Gourmet Herb

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Gourmet Herb
Tending & Harvesting Guide
Planting Date:
Welcome
Thank you for your
purchase of our
AeroGarden. We
have spent years
developing and refining
our technology to create a
growing system that assures
you will have a pleasurable
and successful year-round
gardening experience.
C O N T
Your AeroGarden
AeroGarden Features . . . . . . 3
Seed Kit Components . . . . . . 4
Smart Garden Control Panel
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Tending Your Garden
Herb Garden Timeline . . . . . 5
I sincerely hope you enjoy
your AeroGarden and sharing
your healthy harvest with
your family and friends.
Remove Domes . . . . . . . . . . 7
Best Regards,
Raise Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Add Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Feed Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Keep Your Herb Garden
Healthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Michael Bissonnette
Founder and CEO
AeroGrow International, Inc.
Special Tips for Purple
and Italian Basil . . . . . . . . . 13
Plant Problems and
Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
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E N TS
Harvesting Your Garden
Harvest Your Herbs . . . . . . . 16
Herbs Galore! . . . . . . . . . . 23
Appendices
Reminders About Planting
Your Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Questions and Answers
About Your Nutrients . . . . . 27
If you have an AeroGarden
PRO100, please refer to the
supplemental instructions
starting on page 37 of this
Guide.
Questions and Answers
About Your Lights . . . . . . . . 28
Set Your Light Timer . . . . . . 29
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . 31
Prepare for Your
Next Garden . . . . . . . . . . . 34
If You Have The
AeroGarden PRO100 . . . . . 37
W
hoever
plants a garden
plants happiness.
– CHINESE PROVERB
Y
our AeroGarden
AeroGarden Features
Lamp Hood
Lamp Cord
Bio-Dome
Seed Pod
Lamp Arm
Grow
Surface
Opening
Grow
Surface
Bowl
View Door
Power Cord
Base
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Your AeroGarden
Smart Garden
Control Panel
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Seed Kit Components
Dome (7)
Seed Pod (7)
Nutrients:
2 Starting Nutrients
14 Growing Nutrients
Smart Garden Control Panel Features
Water Level Low
Light blinks when
it is time to add water
Lights
Manually turns
the lights on or off
Add Nutrient
Light blinks when it is time to add
nutrient tablets (every 2 weeks)
Select
Sets Control Panel to
your Seed Kit type
Reset
Press after adding
nutrients to restart
the nutrient timer
and turn off the
blinking lights
Your AeroGarden
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T
ending Your Garden
A little bit of care for your Garden will ensure rapid
growth and bountiful harvests. You will start to see sprouts
in a few days. In just a few weeks, you will experience
the transformation of your seeds into seven varieties of
aromatic and flavorful herbs ready for your table.
Please take a moment to review this section shortly after
planting your Garden (see page 25 for Reminders About
Planting Your Garden).
Gourmet Herb Garden Timeline
Your herbs will germinate in just a few days. You will see them grow
After 2 weeks
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Tending Your Garden
After 4 weeks
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Gourmet Herb Planting Layout
Check that your
Bio-Dome Seed
Pods are in the same
position on the Grow
Surface as they appear
in the Seed Kit Tray.
We find that this
arrangement gives the
plants optimal spacing
and light exposure.
very quickly after that.
After 7 weeks
After 9 weeks
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Remove Domes
• A few days after planting your
AeroGarden, tiny plants will appear
through the center hole in the Label
on each Seed Pod.
When this occurs, remove the Domes
from each Seed Pod and discard or
recycle. Do not remove the label!
• Remove the Domes only from Seed
Pods with emerging plants.
• To reduce plant stress, we recommend
removing the Domes shortly after the
lights turn off or near the end of the
light cycle.
• You do not need to thin your herb
plants as your AeroGarden can support multiple plants in each Seed Pod.
Each Seed Pod Label indicates
the number of days until your
seeds sprout.
Don’t let this happen!
If your plant is curled inside the
Dome, it was left on too long.
Immediately remove Dome.
!
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Never remove the labels.
They promote germination,
decrease algae growth and
identify your plants.
Add Water
• When additional water is needed,
the “Water Level Low” light on
the Control Panel will blink. Add
water to raise the level up to “Fill
To Here” inside the Bowl.
“Fill To Here”
• It is okay to add water up to “Fill
To Here” before the “Water Level
Low” light blinks.
• When your herb plants mature,
they may need water as often as
twice a week. Be sure to check the
“Water Level Low” light regularly.
Smart Garden Control Panel
!
• Use room-temperature water. Very hot or very cold water will hurt
your plants.
• We recommend using municipal tap, bottled or purified water. Well
or softened water SHOULD NOT be used because the extra minerals
in these sources may be harmful to aeroponically grown plants.
