The Urban Cultivator Residential

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The Urban Cultivator Residential
User Manual
Please read the information inside this Instruction Booklet
carefully and keep it as a reference manual.
These symbols are used to highlight important information:
Warnings
Information and best practices
Environmental information
If you are unclear about any aspect of information in this manual please contact
Urban Cultivator using support@urbancultivator.net or telephone our toll free number
1-877-352-0490, available seven days a week.
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Contents
Safety Precautions
4
Your First Grow
15
Child safety
Setting up your growing preferences
Safety precautions in daily use
Planting your first herbs and microgreens
16
Top ten growing tips
17
Planting, Growing, and Cultivation Guide
18
Maintenance
19
Vacuum breaker installation
5
Disposal
Unpacking Your Cultivator
6
Hardware and accessories
Cleaning the grow drawers
Before You Install...
7
Your environment
Cleaning the reservoir and pipes
Cleaning the counter top
Built-in
City hook-up option
20
8
Maintenance Procedures
9
Sanitation Recommendations
21
Frequently Asked Questions
22
Service and Spare Parts
23
Customer Care
23
Standard Guarantee Condition
23
Stand-alone option
Electrical connection
Technical Specifications
External dimensions
10
11
Enclosed specifications
Installation Instructions
12
Installing the lights and glass panels
Installing castor wheels (optional)
Installing counter top (optional)
How Your Urban Cultivator Residential Works
13
The grow drawers
The control panel
14
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Safety Precautions
Urban Cultivator cares about your plants and your safety. We want you to be familiar with the following
safety instructions.
It is important that this instruction manual remains with the Urban Cultivator Residential appliance so
that new owners can also learn about the product and relevant safety precautions.
You must carefully read through this instruction manual before installing and using the Urban Cultivator
Residential.
If you are unclear about any aspect of information within please contact Urban Cultivator using
support@urbancultivator.net or telephone our toll free number 1-877-352-0490, available seven days a
week.
The appliance is not to be used by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory, or mental
capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction.
Child safety
• This appliance is designed to be operated by adults.
• Keep all packaging materials away from children and please dispose of them in a responsible
manner.
• The water from your Urban Cultivator Residential is not for drinking. Biological residues may still be
present and could be harmful.
• Keep your seeds, nutrients, and growing mediums in a safe, dry storage area that is well away from
children.
• The Cultivator’s control panel has a child safety lock. Refer to the control panel table for more
information.
Safety precautions in daily use
• Always keep the door closed.
• Do not sit or stand on the open door.
• Contaminated items and/or garbage must not be present in the Urban Cultivator Residential.
• Do not remove the grow trays or lighting shelf when the machine is watering or providing light.
Refer to the control panel table for instructions on controlling the watering and lighting schedules.
• Only use products that have been designed to be used with the Urban Cultivator Residential.
• Ensure that the Urban Cultivator Residential door is always closed to avoid injury.
• Always unplug the power cord from the outlet and disconnect the water mains when not in use.
• The Urban Cultivator Residential must be serviced by a licensed professional.
• Only use genuine spare parts from Urban Cultivator or that have been CSA, UL, or CE approved.
Using unauthorized components voids your warranty.
• Any attempts to fix the Urban Cultivator Residential without an authorised professional can be
dangerous.
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Whenever you take a grow drawer out be careful of water that may not have drained
completely after a watering cycle. It can take up to ten minutes for the grow drawer to drain.
Please secure the Cultivator to the building structure using the strap and fixing provided. See
below:
Affix Straps To Top Body Screws
Attach To Wall
Vacuum breaker installation
• Install the vacuum breaker according to CSA standards.
• Install directly after the city valve for ease of access and maintenance.
• Warning: the vacuum breaker could leak in the event of a pressure drop in city water.
Ensure Direction Goes
To Urban Cultivator
Hose To
Urban Cultivator
City Water
Hookup
Disposal
• All packaging, cardboard or otherwise, can be recycled.
• The unit must be taken to a recycling centre for disposal should you cease to use your Urban
Cultivator Residential, as many of its components can be recycled.
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Unpacking Your Cultivator
Carefully open the product packaging and remove the Urban Cultivator Residential. We recommend that
two people should remove the unit.
Hardware and accessories
Please check that all of the components for your Urban Cultivator Residential are accounted for, and that
none have been damaged in shipping. Please refer to the checklist below:
Co m p o n e n t N a m e s
F ra g i l e Co m p o n e n t s
1. Counter Top (optional)
Grow Lights (x6)
2. Door
Glass Panel & Thumb Screws (2)
3. Humidity Domes (x4)
*Refer to Installing The Lights And Glass
Panels section.
