Romberg Powerplaant – All You Need for Plant Propagation

With the new brand Powerplaant the German company Romberg presented an assortment of products for the ambitious and technical enthusiastic amateur gardener at spoga+gafa 2013.

The propagator models differ in size and equipment depending on what kind of plants you want to grow and what space you have available. They all have a transparent cover with ventilation slides that ensure simple climate control.

Two of the Powerplaant models are equipped with illumination units, the smaller one, Lumio, with 12 watt and the larger one, Lucio, with 24 watt. The models Gian and Nando include a PVC covered and acid-resistant heating mat and the propagator set Maximus complete has 2 x 24 watt lighting, a heating mat and as extras a thermostat and an integrated digital automatic timer.

For the seedlings and cuttings there are special pellets available that are peat-free and made of coir substrate with a special nutrient mixture.

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Strong Scissors by Master Garten

At spoga+gafa 2013, German Company Master Garden unveiled new compact and durable garden scissors.

What’s innovative is the integrated gear technology made from stainless steel which allows sticks and branches with up to 20 mm size to be easily cut with one hand. The XtremeGe Tec-Compact C1 is made for men and women alike and is geared towards the home gardening sector.

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Patrick Blanc, Vertical Garden Pioneer

Patrick Blanc is a botanical visionary like no other. From a young age on he dedicated his life to the vast diversity of plants, starting in his teens when he experimented by building biological plant filters for his aquarium. Later the Parisian studied tropical botany, scouted through the rainforests around the world and researched the growth habits of plants. One of his most important insights was that plants don’t really need soil to grow healthy. A huge number of plants thrive perfectly fine in nature on vertical surfaces without earth or any solid substrate. Only water with minerals, light and carbon dioxide are essential for photosynthesis.  

Blanc applied his knowledge about vegetation to his vision of a vertical garden; if plants can grow on sandstone and in caves, why not on man-made walls? His invention is a system that consists of a metal framework, a PVC layer and a layer of felt. The rot-proof textile absorbs water and the plant’s roots can grow on it. Blanc’s first projects in the 1980s were very successful and he patented his ideas in 1988 and 1996. He was celebrated by garden experts and artists alike and since then he is regarded as a fusion of a gardener, an artist and an architect. Nowadays he designs and builds vertical gardens all over the world, from San Francisco to Tokyo.

In this increasingly urbanized world nature is in a constant retreat. The fixing of plants onto the outsides of buildings is not only done for visual effects: Vegetation is becoming more and more important for the well-being of the city dwellers. It cleans the air from toxic pollutants and saves energy by providing protection from the hot sun in the summer and insulation from the cold in the winter.

In Sydney, Patrick Blanc is now working on his masterpiece: The 166 meter tall multi-functional tower complex One Central Park will have the biggest vertical garden in the world on its outer structures. Hundreds of species of native and exotic plants will flow down the walls like a green waterfall. Together with a LED installation by acclaimed light artist Yann Kersalé, the building will change the skyline of the Australian metropolis in a spectacular way. The One Central Park is scheduled to open next year.

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“Fresh Herbs”: New Pot from Emsa

At this year’s spoga+gafa, German company Emsa presented among other products their new plant pot especially for herbs, “Fresh Herbs”. Equipped with a clever watering system, it is supposed to keep basil, thyme and co. fresh for several weeks. Emsa expects these nicely designed pots with their original flower-shaped water gauge to sell as gift article and to be grabbed by impulse buyers.

“Fresh Herbs” has just the right size for all customary kitchen herbs. The plants are being inserted with their own pot. According to Emsa, a watering wick on the inside is turning the herbs into self-sustainers and drying-out and overwatering are now things of the past. The water goes through the spout.

The packaging has an open design, so that the customers can have a direct impression of the look and the usability of the pots. “Free Herbs” is UV-resistant and comes in four strong colours: white, granite, green and pink.

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Nominated for Unique Youngstar Design Contest at spoga+gafa 2013: Hochbeet by Thinking Hands

15 design projects by young talents are nominated for the unique youngstar award 2013. The theme of this year’s competition is “outdoor living”.

The nominated projects will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa in Cologne, from September 8th to 10th. Between now and spoga+gafa we will introduce  the nominees in the garden unique category of this blog.


  • By: Thinking Hands, Saskia Drebes, Cosima Geyer, Sandra Spoo, Simon Frambach, Tim Mackerodt
  • Material: Steel tube, hemp cloth
  • Size: 100 x 100 x 100 cm 

„Hochbeet“ is the German word for a heightened flower bed. The design piece by the Thinking Hands group is independent of the ground below and can be used in urban living areas. Backyards without green areas and open wasteland can be used for the cultivation of home-grown vegetables. The raised plantation area ensures a comfortable working posture while weeds and pests cannot reach the cultivated plants. The modular system and the fast set-up enable a step-by-step expansion: From the hobby gardener with one plot to a raised garden for self-sufficiency. With a medium plant depth of 30 cm, the raised flower bed is particularly suitable for plants with shallow and medium-length roots such as lettuce or strawberries. The ‘Hochbeet’ transforms dreary backyards into lush islands and a meeting place for families, friends and neighbours.

The winners of the competition will be announced in Hall 10.2 of the koelnmesse in Cologne on September 8th 2013 at 5 p.m. during the unique hour event. There will be three prizes awarded by a jury and an audience award which will be determined by online vote at