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Feed Garden
Every 2 weeks, both the “Add Nutrient” and “Water Level Low”
lights will blink on and off. At that time:
First Feeding After Planting
1
Add 2 nutrient tablets from
the bag labeled “Growing
Nutrients.”
2
Add water to raise the water
level to “Fill To Here” in the
Bowl. This will ensure that the
nutrients do not become too
concentrated.
3
Bowl
Press the “Reset” button to restart the nutrient timer and turn off
the blinking lights.
Note: We recommend checking for bugs every time you add nutrients.
See Troubleshooting on page 32 of this guide for details.
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Tending Your Garden
Raise Lights
As your plants begin to grow, leave approximately 1-2 inches
of space between the top of plants and the lights. Before raising
lights, make sure that your plants are the same height (refer to
“Pinch Basil Plants” on page 14 of this guide for details).
To raise the lights:
1
Unplug the AeroGarden (the
backup system will save your
settings).
2
Carefully remove the Bowl from
the Base and set aside.
3
urn the AeroGarden around so
T
the back of the Lamp Arm is
facing you.
4
F irmly hold the lower section of
Hood
the Lamp Arm and push in the
Locking Button on the Arm. With
Locking
Button
your other hand, grasp the silver
Lamp
Arm
ring at the top of the Arm (where
the Lamp Hood attaches to the
Arm). Pull up firmly on Lamp
Hood until the Locking Button
becomes visible in the next hole.
Move Locking Button up only one hole at a time. The lights need
to be close to the plants for optimal light intensity.
5
Replace the Bowl on the Base
and plug in your AeroGarden.
L ift the View Door to check that
the water is flowing. If not, refer
to Troubleshooting on page 33
of this guide.
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Base
Bowl
Lamp
!
If the Grow Bulbs are too
close to the plants, the
leaves may brown and burn.
If they are too far away, your
plants will “stretch” towards
the light and look floppy
and unhealthy.
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Keep Your Gourmet Herb Garden Healthy
Keeping a watchful eye on your Garden is not only a joy, but
also a smart way to make sure your herbs stay healthy.
As your herbs grow, you may
see some dead or brown leaves
around the base of your plants.
This is perfectly normal.
• Remove these leaves with
scissors or pinch off with
your fingers.
• Keep the Grow Surface clear
of dead leaves.
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Tending Your Garden
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Uprooted Chives
You may see chives that look
like they’re “jumping out” of the
Seed Pod.
Uprooted chives
This is not actually a problem.
Sometimes the delicate roots of
chives don’t anchor properly
in the grow sponge.
There are many chive seeds
in each Seed Pod, so you will
still have a bountiful bunch
of chives.
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Special Tips for Purple and Italian Basil
Pruning 3- to 5-Week-Old Basil Plants
About 3 to 5 weeks after planting your Garden, it is time to prune the
young basil plants to encourage the plants to branch out. Plants with
many branches will produce large quantities of basil. Remember, all
your basil clippings are edible, so enjoy the fresh sprigs!
From the base of the basil plant
follow the main stem up past
3 sets of leaves.
• Cut the main stem just above
the 3rd leaf set.
The photo at right shows how
your plant might look after this
first pruning.
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Pinch Basil Plants (Ongoing after 4 weeks)
Pinching will help your plants grow full and yield larger
quantities of basil.
• Initially, your basil plants will grow taller than the other herbs in your
Garden. Pinching back the basil will allow you to keep the lights
close to the other slower growing
herbs, providing them with the
intense light they need to grow.
• Pinch basil plants just above the
uppermost set of leaves (the growth
points) at the top of stalks every
week. Use these clippings in your
favorite basil recipe.
Prune Basil Flowers and Flower Buds
If you see flowers and/or flower buds on your basil plant, remove them.
Cut back the flowering/budding
stalk just above a set of leaves no
more than halfway down the
plant stem.
This may seem drastic, but pruning
your plant will actually stimulate
growth and help the basil maintain
excellent flavor.
Note: A slight amount of
browning on older basil
leaf edges is normal.
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Plant Problems and Remedies
These pictures show plants that are stressed. Follow the suggestions to
restore your Garden’s health.
Wilted
Herbs are not getting enough water.
Check water level.
Burned
Herb plant is too close to the Grow
Bulbs. Raise the Lamp Hood or
prune the plant.
Curled Inside Dome
Dome was left on too long.
Immediately remove Dome.
Bolting/Flowering
Herb plant is at end of productive
growth period when it begins
producing flowers. To extend the life
of your herbs, remove all flowers
when they appear.
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H
arvest Your Herbs
About 5 weeks after planting your Garden, you can begin
harvesting your herbs.
