The Grow Genie functions as an automatic plant watering system, which the company claims can keep plants of any size watered for up to 30 days. This system is ideally suited for those who want to keep plants indoors but often forget to water on a regular basis, or who are out of town often. It relies upon a wicking system which only provides water to the roots when they need it, and not too much.
Total Cost Breakdown
The cost of Grow Genie is $14.99 plus $6.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Grow Genie by paying the extra shipping fee of $6.99 for a total price of $28.97.
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- Watering System
Grow Genie watering system can provide water for up to thirty days. The special watering system relies upon wicking technology. It is through this wicking process that plants can be watered for up to 30 days without users having to refill or re-water the plants. This process waters from the bottom up, thanks to the hydro wick technology.
- Wicking System
There is a wicking system built into this system and it is this wick which brings the water out of the reservoir to the roots. This technology is not brand new. It has been on the market in other forms for some time, and seems to have some success. The idea behind watering at the roots rather than trying to filter water down means that many plant watering systems can be built into the containers in which indoor plants are kept. Users traditionally watered the area beneath once every two weeks or so, based on the water gauge. The gauge indicated how much water had been consumed by the roots.
- Indoor and Outdoor Use
It can be used on indoor or outdoor pots. This system is slightly better insofar as the Grow Genie product can be placed directly underneath any plant, rather than having to repot existing plants indoors or outdoors.
- Needs Drainage Holes to Work
Most pots come with drainage holes, as insufficient as they might be. If consumers have pots which do not have drainage holes, then the Grow Genie does not work. This simply means that consumers have to either put the holes in themselves, or buy a new pot before using this product.
- 30 Days is Inaccurate
While the company site claims that it can water for up to 30 days, this is not a realistic prediction. Reason being, many plants vary in terms of their water needs, something which is influenced by the soil type, the weather, the planter box size, the plants themselves. Consumers still need to check regularly to verify whether their plants need more water on a roughly one or two week basis. This doesn't mean they have to water, but just check on the levels of water in the plants.
The cost of comparable wicking based products means that investing in this one is well worth the cost. Both the medium and large set costs a total of fifteen dollars with the additional seven in shipping and handling. However, when consumers order online they are forced to get the second “free” option paying only for the shipping and handling. While the inability to opt out of the “extra” deal is irritating for some, it does mean good things. For a total cost of twenty nine dollars, consumers can get two medium and two large products fit for four plants. The comparable pots usually cost this much per planter box, so this saves money.
- Aqua Globes
Online there are alternatives. One product made for TV commercials is called Aqua Globes. This online product can be found offline too and features some of the same technology.
- Planted Perfect
A second alternative is called Planted Perfect and can be found on Amazon. It offers an automatic vacation watering system for those who leave for long periods of time. This system is well rated by consumers.