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LG turns the sod on its first indoor gardening appliance

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LG's first indoor gardening appliance (left) is designed to blend in with other appliances, such as fridges (right)
LG's first indoor gardening appliance (left) is designed to blend in with other appliances, such as fridges (right)
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LG's first indoor gardening appliance (left) is designed to blend in with other appliances, such as fridges (right)
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LG's first indoor gardening appliance (left) is designed to blend in with other appliances, such as fridges (right)
Multiple modules and LED lighting within the column-type appliance allow conditions to be tightly regulated
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Multiple modules and LED lighting within the column-type appliance allow conditions to be tightly regulated
The LG Column Garden is designed to take all-in-one seed packages that contain seeds, peat moss and fertilizer
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The LG Column Garden is designed to take all-in-one seed packages that contain seeds, peat moss and fertilizer
The initial 20 varieties of seed packages will include arugula, chicory, basil and various lettuces, such as romaine
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The initial 20 varieties of seed packages will include arugula, chicory, basil and various lettuces, such as romaine

LG will show its first foray into indoor gardening appliances at CES 2020. The company has leveraged its expertise in home appliances in designing the new device, which sports more than a passing resemblance to a thin, tall fridge and is intended to give urban dwellers without a backyard, or even a balcony, the ability to raise their own crops year-round.

The LG Column Garden is designed to take all-in-one seed packages that contain seeds, peat moss and fertilizer. The automated unit can take up to 24 of these seed packages at once, which LG says will result in enough home-grown vegetables for a family of four.

Multiple modules and LED lighting within the column-type appliance allow conditions to be tightly regulated, with the temperature inside the insulated cabinet able to be altered to match the time of day. Additionally, a non-circulating water supply technology coupled with wick-based water management provides the perfect hydration levels for the seeds to sprout while preventing algae growth and unwanted odors.

Multiple modules and LED lighting within the column-type appliance allow conditions to be tightly regulated
Multiple modules and LED lighting within the column-type appliance allow conditions to be tightly regulated

Users will be able to manage and monitor their plants via a smartphone app that will provide feedback on the best way to ensure a healthy harvest, and the initial 20 varieties of seed packages will include arugula, chicory, basil and various lettuces, such as romaine.

"With more and more consumers these days living vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, it was important for us to contribute to this trend," says Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. "Our first indoor gardening solution represents a new paradigm for LG in home appliances, offering a way for consumers to eat well while providing the joy of growing their own food, consistent with LG’s overall goal of making life better."

LG is yet to announce pricing or release date info for the Column Garden, but will likely reveal more at CES 2020, which runs from January 7 to 10.

Source: LG

6 comments
paul314
A lot of vegetables as long as you only eat things that grow less than a foot high.
john@johnread.com
Good first step. The horticultural technology has been around for decades, but only commercial uses. The next step comes in the form of cultured meat, homegrown — beef, yellowfin tuna, hummingbird tongue, long pig, etc.
Douglas Rogers
This can go next to your wine cellar!
REScott
john@johnread.com. There is more than enough feral long pig for there to be a year round no limit season. Wouldn't you say?
buzzclick
This has potential. I wonder if the shelves and light intensity are adjustable. I have already been experimenting with growing indoors with LED's and making my own soil/seed mixes, etc.
ReservoirPup
If priced right, this can be a good niche market. if designed to process already grown veggies etc into whatever meal u wanna have when back home - LG would finally catch up with its domestic arch rival and not only😉