Kradle is a low-tech product family that helps the black-thumbed urban gardener get their relationship with nature off on the right foot. This stylish collection of products will help improve the most common human - houseplant communication gaps with simple visual cues.
THE #1 MISTAKe
Have you ever had a plant slowly perish in front of your own eyes rendering any effort from you (to bring it back to life) useless? Don't worry, you're just like the other 100% of people who have ever tried to nurture a plant. However, we might have been smothering our plants without even knowing. Too much attention, too much sun, but above all, too much watering. Our pots don't really help us figure out how to water plants. How could we tell when a plant needs water, or when it's had too much we're rotting it's roots?
For the Kradle product family, I focused on designing low-tech planters which would provide us with the necessary information to nurture our plants from their smallest when seeding up to their reproductive phase. The system focuses deeply on the plant's watering habits and how to communicate them with visual cues that adapt to the climate (humidity and heat) environmental changes of their context. Since different kinds of plants have different needs, I focused on Succulents, the most popular type of plant in the urban up-and-coming population. These planters are thought with a young, creative, and conscientious user in mind, who happens to be a beginner gardener. Basically a hipster who has a black thumb.
The main Kradle product is flexible TPE planter big enough to hold one plant. Its geometric shape avoids the need of structural ribbing and maintains the shape of the pot when the pressure of soil is added.
TPE's material properties allow the machining of an intricate geometric design with slots for a water filtration system that will keep roots healthy. Its flexibility allows an easy extraction of the plant during repotting process, avoiding any pulling from its stem and therefore any damage to its root system.
TPE allows a variety of colors and finishes. A muted color scheme with a frosted finish provide the necessary disguise for dirt or dust, a main issue when dealing with indoor planters.
WHEN TO WATER?
The water filtration system collects excess water on a side tray pocket. When watering one should keep slowly pouring water until the pocket is 3/4 of the way full. This limit is marked on the inside wall of the pocket. The excess water will eventually evaporate completely, which is when you must water your plant again. Ideally one would pour water in circling motions to moisten all the dirt in the pot. Otherwise, the water will only create a "column" of moist dirt and flow right through to the collecting pocket leaving the rest of the dirt dry.
what happens when my plant REPRODUCES?
cuttings and seedlings
When plants are young they are best watered indirectly. Coconut fibrepots allow dirt to absorb water through their walls and visibly show when water has reached the full height of the planter. With the cutting mini-planter set you only need to water into the dish up its brim and allow the dirt to absorb the water. When your plant has grown enough to be replanted, just insert the mini-planter straight into the soil of a bigger planter. Roots will grow through the coconut fibre, avoiding the sensitive step of pulling on the plant's stem and disturbing its root system.
Sharing is an intrinsic trait to people who have plants. The sharing planter set provides with a safe portable solution for gifting plants. For the new plant owner, it will serve as a temporary planter and will force them to do some replanting and gaining the knowledge on how to take care of them. When the plant has to be replanted, just insert the mini-planter in soil of the permanent planter; roots will grow through the coconut fibre. This skips the sensitive step of pulling on the plant's stem and disturbing its root system.