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PlanTree – Solution to Grow Organic Food at Home

There is an interesting concept and solution to grow organic food at home designed by Nur Yıldırım, and it is called PlanTree. The PlanTree is an interesting solution to allow people to grow all sorts of herbs, fruits and vegetables within their very own homes.PlanTree-Eco Technology1

Here’s what Nur Yıldırım says about his PlanTree:

Designed for the kitchens of 2025 households, planTree allows to grow organic food from seed to plants. Seeds or seedlings are placed into pot-like cups that are filled with soil substitute materials such as rockwool or coco fibre. Water and nutrients are added to system, where they are circulated through plants. A simple interface lets user to set up values such as pH, moisture and light. Plants are grown and cultivated in a controlled microenvironment with water, nutrients and humidity.PlanTree-Eco Technology3

Design allows cultivation of organic food at home with less water and more efficiently, saving time and energy. Designed by Nur Yıldırım, planTree was honored in International Design Awards 2011 with Silver Award in Kitchen Appliances Student Category.

Importance of healthy local food is increasing while there is a growing awareness on the agriculture methods. Organic farming is becoming popular due to concerns like genetically modified food plantation. Home farming is also spreading both for health concerns and as a hobby.

PlanTree is a vertical indoor plant grower composed of a base and modules. Organic food that is consumed at home can be grown on pot-like modules from seed to plant. With the user friendly interface and automated water recirculation, product is easy to keep and maintain.

PlanTree-Eco Technology2The base holds the water and the system components, while supporting the whole body. There are 8 holes for module columns on the base. Columns can go up to 6 modules in height, therefore 48 modules in number can be reached at maximum.

Modules are the parts holding plants and they can be combined in 3d space with various arrangements. Soil substitute materials are put into pot such as a sponge or as a mixture of small and big granules such as expanded clay and perlite. A cap is used to keep the water and heat for the seed while becoming a seedling. Then plant growth is sustained with a water and nutrient cycle.

Firstly, water and nutrients are fed to the system from the blue capped holes. Water is needed is 10 litres while maximum capacity is 20 litres. Nutrients are held in a different reservoir.

Water is pushed upwards from the base with the help of a pump. Water goes through channels that are numbered as columns. Water and nutrient solutions can be arranged according to columns if it is needed. Water is streamed downwards through modules, keeping the roots and supporting material wet. Green surface gives the necessary slope while also acting as a support material between transparent pieces.

PlanTree-Eco Technology4Interface of the product shows values for moisture, air temperature, water temperature and pH. Water level and nutrition level is shown while the light choice can be seen as sunlight or artificial light. There is a warning sign at the bottom to indicate that attention is needed.

pH level can be adjusted by changing the solutions concentration. Nutrient or water amount can be changed accordingly.

PlanTree-Eco Technology5Product is intended to be placed in kitchens or balconies connected to kitchen. Plenty of daylight can be absorbed when there is light. Otherwise flexible growleds provide necessary lights. Saving space by occupying only quarter of a metre square, plant number/space efficiency is achieved.

Illustration-PlanTree2The design solution brings a modular system that can be organized on a base which is carrying inner components while acting as a structural root for modules. System is fed by base in terms of water, light and nutrients. Modules offer the flexibility of space usage and quantity. System is expandable. It is also readily rearrangeable in 3d space with the help of turnable modules without the need of breaking them apart.

Illustration-PlanTree1Hydroponics technology is chosen for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a more efficient way of cultivating when compared with soil culture in terms of water efficiency and yield health. Moreover, it is the latest technology in cultivating and used widely by industrial agriculture factories. Therefore, it is more suitable for a future project instead of conventional propagation techniques.

Illustration-PlanTree3Design uses organic modules each holding one plant. Modules are designed for space efficiency. User plants a seed into a module, than cap it. System is established by joining modules, water and nutrients are fed by base automatically. Lights are provided in case of low sunlight.

Designer: Nur Yıldırım

Content and Images Privided by: Nur Yıldırım

Article edited and Published by: Vikas Sharma