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New Member and First Questions

Hi, new member about three weeks into my first Aerogarden Bounty with 7 herb pods and 2 lettuces. Everyone is doing pretty well so far it seems. Pruned the basils and dill the first time this morning.

My first question - My italian parsley did not sprout - what is the best way to re-plant? It seems like the plastic grow basket and domes can be re-used with a new sponge insert and seeds from a local dealer? Is the label with slits necessary for anything and is it reusable? It seems like it inhibits the plants from spreading much at the base.

Also, when pruning / harvesting lettuces, do you typically cut off entire leaves at the base, or is cutting the leaves in half OK? Will those re-grow?

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Hi, Pcnmechguru47, welcome!

Hi, Pcnmechguru47, welcome! Mind if I just call you Pcn? :)

A couple things. I can't really speak to what went wrong with your tomato, because I don't what variety you planted. Only super dwarf tomatoes can work in an Aerogarden.

Basil grows great! Sounds like you had some success there, so your water and nutrients were OK. What you did to grow basil should also work well for lettuce.

Cucumbers are really hard to grow in water. Their roots rot... They also tend to be huge plants. Like the AG lights are big enough for two cucumber leaves.

Miracle Gro isn't an ideal hydroponic nutrient. It's really intended as a fertilizer for soil-grown plants. So you might want to buy a bottle of one-part hydroponic nutrients, or dry nutrients. Like this stuff, or this stuff. Note that most nutrients are designed for either vegetative plants (like lettuce) or fruiting plants. If you grow a fruiting plant, you use the vegetative nutrients until the plant has buds, and then switch to the fruiting nutrients. Or, just use a one-part vegetative nutrient. Point being, don't give a young tomato plant hydroponic tomato food. And don't give tomato food to a lettuce.

Ideally, the lights are just a couple inches (5 cm?) from the top of the plants. Or as low as they can go for germination.

Hope this helps a little.

 

 

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Hello, I am a new owner of a

Hello, I am a new owner of a areogarden bounty 9 hole pod unit. I am have a lot of issues growing, first I tried tomatoes, they grew like a weed but no flowers bloomed, so I picked up a spray to create flowers still no flowers but plenty on plant, but they started dying. Only thing that grew like an extreme bush was ThaI basil, basil and chives.

I did have small rainbow peppers to grow but only three and the plant died, so I figured maybe some plants other herbs don't like each other in also noticed when I took the top off there was roots and gunk, clogging water flow, so I took yhe top off, drained it cleaned it and added fresh water, tap water, added blue miracle grow powder and reassembled it. So a, I doing something wrong ? I even planted all cucumbers so there is no interference from other plants.....please help, I also use the brown plant food that I have and 18 hrs for light. Planting in the brown pods with the cages and the domes for germination. How high should the light be ? 

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P.S. Oh, yeah! Badmanrick

P.S. Oh, yeah! Badmanrick just reminded me - if you have a pod that doesn't germinate, you can usually get Aerogrow to send a replacement for free. (If it was a pre-planted Aerogarden pod.)

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Hi, cmrome, welcome!

Hi, cmrome, welcome! smiley

Dome and basket and label can be washed and reused, yup. The tricky part is getting a new pod to sprout when surrounded by bigger plants hogging the light, and too-strong nutrients in the reservoir for the seedling phase of life. Seeds you can get anywhere, but the right shaped sponges you can get from Aerogrow, and here at Park Seed. That seed-starter block is the best Aerogarden accessory I've ever had. You can place it on the Aerogarden deck with one sponge, get your new seeds germinated and maybe 2 weeks old, and then plonk the grow sponge into a grow basket in the Aerogarden to continue growing. I've used this trick a lot to restart Aerogardens - basically overlap two grows by a couple weeks.

The purpose of the label is to keep light off the sponge and discourage algae growth. Algae harms the plants.

Harvesting lettuce, I cut off older leaves near the base, goal 1/3 of the leaf volume at a time. It is also possible to cut the whole plant a couple inches above the base a couple times, then let it regrow. Depends on the variety of lettuce... The leafwise harvest makes for a more continual harvest. Plantwise gives you a bigger salad.

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