AeroGarden | 100710-BSS | Quick Start Guide

Quick Start
Simple Steps
To Get Your
Up and Growing
On your purchase of the AeroGarden PRO100!
With this beautiful, brushed stainless-steel AeroGarden you get all the features
of the original AeroGarden, enhanced with…
• Adaptive Intelligence – which automatically adjusts the amount of light
and water plants receive at every stage of your plant’s life
• “24-Hour Light” Setting – that lets you override the built-in light timer and
decide how much light your plants receive (see details on page 10).
• “Replace Grow Bulbs” Indicator – alerts you to replace Grow Bulbs. With
this feature, you’ll be sure plants are always getting the right intensity and
full spectrum of light needed for optimal growth.
Model #s: 100710-BSS
Input Voltage: 115V, 60Hz, 1.5A
Date Code:
(Save These Instructions)
When using this AeroGarden PRO100 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 PRO100 has a specific plug. Do not change the plug in any way.
– to reduce risk of electric shock:
2. Always unplug AeroGarden PRO100 from electrical outlet before cleaning or changing Grow Bulbs (light bulbs).
– to reduce risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons:
3. Unplug AeroGarden PRO100 from outlet before putting on or taking off parts.
4. Close supervision is necessary when AeroGarden PRO100 is used by or near children, invalids, or disabled persons.
5. Use AeroGarden PRO100 only for its intended use as described in the instructions. Do not use attachments not recommended
by manufacturer.
6. Never operate AeroGarden PRO100 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 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. Do 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. Use only approved and supplied parts and accessories. Use only lamp model 100629 (N. America) or 200629 (Europe & Australia) Grow Bulbs with this AeroGarden model. Use of any other kind of accessory is not recommended. Replacement parts
can be ordered from or from your retailer.
17. Do not use AeroGarden PRO100 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. Read and follow all important notices on the AeroGarden PRO100 and in the accompanying literature.
20. If supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by manufacturer, its service agent, or similarly qualified technician in order to
avoid a hazard.
21. Electrical wiring must be in accordance with local regulations.
22. This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including
children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or
of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or
instruction concerning use of appliance by a
person responsible for
their safety.
23. Children should be supervised to ensure they do not play
with the appliance.
Save These Instructions
1 Quick Start Assembly
A Unpack Your AeroGarden
Lamp Hood
B Insert Lamp Arm
into Base
Lamp Arm
down until
you hear
a “click.”
(front view)
(No tools required)
Lamp Arm
(back view)
(front view)
Lamp Arm
(back view)
(back view)
Master Gardener
(front view)
Grow Bulbs (2)
D Plug Lamp Cord
Seed Kit
into Lamp Hood
C Insert Grow Bulbs
Push Lamp Cord
firmly into socket
in Lamp Hood.
into Lamp Hood
Lamp Hood (bottom view)
Push straight in.
Remember to replace Grow Bulbs every 6 months.
Instructions Continued On Next Page
1 Quick Start Assembly
F Set Bowl into Base
E Place Lamp Hood
on Lamp Arm
Center hands
over Lamp Arm
and push Lamp
Hood down
until you hear a
(back view)
(front view)
Check to be sure that Bowl
is securely in place.
G Moving Your
AeroGarden PRO100
Use one hand to
grasp Lamp Arm.
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Gently slide AeroGarden
toward the surface edge and
place other hand under Base.
H Place Your Garden
In: A 60-75°F
Under: A space that
allows 22” (56cm)
clearance for the full
height of raised lamp
Near: A standard
electrical outlet, per
local regulations
On: A sturdy, watertolerant surface
Note: Do not place beneath
under-cabinet lights.
(Metal surfaces may cause
noise due to vibration)
Away From
Reach of children and pets
Direct sources of heat (e.g., stove, furnace vents)
Direct sources of cold air (e.g., window drafts, A/C vents)
For Optimal Tending & Harvesting, Also Consider
Easy access to un-softened water
2 Planting Your Garden
A Add Water Using a Spouted Container
Use room temperature municipal tap, bottled or
purified water. Do not use well or softened water.
View Door
Fill to “Fill To Here”
(located inside Bowl)
When additional water is needed, “Water Level Low” light on Control Panel will
blink. Add water to raise level up to “Fill To Here” inside Bowl.
