To set up your PlantHome system simply follow the instructions in the assembly manual and then the instructions in the growing manual to start growing your Own Greens.
You can find both manuals here as well.
To adjust the timer and intensity, click on the mode button on the front panel of the PlantHome. This button lets you select the right setting and you can recognize the current setting by checking on which of the three settings (8h, 12h and 20h) the green light is. We would advise to use the 20h setting at all times, if the intense light is not bothering you, since this amount of light gives the best growing results.
The power consumption is as follows:
First gear: 10W (8h light period)
Second gear: 15W (12h light period)
Third gear - common: 20W (20h light period)
The maximum power consumption in third gear is about 0,4 kWh per day, or about 150 kWh per year. Depending on your electricity price and the usage time you can calculate the energy costs.
The plant cups can be stored in a dark and dry environment on room temperature. It is important to store them in a place that does not have a fluctuating temperature or humidity, since the seeds might start germinating due to this.
Your plant cups have a best by date of 6 months. This is the guaranteed best by date and the plant cups might still work after 6 months, we just cannot guarantee it.
Own Greens currently ships to most countries within Europe. To some countries we can not ship due to imprort restrictions. However, the shipping costs might differ per country. Please see the Shipping & Returns page.
You can clean your containers by washing them with hot water and soap or simply put them in the dishwasher, these containers are dishwasher safe. You will get the best growing results when cleaning the containers after every usage.
If you are having trouble growing your Own Greens with our plant cups, please contact our support team for assistance. When they are unable to figure out what went wrong, you get new, free plant cups with your next order. Please contact us if you are having trouble.
However, please follow the steps in our manual carefully when starting, to prevent mistakes in setting up your PlantHome and plant cups.
The growing method of Own Greens is designed in a way that it does almost all of the work for you, so you don’t have to care for your plants all the time. However, there are a couple of important steps that you should not forget.
-First of all, remember to check the water level in the containers every 4 days and refill it when around 1/3 of the total amount of water is gone. Especially when the plants are starting to get large, they will use more and more water. Drying out is the biggest issue when using the PlantHome, so remember to keep the water level approximately half a centimetre below the edge of the container.
-Secondly, make sure you follow all the necessary steps to start growing. When you forget certain steps in the preparation process, for instance the right light setting, it might have some negative effects on the growth of your plants. Therefore we would recommend checking the manual first, to check if the preparation has been done correctly.
Remember to check the water level in the containers every 4 days and refill it when around 1/3 of the total amount of water is gone. Especially when the plants are starting to get large, they will use more and more water. Drying out is the biggest issue when using the PlantHome, so remember to keep the water level approximately half a centimetre below the edge of the container.
To add water, simply lift the lid and fill the container up to around 0,5 centimetre below the edge. You can do this with tap water or bottled water.
When your plants are fully grown (check the manual for estimated growth times) you can take them out of your PlantHome and place them near the window, or on top of your PlantHome to make proper use of the space inside your system.
The plants will stay alive for at least a month from the moment they are fully grown, if you continue to water them.
You can choose to harvest the entire plant at once, or to pick some leaves at a time. When you choose to pick some leaves at a time and you leave the plant under the lighting or near the window, the leaves will slowly start growing again. Since your plant stays alive for a month (when you keep on watering it) you can enjoy the leaves every now and then, without having to harvest the entire plant at once.
It may happen that there are white mold and green algae growing along with your plants. No need to worry, because mold and algae are not actually harmful to your plants, though it is not a pretty sight.
The reasons why mold and algae can grow on your plant cups:
-There are no pesticides, fungicides or any other harmful chemicals added to the Own Greens plant cups and nutrient pills.
-We always make sure all the materials we deliver to you are as clean and healthy as possible! The pills (nutrients) give the water just the right pH level. Besides being perfect for your plants, it also creates suitable growing conditions for mold and algae.