The thing that orchids supposedly need to grow well is water flow. These are teh kinds of plants, like bonsai, where you soak the roots but don’t let them remain in the water for too long. I’m not sure how this applies to natural rainforest conditions. Frequent light rains and a dense upper canopy could prevent the puddling of rains, but I’m not sure it would be enough to prevent root rot. Still, supplies liek moss and a rockier planting medium are supposed to allow moisture to drain in the potted household variety. The point remains, however, that too much watering can be more of a problem than not enough watering. The same sorts of things can be applied to all the basics of plant growth – sunlight, nutrients, pollination. It’s great on a small scale but not so great in ever increasing quantities.
I’m not sure about the rest of you, but that means that I can only take care of a certain number of plants with dedication. I’m not even a hobbyist gardener really. I like green things grown in my apartment, but if it requires too much effort, I’d much rather just be killing the plants. Enter in MIT’s new garden-variety robotics creation. The idea behind the project is to make gardening, and eventually agriculture, more sustainable. If we actually measure and track and give plants only what they need and no more, we aren’t wasting as many resources on farming. At the basic level the program they’re at right now, the scale is much smaller. For the moment, instead of ag industry-level products, we’re talking home and garden – the Roomba gardener. I want it.