It is okay to add water up to “Fill To Here” before “Water Level Low” light blinks.
Amount of
Water To Be
3.5 quarts or...
3.2 liters
B Plant Your Garden
Insert Seed Pods into Grow Surface openings.
Check to see that…
• Seed Pods are in the same position on
Grow Surface as they were in Seed Kit Tray.
• Seed Pod Labels are facing forward.
• Seed Pods are pressed firmly in place.
Seed Pod
Seed Kit Tray
Grow Surface
C Place Bio-Domes™ on Seed Pods
Place a Bio-Dome on
each Seed Pod.
Press Bio-Dome down
until its rim almost
touches Grow Surface.
Note: Do not remove Bio-Domes until
seeds have sprouted. NEVER
D Add Starting Nutrient Tablets and Record Planting Date
Record Planting Date
Record the date your Seed Kit was planted on front
cover of the Tending & Harvesting Guide.
Add 2 tablets from
“Starting Nutrients” bag
directly into Bowl.
See "Add Nutrient" (Feed Garden - Basic Feeding) on page 11
of this guide for additional feeding instructions.
3 Starting Your Garden
A Plug Cord into Electrical Outlet
Plug in
What will happen...
1 A green light next to “Germination” and
a white light on Control Panel will illuminate.
2 Grow Bulbs will come on.
Look under Lamp Hood to check that both bulbs are lit.
If not, check to see if:
• Grow Bulbs are properly inserted in Lamp Hood
(page 2, step 1C).
• Lamp Cord is plugged into Lamp Hood (page 2, step 1D).
• You are getting power through the electrical outlet.
3 When Pump starts* it may make a gurgling noise for a moment.
Lift View Door. You should see water dripping from the bottom
of Seed Pods into the Bowl.
If not, check to see if:
• Lamp Arm is fully inserted into Base (page 2, step 1B).
• Bowl is firmly seated in Base (page 3, step 1F).
*Pump may take up to twelve hours to start.
Note: You will hear water flowing until plant roots have grown to surface level of
water (a few weeks). Keeping water level in Bowl up to “Fill To Here” will help
reduce the sound of dripping water.
View Door
B Select Setting
Press the
button until you reach the type of plant you are growing
(Tomatoes/Peppers, Salad Greens, etc.).
Note: Depending on the plant type selected, your
AeroGarden PRO100 pump will automatically
turn on and off at pre-programmed intervals.
Pump controls the flow of water through Seed
Pods to optimize plant growth.
C Your Light Timer
Your Light Timer is Set To Start
1 Growing Your Plants...Starting Now!
If You Would Like to Change the Time
of Day Your Lights Will Go Off...
See “Personalize Your Light Timer” on page 9.
• Your lights will stay on for about 16 hours and will shut off for about 8 hours.*
• Your lights will come on every day at the time you plugged in your AeroGarden PRO100.*
*Except when using “24-Hour Light” setting, which sets lights to be on for 24 hours.
Personalize Your Light Timer (optional)
Your PRO100 has lights and a built-in timer that automatically provide plants with the optimal amount of “sunlight”
(about 16 hours) and “night” (about 8 hours), depending on the plant type you selected in the previous section.
As long as plants get this amount of light, it does not matter when lights are turned off.* Many people find it convenient to have lights go on in the morning and off at night to match their own wake and sleep schedule.
*The exceptions to this are Flower & Vegetable plants. They require a daily dark period in order to produce flowers. If your plants will receive any room
light during the day (natural or artificial), we recommend setting your AeroGarden lights to be on during the day.
5 Simple Steps...
In order to make this as simple as possible, you only
need to set the time you want your AeroGarden
lights 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:
Decide what time you want the lights to go OFF.
AT THAT TIME check that lights are on. If they are off, quickly press “Lights” button and immediately release. (Lights must be on in order to reset timer.)
With lights on, press and hold “Lights” button until white light next to the plant type you
selected starts blinking – about 5 seconds.
Release the button.
When blinking stops (about 9 seconds), the lights will go off and your lights are now set to
go off at this time every day.
You can reset your timer as often as you want.