Harvest your herbs with pruning shears, household scissors, or by
gently pinching off with your fingers. Following the harvesting tips
below will help keep your plants productive and healthy.
Harvesting Advice for All Herbs
• Do not remove more than a third of the leaves or stems from any one
plant at a time.
• Continue to harvest up to a third of each plant per week. The leaves
and stems will be replaced by new growth.
• Harvest just before using for the best flavor.
• As you harvest, try to keep the plants at about the same height so that
they all receive enough light.
• After harvesting your herbs, lower lights, if necessary.
(See ”Raise Lights” on page 10.)
The Garden at right is about
8 weeks old and was last
harvested a week ago. Already,
each of the plants is ready for
another harvest.
(Turn to page 22 to see this
Garden after harvesting.)
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Harvest Your Herbs (Continued)
Harvest Dill
Harvest dill where two stems join
(termination point).
• Find the termination point by looking near the base of the dill plant.
• Cut the widest of the two stems.
This is what your dill might
look like after harvesting.
Dill Hint…
The stems are so tender that you can
use the entire sprig. Chop dill with a
knife or scissors.
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Harvest Mint
• Harvest the outer most stems and
any branches that are shading other
plants, as well as the tallest stems
that are growing into the lights.
• Cut mint just above a set of leaves
(growth point) and not more than
half way down the stem.
This is what your mint might
look like after harvesting.
Mint Hint…
For cooking, pick off (and use) the
leaves from the cut stem. Use the
entire sprig (stem and leaves) if you
are adding mint to a drink.
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Harvest Your Herbs (Continued)
Harvest Cilantro and Parsley
Harvest cilantro and parsley near
the base of the plant, cutting an
entire stem – just the stem, not the
entire plant!
Cilantro shown before harvest.
• Select the oldest stems, found near
the outer edges of the plant. These
stems are generally wider than the
younger ones and the leaves may
have some yellow around the edges.
• Also, remove stems that shade other
plants in your Garden.
This is what your cilantro might
look like after harvesting.
Cilantro and Parsley Hint…
Pick off the leaves that you want
to use from the cut stem or use the
entire top part, as the stems near the
top are quite tender.
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Harvest Chives
When chives start to hang over the
edge of your Garden and grow up into
the lights, it’s time to harvest.
NOTE: Chives can be harmful to
pets if ingested. Please keep
your AeroGarden out of the
reach of your pets.
• Gather up all of the chives and
hold them with one hand. With
the other hand, cut no more than
1/3 of the way down from the tips.
The tips will continue to grow and
the plant will also produce new
shoots after harvesting.
• An entire stem can also be used
by cutting at the base.
This is what your chives might
look like after harvesting.
Chives Hint…
Use scissors to “chop” chives directly
into whatever you are cooking
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Harvest Your Herbs (Continued)
Harvest Purple and Italian Basil
Purple Basil is shown in the photos,
but the instructions apply to Italian
Basil as well.
To keep your basil plants productive
and flavorful, focus your harvesting on
the following 3 areas…
Large Leaves
Cut or pinch off large leaves that
shade the lower parts of the basil
plant. (This harvest will yield just a
few leaves.)
Basil Stems
For larger quantities, and to keep
the basil plants bushy, cut stems
just above a set of leaves but not
more than half way down the stem.
Never harvest more than 1/3 of the
plant at any one time.
Select branches that shade other
plants in your Garden.
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Uppermost Leaves
Continue weekly pinching of the
uppermost leaves of basil plants
(See “Pinch Basil” on page 14).
This is what your basil might
look like after harvesting.
The Garden at right is the same
8-week-old Garden shown on
page 16. This photo illustrates
the amount of fresh herbs you
could harvest.
Notice that the Lamp Hood
needs to be lowered to bring
the lights closer to the plants.
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Herbs Galore!
H
erbal Improvisations
Basil with tomatoes (Caprese)
Dill sprinkled on soup
Chives with sour cream
Mint in iced tea
Cilantro added to salsa
Parsley with potatoes
Any herb is great in salads
H
erbal Hints
• When using fresh herbs in a
recipe calling for dry herbs,
use 3 times as much fresh
herbs as the recipe calls for.
• Add fresh herbs to stocks,
soups, and stews just before
serving, and taste how
much richer the flavors
are at the table.
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A
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Reminders About Planting Your Garden
Please use the Quick Start Guide included in your original
AeroGarden box for more detailed setup instructions. If you
no longer have your Quick Start Guide, you can find a copy
of it on our website at www.aerogrow.com.
Setting up Your AeroGarden
1 Is the Lamp Arm firmly
inserted into the Base?
2 Are the Grow Bulbs firmly
inserted into the sockets in
the Lamp Hood?
3 Is the Lamp Cord plugged
into the Lamp Hood?
4 Is the Bowl securely placed
in the Base?
