An Aero Garden indoor growing unit is a small system that uses the method of hydroponics to grow plants. The system is self-contained and comes with a light unit, nutrients and growing pods with seeds. Aero Garden growing systems are ideal for beginning hydroponic gardeners that want to experiment with indoor growing.
Mixed Plant Species
The Aero Garden has enough room to plant several varieties of plants so you can maximize the types of fresh produce grown. Aero Garden groups plant types together in seedpods so you can choose the selection that best meets your needs. This will help you regulate the proper amount of light and growing space since some vegetable plant species grow tall while other grow bushy. You are able to purchase new seedpods and change the type of plants grown when it comes time to replant the Aero Garden. This gives you the opportunity to try several groupings of plants to see which perform best for you.
The Aero Garden produces best when you apply the proper type of water to the plants. Choose water that is low in dissolved minerals as this type of water prevents nutrients absorption in the plants. Most city tap water has undergone treatment making it fine for use with the Aero Garden. Plants that have the symptoms of stunted growth or yellow leaves may be experiencing problems due to the type of water used. Purchase distilled water for use with the Aero Garden to alleviate the problem. Monitor the water level in the Aero Garden to verify when you need to add some. The control panel displays a message when the water level is low, but it is possible to get a false reading for a variety of reasons.
Plants grown in the Aero Garden require nutrients in the water since this is their only food source. Clean out the water chamber and refresh the water chamber each time you are replanting the Aero Garden or moving to the next phase. Verify the water level each time you add a nutrient pellet so you know there is enough water to dissolve and distribute the nutrients to the plants.
Plants perform best in the Aero Garden when given the standard 16 hours of light each day. Some people prefer to turn the lights off at night since they are bright in a darkened home. A better option is to place the Aero Garden in a location where the long light duration does not bother residents of the home. Adjust the height of the lights as the plants grow taller to prevent the tops of the plants from burning or growing into the light unit.
The Aero Garden creates an optimal growing environment for you to start seeds during the late winter months in a propagation tray that is available for an additional charge. This gives you an early start on plants desired for an outdoor garden. Remove the propagation tray from the Aero Garden and transplant the entire growing basket into an outdoor growing container or garden bed once there is no longer a risk of frost. Starting the seeds indoors saves money and gives the plants a head start for an earlier harvest.