Hydroponics is a growing technique that has been around for several years and uses a clean, natural, inert substrate instead of soil. Plants in hydroponic systems grow much more quickly because they have nutrients and water available to them all the time. They use much less water than traditional systems and don’t need disinfection practices that can be costly and can have a harmful effect upon the environment.
Hydroponics is more efficient than other growing methods, particularly in models that recirculate water and nutrients like the Niwa systems. Our system needs less water (~60% less than soil growth systems) and provides a high amount of nutrients; avoiding water contamination. When irrigation and specific climate parameters are well controlled, plant growth is easier and faster.
What does the gauge for the light represent?
The light gauge shows relative light levels sensed in your growing chamber.
What about the inner and outer rings for temperature?
The outer ring is the desired temperature and the inner ring is the temperature range over time.
When would heater be required?
The heater will be required anytime the current temperature level is below target.
What does the humidity ring report?
It reports the relative humidity level.
Currently, we do not have a cannabis growing program but some of our community members have begun growing cannabis on their own with seeds they purchased. If you're interested in connecting with them to learn or share best practices for growing cannabis in the Niwa system or if you have extensive knowledge/experience with growing, message us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockwool is a clean, safe and highly efficient substrate for plant growth and development. Rockwool is highly absorbent and retains water at a very high level making it great for the Niwa garden system.
It typically takes a seed between 3 to 5 days to germinate, but it can be longer. If nothing happens within 10 days from planting please message us at email@example.com to discuss your specific issue or you can replant your seeds and begin a grow program from the beginning.
At times, your pump can have air inside creating low pressure in the water line. You can get air out by running the first stage of your grow program for a while which will keep the pump connected in cycles of 15 minutes. Additionally, you can shake the watering hose gently to release potential air bubbles.
One of the better solutions is while your pump is working, disconnect the hose from the first dripper and connect a syringe where the dripper was, then use the syringe to suck the air inside the line (you may have to repeat this step several times). When the water starts coming out, you can then reconnect the hose to the watering line.
Your drippers are easy to clean. Unscrew the cover of the dripper and use fresh water to clean it inside. Be sure to introduce the rubber part in and screw it again. It’s normal if the last drippers of the line have a bit less water flow than the first ones.
Mold should not be an issue, but we understand it doesn't look great. We suggest adding a small amount of copper to the water. They are little stones that you can put in the reservoir. A homemade option would be adding small drops (1 tsp) of peroxide to the water reservoir.
Assembling the Niwa is easy and quick, and will take you only about 5 minutes. In your Niwa box you will find the supplies needed. No tools necessary.
You can watch an assembly video by our very own COO here.
Although our system is automated, you are caring for live plants. Depending on the plant you're growing, you will refill the water reservoir every 1-2 weeks, remove dead leaves, check and clean the reservoir and add nutrients on a regular basis. Not to worry though—the Niwa app will guide you on.
The Niwa One Standard and Premium are 37" (93.5 cm), 11" (28.5 cm), 19" (49 cm). The Niwa One Mini is 27" (68 cm), 11" (28.5 cm), 19" (49 cm).
The Niwa Mini, Standard and Premium weigh 12kg, 13.4kg, and 14.5 kg, respectively.
We’re here to help. 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 fun and successful. Message us at firstname.lastname@example.org or browse through our Niwa community by clicking here.
For customers located in the U.S. the shipping cost is included in your final price. For customers in Canada, it will be an additional $50.00 for Niwa One systems and an additional $20.00 for the Niwa Grow Pack. Lastly, for customers in Europe, the prices communicated to you by our team include shipping & VAT. For customers outside of the U.S., Canada or Europe, please contact us for pricing for we're always working on more competitive shipping costs for customers outside of our distribution range.
You need a plug adaptor (i.e. EU to UK) since your Niwa has EU specification and works with 220-240 Vac. At the moment, we only manufacture Niwa's with U.S. and EU specifications.
In your Niwa box, you received a card with www.getniwa.com/start. Go to that link to access our User Guide where you can read more information on set-up, assembly, troubleshooting, and other helpful tips. We also have an assembly video you can watch on YouTube. The link to the assembly video is here and the link to our user guide is here. This should help you with many of your questions.