4. Top & Bottom Grow Drawers & Grow Trays (x4)
5. Consumables (seeds, nutrients, measuring syringe)
6. Reservoir Access
7. Front Grill
1
8. Control Panel
2
8
9. Safety Wall Straps
For Stand Alone
Optional Drain Hose With Valve & Mounting Clip
For City Water Hook Ups
Braided City Hose & City Drain Hose
5
6
9
7
3
T
4
s
B
t
Hook Up
ction
Check the Urban Cultivator Residential for any shipping damage. Never connect or start growing
with a damaged machine. Please contact us on our toll free number 1-877-352-0490 or email
support@urbancultivator.net if your Urban Cultivator Residential is damaged.
tus
ptions
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Before You Install...
Your environment
The Urban Cultivator Residential has been designed to work inside your home. Ideally, the ambient room
temperature should be 55 to 90°F (13 to 32°C), and relative humidity between 30% to 60%.
Built-in
The Urban Cultivator Residential has been designed to fit under a North American kitchen counter top
or work surface as a single cupboard unit. It can slide between other cupboards and only requires one
opening at the front.
While no vent openings are required, you need to allow the water fill and drain hose, as well as the power
supply cable, to pass through from the rear of the unit.
Ensure that your Urban Cultivator Residential is levelled. Refer to the external dimensions and installation
manual diagram.
The Urban Cultivator Residential is available with lockable castor wheels or adjustable feet so
you can adjust its height.
City hook-up option
The Urban Cultivator Residential should be connected to cold water from your city main’s supply located
within five feet from the Cultivator.
The unit also needs to be connected to your city drain that should be no higher than two feet from
ground level. The unit is intended to be permanently connected to the city mains supply and not
connected by a hose-set.
The water hose is located at the rear of the unit and comes with a 3/8” hose connection. Connect the
valve from your Urban Cultivator Residential to your city water line and vacuum breaker which should
supply a water pressure of around 90psi for the Urban Cultivator Residential to be able to fill and drain its
reservoir effectively. Once everything is connected, switch to city mode (under menu options).
Pipes that have not been in regular use should be cleaned with running water before
connecting the Urban Cultivator Residential.
Make sure that the water inlet and drain hoses are free of debris or dirt and are not twisted,
crushed, entangled, or leaking in any way. Do not use connection hoses that have been used
previously by other appliances
The water intake connection is equipped with a vacuum breaker that must be installed on
Canadian models directly after the city valve to prevent any water from entering the drinking
water supply.
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Stand alone option
When the
button is flashing green, it’s time to change the water in your reservoir. In stand alone
mode, this is done manually.
To drain the reservoir manually:
• Place the clear drain hose from the back of the machine into a bucket or tub.
• Press
from the menu on your machine.
• Select Y and press Enter.
• Discard the water.
To fill the reservoir manually
• Remove the bottom grow drawer to expose the water reservoir.
• Use a bucket, tub or hose to slowly fill resevoir with water until you see it full.
Electrical connection
The Urban Cultivator Residential must be grounded (earthed). Urban Cultivator does not accept any
responsibilty should this safety measure not be followed.
Electricity can be dangerous and an unsafe plug inserted into a power socket could result in a
serious safety hazard. Do not connect the Urban Cultivator Residential via an extension cable.
Ensure that the plug is still accessible after the Urban Cultivator Residential has been installed.
If you need to replace the electrical cable call us toll free on 1-877-352-0490 or email
support@urbancultivator.net.
Securing grow lights
1. Thumb screw: turn clockwise to tighten and anti-clockwise to loosen and release the glass light cover.
2. Twist and pull to release: turn bulb clockwise or anti-clockwise a 1/4 turn to release or lock grow light.
DETAIL B
SCALE 2 : 1
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Connecting the power, water, and electricity
Vacuum Breaker
Canadian Models Only
2
2’0” (610mm)
maximum from
floor to City
Drain.
3
1
4
5
6’0” (1829mm) maximum from
the Cultivator to the City Drain
connection.
Connect the supplied drain hose to the
drain pipe of the kitchen sink either:
- above the P trap
- to the dishwasher connector of the
garbage disposal.
Numbered I tems
1. Cit y Wat er I n Connect ion
Use the vacuum breaker & braided City Hose to connect to your city water
connection. The hose comes with a standard ⅜” compression fitting.
2. Cit y Drain O ut Connec t ion
Connect the City Drain Hose (1/2” to 3/4“ hose connection) to your city drain
which should be no further than 6’ from the Cultivator and 2’ up from the floor. *
3. P ower Connect ion
Connect the Cultivator to a standard 110/240V power outlet. The electricity plug
should be no further than 2’ away from the unit and should run out on the
same side as the water and drain hose. The wall receptacle is non-replaceable.
4. Hole Siz e F or A ll Connec t ions
Use a 4” hole saw and remove part of the bottom shelf of the cabinet adjacent
to the Cultivator where all the connections run from.
