Soil Sleuth

(148 customer reviews)

$15.99

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This is a key component in your plant care toolbox – in fact, it’s indispensable, and solves the mystery for properly watering your plants.  This soil probe lets you gauge the actual soil moisture level and water accordingly.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 8 × .5 in

148 reviews for Soil Sleuth

  1. Gema M. (verified owner)

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    Perfect! Simply indispensable if you want to grow healthy plants and avoid over watering, which is far more common than under watering (guilty as charged, but no more! thanks to this little gadget).

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      I agree! It is a great tool and so easy to use!
      Thanks – Sue

  2. Janice H. (verified owner)

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  3. karen Gitlitz (verified owner)

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  4. Christine Aluce (verified owner)

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    Great tool!

  5. Elizabeth (verified owner)

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  8. Helen Peluso (verified owner)

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    Excellent service above and beyond. Thank you!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you so much!
      Sue

  9. Karen A. (verified owner)

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  10. Lindsay Bullock (verified owner)

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    My plant is dead.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      I think that the initial overwatering may have done some damage but now that you have the soil sleuth, it should be helping. Please send me a photo so I can see how it is doing. The ZZ plant can go for long periods without water and since it was sitting in water for quite some time, it needs to dry out completely and might come back.
      Sue

  11. Christine Gaggin (verified owner)

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    Such a great tool to use to ensure my plant gets the right amount of water

  12. Brookanne (verified owner)

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    This item comes in handy for a lot of my plants, and couldn’t find it anywhere else. I have to say though that it is difficult to drive it through the lava rock material in the Kentia Palm, but I appreciate the device.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      It can be difficult to use in the lava rock but if you wiggle it as you’re pressing it down, you can get it through the mix. It will get easier in time and yes, it works with all your plants!
      Thanks – Sue

  13. Alex G. (verified owner)

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    works as described – though it is quite large and I’m a little worried about tearing/damaging the plants roots upon pulling it up, may try to find a more delicate instrument in the future

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      It will actually aerate the soil so please try not to worry too much about doing damage. I’ve used this for many, many years and it is a great tool!
      Thanks,
      Sue

  14. Karla B. (verified owner)

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    A very useful tool to make sure that my plant has just the right amount of water. I want my plant to thrive, and this increases my confidence that I am taking care of it properly!

  15. Elizabeth H. (verified owner)

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  16. Carol (verified owner)

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  17. Richard (verified owner)

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    Excellent tool to gauge when to it not to water. I wish I had knew about this gadget years ago it would have prevented watering mistakes I made in years past. Go buy it!

  18. Alice S. (verified owner)

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  19. Daryl S. (verified owner)

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  20. Anonymous (verified owner)

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  21. Cheryl Feld (verified owner)

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    The most beautiful plant! Delivered and received perfectly. Thank you. I will be ordering more from you.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Awesome! Thanks for your nice comments and let us know if you need help going forward!
      Sue

  22. Brandon S. (verified owner)

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    Plant arrived on time and in great shape

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know!
      Sue

  23. Linda Moore (verified owner)

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  24. Brenda Del Monte Sanchez (verified owner)

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  25. Cynthia R. (verified owner)

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    Great tool – LOVE IT!

  26. diane (verified owner)

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    As expected.

  27. Nedra (verified owner)

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    It performed as described and was helpful when I used it but I need to make using it habitual

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      If you keep the probe with your watering can, you’ll get into the habit of using it.
      Thanks,
      Sue

  28. Anonymous (verified owner)

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  29. Ashley (verified owner)

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  30. Linda Trisby (verified owner)

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  31. Gertrud Montgomery (verified owner)

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  32. Dr Adele M. (verified owner)

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    Great device to check soil hydration

  33. Natalia N. (verified owner)

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  34. Nick Neighbours (verified owner)

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    I havent recieved such personal customer service in years. Sue has been extremely responsive, helpful and kind. Product was quality. I highly recommend.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks Nick! We love our customers!!
      Sue

  35. Harrell (verified owner)

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    Works as demonstrated.

  36. Jocelyn G. (verified owner)

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  37. Linda (verified owner)

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  38. Christa S. (verified owner)

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    Handy tool for finicky plants.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      In 22+ years with Plantz, I’ve never found anything that works better! So glad you purchased it.
      Thanks – Sue

  39. Gabriel S. (verified owner)

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  40. Veronica M. (verified owner)

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    A little reassurance for those unused to very large indoor trees!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      You are very welcome and we’re here if you need us to answer any questions!
      Thanks – Sue

  41. Mahlon G. (verified owner)

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    Works just fine.

