Plants grown in the AeroGarden develop excellent root systems for transplanting into dirt. Here are a few tips for maximizing your success:
1. Prevent transplant shock by hardening your plants off for increasing amounts of time each day until you transplant. Skipping this step is the most common mistake new gardeners make when transplanting plants outdoors. Plants need to “toughen up” from the spa-like conditions in the AeroGarden, getting used to intense sun, wind and cool temperatures. Start with just moving the AeroGarden bowl outdoors, plants and all, for a few hours the first day. Increase the hours each day, being careful not to expose the garden to snow or temperatures close to freezing. The plants will get tougher each day. When they can survive a whole day on a shaded porch, they’ll be ready to go.
2. Transplant on a cooler day. Even if you’ve hardened your plants off, putting them out on a sunny, 90 degree day will guarantee trouble. Pick a cooler, damp, cloudy day for best results.
3. Water. A lot. New transplants need consistently damp soil until they are established. Water every day for a week or more after transplanting, twice a day if it is really hot and sunny.