XPort Leaf Kit: Getting Started

Before you get started assembling your kit, check to make sure that you have everything you need.

System requirements:

  • Ethernet connection with Internet service (10BaseT or 100Base-T with DHCP addressing)
  • 120V a/c power outlet
  • A plant with soil at least 3″ deep


(1) Botanicalls printed circuit board (a.k.a. The Leaf!)
(2) 22pF capacitors
(1) 10µF capacitor
(1) 1µF capacitor
(1) ATMEGA168 microcontroller
(1) 3.3V regulator
(1) power jack
(2) 6-pin male headers
(2) 12-pin 2mm XPort headers
(2) LEDs (1 green, 1 yellow)
(1) 2N2222A transistor
(1) 16MHz crystal
(1) 10K ohm resistor
(2) 220 ohm resistors
(2) 100 ohm resistors
(2) tactile switches
(1) X-Port Direct
(1) terminal block
(1) 28-pin IC socket
(2) 7″ steel probes
(2) 4″ cable ties
(1) 3′ Ethernet cable
(1) DC power adaptor

The 6V DC power adapter included in the kit is rated for 120V, so it’s only appropriate for use in the US, Canada, or Japan. For all other countries, try something like Adafruit’s multiplug power adapter. Or you can use a transformer.

NOTE: Be sure to hang onto the bag that your parts came in. The label has the username and password that you’ll need to modify your plant’s Twitter profile!

You’ll also need:

a soldering iron
needle nose pliers
small snips
small flat-head screwdriver
masking tape


If you’d like, you can use helping hands or a (small work vice like the PanaVise Junior 201). However these are not required – you can assemble the whole kit on a flat work surface.

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