5 Is there water in your Bowl
up to “Fill To Here”?
6 Is your Lamp Hood at the
lowest level?
Planting Your AeroGarden
7 Does the Seed Pod
arrangement in the Grow
Surface match the layout
in the Seed Kit Tray?
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8 Did you put a Dome on each
Seed Pod?
9 Are the Seed Pods pressed
firmly into the Grow Surface
openings (until the rim of the
Dome almost touches the
Grow Surface)?
10 Did you add 2 Starting
Nutrient tablets?
11 Did you record your planting
date on the cover of this guide?
Starting Your AeroGarden
12 Did you plug in your
AeroGarden?
• Is the water flowing? • Are the Grow Bulbs on?
13 Did you select your plant type?
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Questions and Answers About Your Nutrients
What is in the nutrient
tablets?
AeroGarden nutrient tablets
consist mainly of mineral salts.
These provide the 13 micro- and
macro-nutrients that all plants
require, in just the right
proportions for your herb plants.
The tablets also contain:
• Seaweed for a boost of
65 micro-nutrients and
trace elements
• A buffer so you can use tap
water for your plants
• A binder to hold the tablet
together
Are the nutrients organic?
The AeroGarden nutrient tablets
are organic, according to
current AAPFCO (American
Association of Plant Food
Control Officials) standards.
Can I use leftover nutrient
tablets from a different Seed
Kit with my Gourmet Herb
Garden?
No. The nutrient tablets are
specially formulated for each
Seed Kit. Using nutrient tablets
from a different Seed Kit type
may harm your herb plants and
result in less than optimal flavor
and growth.
What happens if I run out of
nutrients while my Garden is
still growing?
You can extend the life of your
Garden by ordering additional
nutrients. Call 1-800-476-9669
and select the “Place an Order”
option.
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Questions and Answers About Your Lights
Do I need to turn the
AeroGarden lights on and
off manually?
No. Your AeroGarden includes
a built-in timer that turns your
lights on and off at specific
intervals. These intervals are
designed to maximize the
growth of your herb plants.
The timing system started as
soon as you plugged in your
AeroGarden. Every day it will
automatically turn your lights
on for 17 hours beginning at
that time.
Can I change the time of
day the lights go off?
Yes. To change the time your
lights go off, follow the simple
steps in “Set Your Light Timer”
in the next section of this
guide.
Does it matter what time
of day the lights go off?
No. It makes no difference to
the plants when your lights go
on and off. Some people like
to have the lights off when they
go to bed and come on in the
morning when they wake up.
Others prefer to use the
AeroGarden as a nightlight.
Even if you place your AeroGarden
in a sunny location, you can still
set the lights to go on at any time.
The natural light shining through
a window is weak compared to
the intense light provided by the
Grow Bulbs.
Can I change the number
of hours the lights are on
and off?
Only by selecting a different plant
type on the Smart Garden Control
Panel. The “Herbs/Basil” setting
will keep your lights on for 17
hours and off for 7 hours, which
is an ideal light cycle for rapid
growth of tasty herbs.
Can I temporarily turn off
my lights?
Absolutely. Just push the “Lights”
button and then immediately
release to manually turn the lights
off (or back on). This will not
change any of the settings for your
AeroGarden and your lights will
turn on (or off) at the next regularly
programmed time. Occasional
use of this feature will not harm or
slow the growth of your plants.
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Set Your Light Timer
Your Built-In Light Timer
Your AeroGarden has lights
and a built-in timer that
automatically provide your
plants with 17 hours of
“sunlight” and 7 hours of
“night,” which is optimal for
the healthy growth of herbs.
As long as your plants get
this amount of light, it does
not matter when the lights
are turned off. You may find
it convenient to have the
lights go on in the morning
and off at night to match
your own wake and sleep
schedule.
Note: If reflection from
your AeroGarden
lights is visible from
your bedroom, you
may want to set the
lights to go off about
the time you usually
go to bed, so as not to
disturb your sleep.
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5 Simple Steps...
In order to make this as simple as
possible you only need to set the
time you want the lights of your
AeroGarden to go off (Off Time)
and your built-in light timer
automatically sets the On Time...
nothing more for you to do.
Do the following to set the time
you want your lights to go off:
1
Decide what time of day you
want the lights to go OFF.
2
AT THAT TIME check that the
lights are on. If they are off,
quickly press the Lights button
and immediately release.
3
Press and hold the Lights
button until the green light next
to “Herbs/Basil” starts blinking
– about 5 seconds.
4
Release the button.
5
When the blinking stops (about
9 seconds), the lights will go off.
Your lights are now set to go off
at this time every day.
