We have done a tremendous amount of research on other systems either in development or already available for sale. We have identified over 36 indoor consumer hydroponic (including aquaponics) growing systems, and this continues to climb due to the growing demand for growing appliances. Some of the competitor systems are very small growing 1-7 plants, are more ornamental or educational. These systems can sell for less than $100, but can’t be counted on to provide enough produce to be considered useful for continuous consumption. In our opinion, all of the remaining systems have one or multiple flaws. These may include: 1) over-priced (most systems sell for over $500 each, with several over $1,000 each) with no or little additional benefits to the user.
Organiponic system’s MSRP price is $299-349, however consumers will be able to buy the systems for deep discounts below the MSRP price. 2) Too few plants. Several competitor systems, including the largest seller of in-home grow systems, can grow up to 7-9 plants. Assuming an average grow cycle is 28-30 days or more (seed – harvest), the end-user will run out of fresh produce well before the next plant harvest. Why own a systems if it is only going to be functional a limited number of days a year.
The Organiponic systems can grow 12 (Wall/Shelf unit) to 24 plants (TableTop unit). Consumers can choose what system works best for them depending on available space and the size of the household. In most cases, there is enough produce ready for harvest, allowing for little or no down time waiting for produce to grow to maturity. 3) Over-price seed pods. Several companies provide ongoing monthly seed pods or kits, yet the kits or pods sell for $2.00 or much more per plant. Organiponic kits allow consumers to grow plants for $0.50 – $0.95 per plant, depending on the grow kit, system and seeds ordered. 4) Too many plants in too small of space. Basically, plants need room to breathe and grow. Organiponic systems use patent pending grow panels that give each plant its own space (plateau) allowing for space to grow. 5) Time consuming maintenance and cleaning. See Easy maintenance – see FAQ “How often do I need to clean my system”.