Hydroponic Gardening Is Growing Strong


If home-grown greens sound more appealing than the imported store-bought variety, but you don’t want to wait until spring to start planting seeds, hydroponic indoor gardens will ensure you have fresh organic produce all year. 

Using water instead of soil, these cutting-edge planters are designed to fit every home, whether you’re looking for a discrete herb-garden on a kitchen countertop, or a triple-decker vertical farm to create an eye-catching contemporary living room that can help feed the whole family.

Compact, eco-friendly, and fuss-free, hydroponic home gardens are primed to be the next must-have amenity.

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“In the near future, the ability to grow your own produce, either in your own home or within the building, is going to be an expectation and eventually a standard,” says Stephen Kliegerman, president of Brown Harris Stevens Development
Marketing, who often suggests high-end buildings incorporate hydroponic gardening into amenity offerings. “It seems natural to bring this type of technology into people’s lives to allow them the possibility to live a healthier life.”

Not only do vertical gardens allow you to skip the pesticides and plastic packaging in favor of healthy, home-grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs, they also reduce your carbon footprint and water usage. “It’s much more economical and uses less space than traditional growing,” says Mr. Kliegerman, who believes communal hydroponic gardens may one day become part of the shared amenities in apartment blocks, helping to reduce food waste and build communities. “Hopefully in the long-term future, we’ll have less trucking of materials if people are growing things in their own homes. I think this is only the beginning.”

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The Rise Family Garden creates a beautiful living focal point in any room of the house.


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Countertop Cultivation

Discreet and compact, the AeroGarden Harvest Elite is made for growing herbs and leafy greens in your kitchen, allowing you to elevate your cooking with fresh seasonings and ingredients. With a stainless-steel finish and an ultrathin grow-light hood, this sleek model is energy-efficient and cheap to run. Its hydroponic technology grows plants up to five times faster than soil.

A control panel takes the guesswork out of gardening, reminding you when to add water and plant food, and the Harvest Elite’s light cycle can be adjusted to optimize the growth of up to six plants at a time to heights of up to 12 inches. All you need to do to cultivate fresh greens is insert AeroGarden’s pre-seeded pods, and add water and liquid nutrients. Plants take four to six weeks to mature and will remain ready to harvest continuously for up to six months. 

The AeroGarden Harvest Elite is available for $139.95.

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From Farmstand to Table

Lettuce Grow offers a hybrid-growing style for gardeners more comfortable taking care of starter plants than waiting for seeds to sprout. The company offers more than 200 different varieties of vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, and herbs, which are shipped as tiny seedlings that grow to maturity in its self-watering, self-fertilizing vertical garden called the Farmstand. Caring for your
plants takes just five minutes a week, and fresh produce is ready to harvest in as little as three weeks.

The Farmstand comes in five sizes that can hold between 12 and 36 plants. The sculptural, standalone design allows produce that would require 40 square feet to grow using traditional farming techniques to mature in just four square feet. It can be used either outdoors or indoors, where glow rings can be added to ensure the right amount of light, and is designed to allow you to grow 20% of your fresh produce at home. 

Lettuce Grow offers a hybrid-growing style for gardeners more comfortable taking care of starter plants.


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Lettuce Grow’s Farmstand is available starting from $399.

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Vertical Veggies

The Rise Family Garden creates a beautiful living focal point in any room of the house. The self-watering and self-fertilizing hydroponic garden has a contemporary modular design that is freestanding and expandable. Using automated full-spectrum LED lights to create the perfect growing environment, this compact indoor farm comes with single, double, or triple layers, allowing you to cultivate up to 108 plants at a time in a bookshelf-style set-up.

The Rise Family Garden has a contemporary modular design that is freestanding and expandable.


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Growing produce with the Rise Family Garden saves up to 462 pounds of waste per year and significantly reduces a user’s carbon footprint. Rise offers up to 70 different varieties of seeds specially selected for hydroponic growing, allowing you to cultivate and harvest a wide range of vegetables, herbs and leafy greens. The garden can be Wi-Fi–enabled and voicecontrolled, while the dedicated app makes gardening a breeze, telling you exactly when your garden needs water or nutrients to thrive.

The Rise Family Garden is available starting from $679.

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Healthy Hybriponics

At only two square feet, the Gardyn Home allows you to grow large, tall or vining plants—including cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, and sunflowers—that other systems may not accommodate. Using patented Hybriponics technology, Gardyn has one of the highest plant densities of any home-garden design and can grow enough produce for a family of four to six to harvest a big salad every day. 

With its high plant density, the Gardyn Home can grow enough produce for a family of four to six to harvest a big salad every day.


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Gardyn offers an optional membership program that includes 10 new seed cubes per month, ensuring a constant supply of fresh produce. Seed cubes can be ready to harvest in four to five weeks and continue growing for eight to 12 weeks after they mature, allowing you to consume the fresh produce at your own pace. A specialist app and camera system monitors plant conditions and can be used to automate the water and lights for optimal growth. The design also comes with a vacation mode, allowing you to pause your plants’ development for up to several weeks.

The Gardyn Home is available starting from $749.


MECHANIZED MICROGREENS

Fitting in the same space as a dishwasher and plumbed directly to water and power, the Urban Cultivator is a fully automated kitchen garden enclosed in a metal-and-glass unit. Designed to grow highly nutritious microgreens and herbs to ensure a fresh, healthy diet, it holds layers of seeded “flats” that can grow beds of up to eight varieties of greens in a matter of days. 

The Urban Cultivator is a fully automated kitchen garden enclosed in a sleek metal-and-glass unit.


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The design uses cutting-edge hydroponic technology, including automated air circulation, to create the right humidity and temperature for plants. A pumping system “floods” the seed trays with water and nutrient mixture from the main reservoir. It comes loaded with pre-programmed growing cycles that automatically control the light, fan, and water supply of your indoor garden, so all you need to do is add organic plant food once every week or once every three weeks, depending on the seeds you choose to cultivate.

The Urban Cultivator is available for $2,699.

This article first appeared in the Spring 2023 issue of Mansion Global Experience Luxury.


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