We work with three types of soil moisture sensor: Parrot Flower Power, PlantLink and Vegetronix.
These moisture sensors provide information about specific locations in the garden, enabling decisions about irrigation to be made on a zone-by-zone basis.
You configure the connection between the sensor and the Smart Garden Hub on the “Sensors” screen (explained in detail below).
Parrot Flower Power and PlantLink: These moisture sensor collect data and upload it to your user account in the cloud (not a GreenIQ account). GreenIQ fetches this data and for each irrigation cycle implements an internal algorithm to determine whether to skip an irrigation cycle.
Note: The Parrot Flower Power sensor requires a Bluetooth connection to your mobile device. It then uploads the data from your device to the cloud. If you are not at home or Bluetooth is not enabled, the data will not be uploaded to the cloud. GreenIQ will identify that there is no valid data and will ignore sensor’s information.
Vegetronix sensor: After installing the Vegetronix sensor you need to set a minimal and maximal thresholds. When associating the Vegetronix sensor to a zone, watering is skipped if the moisture level is greater than the maximum threshold.
In addition, if the soil moisture in this zone drops below the minimum threshold, an e-mail alert is sent.
To set up a moisture sensor:
- Install the moisture sensor in your garden and connect it to the hub (as described in the installation guide).
- On the Sensors screen, expand the entry for the relevant moisture sensor (Parrot FlowerPower, Plantlink or Vegetronix). If this is a Vegetronix sensor you also need to define the minimal and maximal thresholds.
- Enter your username and password for the sensor in the designated fields. Doesn't apply for Vegetronix.
- In the Associated Sensors to Zones area, select the sensor from the dropdown list to assign it to a specific zone.
- Click Save Sensors.
Our Smart Garden Hub can also integrate with a flow sensor, a rain sensor and a NetAtmo weather station.