5. Adjust able F eet
Twist the Cultivators feet to adjust its overall height from 34¼” to 34 ½”
L eave 1½” clearance gap for the door swing and handle when installing
the Urban Cultivator Residential adjacent to a wall.
Water In, City Drain Out & Electricity connections run out from one side
only, the left or the right. Please contact Urban Cultivator using
support@urbancultivator.net or call us toll-free:
+1 877 352 0490 available seven days a week.
*DISCLAIMER: Please make sure the length of the drain line does not exceed 6 ft. In the event that a pump is used, make sure it has capacity exceeding 425GPH. Urban Cultivator will not be responsible for any losses arising from usage or failure of any additional devices
connected to the unit for facilitation of plumbing or drainage. Please refer to the applicable local codes for electrical and plumbing for
installation.
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Technical Specifications
External dimensions
25"
24"
3 1/2" - 4"
46"
36 1/2"
38"
34 1/2"
24"
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Enclosure specification
90°
90°
1
”
34 2
(882.65mm)
4” (102mm)
diam. hole.
(position back
corner of cabinet)
1
1
”
24 4
(616 mm)
”
24 4
(616 mm)
Cabinet Cut -O ut Dimensions
He ight 34
1
2
”
1
Widt h 24 4 ”
D epth 2 4
1
4
”
Product Dimensions Without Counter Top Or Wheels
He ight 34
1
4
”
Width 24”
D epth 24”
Allow an extra 1.5” (38mm) of clearance space if you are installing your Cultivator into a corner enclosure.
The additional space is clearance for the Cultivator’s door handle. The door must be able to open a minimum of 90 degrees to the cabinet so that the grow drawers may slide in and out.
3
”
25 4
(655 mm)
minimum 90°
minimum 1.5” (38.1mm)
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Installation Instructions
All plumbing work required to install the Urban Cultivator Residential should be done by a certified
professional (applicable for city water hook-up only).
Remove all the product packaging before positioning the Urban Cultivator Residential.
The city hook-up version needs to be five feet from the city water connection and the drain pipe should
be no higher than two feet from ground level. Both versions—the city hook-up and stand alone—need a
110V/240V power outlet to plug into.
The wall receptacle is non-replaceable.
Installing castor wheels (stand-alone model)
To install castor wheels:
1. Remove the three bolts and one rubber foot from each corner on the bottom of your Urban
Cultivator Residential.
2. Tip Cultivator on its back so you can access the feet and bolts.
3. Secure castor wheels to the unit using the bolts (note: 4 extra bolts are provided with your Urban
Cultivator for wheel installation).
x3
x1
X4
Installing countertop (stand-alone model)
To install the countertop piece:
1. Remove the four black plastic filler pegs from the four holes in the top of the machine
2. Screw in the four stainless steel studs that were provided with your Urban Cultivator Residential
counter top.
3. Position the counter top piece onto the studs and slide towards the back of the machine to lock the
counter top into place.
X4
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How Your Urban Cultivator Residential Works
The grow drawers
Your Urban Cultivator Residential comes with two growing levels referred to as the top and bottom
grow drawers. Both drawers are removable to provide easy access for cultivating crops, cleaning, and
maintenance.
Be careful when removing the drawers as they may be heavy and unevenly balanced. We recommend
putting them on your kitchen counter with the back of the drawer towards the sink where they can be
safely and easily accessed when you are working with your plants.
To continue growing herbs and greens, the drawers must be returned into their original position.
Ensure that the top grow drawer is placed back into the top rails and the bottom grow drawer into the
bottom rails. You can do this by sliding the uppermost edge of the grow drawer in-between the drawer
guide rails.
Make sure that the drawer handle is facing towards you so that the coupler valves at the rear align
themselves correctly, and that the grow drawers are pushed all the way into the machine.
Please be careful when removing the drawers as they could be unbalanced, heavy, and contain
some residual water.
• If you remove a grow drawer for more than one day, turn off its watering schedule (refer to the
Control Panel table).
• The bottom grow drawer receives water an hour after the top grow drawer.
• Filters located at the back of the grow drawers catch sediment and should be rinsed out with clean
water every week.
• The Cultivator will continue to water according to the watering cycle. If the drawers are removed
when watering, ensure that the plants receive the water that they have missed.
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The control panel
The control panel controls the automated function of your Urban Cultivator Residential. You can
customize the program using the menu outlined below:
S afet y Lo ck
Ho l d bo th butto ns to gether for 3 secon d to u n loc k th e Control Pa n el.
The Control Panel will lock after 60 seconds of inactivity.
