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Plantarium

A Garden Fit for Astronauts

Watching plants grow from seeds is a time-honored learning experience for kids. Usually we’re restricted to above-the-root observations, but not with this gel. It’s translucent, so you can watch the entire germination and photosynthesis process through acrylic containers. Plus it’s astronaut-tested, which completely ups the cool quotient.
Plantarium
Plantarium
A Garden Fit for Astronauts

Watching plants grow from seeds is a time-honored learning experience for kids. Usually we’re restricted to above-the-root observations, but not with this gel. It’s translucent, so you can watch the entire germination and photosynthesis process through acrylic containers. Plus it’s astronaut-tested, which completely ups the cool quotient.

The system was developed by NASA engineers and tested in space. It comes to us from Massimo Massucci, who created Plantarium to bring NASA’s invention to market. Plantarium’s nutrition-infused gel takes the place of soil and allows seeds to grow into plants without water or sunlight. The roots start forming after just a few days, and full-grown plants are ready to be transferred to larger pots after a couple of weeks.

The kits have everything you need, including the greenhouse containers, colored gels and seeds. The Plantarium Garden Lab comes with three containers and four kinds of seeds (basil, tomato, cucumber and rucola arugula). The Mini Portable has one container and two types of seeds (clover and melon). Super includes a super-sized container (equal to three single containers) and four types of seeds (red chili, pepper, parsley, thyme, rucola arugula).

The ground outside may be frozen, but don’t let that stop you from trying an out-of-this-world gardening experiment.