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Lights Button
Blinking Light
Now, each day, your AeroGarden lights will automatically
• Turn off at the time you set using the steps on
the previous page
• Remain off for 7 hours
• Turn on for 17 hours
You can reset your timer as often as you want.
Note: In case of power failure, your AeroGarden has a backup
system that stores your light and nutrient timers and
plant selection settings. When the power is restored, your
AeroGarden will go back to the Off-On cycle you have set.
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Troubleshooting
What do I do when one of
my Grow Bulbs burns out?
My Herb garden doesn’t look
healthy. What can I do?
Replacement bulbs can be
ordered from our website at:
www.aerogrow.com. You
should replace your Grow
Bulbs after 6 months of use.
If you are concerned about the
health of your garden, please go
through the following before
calling Customer Service…
What should I do if my Grow
Bulbs aren’t working?
Make sure the Grow Bulbs are
firmly inserted into the sockets in
the Lamp Hood. Also check that
the Lamp Cord is plugged into the
Lamp Hood.
What do I do if I want to move
my AeroGarden to another
location?
Go right ahead! Your AeroGarden
has a built-in backup system that
lets you unplug it without losing
any of the settings.
To move your AeroGarden, be
sure to pick it up by holding the
Lamp Arm with one hand and
sliding your other hand under
the bottom of the Base.
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• Keep the lights as close to your
plants as possible, without the
leaves touching the Grow Bulbs.
• Follow the pruning and
harvesting instructions in
this guide (pages 13-22).
• Don’t use softened or
un-filtered well water.
• Don’t harvest more than 1/3
of any single plant at a time.
How long does the backup
battery last?
If your AeroGarden has a backup
battery located in the underside
of the Base, it will work for
6 months after activation. To
replace it, use any CR2032
3-volt lithium battery.
(Newer AeroGardens no longer
rely on batteries to power the
backup system.)
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What do I do if I see bugs?
Occasionally bugs might decide
to visit your herbs. If you see
bugs, you will mainly see
aphids, who usually find their
way into homes by hitching a
ride on clothing or cut flowers.
Aphids especially seem to like
Dill, Basil and Cilantro. Bugs
are clever about hiding under
leaves and in the joints between
leaves and plant stems, so they
can be difficult to see at first.
This is the easiest way we’ve
found to get rid of bugs:
1
Remove the Bowl from the
Base.
2
Carefully lift the entire Seed
Pod and plant out of the
Grow Surface.
3
Turn the plant upside down
in a sink and gently run
room temperature water over
the underside of the leaves
to rinse the bugs off.
Initial signs that you have bugs
are either unhealthy-looking
plants or a sticky substance
on your AeroGarden’s Grow
Surface.
4
Check your plant for any
remaining bugs – rinse again
if necessary – and then
return the plant and Seed
Pod to the AeroGarden.
To identify the bugs, we
recommend you visit either
www.whatsthatbug.com or the
entomology (bug) department
at Texas A&M University at
http://vegipm.tamu.edu/
imageindex.html.
5
Check all surrounding
plants to make sure the bugs
haven’t spread. If they have,
follow the above steps with
any other buggy plants.
6
Replace Bowl on the Base.
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Troubleshooting (Continued)
How do I take care of my
Garden when I go out of town?
Add water to raise the level up to
“Fill To Here.” A newly planted
Garden with Domes removed
may not need care for up to 2
weeks. However, if your Garden
is mature and you will be out of
town for several days, we recommend you make arrangements for
someone to care for your Garden
while you are away.
You may want to set your lights
to go on at night for added home
security while you are away. See
“Set Your Light Timer” on page 29
for instructions.
Shouldn’t water always be
flowing over my Seed Pods
and plant roots?
Yes and no. When you selected
“Herbs/Basil” on your Smart
Garden Control Panel you
selected a setting that has been
specially designed to optimize
the growth of herb plants by
regulating the flow of water to
the roots of your plants.
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On the “Herbs/Basil” setting,
the AeroGarden moves water
through the Seed Pods whenever
the lights are on to achieve maximum growth and flavorful herbs.
If your lights are on and the water
isn’t flowing in your Herb Garden,
please check the following:
• Is the Lamp Arm fully inserted
into the Base? (see your Quick
Start Guide, step 1B).
• Is the Bowl firmly seated in the
Base? (see your Quick Start
Guide, step 1F).
• If the water still isn’t flowing,
contact Customer Service (see
back cover of this Guide for
contact options).
What can I do to reduce the
sound of water dripping from
the Seed Pods into the Bowl?
Keeping the water level in the
Bowl at “Fill To Here” will help
reduce the sound of dripping
water. As your plants grow and
the roots reach the water in
the Bowl, the dripping noise
will go away.
Prepare for Your Next Garden
After the final harvesting of
your herbs:
1
Unplug the AeroGarden.