Ti m e
LED Stat u s
I n di cato r s
Temperature
Fac to r y d ef a u lt i s 8 a m
0 1 : 4 6 : 2 9 PM 6 5 ° F
24/02/2011
50%RH
R e se r vo i r Water Level o r Date
On / O ff
R elative Humid it y
Tur ns the U r ba n Cu lti vator R esi d enti a l on a n d off.
Lig ht i n g Cycl es
1 2 ho u r s o n, 1 2 ho u r o ff.
M atch a l i ghting c ycl e to a l is t o f h er bs,
micro - greens and l ettuces.
1 8 ho u r s o n 6 ho u r s o ff (Factory default. Starts 8am)
Al ways o n.
S e t D ate & C l o ck
S e t Te m p C / F
M en u H ead i n g s
S e l e c t te m p e rat u re fo r f an co nt ro l.
S e t L i g ht s Ti m e
K eep pres s i ng the menu butto n an d
scro l l thro ugh al l the menu o pti o n s
S e l e c t w hat t i m e to t u r n o n t he l i g ht s.
S e t Wate r O n Ti m e
A city water connection fully automates plant
watering and reservoir water levels.
Control how long to water your plants for.
Factory default is 5 minutes.
S e t R e c ycl e R ate
Control how often to drain & fill the reservoir.
Factory default is 7 days.
To p U p R e s e r vo i r
* I f co nne c te d to ci t y wate r
Ai r Pu m p o n/ o ff / c ycl e Cycl e r u ns ai r p u m p o n fo r 2 ho u r s p e r day.
Factory default is cycle. Turning off not recommended.
Set Mode
S e l e c t b e t we e n s t and al o ne & ci t y wate r s e t u p s.
Refer to Installation Instruction for details.
U r b an Cu l t i vato r
Thi s d i s p l ays yo u r p ro gram ve r s i o n nu m b e r.
S cro l l i n g
S el ec t bet ween s ub -menus.
Confir m S elec tion
Fo r al l avai l abl e o pti o ns, pres s enter to con fir m you r selec ti on .
To p Water i n g Cycl e
Factory setting.
S el ec t when yo u wo ul d l i k e to water you r pla nts i n
t he to p grow tray.
Al ways o ff.
S el ec t when yo u wo ul d l i k e to water you r pla nts i n
t he bo tto m grow tray.
R ec ycle R eser voir
S el ec t when yo u want to drain & fill you r reser voi r.
This is a 7 day co untdow n.
M anu al Cycl e i m m e d i ate l y wate r s yo u r p l ant s then
re s e t s yo u r p re v i o u s s che d u l e.
B o t to m Water i n g Cycl e
Ad d N u t r i ent s
O nce i n 2 , 3 o r 4 d ays.
Tw i ce p e r d ay.
O nce p e r d ay.
D rai n R e s e r vo i r - Yes or No
Fill Reservoir - Yes or No (*City Hookup Only)
The L ED l i g ht t u r ns o n o nce t he co u ntd ow n has e nd e d.
Yo u can s e t t he co u ntd aow n fo r a m ax i m u m o f 7 d ays.
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Your First Grow
Setting up your growing preferences
Now that you have installed the Cultivator, understand how it works, and are able to control it, you’ll want
to set up the Cultivator’s computer system using the control panel before growing herbs and greens.
1. Release the Safety Lock -> Press and hold
2. Press the Power button
for 3 seconds.
and turn your Cultivator on
3. Press the Menu button
and scroll through each of the menu headings setting your preferences
as you go along (see previous page “Menu Headings”)
The Cultivator waters when the lights come on.
The bottom grow drawer waters one hour after the top grow drawer.
Mixing nutrients
1. Remove the bottom grow drawer to access the reservoir.
2. Add 15ml of plant food nutrients into the reservoir.
3. Insert the lower grow drawer back into position ensuring that all the grow tray have clicked into
place before closing the door.
4. The Urban Cultivator Residential will automatically mix the nutrients and draw the water along with
the added nutrients from the Reservoir during its next scheduled water cycle.
Add your chosen grow nutrients into the reservoir. Make sure to follow the directions on the
back of your chosen product. The Urban Cultivator Residential holds 17 L of water inside its
reservoir.
Add nutrients to fresh water only.
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Sunshine #4
or
Premier HP Soil
Soil-Free Grow Mat
*
PUT SOIL IN TRAY AND SMOOTH
Planting your first herbs and microgreens
Sunshine #4
or
Premier HP Soil
Soil-Free Grow Mat
Ensure Vents Are Tightly Closed
Sunshine #4
or
Premier HP Soil
Soil-Free Grow Mat
*
PUT SOIL IN TRAY AND SMOOTH
Ensure Vents Are Tightly Closed
PUT SOIL IN TRAY AND SMOOTH
Sunshine #4
or
Premier HP Soil
Soil-Free Grow Mat
*Screen not needed for Residential OR
soil free grow mat
PUT SOIL IN TRAY AND SMOOTH
Sunshine #4
or
Premier HP Soil
Soil-Free Grow Mat
PUT THE HUMIDITY DOME
BACK ON (if necessary)
PUT SOIL IN TRAY AND SMOOTH
Use the applicator provided to spread seeds evenly
over growing medium.
