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Become A Better Plant Parent With This App Out Of NASA

by: Rosie Dalton | 3 months ago | News

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Back in the 1980s, NASA discovered that plants could be helpful in purifying the air indoors. This Clean Air Study has provided yet another reason why we should fill our homes with beautiful greenery that looks good and is good for our healths too. 

But where does one start with indoor plants? Unless you are a botanist, it can be hard to know which varieties will best suit your home environment – taking into account factors like natural sunlight and airflow. Once you actually own the plants, too, it can be tricky to know when you're not watering them enough, or watering them too much. 

Enter the Steward app, which is like having a plant expert on speed dial. This app was actually started by husband and wife duo Alexi and Brendan Coffey through NASA’s research program for entrepreneurs looking to address climate change.

"We started Steward at NASA’s Ames Research Center with the understanding that technology can enable everyone to be great plant parents," say the Coffeys. "But it’s only one part of the equation. We’re building our company in New York, with an extraordinary team of botanists, horticulturalists, and technologists here and around the world."

So what does the app actually do? According to Steward, it scans the rooms in your home to measure light distribution and then creates custom Plant Maps for each room. After recommending the best plants for each space, Steward helps you care for your plants confidently, with personalised care guides for each plant. 

In others words, Steward helps you to become a better plant parent. And proves that, as the founders say, "we can partner with nature to improve our health and transform the spaces we live, work, and play in."

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