Frequently Asked Questions
The Niwa app is available for iPhone and Android.Last updated:
Hydroponics have been replacing natural soil for a number of reasons, but one of the most important is that it uses a clean, natural, inert substrate without the soil pathogen problems than can limit plant growth. Hydroponics don’t need disinfection practices that can be costly and have a harmful effect upon the environment.
Another very important point about hydroponics is that they’re significantly more efficient than any other growth system, particularly in recirculating models like Niwa. This makes important savings on quantity of water required (~60% less than soil growth systems) and goes a long way to provide the highest amount of nutrients whilst avoiding soil and water contamination.
When irrigation and climatic parameters are well defined, plant growth is easier and faster. In professional fields yield production is highest in hydroponic systems.Hydroponics also allow people to cultivate on a number of surfaces, including indoors, because soil is not a requirement.Last updated:
With hydroponics and our current range of sizes, you can grow just about anything that will fit inside the tray (no trees though—we’ve already tried!). This includes most house plants, flowers, vegetables, several kinds of fruits and various herbs. You can’t grow root vegetables just yet, as this requires a different tray, but we’ll be offering this in the near future. Keep an eye out! Initially, we’ll provide just a few programs for the most common vegetables, but we encourage our more experienced community members to develop their own programs and share them so that everybody can grow exciting, less common plants.Last updated:
Our current prototype specs are 35" (91 cm), 8" (21 cm), 19" (49 cm). Our small one is 68 cm tall. In the future, we will offer not only a number of different sizes but also different items that incorporate our technology; shelves, kitchen islands, tables, even a vertical Niwa or an aquarium-like model. Get ready to make your indoor space deliciously edible!Last updated:
Our standard size can grow 3 to 5 tomatoes a week, 2 to 3 peppers and one salad when functioning at its peak. Bear in mind that the number of vegetables a living plant can grow will vary and likely decrease as the plant matures. Niwa is extremely scalable, however. To increase produce yield, simply add more devices. We will also be offering an expandable modular design for even greater versatility.Last updated:
Imagine taking complex greenhouse technology and putting it right in your living room. Niwa is a fully automated hydroponic system that uses sensors and actuators to simulate real environmental conditions. To start growing, just tell our app what kind of plant you’ve selected. A program specific to that plant will load, initiating a lighting and irrigation sequence and the right conditions for the type of plant and its stage of growth. As it grows, the app will ask for feedback, for example, can you see any leaves? The software will then adjust its settings based on this feedback to provide an even better environment for your plant to thrive.Last updated:
When you open your Niwa box, you’ll see that most of the elements are already in place. Putting them together will take about 5 minutes, with a few simple instructions. Then download the app!Last updated:
Although the system is automated, you are caring for real plants, so some minimal maintenance is involved. Depending on the plant, you will likely have to refill the water reservoir every 1 to 2 weeks, remove some dead leaves, clean the reservoir and add nutrients on a regular basis. Not to worry though—all of these tasks are managed by the app, and you will be notified of exactly what to do and when.Last updated:
1. Even a kid can use it. We believe that growing should be fun, easy and accessible. Niwa is the first hydroponic system that’s fully automated, connected to and managed from your mobile interface so that anyone, even with no gardening knowledge whatsoever, can grow like an experienced farmer.
2. It’s simple, affordable and stylish. Most of the bigger hydroponic systems are just the opposite; complicated, expensive and not aesthetically pleasing. Niwa’s good looks are bound to attract the attention of visiting friends, making growing a hot topic of conversation.
3. It’s responsive. Though Niwa is fully automated, self-adjusting every setting to match your plant’s growth cycle, automated adjustments are based on estimates. That’s why we involve you as a user, to provide critical feedback. For example, we’ll ask you questions like, “Can you see any leaves?” to determine the plant’s stage of development. Our software will adjust its settings based on your responses.Last updated:
We’re here to help anytime. Whatever the problem is, whether your plant isn’t growing well or you’re experiencing issues with the hardware or software, we’ll make sure that your Niwa experience is effortless and flawless.Last updated:
The shipping is not included in the price, we are trying to get the best prices, so we will ask you for the shipping cost later. The maximum prices we are estimating are:
40USD - For the US
60USD - Outside the US
Niwa Makers kit:
20USD - For the US
40USD - Outside the USLast updated:
LED light is quite special, as it’s a discrete light. This means that unlike the natural sunlight, not all the spectrum is covered, LEDs generate just a very narrow part of the spectrum, that’s why normally you need to use several kind of LEDs to emulate the natural light, that has a “full spectrum”.
We have several trials using LED lights now, the plants are performing well, but they are behaving differently, different color and they grow taller and thinner. We have launch the first version of Niwa with a CFL lamp because they are much more powerful than LED, cheaper, and plants still grow great. We are working on our next generation of device with LED lights, but before launch we want to be totally sure of what our customers are going to get. The downside is that LED will be substantially more expensive.Last updated:
- Niwa's WiFi electronics (3 outputs up to 150W (Pump/Heater/Lamp) + 1 output up to 12v10W (Fan).
- Temperature, Humidity and Light sensors.
- E27 CFL Lamp 100W; 6500ºK.
- E27 Lamp holder.
- Water pump + hose + 6xdrippers.
- 80mm 12v fan.
- 100w heater wire.
- Layouts to make a plywood version.Last updated:
Niwa has a 100w CFL lamp and a 100w heating element, if you place the Niwa close to a sunny window its smart lighting system will switch on the lights less often, saving energy. Something similar happen with the heating system, if Niwa is in a sunny place or a warm window it will take advantage of it, using the heating element less. The MAX consumption will be around 225W (if the heating element and the lamp are ON at the same time) while the average per hour should be 25-50W/h depending in the plant’s needs and the context where Niwa is placed.Last updated:
Niwa uses rockwool, but can use whatever you want, like clay or perlite…You can even use soil if you want to!Last updated:
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