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Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 First impressions

Testing our click and grow for the first time
We received our new Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 yesterday as a Christmas present.
The Click and Grow is a smart garden that grows organic fresh herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers inside an appartment with a minimum of effort. Therefore, it uses a led lamp, smart capsules and water to grow plants inside.
First of all, we wanted the Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 because we were disappointed about the poor quality of herbs in the supermarket. Furthermore we also wondered how to grow plants inside during winter and how we could eat more healthy and organic. We ordered our Click and Grow 9 on the site of Click and Grow and received it 2 weeks later.

On the box it came with the following quote:
“if you want to be happy for a month, get married. If you want to be happy for the rest of your life,
become a gardener”

Unboxing and setting up the Click and Grow Smart Garden 9.

After the unboxing, the only thing we had to do is place the lamp on top of the smart garden and plug it in.
The capsules delivered with the click and grow are extremely easy to use. First, we placed the capsules with the smart soil in the plastic goblets and clicked them into the click and grow. Next step was to fill it with water and wait … until we can eat our fresh, organic and house grown vegetables. We are growing tomatoes, peppermint and strawberries.

click and grow smart garden 9 capsules how to

click and grow smart garden 9 capsules how to

In total, it took us 10 minutes to get our click and grow up and running.
We have set up our Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 in the kitchen but we are thinking to move it to our stock room because the light is very bright. You can use the click and grow in any small and even dark place to grow your own fresh plants.
We’ll keep you posted!

Beside our Click and Grow we are both passionate about Gardening indoor or at an appartment so check out our other Apartment Garding tips and the Xiaomi Plant Sensor review

Xiaomi Plant Sensor review

I have been keen on keeping my plants healthy, especially since I want them to purify the air. In this way i can reduce the usage of my Xiaomi air purifier and my electrical bill.
Last summer i decided to go Travel again in China, and i wanted to bring back some Xiaomi gadgets. So before i left back to Belgium i quickly asked my Chinese friends to order a Xiaomi Plant Sensor Flower Care from Taobao.

Looks and feel of the Flower Care.


The device it self is fairly minimal with a small light and the symbol of the Plant sensor.

Since i bought the sensor in china, i had some issues setting up the device which i will explain you how to deal with later in the article.

Beside the Mija app you can also use the original Flower Care app but i advice you not to do this, since the app adds no additional value.
When you have connected the device, you can easily search for the latin plant name and it will cross search for the plant in the Database.

The big advantage of this is that it will automatically adjust the parameters specific to the plant.
The Flower Care has a CR2032 button cell battery inside which will last approximately one year. After this you can easily replace it by opening the device and changing the battery.

The Flower Car itself exists of two parts: the sensors for the soil and the chips and the sensors for the environment. The plant sensor itself is around 12 cm long. The bottom part of the sensor is responsible for measuring the fertility and the moisture. The top part contains a temperature sensor and a light sensor.


Setup Of the Xiaomi Plant Sensor.

Important! Depending on if you have the international version or the chinese version the setup will be different.

For the Chinese version you first need change your timezone to a place in Mainland China like Shenzhen. and use a VPN to connect to Mainland China. Else if you do not perform these action it will not find the Plant Sensor

Open the MIJA or the flower car app.

Hit the plus button in the top right corner search for the Flower care or scroll down.


Xiaomi Plant Sensor Setup.

Xiaomi Plant Sensor Setup.

Select the flower care.

Normally now the flower care will show up in the list and you can the select the plant that it should monitor.


Overview of the Flower Care

Xiaomi plant sensor FlowerCare monitored plant

Xiaomi plant sensor FlowerCare monitored plant

When you have added the device you should wait around 10 minutes to make sure the sensor gets all the different data accurate and the data has not been polluted by the air around it.

After that you will get an overview of the Sunlight, Moisture, Temperature and the Fertility. you can go into more details inside the Mija app when you click the different icons.

Xiaomi Plant Sensor Flower Care Fertility

Xiaomi Plant Sensor Flower Care Fertility

After you click the icon of like above(Fertilitity) you will get an overview of the current value and what the recommended value is.
The thing i love is that it also suggests how you can improve this value. Like in the picture above i should add more fertilizer when i water the plant.


Xiaomi plant sensor flower care report

Xiaomi plant sensor flower care report

You can also gather a report which will show you the overview of the sunshine, fertility and other data over a couple of days.
In this way you can clearly see if the plant has been lacking sunlight which it is in my case.

You can also click the top right corner and click the options to get more information about the plant or about the sensor.

Xiaomi Plant Sensor Plant Overview.

Xiaomi Plant Sensor Plant Overview.

Here you can clearly see how well you took care of the plant.

So should you buy the plant sensor?

Well if you can buy it a chinese retail price like i did it definitely a big recommendation.
However if you look to import the sensor it become more expensive and you should consider that if you need a lot it might become expensive in general.