The energy-saving, smart and ecological Genie takes new approach on indoor gardening, incorporating sustainable materials, innovative technology, effortless usability and contemporary design.
GENIE IS A SMALL AND SOPHISTICATED HERB GARDEN DESIGNED FOR BOTH OUTDOOR AND INDOOR USE
Genie is designed for a wide variety of plants – everything from flowers to veggies. The Active Growing Technology ensures that the different types of plants prosper without any extra effort. You can put pots with a diameter up to 15 cm in Genie enabling you to use plants grown elsewhere.
For faster and bigger crops, we recommend to purchase the Genie growing light. With only an effect of 5,5 W the lamp gives out 800 lumens of the optimal spectrum which is all the light the plants need. Genie growing light can also be used for normal pots. You can extend the modular lamp shaft up to a height of 72 cm.
Sebastian Jansson is an emerging and versatile designer. His nascent vision is both contemporary and international in its expression of form, material and presentation. He has participated in a range of activities that has already defined him as one of the bright sparks of Finland for a generation of young designers compelled to escape the shadow of Scandinavian modernism. Jansson has studied industrial design at Aalto University, Politecnico di Milano and ENSCI-Les Ateliers. Today Jansson is based in Helsinki, directing design of products, spatial environments and branding.
Jansson has headed the industrial design of Genie and a complete makeover of Tregren’s brand identity. The collaboration initiated from the brief for developing an affordable and compact consumer product for acitve home growing. The gently angular form, appropriate dimensions and redefined product architecture create a precise entity of components. Incorporating sustainable materials, innovative features, effortless usability and contemporary aesthetics, Genie is a solid and sound product.
Genie is a hydroponics device mainly designed for indoor use, but can be used also outside i.e. on the terrace. The Active Growing Technology provides nutritious, oxygenous water to the roots of the plants. Stagnant water becomes anaerobic very quickly and therefore the water circulation is very important. In addition, the growing light with the optimal light spectrum, is an important factor for the growth.
Hydroponics has been used by professional farmers for over 40 years. Most of the 200 million herb and lettuce pots produced yearly in the Nordics are cultivated with the same principle.
Mere water is not enough for the growth of the plants, because the plants use the nutrients in pots very fast. Therefore it is recommendable to use the Tregrens nutrients that are planned for hydroponics.
The Genie’s sales package includes the so-called start-up nutrients that get you started. Nutrients designed for the device can be inquired at retailers’ selling the device. They can also be ordered through the Tregren’s store online.
The plants evaporate water and the evaporation speed depends on several factors (temperature, species etc.) The device shows also the maximum and minimum levels of the water. Water shall be added to the device when the water level goes below the minimum mark or at latest when the pump starts to take in air which is indicated by the sound. Typically water should be added every 2-5 days. It is recommendable to change the water at the same time as you add the nutrients. The recommendation is every 3 weeks.
The regular water change and adding the nutrient ensure the successful growth of the plants also for novice gardeners.
Lettuce and herbs grow the best when the light is on all the time. Plants that have flowers or fruits should have a dark period of at least 6 hours.
The power of the lamp is 5,5 watts. If the device is on continuously (24/7), the monthly energy consumption is approx. 4 kWh i.e. 0,5 euros depending on your electricity agreement.
The lifetime of the lamp is approx. 5 years on continuous 24/7 use. They are sold at retailers who are selling Genie’s products. As well as in Tregren’s store online.
First check the amount of water. If the pump gets in even a little air, the ‘recovery’ can take few minutes after you filled up with water. If this does not help, adjust the pump to the full power for a couple of minutes (the adjustment lever of the pump to the left) and then back to the minimum. Check also that the pump is properly attached to the attachment pin. When changing the water, also rinse the pump with running water and see that there is no soil or plant remains in the holes. The pump grill should be removed with e.g. twisting lightly by your nails – this way the cleaning is much easier. – Place the pump in the same direction as the wire/water container. Press the growing medium by the pump in such way that the suction cups are attached to the bottom. This way the potential resonation decreases. .
Genie has a LED stripe on one of its sides that turns red when the batteries run low. We recommed that you change the batteries immediately when the LED is turned on. The batteries last for 8-10 months .
All AA batteries can be used. We recommend the use of rechargeable batteries.
The pump works every 40 minutes for approx.. 10 seconds.
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