Tips for Preserving Seeds

Do you want to save your seeds for next year? Here’s how to store them properly to ensure germination!

Seed Expiration

We guarantee germination for 1 year from the date of purchase of the seed pod kit. However, typically the seeds remain viable for 2 years if stored properly. Exposure to excessive heat or humidity may shorten the lifespan of a seed.

Seed Preservation

The best way to preserve the seed pods is by storing them in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight – a place where the temperature will not fluctuate much. The refrigerator is generally the best place to store seeds. But stay away from the freezer, any seed that cannot be dried properly should not be frozen or else you risk damaging the cell wall of the seed. Some seeds store better than others. Tomato seeds, for example, can last for more than four years if stored well!
If you have your own seeds and are using a Grow Anything Kit, ensure your seeds are properly dried. Let them air-dry for about a week before placing them in an air-tight container. Store them in an area that is cool and dry year round. When you are ready to plant your seeds, keep them in their closed container until they reach room temperature to avoid unwanted condensation.

Ask AeroGarden: Watering Your Plants

Question:  “Some of my seed pods are experiencing poor growth or not even germinating, but my basil is growing perfectly. What is the problem?”

Answer:  “This is most likely a problem with the type of water you are using. We recommend that you use distilled water. Distilled water has no mineral content and is perfect for hydroponic applications. Our liquid plant nutrients have the exact measurement of minerals for optimum plant growth. When distilled water meets with our nutrients it results in pH balance. Some plant varieties are more tolerant than others to pH imbalance. Basil, for instance, is known to thrive in imbalanced conditions, but many other plant varieties will struggle with poor growth and even lack of germination. In addition, most filtered water, hard or softened water, bottled drinking water, well sourced water, and some municipal tap water, depending on the state in which you reside, will also cause imbalance.Go ahead and refill your garden with distilled water and nutrients. This will restore pH balance!

Get to the root of it! Feel free to ask your question at ask@aerogarden.com and get an expert answer from the AeroGarden team.

Chlorosis: Diagnosing Pale, Yellow, or Yellow-White Leaves

Are your leaves a pale, yellow, or yellow-white color? If so, your plant may be experiencing chlorosis.

Chlorosis is a condition where leaves yellow or blanch due to lack of chlorophyll, which is responsible for the green color of leaves. A plant that is chlorophyll deficient has little or no capacity to create carbohydrates using photosynthesis and may die unless the cause of the chlorosis is treated.

The most common cause of chlorosis is a lack of nutrients. The leaves will become pale or yellow if the plant does not have enough nutrients to synthesize all the chlorophyll it needs.

Perfectly natural pale yellow leaves

However, this process can also be natural. A plant will have two starter leaves known as cotyledons when the seedlings first emerge from the soil. Over time, the plant will start to produce its typical adult leaves. The cotyledons help the plant begin growing, but once it’s producing more leaves, they are no longer needed and will often yellow and eventually fall off. If these are your only yellow leaves, your plant is perfectly healthy!