You probably already knew that plants need water and light to grow, but did you know that they also need the right nutrition? A plant’s nutrition consists of different types of minerals, which the plant extracts from the soil with its roots. In plants that grow in nature, the food supply is constantly replenished: leaves that fall to the ground are digested and converted into nutrients that the plant can then absorb again. For plants that grow indoors in pots, this is not the case, because potting soil doesn’t have such a rich soil life and dead leaves are often removed. To provide house plants with sufficient food, plant food is often used. Plant food is added to the potting soil, which can be in liquid or solid form, and contains all the important nutrients that a plant needs.
We can already hear you thinking: “but what about growing on water, like with the PlantHome?”. Fortunately, at Own Greens we have come up with a smart solution to provide the plants in your PlantHome with the right nutrition. We have compressed the nutrients normally found in the soil or in plant food into two compact pills. These mineral pills have to be added to the water in the growing bowls, after which the plants absorb them through their roots. An advantage to using these mineral pills, is that they contain exactly the amount of mineral that the plant needs to grow, so there is never a waste of minerals.
The mineral pills contain over 10 different types of minerals in total, but the most important of these are calcium, nitrate, phosphate, potassium and sulphur. Calcium plays an important role as a building block for the cell walls and membranes of a plant, and is therefore important for the sturdiness of a plant. Potassium also contributes to the firmness of the plant, namely by regulating the moisture balance and thus the cell tension of a plant. Nitrates are nitrogen compounds, which are essential for plant growth and photosynthesis. Phosphates are phosphorus compounds and phosphorus plays an important role in the plant's respiration and energy supply. Finally, sulphur is important for the formation of chlorophyll and enzymes. So, our mineral pills are actually real superfoods for your plants that ensure an optimal growth process!