Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden! You don’t even need to have a yard and with this hydroponic system you can grow things even in winter. IKEA has the solution for anyone to successfully grow fresh, clean, and delicious vegetables, throughout the year, from anywhere in the world. As they say, “Water, light, and love. That’s all.” With the VÄXER hydroponic system you’ll have plants with leaves large enough to use in recipes within just 5-7 weeks.
The basic VÄXER series includes everything you need to get started – seeds, starter plugs, nursery box, cultivation insert set, fertilizer, pumice stones, cultivation light fixture and cultivation light.
The VÄXER growing media starter plugs are made from a water-absorbing stone mass called stone wool. This stone wool contains many fibers that retain water and give seedling roots something to hold onto. The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences tested a variety of different growing media for their capacity to retain water and support seedling roots and they found this one to be the best. These starter plugs fit perfectly into the VÄXER nursery, which can fit 50 seedlings. Seeds were also tested by the university and chosen based on their growth speed, height, taste, and appearance.
A stable growing environment for seeds during the germination period is provided by the nursery box and lid. The lid is vented to allow airflow within the growing environment while keeping any build-up of heat and moisture inside the box. You can be ready to replace an old harvest right away by having started seedlings in the nursery. If natural lighting is low, there is a fixture for a cultivation light and another cultivation light that can be attached to the nursery to boost the amount of light your seedlings receive. When seedlings are not being grown in the nursery, the included sprout tray can be utilized to sprout beans, peas, and seeds for use in stir-fries and salads.
The cultivation insert set is where you move the seedlings to once they’re ready to be replanted. It is specifically designed for hydroponic growing with either 8, 15 or 16 pots to grow in depending on the size you choose. There is also the possibility of stacking the trays up to three tiers high making it feasible to grow anywhere from 8-45 plants in total.
A tray set consists of a base tray where the water-fertilizer solution is administered using the accompanying water funnel to avoid spillage. The cultivation pots have slits in the sides to allow air and water around the roots. There are small lids included covering any pots that are not in use so as to keep light away from the solution in the base and therefore prevent algae growth. The unit has a small shelf at the base where the cultivation light transformer(s) can be stored. Furthermore, cable tidy clips are incorporated to secure light cable(s) to the unit leg.
The video below shows just how easy it is to start growing your own vegetables at home.
The purpose of bringing this system into being was to make it so simple it would work for everyone in any situation. The development of the VÄXER and KRYDDA series was a collaborative process between agricultural scientists in Sweden and a passionate product developer at IKEA. “We wanted to create gardening kits that would simplify for people to grow their own herbs and vegetables 12 months a year. Whether you live in the northern parts of Sweden in the wintertime or if you live in China or North America, you should be able to succeed with your garden. It’s about creating a more sustainable and healthier life at home for everyone”, says Ronnie Runesson, product developer at IKEA. With these new units, what was once a rarefied hobby for environmentalists, has now become something anyone can affordably begin doing.