IKEA now sells an indoor hydroponic garden where you can grow fresh produce at home in water rather than in soil. No garden or previous gardening experience needed.
If you don’t have a garden (or garden space) but you still want to grow your own fresh food all year round, IKEA’s indoor hydroponic garden might be the answer. Hydroponic is a technical method where plants (or veggies) are grown in water rather than soil.
The only things that are necessary for a successful hydroponic garden are light and water. Many vegetables that we purchase today are grown in a hydroponic way. With the IKEA system come absorbent foam plugs that enable the seeds to sprout and keep the seeds moist without over-watering them. As the seeds evolve, all that’s left to be done is to shift the foam plug into its own separate small pot and fill it with pumice stones which can hold a lot of water.
After this process, the plants can be transferred to a growing tray that has a solar lamp that can provide enough sustenance to last all year. If possible, the pots can be placed on a windowsill that gets some sunlight, but if that’s not an option that is also okay as the system can be successful without any sunlight as well. The built-in water sensor in the growing tray ensures that the plants are given the perfect amount of water at all times. “The challenge was to make growing plants in a hydroponic system simple so that anyone could succeed…” Said Helena Karlén from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
The system, called the KRYDDA/VÄXER series, was created by cooperating agricultural scientists in Sweden. The targeted customers are those people who don’t have a garden or live in apartments, as well as people who like to enjoy fresh produce all year round.
IKEA’s hydroponic system isn’t the first indoor gardening system but it is a lot more affordable the many other systems out there. Additionally, IKEA’s system is ideal for people with a minimum amount of space. The past few years IKEA has been specifically forward-thinking and they are clearly going along with the sustainability trend.