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Quick Setup Guide
Start Here!
Included in Package
Simple Steps to Get Your AeroGarden Up and Growing (No tools required)
Trellis System
Lamp Hood
Welcome to the world of indoor gardening!
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The AeroGarden ULTRA is the most advanced countertop garden in the world, but
it’s also easy to use. In fact, the ULTRA is ready to plant in under 5 minutes with just 7
easy steps that anyone can do!
This handy Quick Setup Guide shows you how to get started and gives you all you
need to know about the ULTRA’s control panel, as well as tending and harvesting tips
for your new garden.
Bowl & Base Assembly
7 Easy Steps
Seed Kit
Lamp Hood
To Get Your AeroGarden Up and Growing
Grow Lights
(front view)
Remove Bowl
From Base
Lift Bowl straight up from
Bowl & Base Assembly
Clip in Lamp Arm and Replace Bowl to Base
Push Lamp Arm
down until you
hear a “click.”
Tab in Base should insert into Lamp Arm slot
Plug Pump cord into Back of Garden Base
Pump power cord
The Pump power cord
plugs into base on back
of garden
Lamp Arm
Place Your Garden...
Install Grow Lights
Push Grow Lights
straight into sockets in
Lamp Hood
• On a sturdy, water-tolerant surface
(metal surfaces may cause noise due to vibration)
• Near a standard electrical outlet, per local
• In a 65-75°F (16-23°C) environment (optimal)
• Away from reach of children or pets
• Away from direct sources of heat or cold
• AeroGardens do not need additional light or a
sunny window. In fact, too much direct sunlight
can overheat your plants
Install Lamp Hood
Push Lamp Hood firmly on to
Lamp Arm until you hear a click
Plug in Lamp Hood then Plug Cord into
Electrical Outlet
Push Lamp Cord
firmly into socket
in Lamp Hood.
Press Quick Plant and Follow
On-screen Instructions
Press Quick Plant
button on the
control panel
for step-by-step
instructions on
planting your
Welcome to your
Welcome to your
Press ‘Quick Plant’ to
start your garden
Press ‘Quick Plant’ to
start your garden
Press ‘Home’ for
more options
Turn page for more
details on planting,
growing and harvesting
your AeroGarden
(front view)
(front view)
Press ‘Home’ for
more options
Simple Tips for Successful Growing...
Control Panel Basics
The AeroGarden
ULTRA control panel
makes it easy for
anyone to grow
indoors. Beginners
get step by step
instructions of the
planting process and
coaching to improve
gardening skills. And it
allows Advanced Users
to customize every
aspect of their indoor
garden, expanding the
possibilities of what
can be grown indoors.
To navigate the control panel, use
Up/Down and Left/Right arrowsQuick
to move. Press the OK Button to
select an option.
Welcome to your
Press ‘Home’ for
more options
Quick Plant
Button: Press Quick
Plant from any screen anytime
you want to plant a new garden.
ome Button: Press the Home Button from
any screen for access to more menu options,
} Quick Plant – Use this menu option to start a
new garden. This is the same as pressing the
Quick Plant Button.
ights On/Off Button:
Temporarily turns lights on or
off. Your lights will automatically
go back to their programmed
grow and look their best when tall plants are planted in
back, medium plants in the middle, and short plants in
front. If plants are all the same size, like Salad Greens,
they can be planted anywhere.
} Not pruning is the number
one mistake made by new
AeroGardeners! Prune early
and often and enjoy the
small harvests!
} Plants compete for light.
Left untended, more
aggressive growers can
actually block enough light
to suppress growth of their
slower growing neighbors
and eventually they can die
off due to lack of light. Fast
growers must be trimmed
(diagram B) to make sure
that slow growers get
enough light to thrive and
produce big yields.
} Do not remove labels from seed pods. The labels
identify the plant type and plant height, show the
germination time, and inhibit algae growth.
} Grow domes help regulate moisture and temperature
for optimal germination. Leave them on until plants are
touching the domes.
} Large plants like tomatoes and peppers often receive
fewer than 7 pods to compensate for the large plant
size. Place seed pods in each front/side opening and
in the center back opening. Put plant spacers in the
remaining openings.
24 days or more. Most AeroGarden seed pod labels
give an estimate of how long your seeds will take to
germinate but many factors impact germination.
plants. However plants are impacted by temperature.
