Amazing array of Grow Your Own Gift Kits including, Kitchen Herb Garden, Xtreme Chilli, Juicy Berries and even Aromatic Teas. All come in a beautifully presented gift box with combinations of seeds specially chosen for variety. These gift sets will make a great present for your friends and loved ones.
Grow Kits are a easy way to start growing exotic plants indoors all year round. Most of our kits come with vermiculite soil that is notable for greatly expanding in volume when watered. The soil is perfect for indoor plants as it is great at retaining water, so less watering is required. Others come with coir compost that also increases in volume once watered. It is organic so will break down and add organic matter and humus to the soil. All our grow kits are complete with seed kits, which is environmentally friendly as seeds are lighter than fully grown plants and henceforth cheap to ship. Some kits come with rustic wooden planter troughs, one with a wall mounted planter that is great for cascading herbs, although most come with biodegradable grow pots, whereby the resident plant will need to be transferred in time. It is likely, depending on the plant that you will want to transfer it to a plastic plant pot or perhaps a planter as its permanent home. The extended capacity of a new planter will allow both aerated soil and increased depth for its roots to grow, thus allowing the plant to produce more produce. Aerated soil is important as tightly compacted soil will both retard its roots by starving them of oxygen and upset the microorganisms that are essential for healthy soil. During the summer you may wish to transfer the plant to the greenhouse and leave the plant in a drip tray thus providing the humidity and heat that most tropical plants thrive in. Most plants will be suited to the windowsill that will provide both sunlight, which is needed for photosynthesis, growth and eventual fruiting, and warmth. Natural light cant be beaten as it gives out all the wavelengths necessary for a plant to grow. Normal lightbulbs are ill suited as they primarily produce red light, when plants absorb all wavelengths, in particular red and blue light. When deprived of natural light, most plants will die. Warmth is necessary because many of the plants in the herb kits come from tropical climates, where it is rarely cold. Thus, keeping a constant temperature is important. If the plant is exposed to extended periods of cold they will likely die. Placing the plants on the kitchen windowsill is ideal as frequent usage of the sink, among other things, will provide humidity. If you decide to place your plants in other areas, humidity can be created through the practice of misting, which involves spraying the plant with water, or use of standing water. All water at room temperature will slowly evaporate over time, creating humidity. We also offer a grow light kitchen herb garden that can be placed away from natural sources of light. It comes with fluorescent lights that can produce a wide spectrum of visible photons of light, similar to white light, thus providing the plants with the different wavelengths needed for growth. The bulbs are long lasting, efficient, and quiet with none of that annoying buzzing. They are perfect for growing herbs and early seedlings, although fruiting and flowering plants will need to be transferred outside into the stronger sunlight. You may need to harden of your plants by slowly exposing them to the outside. To do this, simply leave them in your garden. Start with a few hours a day, increasing slowly to allow gradual acclimatization. Advanced users may wish to place their plants in a grow tent, complete with hydroponics. Hydroponics involves growing plants in water with added nutrients, and therefore requires no soil. It provides the advantage of faster plant growth, and insulates plants from diseases originating in the soil. Hydroponics can be used to grow a plant throughout its life cycle, allowing you to forgo the soil together and the mundanity of planting, potting and weed ing. The plants are held in place with an inert medium such as gravel. By using different lights at different stages one can provide the optimal light throughout a plants life cycle. For example one may wish to use fluorescent lights during seeding, before switching to high intensity discharge bulbs for leafy growth. Even more interesting is the practice of aeroponics that involves growing without a medium as such, as plants are suspended and receive their nutrients from water vapour. The only disadvantage with hydroponics is that you are limited by the size of your roof, and in general anything can be grown.