What to Expect: Month 1

We would never let you be caught off guard!

So, you got an AeroGarden! Congratulations! We are so excited to see you fall in love with indoor gardening. We totally understand if you have some nerves - using an AeroGarden for the first time can be a bit confusing, whether you are an experienced gardener or just starting out! We are here to give ya some confidence. Listed below are things to expect during your first month with your AeroGarden, along with tips and tricks to getting the most out of your harvest. Trust us, you will see how hassle-free indoor gardening is in no time.

When to Expect Growth

Our seed pod kits vary in germination times. Salad seed pods are one of our quickest germinators; you will see growth coming out of the pod within a week! Herbs vary depending on the type. Basil, for example, germinates incredibly fast (4-7 days) while parsley takes a bit of time (21 days). Tomatoes germinate within the first two weeks, but it takes a while to see them flower. It is also important to note that it can take up to a month for tiny green tomatoes to turn a juicy red.

White Fuzz on Germinated Pods

You may notice some white fuzz developing on the surface of your grow sponges. Do not worry! This is most likely a beneficial fungi, and is in fact, a sign of healthy, organic, biological activity. It does not harm your plants, prevent germination, or impact the quality or edibility of your plants.

Failed Pod Germination

The most common reason pods fail to germinate is because of the water type being used. The water used in hydroponic gardening needs to fall within a certain range of pH and dissolved-mineral content. Most city water supplies are within this range and are fine for use in the AeroGarden. We are so confident in the quality of our products that we offer a germination guarantee. This means that we will replace a non-germinating Seed pod if it fails to germinate after 3 weeks of planting.

Lighting Tips

You will want to adjust your LED grow light panel so that it's at the lowest level and close to the new seedlings. Seeds need the heat from the light in order to germinate! Then, raise the lights as your plants grow. If you need to lower the lights at any point, prune the tall plants in your AeroGarden so they don't get in the way of the new seedlings. Plus, the earlier you start pruning, the more you'll harvest long term! Just make sure not to prune more than ⅓ of the plant.