By Linzy Novotny
A Palo Alto, Calif., company has taken the guesswork out of growing herbs, vegetables and flowers with their latest technology—an indoor, home garden.
Mattias Lepp and his company, Click & Grow, are asking for funding through Kickstarter to fund the company’s Smart Herb Garden.
Growing up to three plants at a time, the Smart Herb Garden takes a minimal amount of effort for the consumer to have fresh herbs on hand all year, according to Kickstarter. This is made possible by the garden’s components—the flowerpot and plant cartilage.
The flowerpot includes “electronics, sensors, batteries, a pump and a water reservoir,” as stated on the product’s website. The flowerpot has been designed to give the plants the right amount of water and light, taking the guesswork out of plant care. The plant cartilage contains seeds and nutrients, according to the product’s website.
“With more than three years of [research and development] behind the Smart Herb Garden, the backbone of the technology is the growth medium, a nanotech material engineered to supply plant roots with the right amount of oxygen, water and nutrients at any time,” according to Kickstarter.
The Smart Herb Garden takes what the company has already released in their Click and Grow, which is available on their website, and takes it to the next level by including an LED lamp in its design.
“We’ve also built a cutting-edge lighting solution. The light spectrum in traditional LED lights makes plants look unnatural on the one hand and can be harmful for children’s eyes on the other,” as stated on Kickstarter. “We’ve worked with the world’s leading LED technologists to invent a natural-looking light system that gives plants enough light to grow while only requiring 6 watts of energy. This keeps the electricity bill for running the Smart Herb Garden for a whole year to around $4 to $5 dollars.”
The Smart Herb Garden’s predecessor, the Click and Grow, comes complete with one smartpot and one plant cartridge in its starter kit, according to the product’s website. The garden uses four AA batteries and 1 liter of water. The batteries last between eight and 12 months and the smartpot will need to be refilled with water “in a month or two.” The garden also needs to be placed in a “reasonably sunny spot.”
Chili Peppers growing in the Click and Grow
In about one or two weeks, the plant will start to sprout and will grow to full size in three to five months for herbs, as stated on the product’s website. Chili peppers can take up to 10 months to fully grow.
On the Click & Grow website, starter kits are available for $79, with the choice of basil, chili pepper, cockscomb or mini tomato. Refill cartridges are available for $19.99, with 10 different refills available ranging from the busy Lizzie flower and lemon basil to garden sage and the painted nettle flower.
Another advantage to the Smart Herb Garden is that it plugs in, eliminating the need for batteries.
For backing the project on Kickstarter, backers will receive the Smart Herb Garden at a discounted price of $39, according to Kickstarter. This kit includes three plant cartridges—basil, thyme and lemon balm. The garden is estimated to ship in September. Replacement cartridges will retail between $5 and $15.
“Get ready to grow your favorite herbs and spices at home,” as stated on Kickstarter. “We’ve made it as simple as possible, and with your support we can make it available for everyone.”
The Smart Herb Garden will be funded on April 30, having raised $144,000 of the $75,000 goal.
To pledge, visit the Smart Herb Garden Kickstarter page.
- Smart Herb Garden
- Smart Herb Garden
- A Chili Pepper Growing in the Click and Grow
- Click and Grow Painted Nettle Refill Cartridge
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