Cold weather plants like Salad Greens germinate
better in cooler weather. Heat lovers like tomatoes and
peppers will germinate faster in warmer temperatures
(above 70 degrees F). However, don’t sweat it!
While they may take a bit more time, your seeds will
} Lower your plants, don’t raise your lights! You will
achieve more compact, beautiful growth and bigger
harvests if you prune plants to keep the lights closer to
all plants.
} Fast growing plants like basil make gardeners want
to raise the lights too soon. Resist! Pruning the basil
just above a new leaf set (Diagram A) and leaving the
lights down low will make sure that slow growing and
low growing plants in your garden get all the light they
need to flourish.
} Set Audio Alerts – Use this to turn on audio
alerts that remind you when to add water and
nutrients. You can also easily set the times
during which alerts can sound (so they don’t
wake you up in the middle of the night).
} If you have a well or community well, we recommend
} For best results, try a “Rinse and Refill” once a month
using distilled water. Most well water contains a high
amount of dissolved solids that upset the balance of our
nutrients. This can result in plants suddenly browning,
or just not growing well.
when it’s time to add nutrients. Simple empty all water
from the bowl, add fresh water and nutrients and reset
your alert. This balances the nutrients, delivering an
instant pick up to plants.
} Many first-time growers are hesitant to harvest. Don’t
be! Most gardens will produce more, for a longer
period, with frequent harvests. You almost can’t begin
to harvest (prune) early enough.
} In general, your plants will need nutrients every two
Diagram A
} Plants love light! Always keep your grow lights as close
to your plants as possible.
} However, plants touching the lights will discolor those
leaves and they will have to be snipped off. Always
check to see if you can prune plants instead of raising
the lights.
} After pruning, lower your lights back down to within 1-2
inches of plant tops if necessary.
Your AeroGarden ULTRA defaults to the Dashboard
Screen. Here you’ll find critical information on Days
Planted, Days until
next feeding, and
relevant tips for your
garden as it grows.
From any other
Today(0) 14 Days
screen, press the
Germination Mode
home button once
or twice to return to
the Dashboard.
tips and customer support information.
Cut Here
} If you are growing your own seeds, plant 5-6 seeds per
pod and check the seed packet for temperature and
days to germination information.
Too High
} Learn more about pruning your plants at
} As a rule of thumb, if you are comfortable, so are your
in one place.
} Help & Tips – Use this for easy access to helpful
sodium and will usually harm your plants.
pruning=harvesting. Each
Diagram B
time you prune you get
to enjoy fresh herbs in a
salad, soup, on pizza or a sandwich. And, a full, bushy
garden looks much better than one spindly, giant
plant surrounded by straggly, light starved neighbors.
Pruning also releases a wonderful scent. So Prune!
} Some seeds germinate in less than 24 hours. Some take
} Garden Status – All your critical garden settings
initially during Quick Plant). You might do this after
a power outage (the AeroGarden automatically
holds all your settings during a power outage, but
you’ll need to re-set your clock).
} Do not use softened water as it contains too much
} Finally,
part numbers and customer support contact
Planting and Harvesting Tips
} Many AeroGarden pods are labeled for height. Gardens
} Order Supplies – Easy access to replacement
} Set Clock – Use this to re-set your clock time (set
Back Button:
Always takes you
back to the previous screen.
program all critical elements of their
AeroGarden, from lights to pumps to nutrient
cycles. This is not needed in normal operations.
You can also restore defaults from this page.
} Set Lights – Use this to re-adjust the times your
A few “Bonus” tips for maximum harvests
} Custom Settings – Advanced Users can
lights will go on and off (you’ll set these initially
in the Quick Plant function).
Press ‘Quick Plant’ to
start your garden
} While the AeroGarden control pane will remind you
when water gets low, best results are achieved by
topping off water regularly.
} Plants grown in the AeroGarden are designed to thrive
with most municipal tap water. Improved results can be
seen with distilled water or reverse osmosis water, but
this is not needed in most cases.
(Save These Instructions)
} AeroGardens work best with a harvesting method called
} Follow instructions for
“cut and come again.” Simply put, you enjoy frequent
small harvests and then watch as the plants rapidly regrow, ready for harvest again and again.
feeding on the nutrient
packaging. Add nutrients
through the water fill
} Nutrient requirements
may change as plants
grow. See nutrient
packaging for details.
} Enjoy frequent, smaller harvests for the first month
or two until plants mature and larger harvests are
Fill Port
} Never harvest more than 1/3 of the plant at a time.