  42. Dawn Lopez (verified owner)

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    Love this simple tool. I have a brown thumb and this really helps me stay on track with my plants.

  43. John S. (verified owner)

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    Sue is just great!!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Well thanks!!!
      Sue

  44. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    My husband said for something so simple…it’s is game changing!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      This is so true! I cannot live without it and recommend it to everyone!
      Thanks – Sue

  45. Scott W Miholics (verified owner)

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    Works well!

  46. Nia Spencer (verified owner)

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    I haven’t used it yet. The website won’t let me submit my other reviews without reviewing this product. So I’ll leave it a 5 since everything else was a 5 and if I use it and it doesn’t work well I’ll come back and adjust my review.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      You will love it too. Probably the best tool out there and everyone at Plantz uses this in each account and plant!
      Thanks – Sue

  47. Keisha B. (verified owner)

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  50. Jill Schweitzer (verified owner)

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  51. Dina E. (verified owner)

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    My plants are so happy now, the soil sleuth is the perfect tool for knowing when & when not to water your plants.
    I own a lot of large plants, & it’s perfect for me to take better care of them now!
    Good luck! 👍

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      We agree!!
      Thanks – Sue

  52. Liza (verified owner)

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  54. James Wiley (verified owner)

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  55. Krystle Peregrino (verified owner)

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  56. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    As listed

  57. River (verified owner)

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  58. Krystle (verified owner)

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    Great tool for my plant. It was missing from my ininitial package but got shipped out right away.

  59. Maurice Williams (verified owner)

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  60. David Shull (verified owner)

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  61. Jenny L. (verified owner)

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    This was missing from my original order. Customer service quickly sent us a new one. Great service.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks!
      Sue

  62. Karen A. (verified owner)

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  63. Ariel (verified owner)

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  64. Mike Guild (verified owner)

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    I sent Sue an email but I’m guessing it never got through because she didn’t respond? I also left a phone message and didn’t hear back. I was terribly disappointed in the size of the two trees and I’m hoping but not sure that the branches will spread out and not stay in a ball? A year or so back I found one at a local Nursery and purchased it for $50 and it was two and a half times as big as big as the ones I received and the branches were all spread out nice. I realize the shipping cost is what killed me but again I think the picture on your site was misleading. Sue however was extremely nice and helping me order it.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      I am so sorry! I’ve checked my call log as well as emails and did not see any from you except for the one prior to the shipping. I’ve sent you an email regarding this and will wait to hear from you. The plants are grown with the ball shaped head like you see in our photos but they will spread out and continue to grow and can be trimmed/pruned however you like. I can help with this if needed. Please respond to my email at your earliest convenience so we can discuss how to make this right.
      Thanks – Sue

  65. Valaida (verified owner)

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    Great little tool. It really helps you to understand the water needs of your plant. I can’t live without it (and neither can my plants).

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      So true! After 22+ years with Plantz, I can’t live without it either!
      Thanks – Sue

  66. Kellie Page (verified owner)

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  67. Christine Z. (verified owner)

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    I never received this item, even though I paid for it. I emailed them that it was not included with my shipment and received no response.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Christine – We’re so sorry about the probe. I did email you when I got your message and didn’t hear back from you so I assumed you’d found it. They have a way of making it to the bottom of the box! I’ve sent one out for you and it should arrive in a few days.
      Thanks – Sue
      PS – Check your spam/junk folder as you might have a few emails there from me!

  68. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    This device is small but mighty. I used to stick my hand down in the soil approx 4 in to see how the soil behaved under my fingernails to assess need to water. This device serves the same purpose. No more dirty finger nails.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      It also reaches down to the bottom of the pot where the roots are. Great tool that our technicians use on their accounts!
      Thanks – Sue

  69. Erin M. (verified owner)

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    I am very pleased with this tool! Works great and saves me from overwatering

  70. Joanne R. (verified owner)

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    have not tried this yet

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      It is so easy and simple to use. Give it a try and it will let you know when the plant is ready for water!
      Thanks – Sue

  71. Sheila C. (verified owner)

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    I looked at many tools to determine when my plants need water. Most had mediocre reviews, even the pricy ones. So, I decided to order the Soil Sleuth with my plant. It is a simple and effective tool!! It works with all plants and pot sizes.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      We are so glad you like it. One tool for many, many plants!
      Thanks – Sue

  72. Lexi S. (verified owner)

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  73. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Definitely a must have!

  74. Ronnie Hirsch (verified owner)

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  75. Jodi r. (verified owner)

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  76. Elizabeth (verified owner)

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    Very simple to use and a lifesaver for a new palm owner!