Lights Button
Blinking Light (if you selected Salad Greens)
In case of power failure, your PRO100 has a backup system that stores light, nutrient & replace grow bulbs timers
as well as plant selection settings. When power is restored, your AeroGarden will go back to the Off-On cycle
you have set.
Personalize Your Light Timer (continued)
AeroGarden PRO100 “24-Hour Light” Setting
The “24-Hour Light” setting allows you to override
the built-in light timer and keep lights on and pump
running 24 hours a day. You can also customize the
amount of light plants receive by manually turning
lights on and off using the “Lights” button, or setting
automatic on/off times, using a standard light timer.*
Use the “24-Hour Light” setting when growing plants
that thrive with continual light and moisture, such as
leafy greens and some herbs.
For the more experienced gardener, the “24-Hour
Light” setting provides added flexibility when planting
a custom garden. You are no longer limited to the preprogrammed light schedules associated with each plant
type (such as Tomatoes/Peppers, Salad Greens, etc.).
NOTE: “24-Hour Light” setting is not recommended for
Flower or Vegetable plants – they require a daily dark
period to produce flowers.
“24-Hour Light” Setting
• Press “Select” until you reach Strawberries setting.
• Press and hold “Select” until the white light next to
Strawberries starts blinking - about 5 seconds.
• Release the button.
• When blinking stops (about 5 seconds), the light next to
Strawberries will remain on and the green light next to
“Germination” will light up. Your AeroGarden PRO100
is now on the “24-Hour Light” setting. (The lights and
pump will remain on 24 hours a day.)
• To exit “24-Hour Light” setting, simply push the “Select”
* Not included. If you use a light timer to turn the lights on and off,
the nutrient timer and pump will stop whenever the lights are OFF.
Both will start up again when the lights turn back on.
The nutrient timer does not record the time elapsed when
lights are off. To ensure that your plants are fed every 2 weeks, we
recommend keeping track of your feeding schedule on a calendar.
Once your AeroGarden PRO100 is set on the “24-Hour Light” setting, the lights and pump
will remain on 24 hours a day. To shorten the amount of time lights are on, quickly press and
release “Lights” button, and lights will turn off. Lights will automatically come back on within
12 hours – or, you can press and release “Lights” button again, to turn lights back on.
Basic Reminders About Your AeroGarden
AeroGarden PRO100 Control Panel
• Lights On/Off
• Water Low
When light blinks add
water up to “Fill To Here.”
Use to occasionally override built-in light timer. Once pushed, lights
will stay off/on until the next time built-in light timer is set to go on/off.
This will not affect the timing of your light cycle and occasional use of
this feature will not harm your plants.
• Adaptive Intelligence
• Add Nutrient
(Feed Garden - Basic Feeding)
When “Add Nutrient” and “Water
Low” lights start blinking (every 2
weeks), add 2 nutrient tablets* and
fill the Bowl with water up to “Fill
to Here.” Press and release “Reset”
button to restart nutrient timer and
turn off blinking lights.
*See Tending & Harvesting Guide for
plant-specific nutrient information.
• Replace Grow Bulbs*
When light blinks (after 6 months
of use), it is time to replace Grow
Bulbs. Bulbs can be ordered at or
from your retailer. After replacing
Grow Bulbs, press “Reset” button
to restart grow bulb timer and turn
off flashing light.
NOTE: If you store your AeroGarden
PRO100 between uses, grow bulb
timer automatically stops when
PRO100 is unplugged.
*See complete replacement
instructions on next page.
• Remove Bio-Domes
When plants appear through hole in
Seed Pod Labels, remove Bio-Domes
and discard or recycle.
NOTE: Never remove Seed Pod Labels.
The green light tracks garden
growth from germination
through maturity. AeroGarden
PRO100 automatically adjusts
the amount of light and water
plants receive to provide optimal growing conditions for
every stage of a plant’s life.
NOTE: The time of day your lights turn
off may change as your Garden
Basic Reminders About Your AeroGarden (continued)
Raise Lamp Hood (Lights)
As plants grow to 1-2” from lights, raise Lamp Arm one Locking Button at a time. Be sure Lamp Arm is set on the
lowest Locking Button when starting your AeroGarden PRO100.
1 Unplug AeroGarden PRO100
and remove Bowl from Base.