Ensure Vents Are Tightly Closed
Ensure Vents Are Tightly Closed
Vents Are Tightly Closed
TO P WAT EREnsure
SC HED:
MANUAL WAT ER
2
Set watering schedule and press ‘Enter.’ Then
choose ‘Manual Water’ and press ‘Enter.’
Ensure Vents Are Tightly Closed
2
Ensure Vents Are Tightly Closed
TWO WAYS TO HARVEST
Leave dome on tray according to the Planting
Guide (page 18) or until seeds germinate
TWO WAYS TO HARVEST
Harvest all greens
Thin out greens and use
as they grow
Amount of seed
PUT THE HUMIDITY DOME
BACK
ON (if necessary)
Harvest all
greens
Thin out greens and use
as they grow
Cabbage
2
1 tsp 21
Lemon Balm
1 tsp 35
Lentils
½ cup
7
½ cup 14
Mustard
1 tbsp
14
1 tbsp
2 tsp
Nasturtium
½ cup
7
2 tbsp 14
Onion
2 tbsp
14
7
2 tbsp 14
Parsley
1 tbsp
30
¼ cup 21
Pea Shoots
2 cups
14
Dill
1 tbsp 21
Peppercress
2 tbsp
14
Flax
1 tbsp 14
Radish
2 tbsp
7
1 tbsp 14
Sunflower
1 cup
7
2 cups
7
Komatsuna
2 tsp 14
Wheat Grass
2
2
Use the humidity domes and their adjustable air vents for germinating seeds. The domes
increase temperature and humidity levels inside
to help germinate the seeds.
2
TWO WAYS TO HARVEST
Optimal pH level is 5.0 - 7.0
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Harvest all greens
2
Thin out greens and use
as they grow
30
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Top growing tips
Do Keep the Right Room Temperature and Humidity Levels
Keep your room temperature between 55°F and 90°F (13°C and 32°C), and humidity levels between
30% and 60%.
Do Keep Everything Clean
Keep your growing environment clean. Clean your reservoir, reservoir filter, and grow drawers every
month, and rinse out the filter inside the grow drawers every week or two.
Don’t Overwater
Don’t overwater your plants, especially at the beginning of their lives, as it may bring on mould and
mildew. We have factory set the watering levels for once every four days, but this will vary depending
on what your ambient temperature and humidity is.
Do Use the Humidity Domes During Germination
Use the humidity domes to increase temperature and humidity in the grow trays when germinating
seeds. Keep the domes on for the first two or three days after the seeds have been planted with the air
vents closed.
Do Use Proper Soil or Pads
We highly recommend the soil brands Sunshine #4 or Premiere HP. You can use other mediums, such
as our Versapak fabric sheets, but we have found better results with soil.
Don’t Add Too Much Nutrients
Overfeeding can cause damage to the plants listed in our Planting, Growing, and Cultivation Table. For
best results, follow the Nutrient Feeding Table. Most quick-growing microgreens (one to two weeks) do
not require any nutrients. Only longer growing greens (herbs, arugula, etc) require nutrients, and should
only be added after week one or two at the earliest.
Do Sow Seeds a Little Heavy and Thin Out Young Plants
Pluck out young plants to allow others to grow and fill out.
Do Use Hydrogen Peroxide
If you accidentally keep your humidity domes on too long or overwater your plants, and your plants
develop powdery mildew, you can spray them with Hydrogen Peroxide and water (1 tbsp of 17%-35%
food-grade hydrogen peroxide to 1L of water). Only spray the soil, though, as this can cause your plants
to rot in on themselves
Do Love Your Plants
Take time and care with your plants. Give them the proper attention by checking for mold or signs of
stress.