} “More” isn’t better. Resist the temptation to add “just a
} For salad greens, cut the top 2 inches off the entire
little extra.” Too much nutrient can hurt your plants.
garden, or harvest large leaves individually by cutting
off at the base of the plant.
Using The Trellis System
The included Trellis
System will support
your large plants,
such as tomatoes and
peppers by wrapping
around the plants as
they grow. Additional
support may be
supplied by tying string
or using AeroGarden
Trellis Coils.
Once your plants reach
a height where they
would benefit from
extra support, attach
the Trellis System to the
top Lamp Arm section
as pictured. The Trellis
can be repositioned as
plants grow.
How to assemble
Trellis pieces
1) Snap on each part separately to
top section of the Lamp Arm.
Trellis assembled
2) Then push together for a snap
fit until pins connect.
Lamp Arm
Trellis Top-down
view on Lamp Arm
What Is Covered – This warranty covers any defects in materials or workmanship, with the exceptions stated below.
How Long Coverage Lasts – This warranty runs for one (1) year on this AeroGarden and six (6) months on the Grow Lights(s), from the date of original
purchase, for the original purchaser/user.
When using this AeroGarden electrical furnishing, basic precautions should always be followed,
including the following:
Read all instructions before using this AeroGarden furnishing.
1. To reduce the risk of electric shock, the AeroGarden has a specific plug. Do not change the plug in any way.
DANGER – to reduce risk of electric shock:
2. A
lways unplug the AeroGarden from electrical outlet before cleaning or changing Grow Bulbs (light bulbs).
WARNING – to reduce risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons:
3. Unplug AeroGarden from outlet before putting on or taking off parts.
4. C
lose supervision is necessary when an AeroGarden is used by or near children, invalids, or disabled persons.
5. U
se AeroGarden only for its intended use as described in the instructions. Do not use attachments not recommended by manufacturer.
6. N
ever operate AeroGarden if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped and damaged, or if it has been dropped in
water. If any of these conditions occur/exist, contact www.AeroGardenSupport.com or your country’s local distributor for instructions.
7. Keep cord away from heated surfaces.
8. Never operate furnishing with air openings blocked. Keep air openings free of lint, hair, and the like.
9. Never drop or insert any object into any electrical openings.
10. Do not use outdoors.
11. D
o not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being administered.
12. Do not touch moving parts or hot parts such as pumps, bulbs, reflective surfaces, and the like.
13. To disconnect, remove plug from outlet.
14. Do not place or submerse base, cord, plug, or lamp hood in water or other liquid to clean it.
15. Do not allow water to contact hot light bulbs.
16. U
se only approved and supplied parts and accessories. Use only AeroGarden brand Grow Bulbs with this AeroGarden model. Use of any other kind of
accessory is not recommended. Replacement parts can be ordered from www.AeroGarden.com.
17. D
o not use AeroGarden for other than intended purpose.
18. This product is intended for household and residential use only. This product is not approved for commercial applications.
19. I f supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by manufacturer, its service agent, or similarly qualified technician in order to avoid a hazard.
20. Electrical wiring must be in accordance with local regulations.
21. This appliance is not intended for use 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 concerning use of appliance by a person responsible for
their safety.
22. Children should be supervised to ensure they do not play
with the appliance.
What is Not Covered – The warranty shall not apply to problems arising from: normal wear; failure to adhere to enclosed operating 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.
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. AeroGrow International, Inc.’s sole obligation and your exclusive remedy under this warranty shall
be limited to such repair or replacement.
To Return This Product – If you have questions or concerns regarding your AeroGarden, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-476-9669. Please do
not return any product without contacting AeroGrow for return authorization. Unauthorized returns, as well as C.O.D. shipments, will be refused. For more
information regarding returns, please see the Customer Care section at www.AeroGarden.com.
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 1-800-476-9669.
AeroGrow International, Inc., P.O. Box 18450, Boulder, CO 80308
Need Supplies, Accessories or Information? Call: 1-800-476-9669 Visit Our Website: www.AeroGarden.com
U.S. CAUTION – You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual
could void your authority to operate this equipment.
To reduce the risk of electric shock, this furnishing
has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the
other). This plug will fit in a polarized outlet only
one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet,
reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a
qualified electrician to install the proper outlet.
Do not change the plug in any way.
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