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A more old-fashioned way to monitor soil moisture and light exposure is a product called the EasyBloom. And by old-fashioned, I mean that it uses USB connectivity and a PC rather than wireless and a mobile app.
The EasyBloom looks like a fake flower. You stick it into a houseplant or even outside in your garden, and it will collect data about water and light.
Every once in a while, you pull it out of the soil and plug it into your computer. An application will give you the rundown on what the plant has been going through, enabling you to take action to change the watering schedule or change the amount of light it gets. A “plant library” provides recommendations.
Another fun way for your plants to alert you to an uncomfortable dryness is via Twitter, the microblogging service. That’s right: Your fern can have its own Twitter account.
A gadget called Botanicalls monitors the moisture in your plant’s soil. It then tweets when the water level gets too low.
Here’s one plant’s Twitter account, so you can see what it looks like when a houseplant tweets for attention.