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Planting, Growing, and Cultivation Guide
Seed
Malt Amaranth
Pepper Arugula
Bright Basil
Crimson Beet Tops
Mighty Broccoli
Rustic Buckwheat
Crunchy Cabbage
Delicate Chervil
Mild Chives
Fragrant Cilantro
Citrus Dill
Maple Fenugreek
Nutty Flax
Power Kale
Earthy Komatsuna
Tangy Lemon Balm
Robust Lentils
Crisp Lettuce
Aromatic Marjoram
Piquant Mizuna
Sharp Mustard
Wasabi Nasturtium
Wild Oregano
Fresh Parsley
Sugar Pea
Amber Pea
Zesty Peppercress
Indigo Radish
Spicy Radish
Woodsy Sage
Umami Savory
Licorice Shiso
Tart Sorrel
Ruby Veined Sorrel
Hearty Sunflower
Bold Swiss Chard
Bangkok Basil
Minty Thyme
Sweet Wheatgrass
Planting
Amounts
Dome On
Length
Grow Time
Watering
Schedule
Weight
Per Flat
2 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
½ cup
1 tbsp
½ cup
1 tbsp
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
¼ cup
1 tbsp
¼ cup
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
2 tsp
2 tsp
½ cup
1 tbsp
1 tsp
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
½ cup
1 tsp
1 tbsp
1 cup
1 cup
1 tbsp
3 tbsp
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
1 tbsp
2 tsp
2 tsp
1 tsp
1 cup
½ cup
1 tsp
2 tsp
1 cup
2-3days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
8-10 days
4-7 days
8-10 days
4-7 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
8-10 days
2-3 days
4-7 days
4-7 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
4-7 days
4-7 days
4-7 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
2-3 days
4-7 days
2-3 days
4-7 days
2-3 days
4-7 days
2-3 days
2 weeks
3 weeks
4-5 weeks
2 weeks
1 week
1 week
2 weeks
3 weeks
2 weeks
3 weeks
3 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
4 weeks
1 week
3 weeks
4 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
1-2 weeks
4 weeks
3 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
1 week
1 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
2-3 weeks
2 weeks
2-3 weeks
1 week
3 weeks
4-5 weeks
4 weeks
1 week
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 5 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 3 days*
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days*
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days*
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days*
1 every 5 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days*
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days*
1 every 4 days*
1 every 4 days
1 every 5 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days
1 every 4 days*
1 every 4 days
1 every 5 days
1 every 5 days
1 every 4 days*
95g
145g
235g
135g
260g
415g
160g
140g
80g
135g
110g
200g
85g
200g
200g
95g
180g
65g
40g
124g
200g
290g
30g
168g
300g
300g
140g
340g
300g
85g
35g
128g
92g
165g
380g
134g
235g
50g
258g
*Soil-free option: When using soil-free grow mats, change the watering cycle to “once per day.”
Note: if planting multiple varieties on the same level, set watering to “once per four days.”
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Maintenance
Cleaning the grow drawer
Clean your grow drawers between each harvest. Note that it is imperative for you to immediately clean
mould or unwanted organic matter.
Do not use any chemically damaging or unhealthy cleaning products such as bleach. Using
chemical cleaning products may be toxic and could potentially erode the grow drawers. You
can use 30% Hydrogen Peroxide to clean the reservoir and water lines (5 tsp per gallon). Read
all warning labels on the Hydrogen Peroxide labels.
Always dilute Hydrogen Peroxide and use extreme caution. Hyrdogen Peroxide is highly corrosive.
You should rinse out the filter at the rear of your grow drawers on a weekly basis.
Cleaning the reservoir and internal water pipes
• Drain the reservoir using the instructions on page 10.
• Re-fill the Reservoir with clean water and add your preferred cleaning agent (please follow the
guidelines on the rear of the agent’s packaging. The Cultivator’s reservoir holds 17 L of water).
• Make sure the grow drawers are inserted.
• Water the top and bottom grow drawers and wait for the water to drain.
• Drain the reservoir again using the instructions on page 10.
• Re-fill the Reservoir with clean water and drain one more time ensuring that there is no residual
cleaning product.
If you wipe clean the reservoir do not knock the pumps, misalign the pipes and in particular
the pressure sensor that detects the water level located at the top towards the front of the
Cultivator.
We recommend using a food-grade Hydrogen Peroxide. Please follow the quantity guidelines
on its packaging.
Draining the reservoir sends water down and out from the Drain Hose. Ensure that drained
water from the hose goes into an appropriate vessel such as a bucket. Water from your Urban
Cultivator Residential is not for drinking. Biological residues may still be present and could be
harmful.
Cleaning the counter top
Use soapy water or commonly available kitchen counter top cleaners. Do not let moisture stand on the
surface.
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Maintenance Procedure and Tips
A-B: Inside the reservoir
A. DRAIN AND CLEAN RESERVOIR
(every month)
1. Use a clean cloth with warm soapy water or
hyrdogen peroxide solution wipe down the
interior of the reservoir.
2. Rinse out the reservoir and drain as necessary
to wash away any residual cleaning solution.
D
C
B. CHECK WATER AIR STONE / AERATOR
(every month)
B
1. Locate the water mover/aerator (it is six
inches long and located at the front of the
reservoir).
2. Check to see if it is clear of debris.
A
C-D: Inside the grow levels
C. CLEAN DRAWERS
D. CLEAN DRAWER FILTERS
(every month)
(every month)
1. Remove the grow drawer from the Cultivator.
2. Use a clean cloth with warm soapy water or
hydrogen peroxide solution to wipe down the
grow drawer.