2 Raise Lamp Arm/Lamp Hood
by holding Lamp Arm & Hood
with one hand, and pushing in
Locking Button with the other.
3 Replace Bowl on Base and
plug in AeroGarden PRO100.
Push Locking
Button in
Replace Grow Bulbs – Order bulbs at
When “Replace Grow Bulbs” light on Control Panel begins blinking
after 6 months of use…
• Unplug AeroGarden PRO100.
• Remove old Grow Bulbs and carefully discard*.
IMPORTANT: To avoid burning, be sure Grow Bulbs are cool before handling.
• Insert new Grow Bulbs into Lamp Hood.
• Plug in AeroGarden PRO100 and press and release “Reset” button to
restart grow bulb timer.
Early Grow Bulb Replacement
If you replace Grow Bulbs before “Replace Grow Bulbs” light illuminates, be
sure to restart grow bulb timer as follows:
• Press and hold “Lights” button until white light next to your selected plant
type starts blinking – about 5 seconds.
• Release “Lights” button. The plant type selected light will continue to blink
for about 9 seconds. While plant light is still blinking…
• Quickly press and release “Reset” button. “Replace Grow Bulbs” light will
blink once and the plant selected light will stop blinking.
*Check with local recycling authorities for
light bulb recycling availability in your area.
Prepare For Your Next Garden
Cleaning Instructions for your AeroGarden
Use only water and mild soap when cleaning your AeroGarden (except when Sanitizing - Step 7). Do not use
abrasive cleaners or run through the dishwasher.
When your garden has completed it’s growing cycle…
1 Unplug AeroGarden.
2 Carefully remove Bowl and Grow
Surface from Base and bring to
a sink. Set Base and Lamp Hood
3 Remove Grow Surface from Bowl
and place on a counter near a
4 Empty contents of Bowl in sink.
5 Remove Seed Pods and plants
from Grow Surface.
• Pull Seed Pods out of Grow
Surface openings.
• Throw away Seed Pods and
plant debris (plant growth and
roots). If you compost, plant
debris can be composted.
6 Rinse and clean Grow Surface,
Pump Stand and Pump Filter.*
• Use a soft scrub brush to clean
tangled roots from underside of
Grow Surface and Pump Stand.
• Remove Pump Filter from
Pump Stand. Gently scrub
roots from Pump Filter.
• Place Pump Filter back into
Pump Stand.
After cleaning, there may still be a few roots
in your Grow Surface, 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 from or from
your retailer.
7 Sanitize AeroGarden.
• Fill Bowl ¾ full with water.
• Add ¼ cup (59ml) of chlorine
• Replace Grow Surface on Bowl,
place Bowl on Base and plug in
AeroGarden for 1-2 minutes.
(Select Salad Greens on Control
Panel to be sure water is flowing.)
• Unplug AeroGarden and empty
bleach water from Bowl.
8 Rinse AeroGarden.
• Refill Bowl with tap water and
replace on Base.
• Plug in and run AeroGarden
for 1-2 minutes. (Select Salad
Greens again.)
• Unplug AeroGarden, empty Bowl
and repeat this step (step 8) one
more time.
9 Towel dry the Bowl and Grow
Surface before putting them back
together and setting them back on
the Base.
10 If your Grow Bulbs have been in use
more than 6 months, they should be
replaced at this time (see page 12).
Your AeroGarden is now ready for
Prepare For Your Next Garden (continued)
Replanting Your AeroGarden
If you have already grown a garden in your AeroGarden PRO100, please follow the instructions
below to reset the nutrient timer:
• Press and hold “Reset” button until red “Add Nutrient” light blinks 3 or 4 times (about 9 seconds).
• Release “Reset” button. “Add Nutrient” light will turn off.
• Your AeroGarden is now reset. (In some cases you may see other lights blink as well. This is nothing to
worry about.)
NOTE: These steps do not reset grow bulb timer.
Add Nutrient
Remember to...
•Replace Grow Bulbs after 6 months of use. Grow Bulbs can be ordered at or from your retailer.
•Sanitize AeroGarden PRO100 before replanting (see page 13).
•Set your Lamp Hood to lowest position when starting a new garden.
! Bundle cord when furnishing is not in use.
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.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or
relocate the receiving antenna; Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver; Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that
to which the receiver is connected; or, Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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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