LG’s first foray into indoor gardening was unveiled this week at CES 2020.
By Alan Wolf, YSN
LG Electronics is going green.
The Korean electronics and appliance giant is entering the booming indoor gardening market with its first indoor vegetable cultivator.
The product, introduced this week at the sprawling CES 2020 consumer tech show in Las Vegas, is a column-style grow box that employs advanced light, temperature and water control to cultivate nutrient-rich greens at home. Designed for the novice gardener, the appliance is accessorized with all-in-one seed packages and a growth-monitoring app for what the company describes as a “convenient, automated solution.” The gardening system is capable of holding up to 24 all-in-one seed packages – enough, LG said, to supply a family of four with home-grown produce.
Utilizing flexible modules, the unit replicates optimal outdoor conditions by precisely matching the temperature inside the insulated cabinet with the time of day. LED lights, forced air circulation and wick-based water management allow seeds to germinate quickly.
A key component of the automated gardening solution is LG’s non-circulating water supply technology, which evenly distributes the exact amount of water that the plant packages require. This core technology prevents algae growth and prevents unpleasant odors for a hygienic environment where natural herbs and leafy vegetables can grow, LG said.
Initial packages will include 20 different herb and vegetable varieties, including romaine and other types of lettuce, arugula, chicory and basil. The all-in-one seed packages also contain peat moss and fertilizer, making it easy for immediate planting, while the companion smartphone app helps users manage and monitor their plants and offers useful guidance to ensure a successful harvest.
No word yet on pricing or ship dates.