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.

Plantarium

Watch plants grow without food & water

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.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Shin
    Shin

    Hi Daily Grommet fans, I'm glad to be here today to answer questions you have about the Plantarium and about its life sustaining gel that makes it so unique. Developed by NASA, it's not your everyday GEL!

  • Tint
    Tint
    1/17/2011 2:42 PM

    If I'm not much mistaken, that gel has nothing to do with NASA (they may use it, but certainly have never developed it). It's agar-agar, a 'gel' you can find at many nurseries, pharmacies and some Japanese food outlets. It comes from seaweed and has been used for decades for growing. The Japanese make a soup out of it. It can easily be coloured, much like you do with jello.

    I think it's a fabulous idea packaging it like this for kids (and big kids) to watch and learn from the growing process!

  • Shin
    Shin – Special Guest
    1/17/2011 4:43 PM

    @Tint: Hi Tint - Thank you for your comment and it is really fun to watch them grow. Our Globus Gel is different from anything on the US market today. We have been selling our formula in Japan and Euorpe for the last 10+ years. You might have seen them growing rice in Japan!! NASA used it and refined the formula. They took it to space to conduct tests as they were interested in seeing how the root system will develop at zero gravity. Thank you again for your interest in our product.

  • Colleen McMichael
    Colleen McMichael
    1/18/2011 12:30 AM

    @Tint: You are absolutely correct. We use it routinely in the plant research lab in which I work. It's probably been in use for a century or more.

  • dsoko
    dsoko
    1/17/2011 6:41 PM

    What is the shelf life for the growing medium and the seeds?

  • Shin
    Shin – Special Guest
    1/17/2011 9:05 PM

    @dsoko: Hi dsoko - Thank you for your interest in our products. The shelf life on the gel is about 1 year .. However, extreme heat and cold will shorten the shelf life. The seeds have a shelf life of over 2 years.

  • eebs
    eebs
    1/17/2011 8:33 PM

    I have looked at everything on this site I can find and don't have a clue what comes in each set. Obviously it comes with seeds, gel, containers. What are the containers made of? Size? What kind of seeds in which sets? I really would like to know more about what I am thinking of buying for my grandsons.

  • eebs
    eebs
    1/17/2011 8:38 PM

    @eebs: I would like to claim temporary brain death. I hit "details" (go figure) and got my answers. Please forgive my silly waste of your time.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/17/2011 9:07 PM

    @eebs: Not silly at all! I'm glad that you found the answers you needed and I think your Grandsons are going to love this!

  • Lauren
    Lauren
    11/19/2011 12:32 PM

    This is exactly what we did in honors biology class. It's nothing new or fancy like they make it seem. All it is is agar that you can put a plant in when its in a test tube or whatever (we put a mini rose bush in ours)and it grows if you keep it very sterile. Only about 8 out of 30 in the class successfully grew theres without it getting bacteria or getting infected though and we had to stay so sterile, we did everything in a bag that was sprayed with alcohol, sterilized the table, washed our hands, put hand sanitizer on, put gloves on, put hand santizer on the gloves,sprayed the outside of the tube with the agar in it and had to put the plant in the agar inside the sterilized bag and it couldn't touch the outside air, and used forceps to put it in and still, most of our classes got bacteria.It's hard for me to believe this would work at home without growing tons of bacteria. In class, we never could open the tube once it was closed and after it grew bacteria, it needed to be thrown away immediatly because the bacteria could be extremely dangerous.I don't understand how this could work at all at home.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/19/2011 1:15 PM

    @Lauren: As you can tell, our testers were kids - nothing close to the super careful honors students who were working your lab so there must be something slightly altered about the gel substance here than the substance you were using. I talked to Shin and they do clean their seeds and tubes and don't recommend using other seeds purchased at retail.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Plantarium

Watch plants grow without food & water

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.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Shin
    Shin

    Hi Daily Grommet fans, I'm glad to be here today to answer questions you have about the Plantarium and about its life sustaining gel that makes it so unique. Developed by NASA, it's not your everyday GEL!

  • Tint
    Tint
    1/17/2011 2:42 PM

    If I'm not much mistaken, that gel has nothing to do with NASA (they may use it, but certainly have never developed it). It's agar-agar, a 'gel' you can find at many nurseries, pharmacies and some Japanese food outlets. It comes from seaweed and has been used for decades for growing. The Japanese make a soup out of it. It can easily be coloured, much like you do with jello.

    I think it's a fabulous idea packaging it like this for kids (and big kids) to watch and learn from the growing process!

  • Shin
    Shin – Special Guest
    1/17/2011 4:43 PM

    @Tint: Hi Tint - Thank you for your comment and it is really fun to watch them grow. Our Globus Gel is different from anything on the US market today. We have been selling our formula in Japan and Euorpe for the last 10+ years. You might have seen them growing rice in Japan!! NASA used it and refined the formula. They took it to space to conduct tests as they were interested in seeing how the root system will develop at zero gravity. Thank you again for your interest in our product.

  • Colleen McMichael
    Colleen McMichael
    1/18/2011 12:30 AM

    @Tint: You are absolutely correct. We use it routinely in the plant research lab in which I work. It's probably been in use for a century or more.

  • dsoko
    dsoko
    1/17/2011 6:41 PM

    What is the shelf life for the growing medium and the seeds?

  • Shin
    Shin – Special Guest
    1/17/2011 9:05 PM

    @dsoko: Hi dsoko - Thank you for your interest in our products. The shelf life on the gel is about 1 year .. However, extreme heat and cold will shorten the shelf life. The seeds have a shelf life of over 2 years.

  • eebs
    eebs
    1/17/2011 8:33 PM

    I have looked at everything on this site I can find and don't have a clue what comes in each set. Obviously it comes with seeds, gel, containers. What are the containers made of? Size? What kind of seeds in which sets? I really would like to know more about what I am thinking of buying for my grandsons.

  • eebs
    eebs
    1/17/2011 8:38 PM

    @eebs: I would like to claim temporary brain death. I hit "details" (go figure) and got my answers. Please forgive my silly waste of your time.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/17/2011 9:07 PM

    @eebs: Not silly at all! I'm glad that you found the answers you needed and I think your Grandsons are going to love this!

  • Lauren
    Lauren
    11/19/2011 12:32 PM

    This is exactly what we did in honors biology class. It's nothing new or fancy like they make it seem. All it is is agar that you can put a plant in when its in a test tube or whatever (we put a mini rose bush in ours)and it grows if you keep it very sterile. Only about 8 out of 30 in the class successfully grew theres without it getting bacteria or getting infected though and we had to stay so sterile, we did everything in a bag that was sprayed with alcohol, sterilized the table, washed our hands, put hand sanitizer on, put gloves on, put hand santizer on the gloves,sprayed the outside of the tube with the agar in it and had to put the plant in the agar inside the sterilized bag and it couldn't touch the outside air, and used forceps to put it in and still, most of our classes got bacteria.It's hard for me to believe this would work at home without growing tons of bacteria. In class, we never could open the tube once it was closed and after it grew bacteria, it needed to be thrown away immediatly because the bacteria could be extremely dangerous.I don't understand how this could work at all at home.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/19/2011 1:15 PM

    @Lauren: As you can tell, our testers were kids - nothing close to the super careful honors students who were working your lab so there must be something slightly altered about the gel substance here than the substance you were using. I talked to Shin and they do clean their seeds and tubes and don't recommend using other seeds purchased at retail.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.