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This cabinet wants to make growing ‘special plants’ at home easy

Updated Aug 11th, 2016 10:03AM EDT
Grobo: Growing Weed at Home
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Gardening at home can be tricky. If you’re growing things indoors, there’s all sorts of pitfalls to consider: lighting, nutrients, space, the cops busting down your door. The last one is kinda hard to deal with, but a new product wants to try and take care of everything else for you.

Grobo is a large cabinet that’s meant to handle every aspect of growing virtually any kind of plant. The founders of the Canadian startup describe it as “Keurig for plants,” only this uses seeds instead of coffee pods. Also, the results take months not minutes.

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The box uses sensors to monitor the state of a plant, and a connected app to control everything. In theory, you can drop a couple of seeds into the growing medium, tell the app what kind of weed you planted, and the sensors will monitor growth, and distribute nutrients as needed. There’s also activated charcoal filters that should cut out any smells from growing.

The appeal is obvious: growing your own “medicine,” as the release tastefully calls it, is the cheapest and arguably safest way to get it. However, most people don’t have the time or the patience to do it themselves. Using an all-in-one growing cabinet like this is probably the best way to go about, it providing you have the cash.

Oh yeah, the price: $900 on pre-order, with delivery around April of next year. That’s close to double what you’d spend on equivalent growing materials, so really, the price comes down to convenience, and to an extent, aesthetics.

Chris Mills
Chris Mills News Editor

Chris Mills has been a news editor and writer for over 15 years, starting at Future Publishing, Gawker Media, and then BGR. He studied at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.