to be a ritual that helps you unwind, fun notifications remind us it should be a relaxing activity.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:08 AM

    The customization of PlantLink is very impressive. Each plant has a profile with specific instructions for watering. So you’re like me and you don’t know the type of plant, are you at a disadvantage and will I kill plants?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:08 AM

    We find that most of our users are bringing plants home from the store, labeled with tags that help them look up the plants easily in the PlantLink database of 50k plants. If you really don’t know the plant, we’ve directed people to resources like Reddit.com, GoBotany New England, or the old fashioned way, asking mom :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:35 AM

    What prompted you to invent this? Was it an ‘aha’ moment?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:35 AM

    The idea for a plant monitoring system started with a Basil plant we just couldn’t keep alive. We knew that watering needs vary greatly, from Jade trees to Basil plants. With a Jade tree you might water it twice a week if you were just guessing but after placing a link next to the Jade tree you’d find it needs to be watered anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks. Environments change constantly and being able to see that is making our users better gardeners. Watering when your plants need it not only gives users the happiest plant, but it also saves a lot of water.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:36 AM

    Why is this something even the average gardener should have?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:36 AM

    Any new gardener should learn what to look for in a plant to determine its health status. For example if a plant is stressed it will start withering, show burn spots, etc. keeping track of watering usage you can prevent the plant from being stressed all together.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 9:36 AM

    Do you feel PlantLink can be an important player in the move for water conservation? At the very least it can help in ensuring your gardening smarter.

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 9:37 AM

    Absolutely, most people would be surprised at how little water is required to keep lawns and gardens in good health. When this product was first brainstormed, water conservation was a big part of its mission and purpose. Water conservation has become an even larger selling point, highlighted significantly by the historic drought in the Southwest. We hope to save as many gardens as possible!

  • Heather
    Heather
    7/27/2015 12:13 PM

    Hi Mercedes, I see the base station is plugged into an ethernet as well as a power source. Does it have the ability to connect to wifi? How close does the base station need to be to the plant?

  • Heather
    Heather
    7/27/2015 12:16 PM

    @Heather Also, if it does not have WiFi capability, and must be plugged into a router, how far can the base station be from the device and the phone? The plant I'd like to use it on is on our upper level (3rd floor), and the router is in the basement (two floors down).

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 12:30 PM

    @Heather

    Great question!

    The Basestation must be connected to your router. The Basestation uses this internet connection to send soil moisture data to the myplantlink.com web app. The web app allows users to access plant data anywhere(just like checking your email) they have an internet connection. At the office, in the house or three states over.

    Line of sight range: Sensors can transmit soil moisture data up to 100yds from the PlantLink Basestation.

  • Heather
    Heather
    7/27/2015 12:47 PM

    @Mercedes So would this work between floors/levels? It's within 100 yards, but there are floors/walls/etc.

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:01 PM

    @Heather That should work just fine.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/27/2015 12:41 PM

    I might consider buying this if it wasn't so huge and bright white. Are you planning to make one that's inconspicuous?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 12:55 PM

    @Amy Thanks for the feedback!

    When marketing the product we’ve always chosen to show it loud and proud next to plants. In use, most PlantLink Links are hidden under the plants leaves or placed out of sight. The devices is about 1.35” wide by 3” tall when in the soil. As for the next generation, it will be smaller and offer color options.

  • Ron
    Ron
    7/27/2015 1:05 PM

    Hi Mercedes, this looks like an awesome solution to watering plants, BUT, when you are on vacation, or a "Snow Bird", away from home for a few months......is there a way, via the internet, that the plants can be watered? You would think, with technology, being able to control so may other functions......like heating and cooling, there might be a remote control for watering plants? Ron

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:16 PM

    @Ron Great question, we are currently developing a water on demand valve! We will introduce the valve together with gen 2 of PlantLink in March. We've also been working to integrate with smart/connected sprinkler controllers for even more smart home integration.

    Currently the notifications settings allow you to shift notifications to a friend so they can monitor and take care of your plants while you're away.

  • Todd
    Todd
    7/27/2015 1:23 PM

    @Mercedes Nice to hear the valve isn't dead. Will Kickstarter backers that backed at the Valve level be getting a discount when it is released?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:33 PM

    @Todd

    We’ll send updates through our newsletter when the valve is released. Stay Tuned!

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    7/27/2015 1:23 PM

    Hi Mercedes,

    I love this product, but wish it were prettier. Anyway you guys could add some nice designs instead of that plain white look?

    Good day!--Pamela

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:40 PM

    @Pamela Thanks for the feedback!

    Our goal is to connect people to nature and their plants. Plants are the star of the show, our job is to give those beautiful plants a voice!

    As for the next generation, it will be smaller and offer color options.

  • Eileen
    Eileen
    7/27/2015 1:33 PM

    Will it tell you if you overwater?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:53 PM

    @Eileen It certainly will!

    With the myplantlink web app, PlantLink users can see if their plants are OVER or under-watered.

  • Laurie
    Laurie
    7/27/2015 1:49 PM

    Does this work for outdoor plants?

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 1:59 PM

    @Laurie Certainly! The Links are designed to be used in and outdoors. Simply select your specific plant in our database of over 50,000 plants and you'll be up and running! Many of our users have multiple Links across their backyards monitoring various plant types. Do you have a lot of plants? You can monitor all of them—up to 64 Links can be on a single basestation. Find additional links here: https://www.thegrommet.com/plantlink-additional-sensor

  • Jim
    Jim
    7/27/2015 3:56 PM

    $35/link is prohibitive. You need to make these much much cheaper.

  • Mercedes
    Mercedes – Special Guest
    7/27/2015 4:29 PM

    @Jim

    Hi Jim, we're proud to say that our product is manufactured in the USA. We're also the least expensive and most scalable product in the connected plant monitoring category. The pricing reflects the hardware, software, and firmware required to deliver a quality product.

    Over time we hope that some of the hardware used within the device lowers in cost, which would lower the price to consumers.

    Also note that with the purchase of any PlantLink system or Link you receive continued support of the free PlantLink app/database and customer service.

  • Lucia
    Lucia
    7/27/2015 5:23 PM

    I suspect there are some who would be interested in your device and I expect it works like a champ. But for me, it is way more than I can afford, especially since I use a probe three times a week to determine what my plants need, and that works fine.

    Good Luck,

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/27/2015 5:56 PM

    We totally understand, Lucia! Sounds like you are already on top of your gardening. You have some lucky plants!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.