3. Rinse off the drawer to wash away any residual
cleaning solution.
1. Remove the sponge and wash in clean
soapy water.
2. Rinse the soap out and replace in the
grow drawer.
Additional cleaning tips/options
Clean out the pipes and tubes inside the unit once a year. The best time to do this is immediately after
you have cleaned your reservoir. Once the reservoir has been filled with fresh water, follow the below
steps:
1. Add 2 Tbsp of 29% - 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide to your reservoir and wait approximately
15 minutes for it to disperse evenly.
2. Run a complete manual water cycle on each level, and allow time for all of the water from each
level to drain back into the reservoir.
3. Once that’s complete, press recycle to drain and fill the reservoir with fresh new water.
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Sanitation and Food Safety Recommendations
At Urban Cultivator your health and safety is our number one
concern. We want to ensure that a healthy lifestyle is available
for everyone. Please read the information below regarding
sanitation, growing, and food safety.
People have been concerned about food safety—and
naturally so, considering recent reports of food poisoning in
Europe. Many people are hesitant to eat uncooked sprouts as
they seem to have been the source of the outbreak. You will
be happy to know that microgreens are a safe alternative to
sprouts.
Microgreens are not sprouts, but rather, baby plants that
are intensely flavorful and loaded with nutrients. There are
differences in growing and harvesting microgreens that make
them much safer than sprouts.
Starting with Seeds
Make sure that all seeds you buy have been handled as a
food crop and not a farm planting seed crop. Seeds that
have been in contact with animals or animal waste could be
contaminated with salmonella or E. coli O157 H7, leading to
food poisoning. Reputable sprouting seed suppliers test all
lots of seed for contamination.
At Urban Cultivator, we follow the steps for all of our seed,
as recommended by the CFIA’s Code of Practice for the
Hygienic Production of Sprouted Seeds1:
“We insist that our seed producers adopt GAP (Good
Agricultural Practice) and provide evidence that the
product was grown according to section 3 of this Code.”
We have obtained certificates of analysis for microbial
pathogens of concern from our seed producers or distributors
for each incoming lot.
We maintain a documented history of our seed suppliers’
adherence to specifications (e.g. analytical results, GAP
records, etc.)
Each bag of seed is labelled with the name of the seed
producer or distributor, the lot number, and the country of
origin.
Records are kept to facilitate trace-back and recall
procedures.
Sanitation
Always use clean seed (as stated above) and soil, tested for
salmonella and E. coli contamination.
Sanitize equipment; regularly clean and sanitize all trays,
machine and reservoir with the hydrogen peroxide rate
recommended below. We recommend a thorough cleaning/
disinfecting weekly, or when new trays are planted.
Don’t let sprouts or seed come in contact with manure, etc.
that may have bacterial contamination.
CFIA has approved 2% chlorine from Calcium Hypochlorite
as a seed sanitation method before sprouting; this is not
necessary for microgreens, but can be done as an extra
precaution. Ensure that there are no residual remains on
finished sprouts or greens.
Rate: 85 mL Calcium Hypochlorite in 3.75 L of warm water.
Mix thoroughly, and soak the seed for 20 minutes. Rinse seed
thoroughly in clean water, then finish soaking time in clean
water. Avoid breathing the fumes of chlorine. Masks should
be worn to filter out the fumes if you choose this method.
This method is extensive for the home owner growing
microgreens and not necessary; it is instead recommended
for sprout growers.
Alternative to using Calcium Hypochlorite:
Soak seeds in hydrogen peroxide. Add 140 mL of 5%
hydrogen peroxide (20 mL if using 35% peroxide) and 20
mL of vinegar to 1L of room temperature water. Pour the
solution over the seed, and let stand for 5 minutes. Make
sure all of the seed is in contact with the solution. Drain and
rinse the seeds several times to ensure that all of the solution
has been removed. Next, plant seed as usual. This again is
recommended for sanitizing seed before sprouting, and not
necessary for microgreens.
Growing Conditions
The environment in which the E. coli and salmonella
pathogens thrive is warm and moist. Most commercial
sprouts are grown in large tanks of water, which tumble the
seeds much like a washing machine tumbles clothes. In these
conditions, if one sprout becomes contaminated, it will be
spread to all the other sprouts in the water bath.
Microgreens are not grown in water. We recommend growing
them in sterile soil or another sterile media. While a sprout
bath spreads pathogens from one sprout to another, soil acts
like a filter, actually removing the source of contamination.