2
Carefully remove the Bowl
and Grow Surface from the
Base and bring to a sink.
Grow
Surface
Bowl
Base
Set the Base and Lamp
Hood aside.
NEVER SUBMERSE BASE
AND CONTROL PANEL
IN WATER.
3
4
Remove the Grow Surface from the Bowl and place on a
counter near the sink.
Grow
Surface
Empty contents of Bowl
into sink.
(Continued on next page)
!
Do not pour the water
on your houseplants. The
nutrient mixture may be too
concentrated for them.
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Prepare for Your Next Garden (Continued)
5
Remove Seed Pods and plants
from Grow Surface.
Plant
Growth
• Pull the Seed Pods out of
the Grow Surface openings.
• Throw away Seed Pods
and plant debris (plant
growth and roots). These
cannot be reused. If you
compost, the plant debris
can be composted.
6
Rinse and clean the Pump Stand
and Pump Filter*.
Seed
Pods
Roots
Pump
Stand
Pump
Filter
• Use a soft scrub brush to
clean tangled roots from the
Pump Stand.
• Remove the Pump Filter from
the Pump Stand. Gently scrub
the roots from the Pump Filter.
• Place the Pump Filter back
into the Pump Stand.
After cleaning, there may still be a
few roots in your Pump Stand or
Pump Filter. This will not affect the
operation of your AeroGarden.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: We recommend replacing the Pump Filter after
growing two Gardens. Order Pump Filters at: www.aerogrow.com.
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7
Clean the Bowl and Grow
Surface.
9
• Use a soft cloth or sponge to
thoroughly wipe the Bowl
and Grow Surface. A mild
soap may be used if desired,
but rinse thoroughly.
8
Sanitize your AeroGarden.
• Fill Bowl 3/4 full with water.
• Add 1 cup of chlorine bleach
or disinfectant cleaner.
• Replace Grow Surface on
Bowl, place Bowl on Base
and plug in AeroGarden for
1-2 minutes. (Select Salad
Greens on Control Panel
to make sure the water
is flowing.)
• Unplug AeroGarden and empty
sanitizing water from Bowl.
• Refill Bowl with tap water and
replace on Base.
• Plug in and run AeroGarden
for 1-2 minutes. (Select Salad
Greens again)
• Unplug AeroGarden and
empty water from Bowl.
Towel dry the Bowl and Grow
Surface before putting them
back together and setting
them back on the Base.
10
Your AeroGarden is now
ready for replanting.
11
If you have an AeroGarden
with a backup battery and
you plan on storing your
garden before replanting,
remove the backup battery
from the underside of the
Base. If you need to replace
the backup battery, use any
CR2032 3-volt lithium battery.
(Newer AeroGardens no
longer rely on batteries to
power the backup system.)
!
Use only water and mild
soap when cleaning your
AeroGarden (except when
Sanitizing - Step 8). Do not
use abrasive cleaners or run
through the dishwasher.
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If you have the...
PRO 100
To take full advantage of the enhanced features on your AeroGarden
PRO100, please refer to this section when using this Tending &
Harvesting Guide. Enhanced features on the AeroGarden PRO100 include:
• Replace Grow Bulbs – indicator light lets you know when it is time to
replace your Grow Bulbs. With this feature, you’ll be sure your plants
are always getting the right intensity and full spectrum of light needed
for optimal growth.
• Adaptive Intelligence – automatically adjusts the amount of light, water
and oxygen your plants receive at every stage of your plant’s life.
• “Super Grow” 24-Hour Light Cycle – lets you override the built-in light
timer and customize how much light your plants receive.
AeroGarden PRO100 Smart Garden Control Panel Features
Water Low
Light blinks when it
is time to add water
Reset
Press after adding
nutrients and after
replacing Grow
Bulbs to reset
timers and turn off
the blinking lights
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Add Nutrient
Light blinks when it is time
to add nutrient tablets
(every 2 weeks)
Replace Grow Bulbs
Light blinks when it
is time to put in new
Grow Bulbs
Select
Sets Control Panel
to your Plant type or
Super Grow Setting
Lights
Temporarily turns
the lights on or off
Adaptive
Intelligence
Light tracks garden
growth from
Germination to
Mature Growth
Tend Your AeroGarden PRO100 Garden
For the most part, tending your garden with the AeroGarden PRO100
is identical to the original AeroGarden. You still set the unit to your
specific plant type and indictor lights will tell you when to add
nutrients and when the water level is low. But now, you can enjoy
two additional features: the “Replace Grow Bulbs” indicator and
Adaptive Growth Intelligence™.
