LG Electronics is adding a unique appliance to its white goods product roster, with the unveiling of an indoor gardening appliance at CES 2020. The built-in column-style system uses advanced light, temperature and water control, all-in-one seed packages and a growth-monitoring app to help users cultivate nutrient-rich greens in their own homes.
LG says the system is a no-brainer even for gardener novices who may not have green thumbs, and provides peace of mind to users in knowing exactly what’s in their food and where it comes from. The appliance will cultivate fresh herbs and vegetables all year round.
Using flexible modules, the appliance replicates optimal outdoor conditions by 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 transform quickly into vegetables. The system is capable of holding up to 24 all-in-one seed packages (depending upon the varieties of seed packages used), which LG says is enough to supply a family of four with home-grown produce.
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 is said to prevent algae growth and the generation of unpleasant odors for a hygienic environment where natural herbs and leafy vegetables can grow. A companion smartphone app helps users manage and monitor their plants, offering guidance at each step along the way to ensure a successful harvest every time. In addition to the seeds, the all-in-one seed packages contain peat moss and fertilizer, making it easy for immediate planting. Initial packages will include 20 different varieties including romaine and other types of lettuce, arugula, chicory, and basil.