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Growing your own food has never been faster or easier!
Would you like to be among the first people using a connected kitchen garden - a true smart garden? Growing your greens at home is one of the fastest growing trends - be part of it! The T-series kitchen garden is the most innovative kitchen product and now we have made all this available to you at an affordable price.
How is this possible? We have already sold more than 100 000 indoor gardening products and after 7 years of R&D we know how to do it! Our new T-series is the easy solution that makes you a real gardener and your plants flourish.
We met with over 25 000 consumers in three different countries to find out what the most advanced and desirable kitchen garden would look like. After careful analysis and dozens of prototypes we came up with the T-series. The benefits of the T-series can be summarized in three words:
FAST You get 3x faster growth compared to traditional methods thanks to our Active Growing Technology™ and you can harvest your greens more often. You save money by growing your greens yourself and you know where they come from.
EASY Like human beings, every plant has its own special needs. Some need more water or light than others and it's not always easy to keep the plants alive. The Smart Gardener app offers you plant specific programs for the different plants you grow.
You control your T-series kitchen garden through Smart Gardener and you can even create your own plant programs. You don't need any prior experience to succeed. Maintenance takes only minutes a month - Smart Gardener tells when to add more water, change it and add nutrients. Sounds easy? It is!
VERSATILE Grow anything: herbs, strawberries, chilies or even orchids. You choose what you grow, Smart Gardener will take care of the rest. The Smart Gardener app has over 50 plant-specific growing programs to choose from. You can choose to continue growing plants you bought, start from seeds or cuttings. You are not limited to any specific seed pods nor a specific growing media. The choice is yours as you don’t have to commit to manufacturers' proprietary seed pods.
Why should you start growing your greens?
Because it's easy, and we all want to eat fresh, healthy and local food, grown without pesticides or insecticides. We at Tregren have the perfect solutions for you that are easy to use, ecological and beautifully designed. The T-series and the Smart Gardener app configures your kitchen garden to fit the needs of your plants and with Smart Gardener you don’t need any prior experience to grow your greens.
Our Active Growing Technology™ inside the kitchen garden takes care of your plants and enables up to 3x times faster growth compared to traditional growing methods!
You always have fresh tasty greens at hand and you can eat healthier. The beautiful contemporary design and your green garden is a beautiful eye-catching item in your home. This is an innovative kitchen product you really want!
3 x faster growth
Always have fresh tasty greens at hand. Eat healthier!
Everyone can use it. It's easy!
Maintenance takes only minutes a month.
All this for a very special price only on Kickstarter!
How is the T-series better than other gardening solutions?
Our aim is to bring ecological food production to every home. In this mission we have not left a stone un-turned. The T-series combines the latest developments of gardening technology with a highly competitive price.
You can find IoT-based gardens for 500$ but their functionality is limited to switching the light on and off as well as sending you reminders to water your plants. We have not settled for this as the T-series is the smartest kitchen garden on the market and the only one that adapts the light, the watering and the nutrients to the needs of the plant you are growing.
It even adjusts the conditions based on the growing phase of the plant. The only thing you need to do to receive more than 3x faster growth is to select the plant you want to grow on your Smart Gardener app.
T-series kitchen gardens are the most versatile as you can choose to continue growing plants you bought, start from seeds or cuttings. You are not limited to any specific seed pods nor a specific growing media. The choice is yours as you don’t have to commit to manufacturers' proprietary seed pods.
T-series' compact design takes up only a limited amount of space in your kitchen as its foot print is the smallest compared to the yield.
There are three different products in our new Tregren T-series: T3, T6 and T12.
Tregren’s T-series is the cutting edge of innovative kitchen gardens, taking indoor gardening to a new level in terms of versatility, usability and fast growth. Easy to set up, easy to take care of and guaranteed success enabled by Active Growing Technology™ and the Smart Gardener app. We have three colors available on Kickstarter: white, grey and black. You can preview the colors at tregren.com/products/t-series/
Tregren’s T-series gives you the choice of what and how you grow. You can grow anything from herbs and vegetables to flowers. You also have the choice of using pre-grown plants or starting from seeds or cuttings. Lamp arms are adjustable: you can use extendable lamp arms for bigger plants.
Tregren’s products are the only ones on the market into which you can put the pot in which the plant is growing or start from seeds using the most common growing media, seed pods, rock wool, cocoa peat and more. From the outside, it looks like a standard indoor garden, with astonishing Nordic contemporary design. But what is most important is found inside.
