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A look at our edibles - Chili Pepper

Every Tuesday we cover the uses and qualities of our edible Click & Grow plants. This week we’ll look at Chili Pepper!

Click & Grow Chili Pepper

Background

The chili pepper, also known as chile pepper or chilli pepper, is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum. It’s estimated that Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet since at least 7500 BC. Archaeological evidence at sites located in Southwestern-Ecuador suggest that chili peppers were domesticated more than 6000 years ago. Astonishing!

A look at our edibles – Lemon Balm

Every Tuesday we cover the uses and qualities of our edible Click & Grow plants. This week we’ll look at Lemon Balm. 

Click & Grow Lemon Balm


Background

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) originates from Europe and it has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region for around 2000 years. The plant is widely known for its health benefits. For example, it’s known that Charles V, the King of France in the 14th century, drank Lemon Balm tea every day to stay in good health.

A look at our edibles - Thyme

Every Tuesday we cover the uses and qualities of our edible Click & Grow plants. This week we’ll look at Thyme. 

Click & Grow Thyme

Background

Interestingly, there are a number of theories as to the origins of the name thyme. Most agree that its derived from the Greek word thumos or from the Latin fumus which both mean smoke. The association with smoke probably comes from the fact that thyme was used in sacrifices or from the plants fragrant odor, which is often tied with the word fumigate.

What we do know is that thyme originates from the Mediterranean area and in ancient times, thyme was appreciated for its antiseptic properties. For example, Greeks used it as a fumigant while Egyptians made use of its qualities in the embalming process.

A look at our edibles - Basil

Starting from today, every Tuesday we’ll create a blogpost with the uses and qualities of our edible Click & Grow plants. This week we’ll look at the amazing basil. 

Click & Grow basil

Background

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a culinary herb originating from India. In India, basil is considered a holy herb and is planted near the entrances of temples and even sacrificed to gods. Basil is prominently featured in Italian cuisine and also very popular in the Northeast Asia cuisine of Taiwan and the Southeast Asian cuisines of Indonesia and Thailand.

Soon to come

Hey all and a happy starting year. Just wanted to let you know, what we have in store for you for the coming year. At the moment we are sowing and packing 7 new plant cartridges. We hope that they will be ready for order from the beginning of February 2012. Stay tuned! Our selection for this spring will feature: Thyme - great for making tea or spicing up pizzas Coriander - a cosmopolite among spiceplants. Fast growing, tasty and healthy Parsley - a tasty and healthy addition to any kitchen windowsill. Garden sage - a medicinal plant for making...

Plant lamps

Plants & Light

Hey all! I've had a lot of questions lately about suitable plant lamps. So here is a tiny commented list with suitable products. If you are interested - check them out!

1. Plant LEDs - Check here. Blue and red leds are the most energy efficient plant lighting technology. A bit expensive though. Additional lighting with leds will produce heavy crops fast, but the purple light might not suit with all interiors.

2. Energy saving bulbs - Like this one. Almost every energy saving bulb will do! Best are the ones emitting "cool white" spectrum. You can find them in every hardware store and they fit almost all lamp sockets. A great and budget friendly technology, which will speed up plant growing.

How to get the maximum out of your Click & Grow?

Lately I have had lots of questions about how to increase yields and get the most out of a Click & Grow flower pot. As watering and fertilizing are taken care of (we have spent years on the "really best" programs), the most impressive effect can be achieved with hardcore lighting.

So what is the meanest lighting technology out there? I will put here a comparison table with luxes (light power in lumens per square-metre). Take a note, that the more light a plant will get, the faster it will grow. It is almost impossible to have too much light. For example commercial busy lizzy growers recommend at least 15 000 lux for 8 hrs a day. But this is hardcore.

Grow Lamb’s Ear, Garden Sage, Coriander and Parsley with Click & Grow!

We are thrilled to announce that 4 new plant cartridges are available for the Click & Grow smartpot. You can now effortlessly grow Lamb’s Ear, Garden Sage, Coriander and Parsley.

Lambs’ Ear

Click & Grow Lamb's Ear

Growing into a gardener. Collecting and growing seeds.

Exploded Busy Lizzy seed pod

All plants grow seeds. Some do it only very rarely. Seeds are a mechanism for evolution - when cloning reproduces identical plants, plants grown from seeds are a combination of the genotypes of the mother and father. Every combination is slightly different and this is the base for breeding new plant varieties.  

How to care for your painted nettle

After posting a picture of Martin’s (our production manager) painted nettle on our Facebook wall, several people contacted us with questions how the plant grew so viable and beautiful.     [Martin’s viable and beautiful painted nettle] As we are interested in providing the best possible smart gardening experience to our customers, we’ll share a couple of easy tips on how to the get the most out of your painted nettle. Find a spot with good light conditions Good light conditions are essential to growing a viable plant. Overall, we recommend that Click & Grow plants get at least 6-8...

Enthusiastic product testers wanted

 

Application period is now over. We have chosen 20 testers and will keep you posted on any interesting news.
 

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. 

The easiest solution to all light problems

The Click and Grow is delivered as a full kit. The only two things not included are water and sunlight. Water you can probably find. And now there is a super easy option for additional plant lighting too! If your newborn plant is 3 cm high and crawling towards the nearest window, desktop lamps with ANY ENERGY SAVING BULB will help. A lamp will definitely help to improve germination and can speed up growth up to 8 times. If you live in areas with dark winters, this is a a option to consider.