Frequently Asked Questions
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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY PLANTS TO GROW?
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
CAN I USE MY OWN SEEDS?
1. We only sell varieties of seeds that we know work well in our product. Not all plant varieties are suited to growing like this.
2. Within each plant variety (for example ‘Thai Basil’), there are dozens of different strains. Some grow quickly, others slowly. Some grow tall, others wide. We’ve tested dozens of strains to find the ones that work best. You might get lucky and find one that works too, but you may also not.
IS IT REUSABLE?
-The green plastic case. If you do decide to throw it out, it’s made of biodegradable plastic.
-The seeds. We include far more seeds in each packet than you actually need. Save these somewhere cool and dry. You can can either plant them in soil outside or in our product again.
The non-reusable parts are the smart soil inserts. These contain only enough nutrients for one plant growth cycle. Cost-effective replacement inserts are available here.
WHAT KIND OF BOTTLES CAN I USE?
750 ml (i.e. a red wine bottles) is a great size – but we’ve also successfully grown plants in sizes ranging from 500 ml to 1.5 L. Just remember that the size of the bottle is directly proportional to amount of watering you’ll need to do. A bigger bottle = less work for you.
Check out our Top 5 Tips for finding the perfect bottle.
HOW DO I ADD WATER?
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT OUTGROWS THE BOTTLE?
1. Relocation. Remove your plant from its bottle carefully so you don’t damage the roots and transfer it to soil – either indoors or out. Be mindful of potential environmental shocks to your plant. Try to give your plant a chance to adjust gradually. Remember that your plant has been enjoying a cushy indoor life until now where temps may have been climate-controlled. We recommend moving your plant to a pot of soil indoors initially and making the transition to outdoors gradually.
2. Get a bigger bottle. One of the issues you’re likely to run into with an older plant is the size of the root structure. If you plan to keep your plant a long time and want it to stay in a bottle, we recommend a bottle with a wider neck so that it will be easier to remove the insert (and roots) for watering.
3. Add nutrients. We enrich the smart soil that comes in our product with enough nutrients to last 5-6 months. After this, the leaves are likely to start looking paler and you may also notice some splotching. Plants cannot survive on water-alone, so you will need to add nutrients. A simple Amazon search for hydroponic nutrients will yield a bunch of options, but we do not recommend mixing different brands or types of nutrients. Flush out your bottle of all the old water/nutrients first, then add new water along with the new nutrients. This is definitely a more advanced step, so if you want a hand or some more tips, feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com.