Replace Grow Bulbs
After 6 months of use, the quality of light from the Grow Bulbs in your
AeroGarden PRO100 begins to degrade. This happens with all fluorescent bulbs, but it is a critical issue when growing plants. In order for
plants to be healthy and productive, they must receive the appropriate
intensity and spectrum of light. For this reason, the AeroGarden PRO100
is designed with a built-in timer that lets you know when it is time to
replace your Grow Bulbs.
The light on the Control Panel next to “Replace Grow Bulbs” will blink
after approximately 6 months of use.
NOTE: If you store your AeroGarden PRO100 between uses, the “Replace
Grow Bulbs” timer stops when the unit is unplugged. The timer
restarts when the AeroGarden PRO100 is once again plugged in.
When the red light next to “Replace Grow Bulbs” blinks, it is time to
replace your Grow Bulbs.
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Replace Grow Bulbs (Continued)
To replace Grow Bulbs:
• Unplug AeroGarden PRO100.
• Remove old Grow Bulbs and carefully discard.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To avoid burning, be sure the lights are off and the
Grow Bulbs are cool to the touch before handling.
• Insert new Grow Bulbs into
Lamp Hood.
• Plug in AeroGarden PRO100.
• Quickly press and release the
“Reset” button to restart
the “Replace Grow Bulbs” timer.
If for some reason you need to replace the Grow Bulbs before the
“Replace Grow Bulbs” light illuminates, be sure to restart the “Replace
Grow Bulbs” timer as follows:
• Press and hold the “Lights” button until the white light next to the
plant type selected starts blinking – about 5 seconds.
• Release the “Lights” button. The plant type selected light will continue
to blink for about 9 seconds. While the plant light is still blinking…
• Quickly press and release the “Reset” button. The “Replace Grow
Bulbs” light will blink once and the plant selected light will stop
blinking.
• The “Replace Grow Bulbs” timer is now reset.
Order replacement Grow Bulbs at: www.aerogrow.com
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Adaptive Growth Intelligence™
(Light and Pump Cycles for Gourmet Herb)
The AeroGarden PRO100 automatically adjusts the amount of light and
water your plants receive based on plant growth
to provide optimal growing conditions for every
stage of your plants’ life. The green lights
on the Control Panel track garden growth
from germination through mature growth.
The light and pump cycle on the “Herbs/Basil”
setting on the AeroGarden PRO100 differs from
what is described in other portions of this Tending & Harvesting Guide,
which describes the original AeroGarden. The following information
will help you take full advantage of the AeroGarden PRO100.
Light Cycle
On the “Herbs/Basil” setting, the AeroGarden PRO100 automatically
turns the lights on for 18 hours and off for 6 hours during “Germination.” As the plants mature, slightly less light is needed and the light
cycle changes to 17 hours on and 7 hours off for “Initial Growth” and
“Mature Growth” phases. Your lights will continue to turn off at the
same time of day when the light cycle changes, but the time of day
the lights turn on will shift.
For example, if your lights are programmed to turn off at 11:00 at night,
they will remain off for 6 hours during “Germination” and automatically turn back on at 5:00 the next morning. The lights will stay on for
18 hours and then automatically turn off at 11:00 at night.
When your garden is in the “Initial Growth” and “Mature Growth”
phases, the lights will now turn on at 6:00 in the morning (one hour
later). After 17 hours, the lights will automatically turn off at 11:00 at
night (the same time as during the previous growth phases) and remain
off for 7 hours and then turn back on at 6:00 the next morning.
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Adaptive Growth Intelligence™ (Continued)
If you find the new timing of the light cycle inconvenient, you can reset
the time your lights turn off. Please see “Set Your Light Timer” on page
29 of this Guide. Use the table below to help you with changing the
light timer.
Plant Stage
Hours of Light
Germination 18
Initial Growth
17
Mature Growth
17
Pump Cycle
“Adaptive Intelligence” also adjusts the amount of water your herbs receive based on actual plant growth. As a result, the number of hours the
pump moves water over the Seed Pods changes as your garden matures.
During “Germination,” the AeroGarden PRO100 moves water through
the Seed Pods 12 hours a day. There are 6 hours of each day when the
pump is not running and the lights are on, providing your herb seeds
with ideal conditions for sprouting. Your plants need more water and
oxygen as they mature, so the pump is on whenever the lights are on
during “Initial Growth” and “Mature Growth” phases.
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“Super Grow” (24-Hour Light Cycle Setting)
The “Super Grow” 24-Hour Light Cycle allows you to override the
built-in light timer and keep the lights on and the pump running for up
to 24 hours a day. With this feature, you can automatically keep the
lights on all day, or manually adjust the amount of light your plants
receive by using a standard light timer.
