Regardless of what type of Aero plant you want to grow, you will find that it’s really easy to do so. You just need to know some basic tips and the process will almost be foolproof.
Sprouting and Growing
While it will depend on the type of seeds you’ve planted, most will sprout in 3 – 14 days. It’s a lot of fun to see this happen. Once it does, you’ll find that your Aero plant will grow about 5 times faster than any seed you’ve ever planted in a regular garden. For instance, if you plant salad greens they’ll be ready for you to eat in just 28 – 35 days. For the best results in planting your own food to eat, try planting tomatoes and peppers first. Even if this doesn’t interest you, it’s still important for you to take into consideration the amount of growing space your Aerogarden has. This is important because if you have enough room you’ll be able to grow strawberries. Of course, you can also plant flowers such as lavender, petunia, and snapdragons. Just make sure you don’t plant different size plants next to each other.
Your plant will come with a light. When this light blinks it’ll be time for you to either water or feed your plant. Once you’ve done so you simply press the button and when it starts blinking again is the next time it’ll require some attention from you.
Most of the time you can simply use some tap water for your plants. However, if you don’t think that the quality of your water is very good, you may want to use store-bought water instead. If you’re uncertain whether you need to do this, you should be on the lookout for things like poor growth and the leaves turning yellow or brown. If this happens, you’ll want to buy water from the store.
If you live in the southern or southwestern parts of the United States you probably do have hard water. In this case, you should buy some water from your store or you can use Aerogarden’s liquid nutrients to help condition the water before giving it to your Aero plant.
Regardless of whether you use tap or store-bought water, you should never use rain, well, or spring water. This is because these types of water are known to have varying levels of minerals in them.
You don’t need a large garden just to grow plants. With 3 gallon fabric pots, you should be able to fill a balcony and other small spaces with beautiful greenery. Fabric pots are particularly useful for improving the health of your plants because roots can grow better thanks to aeration. At this size, you should consider growing small herbs and spices. The soil volume should be able to sustain them for a long time. When buying these fabric pots, make sure to check the following attributes:
What is the material used for the pot? Just because it’s fabric doesn’t mean that it is cheap and of low quality. Plenty of options have thick walls so you can be sure that they will last a long time. You can fill them up with soil and place them outside without worrying about immediate degradation. There should not be any holes or tears developing, at least for a few years. Thick walls also help the pot stand up when empty so you can fill it up with ease.
How the fabric was made is also a pertinent part of the selection. Weaving tends to create a dense criss-cross of fibers which leaves little room for air to pass through. Since one of the touted benefits of 3 gallon fabric pots is their breathability, you should make sure that they are using nonwoven fabric. This will also be good for the drainage of excess water so you won’t have to worry too much about over-watering your plants or facing issues after days of hard rain.
It is important for grow bags to have sturdy handles at the sides. You can use these to adjust their placement even if they are filled with soil. They will prevent your hands from getting dirty while giving you greater control over handling. You can even use them to carry the pots and place them in another location. Look for reinforced handles that can take on the heavy weight of a filled pot without getting damaged.
Many people are conscious about BPA and other toxins in their food containers. If you are growing herbs, spices, fruits, or vegetables in your pots, then you should make sure that they don’t contain BPA either. Otherwise, this might make its way into the food you eat. Check the label to see if it explicitly states that the item is non-toxic and eco-friendly.