  77. Mark Mayglothling (verified owner)

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  83. Tiffany W. (verified owner)

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    This is a must have for all of my plants. Far better than the traditional moisture meters, which are often inaccurate.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      It truly is! Our technicians are required to use this in every account that they service!
      Thanks – Sue

  84. Robin (verified owner)

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    This tool has helped me figure out proper watering for all my plants. Game changer and my plants couldn’t be happier!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      It is amazing how simple it is and easy to use. Our technicians are required to use this in all their accounts and it will never give you a false reading!
      Thanks!
      Sue

  85. Priscilla Adler (verified owner)

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    Clever and useful. But I get soil on the floor when I pull the Soil Sleuth out of the soil. So, I need to sweep up every time I use it.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Priscilla – Try aiming closer to the center area of the plant and when you remove the probe, do this over the pot so soil falls back into the planter and not on your floors. You can also use your other hand to remove soil as you pull it out and only the notches will have a small soil sample on them.
      Thanks – Sue

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  92. Christian (verified owner)

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    It works fine.

  93. Edwn Gropp (verified owner)

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  96. Maria S. (verified owner)

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    It’s a messy tool to work with. When you remove the sleuth from the soil you need covering on the floor because the soil spills on the floor. It may do the job but I don’t like the dirt spilling from the sleuth on to the floor.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Maria – Thanks so much for the beautiful photos. We’ve put them on our website. When you use the soil probe, use your fingers to feel the soil as you remove it. That will give you an idea of the moisture throughout the plant and if you do this as you’re removing it, it will drop the soil in the planter instead of on the floor. When you have it removed, the samples should still be in the notches so you can then feel the moisture level on the lower notches to see if the root zone is moist or dry. I hope this helps!
      Thanks – Sue

  97. Karen Davis (verified owner)

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  98. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    We love these!

  99. Yolanda (verified owner)

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    Great way to eliminate the plaguing problems of over and under water!

  100. Linda Conley (verified owner)

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  101. Lisa A. (verified owner)

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    This is so handy!

  102. Laura J. (verified owner)

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  108. William Lee (verified owner)

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    Awesome tool. Use it on all my potted plants.

  109. Monica L. (verified owner)

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  110. Orison (verified owner)

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    Very innovative tool!

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  114. Sami Khader (verified owner)

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    A very helpful tool, for a newbie like me, keeps me from over or under watering the plant. The only thing is that I am afraid that I will damage the roots when I dig into the soil to check its moisture level.

  115. Joy (verified owner)

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  117. Lorraine Shelko (verified owner)

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    After many empty promises, I still haven’t received it. I was told to call if I had any concerns but no one responds. Dropped like a hot potato!!!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Lorraine
      I’m showing that this was delivered on 7/30 and it was signed for. I’ve emailed you the address and the signature on the delivery slip. Please let me know if you can locate it at the address that was provided on the order. We can send another one if you’re unable to locate it!! Why didn’t you email me? I have returned all calls that I’ve gotten from you so if you need to speak at a specific time, just send me a note and I’ll call.
      I hope your lyrata is doing well!
      Thanks,
      Sue

      • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

        Hi Lorraine,
        Glad you found the probe and let us know. If you have any other issues I can help you with, just let me know!
        Thanks,
        Sue

  118. Michelle K. (verified owner)

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    Keeps my worries away about how much to water!

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  121. Regina (verified owner)

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    Great tool

  122. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Seems to work as advertised.

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  128. Peter (verified owner)

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    Makes life so much easier in terms of care giving. Totally recommend!

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  131. Blayze O’Brien (verified owner)

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    Excellent tool.

  132. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Great gadget, it works!

  133. Grace Lee (verified owner)

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    It was my first shopping at Plantz. I was so impressed with the beautiful and heathy plant and customer service. I got three plants this time, and I will meet Plantz again when I need more plants. Thank you so much!

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  140. Steven C. (verified owner)

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    Great little tool, it takes the guess work out of trying to figure out if the soil is ready for watering.

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  145. Rayne M. (verified owner)

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    I didn’t really know how this works or what to expect. But the directions are simple. Haven’t tried it yet.

    • Barry Powers (store manager)

      Rayne, After you remove the Red stick from the package insert the pointed end straight down into the soil. Spin it around once or twice and pull it out of the soil. Then there will be soil left in the notches along the stick. If the soil is dry on the top two notches then you need to add a little water to your plant. If all of the notches are dry you need to add water more often to your plant. It is a way of testing the water level in the soil.

  146. Chris (verified owner)

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    Finally a product that help me not to over water. Don’t hesitate, just buy it.

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