With the release of its first hydroponic systems, Ikea is joining numerous companies that are already using hydroponic technology to create innovative indoor gardening products.
The Calla, which raised over $85,000 on Kickstarter, is a modular hydroponic system that allows you to grow a countertop herb garden with very little maintenance. And company called Everblume is making an enclosed hydroponic grower that controls the air temperature around your plants.
Though IKEA’s contribution to that list lacks the smart functionality of some other similar devices, the fact that it’s being sold by the furniture giant will likely bring hydroponics even more into the public eye.
The move suggests indoor hydroponic gardening is no longer a rarefied hobby for environmentalists — with the new units, it’ll be something anyone can start doing for relatively little cost.