The Plant Pot




Introduction: The Plant Pot

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...

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a smart plant pot that can e-mail you once thirsty, hot/cold, sleeping etc. charge it like a cell phone, no prior gardening, electrical or programming experience required.

-- project kits available --


update 8: wireless charging & solar skin 2.0 (in progress... follow for updates).


update 7: pot2 -


update 6:

update 5: new body proposal, stackable cubes

update 4: solar sking upgrade -

update 3: color change upgrade -

update 2: $4.50 wifi upgrade -

update 1 :The Plant Pot basic ( 9/16/2014 )



what? think of me as a smart plant pot that can let you know about your plant's condition. with the help of a microcontroller and sensors, the plant pot alerts the user about the plant's condition. it is connected to the cloud, so the user can control the plant pot 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 pot is here to assure no plant fails.


how? the plant pot is an open source, non-profit instrument. unlike mainstream electronics/products (needing constant yearly model changes), the capabilities of plant pot 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 pot on their own or make a donation to the plant doctor team and get one shipped to them worldwide (either as DIY kit or finished product).


the Plant Pot is happy to be here on planet earth, let's build !

Step 1: Frame & Electronics

I can be made from many different materials. currently I am made out of a plastic pot. My planned upgrade is a custom made clay pot.


Plant pot can be;

  • hand made with clay
  • cut out of existing plastic pot
  • can be 3D printed (last step for updates)


In my heart I am equipped with;

Step 2: Built in WiFi Plant Health Monitor

plant pot can be recharged/reprogrammed via usb. attached you can find the code.


Green 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 (tweet). The user can read my sensor data on the cloud.


visit for more information on cloud data management / sign-up

Step 3: Attention Needed !




alive & healthy

Step 4: History

Plant Pot - made on earth . 2014







Step 5: 3D Printed Body

update coming soon..

the illustrator file, is 6.35mm thickness design for the local cnc machine. it is much thicker than needed. 3mm should be perfect. will upload a thinner wall version soon.!



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    29 Discussions

    Make a version 2.0 of this project:

    Add a pH sensor to measure the soil pH and update status with IOT so that it notifies when to add manure or change the soil.Then it will be the perfect upgrade :-)

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    Hi, Akin How you charge your 18650 li-ion batteries...instead of 18650 batteries I have purchased 3.7v li-ion battrey,

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    hi Akin, thanx for the charger... I m 3.7 li-ion battery(attached a pic below) for the esp8266-01 module to upload data on thingspeak...i was confused for the charging of this battery....

    this is a very different battery, almost like a cell phone battery. i'm not sure what the 3rd connection is for, usually for temperature (or battery level). you should find the + and - on the cables, probably the one with red line and black if there is any, and all you have to do is to connect those 2 cables to an appropriate charger (leaving the 3rd cable alone). where did you find that.? you can use the battery charger link i've sent you with this battery. it will work..

    Electronics are not a good fix for the terrible design of those plastic pots with attached drainage trays. They drain very slowly due to the drainage holes being obstructed by the barbs. The trays hold very little water before they overflow encouraging improperly watering in small amounts. That leads to salt build up. Adding electronics to that tray just makes matters worse. Because the trays are attached, you have to tilt the entire pot in order to drain the water. Typically you have to tilt it so far that topdressing or container medium falls out of the pot. This discourages draining the trays which leads to root rot.

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    Thank you for sharing this project! I love the desing and functionality. You have definitly won my vote with this one. If you are still looking for testers I would love to help out. I curently have one plant but I am planing to expand soon.



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    hello luke, I am sorry that I have missed your comment. I am in the process of 3D printing the bottom part area, once done I will let you know first.! thank you very much for your interest. I have uploaded a few new pictures and a video, you should check it out..!

    I think this is a great idea! I would love to be a beta tester since I have a home "full" of plants! It would be a great learning tool also since I am trying to keep them all alive without my green thumbed partner who propagated all of them. Thanks for both the idea and the ECO friendly contribution!

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    hello kkalemba, sounds like a plant doctor would be more suitable for your needs if you have more than just 1 plant. because you can remove and re-attach the doctor at any time to a different pot. and the plant doctor is much more stable at the moment. I have also just received the new laser cut casing for the plant doctor and I will be working on it this week. once it is done I will message you and we can get it shipped !!!


    here you can see the newer and the older versions of the frame, i didn't mention it anywhere but obviously it will be free of charge for the beta testers.... thank you very much for your interest, I will contact you very shortly, have a nice day ..!


    Which ever one you think I need will be great!
    Would love to help in any small way.
    Look forward to hearing from you again!