Tregren T3 is a compact kitchen garden featuring the latest advances in indoor gardening. Being energy saving, intelligent and ecological, Tregren T3 takes a new approach to indoor gardening; incorporating innovative technologies, effortless usability and contemporary design into a unified product. T3 is the perfect product for small households and for those new to indoor gardening and it fits up to 3 plants. Available on Kickstarter in three colors: white, grey and black.
Tregren T6 is the ideal kitchen garden for families featuring the latest advances in indoor gardening. Being energy saving, smart and ecological, Tregren T6 takes a new approach to indoor gardening; incorporating innovative technologies, effortless usability and contemporary design into a unified product. Tregren T6 is the perfect kitchen garden as it fits up to 6 plants. With 6 plants growing simultaneously you and your family can have all your favorite herbs growing in your kitchen all year round. Available on Kickstarter in three colors: white, grey and black.
Tregren T12 is the big yield kitchen garden featuring the latest advances in indoor gardening. Being energy saving, smart and ecological, Tregren T12 takes a new approach to indoor gardening; incorporating innovative technologies, effortless usability and contemporary design into a unified product. Tregren T12 is designed for households that consume big amounts of greens as you can fit 12 plants into it. T12 is also well suited for use in public places where you need to have your flowers prospering all the time. Available on Kickstarter in three colors: white, grey and black.
Tregren kitchen gardens can be used either with the Smart Default setup or by using the Smart Gardener app. The Smart Gardener app configures your kitchen garden to fit the needs of the specific plants you are growing with only one click. The app contains data about your kitchen gardens and provides you with information about different plants you can grow in your garden.
What would you like to have?
If we reach these goals we'll offer you two new colors: Ferrari Red and Granny Smith Green.
What can you grow?
You can grow almost whatever you want! Flowers, herbs, lettuce, strawberries and tomatoes.
You can use Tregren's Seed Pods, grow your own seeds or cuttings in growing media, use your own flower pots or even use a pre-grown plant.
You can choose what you grow and how. During winter and spring you can grow your greens in T-series before taking them out to your own garden in the summer. This way you save time and easily get stronger and bigger seedlings.
Our seed pods offer you an easy way to to grow your greens from seeds.
Smart Gardener app
The cutting edge technology lies inside both the garden and your smartphone. T-series connects with the Smart Gardener app, from where you can optimize the growing conditions for a specific plant and phase of growth.
Just pick the program for the plant of your choice, or customize one by yourself. All done, you can simply watch the plants grow. Every plant has its own special needs. Some plants need a lot of water when others don’t. Some plants need more light than others and some need to grow in a nutrient rich environment to prosper when for others this can be harmful.
The Smart Gardener app configures your kitchen garden to fit the needs of the specific plants you are growing with only one click.
We have used our research and vast experience to create an intuitive application that will configure your kitchen garden to create perfect growing conditions for the plants you grow. The Smart Gardener application is unique as it takes care of all the aspects of growing plants. You can even create your own plant programs within minutes.
Active Growing Technology™
To put it simply, with Active Growing Technology™ all of us can enjoy fresh herbs, lettuce and vegetables in our homes all year round. The Active Growing Technology™ developed by Tregren is similar to the method greenhouses use with hydroponics. We have combined our vast understanding of indoor gardening and the industrial use of hydroponics to create products that make indoor gardening easy and successful even for beginners.
The Active Growing Technology™ is a state of the art hydroponic cultivation system where plants are grown in a soilless aquatic-based environment, where nutrients are distributed via water. Compared to basic passive growing methods, where water and nutrients are distributed through capillary action, the plants grow three times faster with Active Growing Technology™.
The triple growth speed is enabled by the Active Growing technology™ that is a result of combining an optimal light spectrum, hydroponics where water and nutrients are distributed by a specially designed pumping mechanism. In other words, we have created the perfect growing conditions for the plants.
We have carefully planned all the next steps. Most of the work is already done.
What is available on Kickstarter?
How add ons work
You can choose an Add on in addition to the reward you have chosen. If you are setting the pledge for the first time you are given automatically a sum. If you want to have for example extra arms set with two arms as an Add on you change the given sum manually. In this case you would add 100 SEK to the sum.
If you have already chosen a reward you can change your pledge afterwards. To add the desired amount, for example 100 SEK, you just click the button "Manage your pledge" which you find on the upper right side of the page. From there you just click the button "change your pledge" and add the extra amount of the Add on to your pledge.
