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Aboretum's Plants are now "Smart"

  12/06/2018 at 14:29 pm

If your plants could speak, what would they say?

Award Winning App SmartPlant is now live on Amazon Alexa, helping anyone, anywhere keep plants alive

Under Embargo until 23rd May 2018 - London, UK. Over the past few years, the plant world has embraced a glistening array of innovative gadgets and gizmos, but having your very own green-fingered guru to tell you what to do and when to do it is the thing of dreams. Until now.

SmartPlant the award-winning app dubbed “the future of gardening” has today announced it is now live on Amazon Alexa. Now users will no longer need to find their plant answers via the app they can simply say "Alexa what do I need to do with my magnolia?" or "Add snake plant to my garden”.

In an industry that was once aimed at the 50+ age group, there are now over 400 million plants sold in the UK a year and according to research published in April 2017 millennials are spending the most. As houseplants get hip for a younger generation of planty people and the number of older adults using smartphones increases, SmartPlant is demystifying the world of gardening and giving plants a voice.

Alexa is fully integrated with SmartPlant’s barcode-scanning technology at its retailers across the UK and will enable users not only to receive in-app plant care in real time but care information will automatically be uploaded onto Alexa. So if like so many people, despite the unrelenting effort, you are unable to keep a plant alive, SmartPlant allows anyone with a plant to shop and care for their plants with confidence.

Tech is having a radical impact on the way we grow plants. Technological advances have shown how some garden centres are ahead of the game by offering their customers a more sophisticated experience. Once you have downloaded the app, adding new plants is easy. Simply scan the barcode on the tag at any of the 100 existing partner locations across the UK to instantly add your greenery to your digital garden.

In addition, SmartPlant’s recently upgraded and improved app performs plant and pest identifications, live expert chat, bespoke monthly care reminders and the opportunity to learn about new plants and build the perfect digital garden. It’s geo-mapped to take into account your location, climate, and premium membership allows the user unlimited questions, plant and pest IDs and access to a personalised plant care calendar and reminders.

CEO and Co-Founder George Williams, 27, said “Plants have long been the fancy of the time rich and experienced horticulturalists, we want SmartPlant to be the digital companion for every plant, and give plants a place in the Smart Homes of the future”


  • Live on Amazon Alexa
  • Hundreds of horticultural experts available for instant advice, help and guidance
  • Quick and accurate plant and pest identification
  • Over 20,000 plants to search through in-app for inspiration
  • Deep content including video’s, images and general plant care information
  • Plant recommendations, so you can learn about plants and find what you love!
  • Free monthly plant care for all your plants
  • SmartPlant barcode scanning technology at retail partners offers automatic care notifications for plants you buy
  • Premium membership allows the user unlimited questions, photo IDs and access to a personalised garden care calendar

About SmartPlant

SmartPlant has created technology that enables every plant around the world to speak to its owner, telling them exactly what care it requires to thrive. Plant care is often over complicated and aimed at enthusiasts and the modern plant owner wants simple and easy to follow advice, a centralised management platform and the confidence to grow the plants they want. SmartPlant’s straightforward care calendar, plant and pest identifications, detailed database and a live network of hundreds of experts make this possible and have allowed SmartPlant to capture a new generation of plant owners, with an average user age of 25-35 years old, as well as catering for the more experienced gardeners.

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By Siobhan Mockler