Posted by Liis Saks on May 22, 2013 0 Comments
I want to share something with all of you. This is one of my favourite plants in our tests right now - Stevia rebaudiana.
Maybe Stevia or "Sugar Leaf" is not the poshest representative of the plant kingdom - no bright flowers or coloured leaves, but this plant has some inner qualities that once tried are hard to forget.
We are talking about the substance steviol, which is abundant in the stems and leaves of the plant. Steviol is a natural sweetener which is 300 times sweeter than sugar. And yes, it is natural! Not artificial.
As all you coffee and toffee maniacs consume more than 60 grams of sugar per day, this could be your healthy option for your daily ration of sweetness. And as steviol is not related to sucrose, it is great for people with diabetes. The leaves can be used for hot and cold drinks, desserts and even fresh - just for impressing your friends or co-workers.
What does Click and Grow do with stevia? The plant is known to be notoriuously difficult to grow. It needs soil water levels to be constantly kept at 75-85% saturation. May seem impossible for a home gardener but a piece of cake for our equipment.
We are still polishing the fertilization program, but we are close to perfect. Soon there will be Stevias for everyone.
Posted by Mattias Lepp on May 16, 2013 0 Comments
If you love plants and technology - and we know many of you do - the following might be of interest. We are looking to recruit a small international team of friends and fans to help us test new plants and technologies.
What we're looking for
- Willingness to test new plants once a quarter or so
- Measuring, taking photos and/or answering our questions if needed
- A curious mind
- Previous participation on our Facebook page or Kickstarter page is a big plus
What we offer
- You'll be the first to have access to our new plants and products
- We'll send you 2 smart flowerpots for testing and 1 for your personal plant growing
- Discount on our products and other goodies
If this sounds interesting, please apply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to add a photo of the window sill or area you have available for testing and answer the following questions:
- Your name (duh)
- Your location
- Which direction your window is facing.
- A short description of your previous experience with Click & Grow.
- Your recommendation for a plant you would like to test (that is not yet available as a refill)
- Don't forget to add a photo of your window sill or place which you'd like to use for testing!
Posted by Liis Saks on April 25, 2013 0 Comments
Last week we asked our fans and customers to snap a picture of their smart garden and participate in our Spring Photo Contest. We are really excited to see that so many smart gardeners (is this a new term in the making?) have such a beautiful plants and that they shared them with the World.
Winners were authors of pictures that got the most votes, and our jury picked 3 more winners additionally. It was not an easy job to do because there were so many beautiful entries! All receive their favourite plant refills as prizes.
Here are the winners with comments from our gardener Priit.
First the ones that we liked the most. Hope you like them as much as we do!
1st place - Timo
Our gardener says: “Some people prefer to snap off the blossoms to make the beautiful foliage last longer. Others prefer to watch the shy flowers and maybe even let the plant produce seed. Gardening can be done in a thousand ways, and we like all of them.”
2nd place - Hegert
Our gardener says: ”Some Lizzies just grow and grow. Plants make people happy and happy people grow happy plants. It works in both ways!”
3rd place - Denis
Our Gardener says: ”We like how this author has captured his/her plant in different stages. Sometimes it is hard to notice how big a tiny seedling has grown.”
And now winners with most votes
Federica (293 votes)
Our Gardener says: “Let them grow! Your other plants seem to love your gardening skills.”
Daniele (236 votes)
Our Gardener says: ”The end of April is the best time in the year to start new plants (at least in the Northern hemisphere). These little Cockscombs will enjoy the summer sun as much as you do!”
Jette-Liis 75 votes
Our Gardener says: “This wonderful Busy lizzy had a though life as a youngster. Not all seeds seem to have germinated. But just look at this lush Lizzy now!”
Congratulations to winners and thank you all for taking part in the contest! If you liked it as much as we did, we'll certainly be doing more of those in the future. Happy growing!
Posted by Andrus Purde on April 17, 2013 0 Comments
Snap a photo of your Click & Grow smart garden, post it to our Spring Photo Contest
and get plant refills as prizes to grow even nicer plants in the future. 3 winners with most votes get plant refills as prizes, our jury will pick 3 more winners additionally. Contest ends April 24th.
Check out our Spring Photo Contest
Posted by Mattias Lepp on March 27, 2013 0 Comments
Thanks to our friends and fans, our first smart garden has done well. Today you can find it in more than 50,000 homes around the world. But we've been tinkering our labs to make it even better. And so we're very proud to unveil the brand new Smart Herb Garden.
It grows three of your favourite herbs, has a built-in light and is powered by our patent pending technology. All in all, growing plants without a garden has never been easier.
It costs a small fortune to start manufacturing the new gardens. So we're announcing the Smart Herb Garden on Kickstarter first. If you want to get a good deal, be among the first to get the new smart garden and do us a big favor please back us on Kickstarter.
Even if you don't need fresh herbs in your kitchen at this moment, please spread the word. Every little helps!