AeroGarden | Pro100 | Green Beans &SnowPeas

Green Beans &SnowPeas
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Green Beans & Snow Peas
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.
I sincerely hope you enjoy
your AeroGarden and sharing
your healthy harvest with
your family and friends.
Best Regards,
Michael Bissonnette
Founder and CEO
AeroGrow International, Inc.
C ON T
Your AeroGarden
AeroGarden Features . . . . . . . 3
Seed Kit Components . . . . . . . 4
Smart Garden Control Panel
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Tending Your Garden
Garden Timelines . . . . . . . . . . 5
Remove Domes . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Thin Plants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Support Plants . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Add Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Feed Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Raise Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Pollinate Snow Pea
Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Keep Your Garden
Healthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Plant Problems and
Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
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E N TS
Harvesting Your Garden
Harvest Your Green Beans . . 17
Harvest Your Snow Peas . . . . 18
Green Beans and
Snow Peas Galore! . . . . . . . . 19
Appendices
Reminders About Planting
Your Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Questions and Answers
About Your Nutrients . . . . . . 23
If you have an AeroGarden
PRO100, please refer to the
supplemental instructions
starting on page 34 of
this Guide.
Questions and Answers
About Your Lights . . . . . . . . . 24
Set Your Light Timer . . . . . . . 25
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . 27
Prepare for Your
Next Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
If You Have The
AeroGarden PRO100 . . . . . . 34
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
3
Your AeroGarden
Smart Garden
Control Panel
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Seed Kit Components
Support
Wire (7)
Dome (7)
Seed Pod (7)
Nutrients:
2 Starting Nutrients
20 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 – Use Tomatoes/
Peppers setting for Snow Peas
and Green Beans
Reset
Press after adding
nutrients to restart the
nutrient timer and turn
off the blinking lights
Your AeroGarden
4
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 and flowers
in 5-6 weeks. Shortly after, you will experience the transformation
of your seeds into delicious, tender green beans or snow peas.
Green Bean Garden Timeline
Your plants will germinate in just a few days.
You will see them grow very quickly after that.
5
After 2 weeks
After 4 weeks
After 8 weeks
After 10 weeks
Tending Your Garden
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Please take a moment to review this section shortly after
planting your Garden (see page 21 for Reminders About
Planting Your Garden).
Snow Pea Garden Timeline
Your plants will germinate in just a few days.
You will see them grow very quickly after that.
After 2 weeks
After 4 weeks
After 8 weeks
After 10 weeks
Tending Your Garden
6
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.
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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Tending Your Garden
Never remove the labels.
They promote germination,
decrease algae growth and
identify your plants.
Thin Plants
• When your snow pea or green
bean plants are about 1” tall,
check each Seed Pod for multiple
plants. Using scissors, gently snip
the smallest plants at the base of
the stem, leaving ONE healthy
plant in each Seed Pod.
• Thinning seedlings ensures that
the remaining plant in each Seed
Pod will have room to grow, get
enough nutrients and water, and
produce many, many snow peas or
green beans.
!
Be sure to cut, not pull, the extra
seedlings to avoid damaging the
roots of the strongest plant in
each Seed Pod.
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Support Plants
After thinning, it is time to put the Support
Wire into place. These help your plants
stay upright and bear the weight of many
peas or beans without breaking or tipping
over.
• Wrap Support Wire around two
fingers to create a coil starting with
the wrapped end of wire. Leave the
exposed end of the wire uncoiled.
• Slip coiled Support Wire off of
your fingers.
• Gently, stretch out the loops so that
the entire Support Wire is about 4”
from end to end.
• Slip the Support Wire over plant (the
uncoiled exposed wire first) gently
guiding the plant into the center of
the coil.
• Insert the exposed wire through the
opening in the Label, down into the
Seed Pod and into the Grow Sponge.
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Tending Your Garden
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.
• It is okay to add water up to “Fill
To Here” before the “Water Level
Low” light blinks.
• When your 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.
