Aerogarden Basics And Instructions

An Aerogarden is a hydroponic indoor garden that can be setup almost anywhere. These hydroponic marvels allow you to grow lush indoor gardens at any time of the year anywhere you like!

What Is An Aerogarden?

An aerogarden is compact hydroponic gardening system.

The Aerogarden Grow System is a soilless culture, first developed in California, where plants are grown with just soluble fertilizer and water. The idea is that, so long as the plant has enough water, nutrition and light, it will grow and thrive. The growth medium is soilless, plants are grown suspended above water. If kept indoors, lights are used.

A closed hydroponics system can completely eliminate the need for insecticides. Hydroponics is more economic than a greenhouse in many ways, once it is up and running. The system produces a higher crop yield, with less fertilizer. It is less labor-intensive, no need to regularly change and turn the soil as you do with a greenhouse. 

Instead, a hydroponic system uses a pump to regularly move the water and maintain the water level as it depletes. Evaporation is a minor nuisance in hydroponics. Clay pebbles, lava rock pebbles or other porous loose medium is used to lessen evaporation and weigh down plant roots.

How Much Does An AeroGarden Cost?

Each AeroGarden comes with different features (like fully automated LCD control panels and energy efficient LED grow lights) and capabilities (like accommodating three, six, seven or nine seed pods and grow light adjustment heights of 10″, 12″, and 24″).  Consumers may choose between various color, design, and finish options. There are AeroGarden to fit everyone’s budget – from under $100 to over $400.

AeroGarden’s offerings have been sprouting up for the last few years, ranging from the 50-dollar, two-plant kids’ garden called Herbie, to the 700-dollar, 24-pod Farm Plus. Some models come with different colors and finishes.

ust some of the ways you can use your Aerogarden include:

  • Create an indoor fresh herb garden
  • Filters the air in your home for a cleaner environment
  • Grow plants from seedlings indoors where they are safe from extreme weather, them re-plant them outdoors when they are bigger
  • An indoor vegetable garden; lettuce and leafy greens grows especially well in an Aerogarden
  • Grow flowers indoors and liven up your home.

Some of the seed pods available from the Miracle Gro store are:

  • Basil
  • Italian herbs
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chilli peppers
  • Romaine
  • Salad greens
  • Petunias
  • Lavender
  • Medicinal herbs
  • Asian herbs
  • Jalepeno peppers

Aerogarden Models

AeroGrow sells several AeroGarden models, but all AeroGarden Grow Systems have three basic parts: the LED grow lights and light post, the grow deck where you put your plants, and the bowl and base that holds the water. The accessories that come with a basic kit are the seed pods and grow domes, plant food, and detachable trellis for climbing plants. 

The seed pods with dome is a small cup with seed and a bit of growth medium to get the seed started. The grow dome is a removable, transparent dome cover for protecting the seedling when it sprouts.

The plant will soon outgrow the dome, and the dome is taken off. Plant food is dropped into the water every two weeks or so, there are recommended quantities depending on what you’re growing. 

The LED lamp is attached to the base with a light post. These are 30watt LED lights that maintain the temperature at 65-76°F/16-24°C, the ideal temperature for plants. The LED lights provide white, blue and red light for optimal plant health.

The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden is a smart tabletop hydroponics system manufactured by AeroGrow International. Each AeroGarden model features proprietary technology that makes growing fresh produce simple and intuitive. Because these systems use efficient hydroponics instead of traditional soil-based gardening methods, plants can grow an astounding 5 times faster.

Because AeroGardens are typically used indoors and year-round, you will have a constant harvest at your fingertips. So with that said, how do you choose the best AeroGarden for your indoor space and gardening needs? We have created a list of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden reviews to help you decide which distinct model is best for you.

Aerogardens make growing herbs, greens, flowers, and vegetables really easy, but if you should know the basics of this growing a hydroponic garden before you begin.

Get a head start and grow seedlings in the AeroGarden, weeks before the end of winter, ready for planting in spring. That way you’ll have fresh tomatoes before everybody else. Do you have that rare seed or cutting, smuggled into the country or mailed from a gardener friend half-way across the world?

About Aerogarden

Since introducing the first AeroGarden in March 2006, AeroGrow has expanded its product line to include multiple gardens, pre-seeded Seed Pod Kits, Grow Lights, Liquid Nutrients and Growing Accessories. AeroGarden products are available through Amazon.com, Macys.com, Kohls.com, in stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond and direct to consumer at www.aerogarden.com.

Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, AeroGrow International, Inc. is the leader in the rapidly growing indoor gardening category. AeroGardens allow anyone to grow farmer’s market fresh herbs, salad greens, tomatoes, chili peppers, flowers and more, indoors, year-round, so simply and easily that no green thumb is required