Using smart tech to grow indoor herb gardens in Hong Kong

Hong Kong startup Growgreen is using smart technology to encourage urban flat owners to grow popular herbs and leafy vegetables in the comfort of their homes.

The company, established in 2016, has developed a range of hydroponic planting systems. Its range of smart growers is based on the concept of an indoor greenhouse but, incorporates smart technology to improve the planting environment with adjustable lighting, luminosity, temperature, and humidity. The devices come with a smartphone app reminding users when to water, fertilize, and harvest plants.

“No genetic modification is involved. We are merely using technology to create better growing conditions than outdoor ones,” said Growgreen CEO Dr. Humphrey Leung, an electronics expert with a background in the semiconductor industry and integrated circuit development.

Leung combined his IT talent with agriculture and biotechnology to form Growgreen, venturing into his second career at age 60. The Growgreen team now numbers around 20 people, comprising of professionals from the agriculture, electronics, and food science sectors.

Leung has always kept his eye out for opportunities to apply his expertise to sustainable lifestyles and healthy foods. “The cost of growing your own vegetables may be about the same as buying premium vegetables imported from overseas, but the difference is that aspara users can see how their vegetables grow pesticide-free at home,” said Leung.

Apart from smart growers, the aspara range offers seed kits of different plants such as different varieties of lettuce, pak choi, and herb. They have seed kits to grow cherry tomatoes, sweet basil, blue curled kale, and chilli mix, to name a few.

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