Tending Your Garden
10
Feed Garden
Every 2 weeks, both the “Add Nutrient” and “Water Level Low”
lights will blink on and off. At that time:
1
Add 2 nutrient tablets
from the bag labeled
“Growing Nutrients.”
2
Add water to raise the water
level up 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 27 of this guide for details.
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Raise Lights
As your plants begin to grow, leave approximately 1-2 inches
of space between the top of plants and the lights.
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
Turn the AeroGarden around
so the back of the Lamp Arm is
facing you.
4
Firmly hold the lower section of
Lamp
Hood
the Lamp Arm and push in the
Locking Button on the Arm. With
your other hand, grasp the silver
Locking
Button
ring at the top of the Arm (where
Lamp
Arm
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.
6
Lift the View Door to check that
the water is flowing. If not, refer
to Troubleshooting on page 27
of this guide.
Base
Bowl
!
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.
Tending Your Garden
12
Pollinate Snow Pea Flowers
In nature, pollination is done by
the bees and the wind. Indoors,
your snow pea plants depend on
you to pollinate them.
You will need to start pollinating
your plants regularly once they
begin to flower (approximately
4 to 5 weeks after planting).
1
Place an open hand gently
inside the plant branches.
2
Move your hand rapidly back
and forth about 10 times to
shake the plants. This movement will spread the pollen, though
you will not be able to see it moving.
3
Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each snow pea plant.
Pollinate your flowering snow pea plants at least every other day,
and only when the lights are on.
!
Hand pollinating is an important
task. Snow peas will only grow
from pollinated flowers.
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Keep Your Garden Healthy
Keeping a watchful eye on your Garden is not only a joy, but
also a smart way to make sure your plants stay healthy.
As your plants age you may see
some brown or yellow leaves.
This is perfectly normal.
• Remove these leaves with
scissors or pinch off with
your fingers.
• Keep the Grow Surface clear
of dead leaves.
• Remove dead, brown stems
at the base with scissors.
These older branches will
not continue to produce peas
or beans.
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Tending Your Garden
14
Plant Problems and Remedies
These pictures show plants that are stressed. Follow the suggestions to
restore your Garden’s health.
Wilted
Plant is not getting enough water.
Check water level.
Burned
Plant is too close to the Grow
Bulbs. Raise the Lamp Hood.
Curled Inside Dome
Dome was left on too long.
Immediately remove Dome.
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Green beans grow so quickly that sometimes they push the Label off
the Seed Pod. If this occurs:
• Cut the Label to remove it
from around the plant.
• Place the Label back on the
Seed Pod. (You may want to
use a glue stick to secure the
label to the pod.)
Keeping the Label on the Seed
Pod reduces algae growth.
Tending Your Garden
16
H
arvest Your Green Beans
After approximately 6 weeks you can begin harvesting your
green beans.
A green bean is ready for picking
when it is about 3-4 inches in length.
Pick green beans gently with
your fingers:
• Hold the green bean loosely in
your palm.
• Grasp the stem (slightly above the
green bean) between thumb and
pointer finger.
• Snap the stem between fingers.
You can also use scissors to
harvest your green beans.
If your green bean breaks during
harvesting, take a moment to go back
and snap the rest of it off. This will help
keep your plant productive and healthy.
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Approximate length – 4”
H
arvest Your Snow Peas
After approximately 8 weeks, you can begin harvesting your
snow peas. Your snow peas will be their tastiest when picked at
just the right time.
Ripe –
peas are
full-sized,
but not
bulging.
Underripe –
peas are
not visible
or are very
small.
Overripe –
peas are
bulging
inside pod.
Harvest Ripe Snow Peas
• Hold the snow pea loosely in your palm.
• Grasp the stem (slightly above the snow
pea) between thumb and pointer finger.
• Snap the stem between fingers. You
can also use scissors to harvest your
snow peas.
If your snow pea breaks during harvesting,
take a moment to go back and snap the
rest of it off. This will help keep your plant
productive and healthy.
!
Keep an eye on your garden. Peas ripen
very quickly and can go from underripe
to ripe in just a day!
Harvesting Your Garden
18
Green Beans and Snow Peas Galore!