Why are we on Kickstarter?
Tregren is a leading indoor garden and clean tech company in Europe. We have already sold more than hundred thousand products that we have developed and manufactured.
Now we are launching the next generation of kitchen gardens: the new Tregren T-series with the Smart Gardener app.
Setting up the production line and building new molds for T-series is a big investment for us and we need your help to do this. The money will be used to pay for the molds which is a big up front investment. With the help of the Kickstarter funding the production will start in August 2017 and deliveries in September 2017.
More about us
Tregren/ 3GREN Ltd is a leading clean tech company specialized in developing and producing ecological, contemporary and convenient urban indoor gardens based on The Active Growing Technology™.
Meet the founder of the company, Markus Nilsson, and CEO Jyri Timonen.
Tregren was established 2010 in Finland. We have launched two different product lines already and we have been working for more than 4 years with our new T-series. We are renewing the design and adding a lot of new technology to the products. According to our philosophy the biggest efforts must be done before launching anything. Our customers can enjoy the results soon: the joy of simplicity and ease of use.
At Tregren, we believe that the food production is constantly moving closer to the consumer. Our objective is to develop and manufacture consumer products for urban gardening. Urban gardening products for consumers are indoor gardens; products for home- and kitchen gardening. Tregren’ s indoor gardens represent contemporary Nordic design, where functionality and design merge into solid and sound consumer products.
Our aim is to become the leading manufacturer and the forerunner of urban gardening products for both consumers and businesses. Today we are one of the leading indoor garden companies in Europe.
T-series is designed by Mikael Eriksson who is an ambitious and goal-oriented designer with focus on the details. Eriksson is a founding partner of Top Notch Design. The Stockholm-based studio provides services in industrial design and product development. Top Notch Design deliver advanced prototypes and develop plastic products. They specialize in finding new technologies to create that Top Notch feeling.
Since 2010, we have expanded to 15 countries and sold products to more than 40 countries. Tregren’ s first product, the Herbie indoor garden, was introduced in September 2010. Our Genie kitchen garden won the 2014 GOOD DESIGN™ award by Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. You can find more information on www.tregren.com or LinkedIn. You also are welcome to follow us in Facebook.
2010: company founded
2010: first product Herbie launched
2011: web shop
2013: second product Genie launched
2014: Good Design Award for Genie
2015: seed pods launched
2015: new led Herbie
2015: patent for Vertie, vertical garden
Sales in 40 countries, retailers in 15 countries
Risks and challenges
The T-series is a result of long R&D process. We have been working on the different areas of the product for more than 4 years. In order to secure a flawless functionality of the product we done more than a dozen different prototypes.
With the help of the prototypes we have optimized the hydroponics solution, improved the lighting both in terms of energy efficiency and light spectrum, but most of all we have spent time in optimizing the Smart Gardner app and the related plant programs. With the last set of prototypes we have made sure that all the different areas of the product work seamlessly together.
We finalized the products based on the feedback from the test group. The finalized specification has already been sent to our production partners for review and for quotation, by doing this we feel confident that the products will meet the set price target as well as the product quality specified by us.
Setting up a new production line comes with a set of risks. We are used to manage this as we have done this four times in the past and produced more than 100 000 products. The risks in most cases relate to the time schedule and the cost of setting up the production.
In order to reduce this risk we work with outside partners that are experts in their fields. We have decided to work with partners in the field of plastic molding, electronics and assembly that we are working with at the moment. We can say that our partners are reliable as we have been working with them for years . This make the risk of unforeseen challenges much smaller as we are used communicate and work together. As part of this cooperation we have set a structure of weekly meetings to oversee the progress of the project. This should ensure that any deviations to our original project plan will be detected in time and properly addressed.
Production and the delivery of products
Our focus in the production is on ensuring quality and quantity. We are working with our suppliers to define high quality standards that will be followed at all times in production. We are doing this as a part of the production set up to ensure that the quality is not jeopardized during the production. The created quality standards are constantly followed and measured.
Our production is design to handle big volumes as the product will be sold globally. Therefore a positive surprise here on Kickstarter won’t be a problem.
We are in the final stage of negotiations with courier service companies. We have set clear specification on the delivery terms for the product sent to you. We see no challenge as of today as the negotiations are conclude and we have to make a decision based on the cost impact.