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Nutrient Feeding Schedule Options. Keep Your Garden Healthy. Each kit includes the supplies needed to plant and grow one to three custom gardens. While the AeroGarden provides the ideal environment for growing plants, there are many decisions you need to make that will impact the outcome of your garden.

This Guide will assist you in deciding what mxnual plant, how to plant and how to care for your plants once they are growing. We recommend that you read the entire Guide before starting your Garden.

Planting an AeroGarden with your own seeds or cuttings is a bit of an experiment. We hope your efforts will be successful and you enjoy the discovery process. Contact a garden center, hydroponic shop, or university for answers to more in-depth questions. P lant Type While we encourage you to try growing a variety of plant types in your AeroGarden, there are a few that will not do well in an aeroponic system.

Subterranean plants, such as carrots, beets, mamual or peanuts should not be planted in an AeroGarden. In addition, plants that require very dry conditions and have very low water requirements, such as cactus and succulents, will not thrive in an AeroGarden. It is important to select plants that will not grow taller than this — or to choose plants that can be pruned to stay within this height restriction, such aerkgarden basil.

When choosing seeds, look for dwarf or miniature varieties. Try to grow plants that will be about the same height as they mature. You may be able to prune some plants in your Garden to achieve this. Using plants that grow at the same rate lets you adjust the Lamp Hood so plants all receive the optimal amount of light. Plant a garden with plants N utrients that have similar growth rates and heights, like Salad Greens shown. Choose plants that have similar nutrient requirements.

For example, mixing plants with fairly low requirements such as lettuces with plants that have much higher requirements such as basil is not recommended. Life Span Try to choose plants that have similar life spans for your Garden. For example, dwarf tomatoes and basil are a great flavor combination, but would be hard to grow in the same AeroGarden.

Basil will be nearing the end of its growth cycle just as dwarf tomatoes aegogarden starting to ripen! As you plant your Garden, think about shape and growth habits of plants. You may want manuql put a feathery leafed plant in front where it can be seen and use the back row for plants that grow straight or bushy.

Just be gentle with the roots! Horizontal Spreading If you grow plants that have extensive branching or will spread horizontally, you may want to leave some Grow Surface Openings empty. This will give plants room to grow and assure they get the light they need. Be sure to cover unplanted Grow Surface Openings to inhibit algae growth.

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Our Plant Spacers are a perfect fit and can be re-used in any Garden. Plant Spacer Kits include 6 spacers and can be purchased at www. Or, choose a material that will stand up to moisture, such as aluminum foil or a plastic milk jug cap. Quick Start Guides available at: For larger seeds and fruiting plants, sow only a few extra seeds.

Increase number of seeds as seed size decreases and for plants that grow in bunches, such as chives. Typically, 6 seeds per Grow Pod works well. P repare Pod Labels Here are a few preliminary steps that will help the Grow Pod building process go smoothly. Do not use steam.

Doing this before you start planting prevents accidental mislabeling of Grow Pods. Remnant glue will prevent new Label from adhering. Be sure to fill out and apply Pod Labels. Burns can occur from touching hot metal parts, hot water or steam.

Extreme caution should be used near children. Never leave iron turned on or unattended, especially when children are present. Building a Grow Pod 10 P lace Stem Cuttings Using stem cuttings is a common method for propagating many plant varieties, but it does require a bit of care on your part. A number of vegetables and shrubs root very easily, but stem cuttings from tree species can be difficult to root. We have found that some difficult species may be stimulated to root by treating them with root-promoting compounds.

The following steps describe how to start plants from both herbaceous non-woody plants such as tomatoes, peppers, chrysanthemum and dahlias and softwood cuttings soft, new growth from plants such as lilacs, roses, and rhododendron. It is best to take your cuttings early in the morning when it is cool and damp. If using a root-promoting compound, apply it at this time.

Cover all plants in groups or individually — just be sure each Grow Pod is covered. Mist cuttings with water once or twice daily to maintain humidity levels. Once roots extend from Grow Sponges, start adding nutrients see pages for feeding recommendations.

To eliminate potential concerns regarding pH levels, we recommend using distilled water UNTIL you begin adding nutrients. Within a few weeks you should start to see roots extend from the Grow Sponges.

Use these plants as a guide to determine if the growing environment is too werogarden or too dry. This will be a great reference when planting future Gardens. All Grow Surface Openings should contain a Grow Pod or be covered by a moisture-tolerant covering see page 7. Very hot or very cold water will hurt your plants.

For Cuttings – use distilled water until you begin using nutrients, then use municipal tap, bottled or purified water.

The extra minerals in these sources may be harmful to aeroponically grown plants. The amount of nutrients in your Garden increases with tablet size. Each tablet also contains ingredients that will keep the water in your AeroGarden at a pH level that is ideal for aeroponically grown plants. C hoose a Nutrient Regime Most gardens will need a combination of small and large nutrient tablets. If you are planting cuttings, you will not have to add nutrients until you see roots extend from Grow Sponges.

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Use it as a starting point for selecting a nutrient regime. Keeping a watchful eye on plants will be the best way to learn the ideal nutrient regime. For cuttings, do not use nutrients until you see roots extended from Grow Sponges.

Once roots are seen, start with Set Up regime, then use the appropriate plant type regime. S igns of Stress Overnourished If tips of leaves are brown, your plant is probably getting too many nutrients. Look for signs of improvement on new plant growth.

If browning is severe, you may need to empty all water from Bowl, put in fresh water, and add nutrient tablet s. If you do this, remember to reset Nutrient Timer.

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Undernourished Undernourished plants become yellow. Signs of improvement will mainly be apparent on new growth. Plants will arogarden time to absorb additional nutrients, so please be patient. This section provides some general guidelines to follow as your Garden grows.

When this occurs, remove Domes from each Grow Pod and save for your next Garden. Do not remove Label. If a plant is curled inside Dome, it was left on too long. They promote germination, inhibit algae growth and identify your plants. However, with broad-stemmed varieties, such as fruiting plants, it is best to thin plants as described below.

Using scissors, snip the smallest plants at the stem base, leaving ONE healthy plant in each Grow Pod. Be sure to cut, not pull, the extra seedlings to avoid damaging roots of the remaining plant in each Grow Pod. Tending Your Garden 18 P ollinate Plants The table below shows some common plant types and recommended methods for hand pollination. For plants not listed below, you may need to do some additional pollination research — the internet and seed suppliers are good sources aerogarcen information.

Eggplant Shake plant vigorously every other day when the light s are on. An electric toothbrush works well.

Move male pollen to Pumpkin, squash, female flower watermelon and common cucumbers Use paintbrush to move pollen from male flower to female flower. Pollinate when the lights are off.

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If you find your Garden is producing aerogardfn flowers but no fruit, chances are you need to pollinate or change your pollinating method. Dead blossoms on the Grow Surface are a good indicator that your chosen pollination method is not working.

Dwarf tomato plant being pollinated by gently shaking. Use garden shears or scissors to prune. Here are some general guidelines on pruning various plant types. Fruiting Plants with Upright Main Stem First prune such as dwarf tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant Early pruning of this plant helps strengthen the main stem and encourages plant to branch out.

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A aergoarden plant with many branches will be able to bear the weight of much fruit without tipping over. Controlling Height Use scissors to cut branches that are growing into light s. Follow branch to where it meets another branch — make cut just before this junction.