Plants

DIY Thirsty Plant

You’d probably get sick of seeing all the hardware-related design belonging to MoMA Store’s London Tech City group, otherwise I’d post each and every item back to back to back. As it stands, I’ll reign in my excitement and post just one more today.

The DIY Thirsty Plant is a solar-powered sensor that flashes when your plants need water. You put it together by first creating a moisture sensor and then connecting a circuit to a solar panel. That solar panel powers an LED to flash when water is needed. Sounds pretty simple, and, if a kid (8+) can put it together, so can you. Feel free to hack the kit for more complicated solutions (automatic watering cans, plants that tweet, etc.) if you so desire.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Concrete Vessel by wrk-shp

A small vessel for plants or pens could be a nice addition to your workspace, especially as you can switch between desktop or wall display depending on the accessory pairing. Double up the semi-circular planter by wrk-shp (husband-and-wife team Airi Isoda and Ryan Upton) and add the stand for a circular tabletop statement, or hang one vessel by a polyester cord semi-circle style against a wall. If you plan on using the vessel as a planter, please note that indoor succulents would do especially well, as the vessel has no drain hole.
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Price: $58.00 - 86.00
Available from: Gessato

x3 Watering Can

Yeah, it’s just a watering can, big deal. And, yes, a single metal tube is bent three times (hence the name) to create the handle and the pour spout. The handle allows it to be held from the top when full and at the side when watering. All those things plus a semi-decent price tag must mean that this year you’ll finally take decent care of your plants; with a watering can like this, who wouldn’t? Just don’t over water your plants accidentally while admiring the water can.
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Price: $67.00 - 145.00
Available from: Kontextür

Waterworks Bulb

The Waterworks Bulb looks so much better than a wine bottle Plant Nanny, don’t you think? It’s suitably sized for smaller houseplants, and blends in more with its surroundings thanks to its clear glass bulb. You can also choose which sort of terra-cotta cone you’d like based on the amount of water a specific plant needs, thus ensuring ideal water flow and happier, healthier plants.
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Price: €35.00
Available from: Wannekes

Living Wall Planter 2

It’s Earth Day, and that means you should probably assess what you can do to make the world around you a bit greener. Maybe that means using less water, maybe it means using mass transportation (or carpooling) a little more, but whatever you do, do something. Maybe you could plant a few more herbs and veggies in or around your home, which will go a long way towards reducing your reliance on grocery store fare.

If that sounds like a good idea, let me point you towards Woolly Pocket’s Living Wall Planter 2. It’s ideal for vertical gardening, as it has a compact shape that’s easier to hold, lift and hang. An integrated watering well keeps plants watered for up to two weeks and the front and back sides are vented so that roots can breathe. The Wall Planter can live indoors or out, as there’s no need for drainage. And, if your thumb is definitely not green (or you’re flush with cash), consider the Woolly School Garden 2 for your local school (see below).
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Price: $59.99
Available from: Woolly Pocket

Urban Garden Standard Planter

The Urban Garden Standard Planter from Glowpear might just change the way you garden. It’s appropriate for indoor or outdoor use, and, best of all, it has self-watering system that allows plants to take as much hydration as they need. Simply top up the water reservoir (or water as usual through the soil) and make sure there’s appropriate sunlight and you’ll have a robust little garden to give you vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Glowpear

Ceramic Self-Watering Planter

Thank goodness, there’s a self-watering planter that hides the fact that you suck at taking care of your plants. It’s ceramic, so that in itself helps make it look nicer, and has two parts to reduce your watering chores. The upper matte cylinder holds the plant and the lower glossy water reservoir will let the plants roots drink as much as they like. Finally, you’ll have a happy plant in a happy, nice-looking planter. It’s a win/win sort of situation.
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Price: $110.00
Available from: Spartan Shop

Plant Walls by Ferm Living

What are these strange wire rectangles and circles? They’re plant walls, and they’ll help your plants grow up and outwards without disturbing your oh-so-perfectly designed interior (or exterior). Made of iron wire with a protective powder coating, each wall is designed in a simple diagonal pattern with subtle pastel shades to compliment your plant collection.

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Price: $54.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Geometric Terrariums

Are terrariums still on your wish list? It feels as if they’re not as popular as last season, however, I’d bet there’s still a fair amount of us that want to have a little indoor garden. We’re in luck, as there are quite a few options available over at Etsy. You’ll find more than a handful of sellers doing their best to tempt you with their geometric terrariums.
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Price: $24.00 - 75.00
Available from: Etsy

The Phytophiler No.2 (Mirrors) by Dossofiorito

Is it a science experiment? Is it a plant pot? Is it art? Hmm, can it be all three? Functional appendages like magnifying glasses and mirrors encourage you to interact with a plant on more intimate terms. Have you properly studied the underside of a leaf, or the color of a newly formed bud? The Phytophiler series by Dossofiorito is composed of hand-thrown terracotta pots and the aforementioned appendages, and, after you add in the plant, you’ll be ready to “reflect on the larger emotional connections that link us to the natural world.”
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Price: $588.60
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Dual-Action Watering Can

If you have a green thumb, you might appreciate this sculptural Dual-action Watering Can. A recess in the base allows for a firm hold while the stainless steel lid allows for pouring from a removable spout or showering from the perforated section, take your pick. Holding the can’s neck instead of a handle is a bit more ergonomic too, which is a definite plus.
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Price: $84.00
Available from: A+R Store

Spring Watering Can

If you need a new watering can, how about a brightly colored polyethylene one with a rather organic (or cartoonish-in a good way) shape? Designed by Robert Bronwasser for Goods, the Spring Watering Can has an ergonomic shape with a slender spout and large opening for filling with a faucet or hose. Choose between blue, green, gray, yellow, or white.

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Price: $24.00
Available from: Gessato

Bacsac Composter Bag

Composting isn’t the sexiest subject, but you might find yourself excited about this bag from French company Bacsac. At-home composting is easier now with the Composter Bag (available with 5.2 gallon or 10.5 gallon capacity) made from Bacsac’s signature geotextile fabric. Add all your vegetable and fruit peelings, dead leaves and flowers to the bag, zip it up and leave it alone. Use the handles on either side to flip the bag for mixing every couple of weeks, and once composting is complete, you’ll have fertilizer for your plants. Easier (and better looking) than a composting bin, isn’t it?
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Price: $75.00 - 95.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Reclaimed Wood Plug-In Planter

A reclaimed planter box, so what? As the ‘Plug-In’ part of the title might have clued you in, this planter box houses a hydroponic, self-watering system. Designed by Nick Behr and Sarah Burrows, the reclaimed wood box hides the mechanism that allows for different watering settings based on plant type to ensure proper nutrient intake, allowing you to grow your plants without your kitchen looking like a science laboratory- not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Other finishes available directly from Modern Sprout, plus a solar powered option ($219.00).
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Price: $159.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Boskke Cube Planter

Here’s a planter that alludes to the traditional shape of the humble terra cotta pot, however, rather than hiding the dirt and roots, it puts the plant’s root system on display for all to see. And, there’s a handy function not immediately apparent: the clear body also acts as a water reservoir that supplies up to four weeks of water.
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Price: $19.00 - 35.00
Available from: Gretel Home