When You Can Use the “Super Grow” Setting
Use the “Super Grow” setting when you are growing plants that thrive
with continual light and moisture, such as some herbs. Your plants are
no longer limited to the pre-programmed light intervals associated with
each plant type (such as Herbs/Basil, Tomatoes/Peppers, etc.). You can
plug your AeroGarden PRO100 into an ordinary light timer and
create your own light and pump cycles.
Setting to “Super Grow”
• Press “Select” until you reach “Strawberries” setting.
• Press and hold “Select” until the white light next to Strawberries starts
blinking - about 5 seconds.
• Release the button.
• When the blinking stops (about 5 seconds), the white light next to
Strawberries will remain on and the green light next to “Germination”
will light up. Your AeroGarden PRO100 is now on the “Super Grow”
setting. (The lights and pump will remain on 24 hours a day.)
• To exit the “Super Grow” setting, simply push the “Select” button.
(Continued on next page)
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“Super Grow” (Continued)
Using the “Super Grow” Setting
Once your AeroGarden PRO100 is set to “Super Grow,” the lights and
pump will remain on for 24 hours a day. From this setting, you can turn
the lights off manually by using the “Lights” button, or turn the lights
and pump off by using a standard light timer.
To customize your light cycle using the “Lights” button:
• Quickly press and release the “Lights” button, and the lights will
turn off.
To turn the lights on:
• Quickly press and release the “Lights” button.
NOTE: If you turn the lights off as described above, the lights will
automatically turn back on after 12 hours and the pump will
run continuously.
To customize your light and pump cycle using a light timer:
• Set the AeroGarden PRO100 to the 24-Hour “Super Grow”
Light Cycle.
• Unplug the AeroGarden PRO100 and plug it into a standard
light timer.
• Set standard light timer to desired on/off times.
• Plug in light timer.
The lights on your AeroGarden PRO100 will now go on and off at your
scheduled times.
NOTE: If you use a light timer, the pump will be off whenever the
lights are off.
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Prepare for Your Next
AeroGarden PRO100 Garden
Before planting a new garden in the AeroGarden PRO100 it is important
to restart the nutrient timer and set the “Adaptive Intelligence” program
to “Germination” – the first phase of plant growth. Before planting a
new garden:
• Press and hold the “Reset” button until the red “Add Nutrient” light
blinks 3 or 4 times (approximately 9 seconds).
• Release the “Reset” button. The “Add Nutrient” light will turn off.
NOTE: These steps do not reset the “Replace Grow Bulbs” timer.
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M
y Garden Notes
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Seed Kit Limited Warranty
What Is Covered
This warranty covers any defects in materials or workmanship or non-germination
on all Seed Kits, and unsuccessful harvest either within 28 days of planting for
non-fruiting Seed Kits with Basil or within 40 days of planting for non-fruiting Seed
Kits without Basil, with the exceptions stated below.
How Long Coverage Lasts
This warranty runs until the expiration shown on the Seed Kit box.
What is Not Covered
The warranty shall not apply to problems arising from: normal wear; failure to
adhere to included Tending & Harvesting instructions; serial numbered
products if the serial number has been removed or defaced; products subject to
negligence, accident, improper use, maintenance or storage; products damaged
by circumstances beyond AeroGrow International, Inc.’s control; loss or damage
to removable parts; or products modified (including, but not limited to,
modifications through the use of unauthorized parts or attachments) or repaired
by anyone other than AeroGrow International, Inc. or its designee. This warranty
excludes all incidental or consequential damages. This warranty becomes void
if the Seed Kit is used in a growing system other than the AeroGarden and/or
made by any manufacturer other than AeroGrow International, Inc., or if materials
not provided or recommended by AeroGrow are used in or on the AeroGarden
or applied to the plants grown using this Seed Kit.
What AeroGrow Will Do
AeroGrow International, Inc., at its option, will repair any defects in materials or
workmanship or will replace these products with ones of similar features and
price. For unsuccessful harvest, AeroGrow International, Inc. will replace this Seed
Kit with an equivalent Seed Kit of AeroGrow’s choosing. For a non-germinating
seed pod, AeroGrow will replace it with a new seed pod of the same seed variety.
AeroGrow International, Inc.’s sole obligation and your exclusive remedy under this
warranty shall be limited to such repair or replacement.
How To Return This Product
If you have questions or concerns with your AeroGarden, please do not return to
retailer. Call Customer Service at 1-800-476-9669 for return authorization and
instructions. Unauthorized returns, as well as C.O.D. shipments, will be refused.
Due to continuing improvements, actual product may differ slightly from the product described herein. Some states
do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other legal rights that
vary from state to state. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our customer service representatives
at customerservice@aerogrow.com.
AeroGrow International, Inc., P.O. Box 18450, Boulder, CO 80308
www.aerogrow.com
© 2006-2007 AeroGrow International. Inc.
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Boulder, CO 80308
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