Harvesting
While a sprout is consumed with the whole root system, seed
and all, microgreens are new, small plants, just like you would
find in your garden very early after seed germination. All
microgreens should be harvested with clean hands, clipped
at least 4 cm away from the root system and away from soil
using clean, disinfected scissors (a simple wipe with hydrogen
peroxide will disinfect them). Ensure all visible debris is
removed from microgreens and cleaned thoroughly before
consumption.
Refrigerate cut microgreens. Treat microgreens and foods
containing them as you would any nutritious food.
If you love sprouts, consider microgreens. Their bright and
intense flavor profiles will be much more enjoyable now that
you have confidence over the fact that they are also safe to
enjoy.
Hands and equipment must be clean at all times for handling
microgreens.
Water in your reservoir should be clean, potable water, tested
for bacterial contamination.
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Frequently asked questions
Is my Cultivator pre-programmed?
Yes, it comes pre-programmed for an average growing environment and an average for all plants needs.
To set it to your environment or specific plant’s needs check the manual, call our support line or check
urbancultivator.net/videomanual
How many flats will I get out of one of my seed containers?
You will get 3-6 flats out of every Urban Cultivator seed containers. You can plant heavy and thin out
young plants and use as you go or plant more flats thinner and let them grow out before you harvest. Try
using the shaker to sow seeds evenly.
How much soil should I put in my flats?
You should fill each flat ½ to ¾ with our recommended potting soil (Sunshine #4 and Premier HP). ½ full
for shorter life cycle (1-2 weeks) plants, such as peashoots, wheatgrass, sunflower, and broccoli. Fill your
flat ¾ full when planting longer life cycle (2-14 weeks) plants, such as basil, oregano, arugula, beet tops, etc.
Do I mix in my seeds or cover them with dirt?
We have found great results by covering the newly sown seeds with a light dusting of soil that’s been
shifted through a regular strainer. The finer soil spreads nicely and makes a protective blanket during
germination. Sow your seeds over the dirt, then give them a good spray of water from a spray bottle,
next cover with the sifted dirt and then another light spraying of water just to moisten the top blanket. Be
careful not to spray too much or too close and wash off the thin dirt blanket.
Does my water reservoir keep itself filled?
Yes, if you received your Cultivator with City Hook-up capabilities and have it plumbed in, then it is preprogrammed to exchange the water in the reservoir once a week. If you have received your Cultivator as
a Stand alone please refill as needed and recycle when required.
How often should I do maintenance on my cultivator?
Wet/dry shop vacuum or wipe down reservoir and levels every 6-8 weeks. Ensure to check filters and
pumps for seed and soil build up.
What do I do if my reservoir won’t exchange?
Check to insure the connection on your city drain is open and free of blockage. If the cultivator is new it
may not be primed and may need 2 to 3 minutes to prime. If it is still not draining, remove the bottom grow
tray to access your reservoir. Insure there is more then 50% water inside, then reach in and make sure the
pump is on and vibrating. If is, take it off the outtake hose and insure the water is running.
What do I do if my level won’t water?
Ensure the reservoir is at least 50% full of water. Ensure that the level is not set to Always Off. Ensure that
the grow drawer is pushed all the way into the UC-R. If still no watering, get access to your reservoir and
ensure the pump is on and primed, as listed above.
What should my lighting schedule be?
We have pre-programmed our lighting schedules for most herbs, micro greens, lettuces, etc, which is 18
hours light and 6 hours dark.
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Service and Spare Parts
Please call our toll-free number 1-877-352-0490 or email support@urbancultivator.net if you think there is
a problem with you Urban Cultivator Residential.
Customer Care
In the event that your Urban Cultivator Residential requires service, or you wish to purchase plant supplies
and spare parts please call us toll free on 1-877-352-0490 or email
support@urbancultivator.net.
Please provide the following information when you are calling to arrange for an engineer or return of
goods:
• Your name, address, zip number or postal code.
• Your contact telephone number and best time to be reached.
• Clear and concise details of the problem.
• The model and serial number of the appliance can be found on the back of the product and by
scrolling to the last menu option.
• The purchase date and name of the sales representative who sold you the Urban Cultivator
Residential.
Standard Guarantee Conditions
Urban Cultivator Limited guarantee that if within 12 months (labour) or within 3 years (parts) of the date
of purchase this Urban Cultivator Residential appliance or any part thereof is proved to be defective due
to faulty workmanship or materials, we will, at our option repair or replace the same FREE OF CHARGE
for labour, materials, or carriage on condition that:
• The Urban Cultivator Residential has been correctly installed and used only on the electricity supply
stated on the rating plate.
• The Urban Cultivator Residential has been used in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions.
• The Urban Cultivator Residential has not been tampered with by any person not authorised by us.
• All service work under this guarantee must be authorised by Urban Cultivator.
• Any appliance or defective component shall become the property of Urban Cultivator.
• This guarantee is in addition to your statutory and other legal rights.
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