Don’t worry. Algae or mold are neither harmful to your plants nor to you! Although pretty annoying, this is a natural phenomenon.
In general, molds will grow on almost any organic source if the humidity is high enough. Molds are created by filamentous fungi that are omnipresent in the environment.
How does mold arise:
The combination of nutrients, moisture, and temperature favors mold formation. When growing the plants, the presence of spores in the air, growing media, or hardware may lead to developing micro-organisms when combined with excessive moisture and warm temperatures.
Some saprophytic organisms are beneficial for plant growth, like the Trichoderma species frequently found. Other species like Penicillium and Aspergillus decompose organic matter, releasing mineral nutrients for plant uptake. All saprophytic molds will contribute to good microbial diversity in the growing medium, this way limiting the occurrence of plant pathogens.
Exposure to fresh air will inhibit microbial development by drying it out and the oxygen will shut down micro-organisms that create the odors. If there is some odor, it will dissipate over time.
Molds can be controlled by:
To name a few:
Herbs: Basil, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, chives, thyme, etc.
Vegetables: Lettuce, spinach, cucumber, leafy greens, kale, etc.
Fruits: Strawberries, peppers, blueberries, etc.
Microgreens: Cabbage, arugula, chard, chives, fennel, mizuna, celery, Baby leaves
All leafy greens like spinach, chard, rocket, and others.
Correct, with Verdeat you can grow vegetables 365 days a year.
Because you grow your vegetables, you should not have any doubts about the origin and cultivation of vegetables. Veardeat provides certified organic seeds, fertilizers and soil.
The seeds we offer are tested and work best with Verdeat, but you can use other seeds and test them out.
Verdeat is designed for internal use only. We do not recommend placing it outside. Optimal temperature is 18 to 26 degrees Celsius. Concerning the sunlight exposure, Verdeat has a light sensor and will adjust to the conditions within the space it occupies. LED sensor helps to compensate when there is too much or too little light automatically.
We have tested the device in different locations and plant response was similar everywhere.
Shipment, warranty, returns
One year warranty on parts.
Yes, 14-Day Money Back Guarantee.
Water condition and quality control
Adding water and nutrients to Verdeat depends on the type of plants you are currently growing. On average you will add water once in 1-3 weeks.
What you should know about Verdeat
Verdeat S: 40 x 35 x 35 cm (height x width x depth)
Verdeat M: 100 x 35 x 35 cm (height x width x depth)
Verdeat L: 170 x 35 x 35 cm (height x width x depth)
Plant growth begins by placing the seeds in the tray(s) which are located under the LED lamp. You will add water to the main water tank and a cap of nutrient every week. Watering and lighting are automated. When the “greens” are ripe you’re ready to harvest. Each two weeks you need to change the water in the water tank. That’s all.
In essence Verdeat is very environmentally friendly. We have reduced vegetable production costs by eliminating the entire mass production chain, i.e. logistics, transport and packaging, as well as soil and pesticide erosion problems. All vegetables, that grow in Verdeat have a huge, very positive impact on ecology. Additionally we want to make sure our negative impact on the environment is insignificant as possible. We decided to make Verdeat even more eco-friendly and we are contributing to the UN emission reduction program. We support the sustainable development of the region where the emission reductions take place via Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. This way CO2 emissions during shipping of all our products will be offsetted. You can check the Certificate in the attachment.
More info on the project can be found here https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/.
Thanks to Verdeat, even if you’re not a massive consumer of “greens”, you can save money. According to our calculations, every device pays for itself in about 6 months. Estimates should be made according to individual habits and on the basis of lifestyle, however, our calculations are an average based on several households where we conducted tests.
Verdeat is a very quiet device.
Veardeat is very easy to maintain. Rinse the trays and the water container with a clean cloth or wash it under running water if preferred.
Verdeat consumes a total of 15 W per level when the lamps are on and 0,5W when they are off.
The lamps have a lifespan of around 50,000 hours, which after conversion to 12 hours a day gives about 11 years.