Dezeen's Rima Sabina Aouf shares details of Ikea's Krydda/Växer series launch, which makes it possible for consumers to grow their own plants and vegetables indoors without soil or sunlight.

The company's senior product developer, who grew up on the rural Swedish Island of Öland, developed the product to reintroduce food cultivation into the lives of city apartment dwellers.

It works through two interlinked systems: first seeds are placed in the Växer's moistened stone wool starter plugs. Once they have sprouted, the plugs are planted into Krydda pots, where they are hugged by water-retaining pumice stones as they mature. Units can either be placed in a windowsill to take advantage of natural sunlight or affixed to a specialised low-energy LED lamp to enable cultivation anywhere, at any time of year.

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