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.
Expert gardeners know that starting seedlings at home has plenty of advantages over buying starts at the nursery, including:
1. Big Savings – Seeds cost a fraction of what grown plants cost from the nursery. Save hundreds of dollars starting from seeds at home!
2. Big Variety – Your local nursery will sell dozens of varieties of tomato seeds – but likely only a couple of varieties of tomato plants. Experiment and grow what you LOVE!
3. Best Flavor – starting seeds at home lets you save heirloom seeds from your favorite, juiciest harvests and grow them at home year after year. Start a family tradition! Share favorites with friends!
4. Big Harvests – The ability to transplant seedlings to the garden as soon as weather allows gives you a serious jump on the gardening season.
5. Big Color – The Seed Starting System is great for starting flowers too. Replace expensive store-bought bedding plants with starts you’ve nurtured from seed.
6. Big Fun – It’s just plain rewarding to watch seeds sprout indoors and grow, nurtured in ideal conditions, then watch those seedlings take root in an outdoor garden – producing pound after pound of zucchini, melons, spinach, and everyone’s favorite – garden fresh tomatoes.
At AeroGrow, we love gardening – indoors and outdoors. The AeroGarden not only makes it possible to garden indoors year round, but also give you plenty of options for starting seeds indoors for your outdoor garden or containers.
The AeroGarden makes it easy to start plants indoors with near-perfect light, water and nutrients, letting you get a big jump on the outdoor gardening season.
There are three easy ways to start seeds indoors for your outdoor garden, patio planters or containers.
1.) The Seed Starting System lets you start up to 66 seedlings for transplant outdoors. It’s perfect for outdoor gardens or patio containers and gives you a real head start on the gardening season.
2.) The Grow Anything Kit lets you start up to 7 plants in the AeroGarden, with plenty of room to grow. This is perfect for larger “summer” crops like peppers, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. The Easy Transplant baskets make it simple to free up the roots for fast transplant into the garden, containers or “upside down” gardens.
3.) Standard Seed Kits – Any of our standard kits can be transplanted outdoors into containers or soil. Herb kits are easy to transplant into containers for a summer herb garden on the patio. And the tomatoes in our Cherry Tomato Kit are the perfect size for creating beautiful, compact cherry tomato bushes in containers close to your kitchen door.
It’s getting to be that time of year when we gardeners are thumbing through our pile of seed catalogs, wondering how we can possibly squeeze every plant we want into the space we have and trying to come up with a plan that will give us the largest harvest for the longest season. Well, help is on its way. AeroGrow’s Garden Starter System can be a terrific tool for getting your seedlings in the ground at just the right time!
Determining when to plant seeds in your Tray so that they are ready on schedule depends on a few factors: the last frost date for your area, what you want to plant and how quickly each seed-type germinates and grows into a seedling ready to transplant. Clicking here will take you to a page on our Customer Support website that will help get you thinking about all this and show you how to create a plan.