New systems can support more crops yet feature simple controls.
Two recently launched indoor gardening systems displayed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show highlight that hydroponic systems can accommodate more crops yet still be easy to operate.
The FarmGrowBox and GrowWall models, made by Opcom, are new no-soil systems that grow up to 50 and 75 plants, respectively. The first is designed for mounting on tables while the second is a vertical garden. Both use a minimal amount of water and auto-adjusting LED lights to care for plants, and can be controlled with just one touch of a button. Vegetables, fruits, herbs and sprouts can be grown by the systems.
With hydroponics, aquaponics and other smart planting technologies getting better as reflected by these new systems and similar kits, indoor gardening is staying strong, and will continue to be popular even beyond 2017. Reports also point out that demand for clean and organic food, the shift to city living and need for neat indoor garden spaces are factors that drive growth in the gardening industry. Makers are doing well in keeping these trends in mind in releasing innovative hydroponic systems that are also easy to use, tidy and stylish.