If you’re planning on buying a new aero garden or already own one, this article is for you. It’s true that these products come with an instruction manual, but oftentimes, as with anything in life, there are some ‘hidden’ tips that will help you get more out of it.
In case you didn’t know, this type of garden is already being used by millions of consumers. It makes it easy for the complete beginner gardener to start growing all sorts of different plants, and it doesn’t require dirt and other messy components.
A small garden like this can be used to grow vegetables, flowers, herbs and so much more. When you see this product on commercials, it’s usually PACKED with plants. Some people wonder if this type of garden is really capable of producing such a bountiful harvest or if they just make it look like that for the commercials.
After extensive personal experience, millions of consumers will vouch for the MASSIVE harvest that they get. However, we need to understand that this type of garden is not foolproof, so there are some important tips that you can use to get the most out of it.
Get Ready For Transplants
After buying such a product, many people want to grow much more than herbs. However, if you want to grow bigger plants, you will need to be ready to transplant them once they outgrow it.
The majority of plants will be able to live in it for many months, but things like peppers and tomatoes will be better off in the long-term if they’re allowed to grow outside. You can use it for seeds, and after a few months, you can move the grown plants outside.
Carefully Select Your Plants
It’s true that a lot of plants do much better when grown in an indoor garden. Many varieties of lettuce and herbs grow much better when they’re grow inside, which is why you want to choose plants that are likely to grow better indoors.
You should avoid plants that get really large unless you’re planning on transplanting them when they’ve outgrown the small garden. Some of the best plants to grow indoors are endive, arugula, cilantro, thyme and basil.
Trim Back the Seedlings
You can grow a beautiful plant inside of your garden and really only need a single seed. There is no reason to grow many of the same seeds in the garden because it can cause nutrient deficiencies and overcrowding.
It’s important to trim back the seedlings. Once the seedlings have grown to the height of a few inches, it’s best to cut the plants that are less healthy and let the plant that is the healthiest grow.
You should always start your seedlings at the same time. By starting all of the seeds at the same time, you get better results because all of the plants will be roughly the same height. When all of the plants are the same height, you can position the grow lights in a way that benefits all of the plants equally.
Plastic Domes Are Evil
Well, they’re not really evil, but you want to avoid using plastic domes because they can cause mold to grow. These products probably came with some plastic domes, and they’re supposed to be used to maintain enough humidity for seed germination, but since the aerogarden already provides adequate germination, you don’t need the plastic domes. The domes can cause mold, which makes it more likely that you’ll end up with moldy or diseased plants.
It’s very important to prune your plants occasionally. However, if you don’t plant on using the garden for plants on a long-term basis, then pruning isn’t as important.
Plants that are pruned grow much faster than plants that aren’t, and they also tend to live longer. Generally, you can trim your plants to the lowest two levels without having to worry about them getting sick.
Leave Empty Pods
There are many different types of these gardens, and a popular model comes with seven pods. Unfortunately, the roots from the plants in some pods can crowd the roots in other pods.
However, whether or not a plant will crowd others depends on how big it gets and what type of plant it is. For example, plants like tomatoes and peppers can get very large, so it might be a good idea to leave one or two pods around them empty, which will help improve healthy root growth.
It’s important to occasionally change all of the water in your garden. By doing this, you can eliminate fungus, bacteria and disease. When switching from old to new seed pods, you should completely clean it out – you want your new seedlings to have a clean, fresh start at life.
Always Keep Packaging
Unfortunately, even the healthiest seeds do not thrive or get sick. Manufacturers are usually really great about giving refunds.
Since the seed pods are very expensive, you should save their packaging, so if you ever need a refund, you can get one. You can also get more growing tips from the boxes that the seeds come in. We hope these tips will help you get the most out of yours.