Enjoy the sweetness of fresh Snow Peas and Green Beans raw
or cooked.
• Great for snacking – right off the plant.
• Lightly steamed peas or beans taste great with a drizzle of olive oil,
melted butter or vinegar.
• Add raw beans or
peas to green leafy
salads for a fresh,
crisp taste.
• Snow peas or green
beans add a “snap”
to stir fries.
• Use fresh beans or
peas as a crudité –
perfect for scooping
up your favorite dip.
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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 Garden
7 Is there a Seed Pod in every
Grow Surface opening?
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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 Garden
12 Did you plug in your
AeroGarden?
• Is the water flowing? • Are the Grow Bulbs on?
13 Did you set your Control Panel
to Tomatoes/Peppers?
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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 microand macro-nutrients that all
plants require, in just the right
proportions for your 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 Green Bean or
Snow Pea Garden?
No. The nutrient tablets are
specially formulated for each
Seed Kit. Using nutrient tablets
from a different Seed Kit type
may harm your 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 plants. The timing system started as soon
as you plugged in your AeroGarden.
Every day it will automatically turn
your lights on for 16 hours beginning
at that time. For example, if you
plugged in your AeroGarden at
7:00 in the morning, your lights
will stay on until 11:00 in the
evening, then automatically turn off
for 8 hours, and automatically turn
back on at 7:00 the next morning.
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 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.
Can I temporarily turn off my
lights (for example, to darken
the kitchen for a candlelight
dinner)?
Absolutely. The “Lights” button on
the Smart Garden Control Panel is
an on/off switch. Just push and then
immediately release this button 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.
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.
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 “Tomatoes/Peppers”
setting will keep your lights on
for 16 hours and off for 8 hours,
which is an ideal light cycle for
rapid growth of tasty green beans
and snow peas.
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24
Set Your Light Timer
Your Built-In Light Timer
Your AeroGarden has lights
and a built-in timer that
automatically provide your
plants with 16 hours of
“sunlight” and 8 hours of
“night,” which is optimal
for the healthy growth
of green beans and
snow peas.
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 “Tomatoes/Peppers” 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 8 hours
• Turn on for 16 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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26
Troubleshooting
What do I do when one of
my Grow Bulbs burns out?
Replacement bulbs can be
ordered from our website at
www.aerogrow.com. You
should replace your Grow
Bulbs after 6 months of use.
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.
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 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.
Why do I have many flowers
on my plants, but not even
one snow pea seven weeks
after planting my Garden?
The flowers on your snow pea
plants are not pollinated. Make
sure to hand pollinate your flowers
every other day, as described on
page 13 of this guide.
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What do I do if I see bugs?
Occasionally bugs might decide
to visit your plants. You will
mainly see spider mites who
usually find their way into
homes by hitching a ride on
clothing or cut flowers. They 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
Put 2-3 drops of castile soap
into a 32-ounce spray bottle.
(Available online or at most
natural food stores.)
2
Fill spray bottle with water.
3
Lightly spray the plant
leaves and gently rub the
leaves between fingers to
coat the leaf.
4
Check surrounding plants to
make sure the bugs haven’t
spread. If they have, follow
the above steps with any
other buggy plants.
5
Repeat as needed.
Initial signs that you have
bugs are either unhealthylooking plants or a webbing
between leaves.
To identify the bugs, we
recommend you visit either
www.whatsthatbug.com o
r the
entomology (bug) department
at Texas A&M University at
http://vegipm.tamu.edu/
imageindex.html.
(Continued on next page)
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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.
Shouldn’t water always be
flowing over my Seed Pods
and plant roots?
Yes and no. When you selected
“Tomatoes/Peppers” on your
Smart Garden Control Panel you
selected a setting that has been
specially designed to optimize
the growth of green bean and
snow pea plants by regulating
the flow of water to the roots
of your plants.
On the “Tomatoes/Peppers”
setting, the AeroGarden moves
water through the Seed Pods
whenever the lights are on, and
for an additional 4 hours when
the lights are off to achieve
maximum growth and flavorful
green beans and snow peas.
