Aerogardens are a safe, quick and easy way to grow fresh herbs, salad greens or other plants indoors. They also require only a few minutes of daily care and maintenance.
If you want to get the most out of your AeroGarden, follow these tips and tricks to help keep your plants happy.
Plant Seeds at the Same Time
If you’re planting heirloom tomato seeds in your AeroGarden, the best time to start them is in February when they will be ready for transplanting outdoors later in the spring. Tomatoes like strong light and warm weather so they will grow much faster if planted this early in the season.
Once your tomato seedlings have sprouted, set the adjustable arm of your LED lights to 4 inches away from their canopy to give them the most light possible.
Tomato plants can be quite big and if you don’t want them to get too tall, you can trim them down regularly by cutting off the tops with a clean pair of dry scissors.
You can also plant a wide variety of herbs in your AeroGarden, including basil, Italian parsley and chive. Thyme and oregano are also good choices. These plants are a bit slower to grow, but they don’t take up much space in your AeroGarden.
Don’t Overcrowd Your AeroGarden
An Aerogarden is an all-in-one plant system that automatically controls the nutrient levels and water supply of your plants. It also sends you notifications and alerts on your smart device, letting you know when to refill or change the water.
You can use an Aerogarden to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables throughout the year. They are also great for starting seeds indoors before transplanting them into a larger outdoor garden.
Some people choose to use an Aerogarden as a way to teach their kids about growing food. They are also popular among individuals and couples with mobility challenges or physical disabilities that make it difficult to access a traditional garden.
One of the most important tips when choosing an Aerogarden is to consider your plants’ needs. For example, tomatoes are a big, heavy plant that may need support as they start to set fruit.
Don’t Forget to Change the Water
Aerogardens use water as their medium instead of soil, and they need to be changed and replenished every few weeks. This is important because the water can become dirty and contain bacteria that may hurt your plants.
When you change the water in your aerogarden, be sure to empty the reservoir and rinse it thoroughly with clean tap water. This helps to remove any mineral deposits that could harm your plants.
Also, be sure to disinfect the filter that sits in front of the pump. This will kill any plant matter that may be in it and prevent future growth of harmful bacteria or mold.
Keep Your AeroGarden Clean
As your AeroGarden continues to grow, dirt and grime will start to accumulate. It’s important to keep your AeroGarden clean and free of germs and parasites so that your plants will be healthy and thrive.
The best way to do this is by soaking all the plastic parts of your AeroGarden in a vinegar or bleach bath. This will ensure that every nook and cranny of the unit is cleaned.
Using soft towels to wipe down any parts that can’t be submerged in a vinegar or bleach bath helps you make sure that your AeroGarden stays sanitized and germ-free.
A diluted solution of vinegar and water can also help remove algae that grows in your AeroGarden. To do this, use a paper towel to wipe the area and make sure that you dilute the solution with 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water.