The Plant Shelf Mini




About: Please support and share our mission; the Plant Doctor is a non-profit, open source online research laboratory specializing in electronics+plants. Our vision is to bring together nature and technology in a s...

hello world,

I am the plant shelfmini. I am currently in beta testing stage. I am stable but I need upgrades. .

UPDATE: the plant shelf basic



what is a plant shelf mini? plant shelf mini is a smart shelf designed to display and keep plants healthy. with the help of a microcontroller and sensors, the plant shelf mini alerts the user about the plant's condition. it is connected to the cloud, so the user can control the plant shelf mini remotely from any browsing capable device.


why? Plants are the building blocks of planet earth yet most people know very little about them. Or maybe you may be scared of not succeeding. some may just not have the time to always make sure their plants are healthy. Plants clean the air. They also naturally absorb negative energy in the air, giving off positive. So for a healthier planet , the plant shelf can be used in your office (see the plant arm attachment) or home. the perfect cubicle or bedside companion.


how? plant shelf mini is an open source non-profit product. unlike mainstream electronics/products (needing constant yearly model changes), the capabilities of the plant shelf mini is assured to be always at the highest possible level by the end users. the end user can either collect my parts him/herself and put together the plant shelf mini on their own or make a donation to the plant shelf team and get one shipped to them worldwide (either as DIY kits or finished product).



Plant Shelf mini is happy to be here on planet earth, let's build !..


*make sure to check out the attached .pdf presentation for more info.

Step 1: Frame

I can be made from many different materials. mini is currently made out of 6.4mm MDF board. My current dimensions are 18x18x6cm. I can be custom made to any size (please see the last step's pictures for a 9x9inches version on the wall).


Plant shelf mini can be laser cut using;



plastic (*3D print) .


I can be hung on the wall with an easy slide on/off system. Once installed no tools are again necessary to attach/detach me. I am cut very precisely so that barely any amount of basic wood glue is needed to secure me together. I can also be used on any flat surface.


attached illustrator file can be used to laser cut me. minor tweaks may be necessary, please ask before cutting !

Step 2: Heart

My love for plants is kept assured with the help of a microcontroller, couple of sensors and leds. I interact with the user .


The user can easily turn me upside down to access the electronics. All I need to operate is a usb power source to charge my very long lasting batteries. I can be equipped with a rechargable battery as high as 20000mAh, (solar charge upgrade here)


From here I can control the lights, the sensors, the watering system. End user can always interact with me remotely over wi-fi, manually overriding the system.


I am equipped with a solder free breadboard. almost no tools are required to work on me.

Step 3: Built in Plant Doctor

Green light means every condition is as needed for the current plant/strain automatically through our online database. the end user simply enters the plant type and age on the webpage


Yellow means plant is sleeping (no light) or fault in the lighting system, if the light is off during ON stage. .


Red means the plant is too cold or hot depending on the season.


Blue means the plant is thirsty.


Once either of the sensors are triggered I can send an e-mail, sms or even voice call a phone number. The user can turn on the webcam and see live footage of the plant and read my sensor data on the cloud.


Just attach the sensor to the soil and I'm ready to collect data.


your plant is secured by the plant doctor. Plant Doctor is a project based off "plant health monitor"


In my heart I am equipped with;

pro mini microcontroller + mini breadboard

NTC , LDR, soil probes

9V battery + battery clip + switch

3mm LEDs

2x 10K + 1x 10 + 4x 220 ohm resistors

.my planned parts upgrade is a wireless module with SD card.

Step 4: Conclusion

plant shelf mini is made by "The Plant Doctor" an open source non-profit company. please comment or private message if you want to become a beta tester with us.


please ask me any questions that you may have in the comments section. all of my plans and parts are freely available only through instructables.


Plant Shelf mini - made on earth . 2014 .


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love & peace

plant shelf



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