If your lights are on and the water
isn’t flowing in your AeroGarden,
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).
My garden doesn’t look
healthy. What can I do?
If you are concerned about the
health of your garden, please go
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through the following before
calling Customer Service…
• Keep the lights as close to your
plants as possible, without the
leaves touching the Grow Bulbs.
• Follow the thinning instructions
in the Thin Plants section of
this guide.
• Follow the pollinating instructions
in the Pollinate Snow Pea Flowers
section of this guide.
• Don’t use softened or
unfiltered well water.
• Continually harvest ripe
snow peas and green beans.
• Check for insects.
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 up to “Fill To Here” will
help reduce the sound of dripping
water. You can further reduce the
dripping sound by wrapping or
tying a string around the post of
each Plant Spacer and allow it to
extend into the water. The water
will run down these strings
instead of dripping directly into
the Bowl. As your plants grow
and the roots reach the water in
the Bowl, the dripping noise will
go away completely.
What should I do if my plants
are hanging over the edges of
my AeroGarden?
Please see the Support Plants
section on page 9 of this guide
and check that the Support Wires
are properly inserted. If your peas
need some additional support,
gently direct the tops of the
stems towards the middle of the
AeroGarden. As they grow, they
will twist together.
For green beans, there is not
much you can do. The plants
will still get plenty of light and
produce many green beans.
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Prepare for Your Next Garden
After the final harvesting of your snow peas or green beans:
1
Unplug the AeroGarden.
2
Carefully remove the Bowl
and Grow Surface from the
Base and bring to a sink.
Set the Base and Lamp
Hood aside.
NEVER SUBMERSE BASE
AND CONTROL PANEL
IN WATER.
3
Grow
Surface
Bowl
Base
Tomato plants shown in photos.
Remove the Grow Surface from the Bowl and place on a
counter near the sink.
4
Empty contents of Bowl
into sink.
!
Do not pour the water
on your houseplants. The
nutrient mixture may be too
concentrated for them.
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Grow
Surface
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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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Prepare for Your Next Garden (Continued)
7
Clean the Bowl and Grow
Surface.
Towel dry the Bowl and
Grow Surface before putting
them back together and setting them back onto the Base.
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.
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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.
About the...
PRO 100
To take full advantage of the enhanced features on your AeroGarden
PRO100, please refer to this section when using your 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 – this setting is not recommended
for green beans or snow peas!
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
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
Lights
Temporarily turns
the lights on or off
Select
Sets Control Panel
to your Plant type or
Super Grow Setting
Adaptive
Intelligence
Light tracks garden
growth from
Germination to
Mature Growth
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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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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.
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Adaptive Growth Intelligence™
(Light and Pump Cycles for Green Beans and Snow Peas)
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 “Tomatoes/
Peppers” 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 “Tomatoes/Peppers” setting, the AeroGarden PRO100 automatically turns the lights on for 18 hours and off for 6 hours during “Germination” and “Initial Growth” phases. When the plants are mature, less
light is needed and the light cycle changes to 16 hours on and 8 hours
off. 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 “Initial
Growth” 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 “Mature Growth” phase, the lights
will now turn on at 7:00 in the morning (two hours later). After 16
hours, the lights will automatically turn off at 11:00 at night (the same
time as during earlier growth phases) and remain off for 8 hours and
then turn back on at 7:00 the next morning.
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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 25 of this Guide. Use the table below to help you with changing
the light timer.
Plant Stage
Hours of Light
Germination 18
Initial Growth
18
Mature Growth
16
Pump Cycle
“Adaptive Intelligence” also adjusts the amount of water your plants
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
seeds with ideal conditions for sprouting.
During “Initial Growth,” your plants need more water so the pump is on
whenever the lights are on. When your garden moves into the “Mature
Growth” phase, additional moisture and oxygen is needed to produce
flavorful green beans and snow peas and the pump remains on at all
times (24 hours a day).
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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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y Garden Notes
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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 expires one year past the Germination Test Date 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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