What can I grow with boombi?
With boombi, you can grow a wide variety of edible flowers, greens, herbs, fruits, and even decorative plants.
HERBS: Basil, Thai Basil, Lemon Basil, Melisa, Chives, Curly Parsley, Cilantro, Bloody Sorrel, Thyme, Dill, Parsley, Oregano, Mint, Sage & Rosemary.
GREENS: Chard, Spinach, Batavia Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Mustard, Pak Choi, Curly Kale, Tuscan Kale & Arugula.
FLOWERS: Nasturtiums & Pansies.
FRUITS: Chili Peppers, Habanero Peppers, mini tomatoes & Garden Strawberries.
EMPTY CONES: Although our preseeded coco cones are convenient and easy to use, we have listened to your suggestions and will be offering empty coco cones so you can use your own seeds and experiment with even more plant varieties. Show us the results on instagram @boombigarden !
How does boombi work? How do plants grow?
Boombi makes your plants grow by a method called hydroponics. In the case of boombi, this consists of making a mixture of water and nutrients drip through the inside of the two towers. The water soaks the substrate (coconut fibre cones) and the roots of the plants. The plants then absorb what they need, and the rest of the water goes back to the tank to be used again in the next cycle.
How long does it takes for a plant to grow?
Depends on the variety, here are some estimates from when the first true leaves appear to harvest:
Basil - 40 days
Pak Choi - 30 days
Lettuce - 35 days
Cilantro -50 days
Kale - 35 days
Ask us if you would like to know about a specific variety!
What is the power consumption?
The power consumption will be around 0.03kWh. Depending on the needs of the plant variety you are growing, the light will be on for more or less hours during the day. In any case, the electricity cost will be less than $2 per month.
Is boombi sustainable?
Boombi has a great characteristic, the more you use it, the more sustainable it is. Every plant you grow using boombi saves water, transport miles, doesn't degrade the soil or use plastic packaging. This is hard to quantify, but since boombi is made of highly durable materials, there is no doubt that it is a great contribution towards sustainable food production.
What are the substrate and the fertilizer which plants grow?
The substrate used in boombi is coconut fibre, a biodegradable, organic material. Coconut fibre has the ideal porosity and moisture retention properties to ensure your plants grow fast and healthy. The fertilizer (also called nutrients) that comes with your boombi has been chosen by the expert farmers at groots as the ideal mix of essential nutrients for the types of plants that can be grown using boombi. The fertlizier consists mainly of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium.
Can I get seeds, fertilizer and substrate elsewhere?
We have designed boombi to perfectly fit our coconut cones. However, you are still free to try any other substrate you'd like!
We try to give our customers the same seeds and fertilizers we use as professional farmers, but again, you can always use your own!
Do I have to refill the tank often?
You will be able to see the water level via the floating cap. When your plants are small, they consume less water so you will only have to refill around once every 2-3 weeks. As they get bigger, you might have to refill once per week.
Will I save money using boombi?
In the long run yes, because you will be producing very high quality sustainable produce, which tends to be expensive in supermarkets, especially compared to our coconut fibre capsules. However, this is not our main goal using boombi. We want boombi to be an attractive, easy to use and engaging introduction to hydroponic vertical growing, and this has been our main focus during the design phase.
Is there a difference between vegetables grown in the light of a lamp rather than the sun?
No, there is no difference. The high performance LED lights that boombi uses emit exclusively in the wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum that plants use for photosynthesis. So besides there being no difference, absolutely no light is wasted, every photon is absorbed by the plants!