We give an in-depth review of the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout, and help you decide whether or not it is the right choice for you. Also find out what plant type grows best.
If you enjoy gardening but don’t have any outdoor space, or very limited area to grow your own herbs and greens, a indoor hydroponics garden just might be the solution you are looking for.
However, before you put down your hard-earned dollars, it’s best to understand what a unit like the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout can and can’t do for you.
Miracle-Gro has made its reputation over the years as a reliable source of fertilizers, feed, and potting soil products for the suburban gardener.
Now they’re helping out apartment dwellers or homeowners who live in harsh climates where it is difficult to cultivate an outdoor garden with automated hydroponics units that use no soil to grow herbs, leaf lettuce, flowers, and even your own seeds. The AeroGarden can fit on a window sill or small table, taking up very little room while delivering fresh herbs for your family meals.
Grow herbs using only water and light
Hydroponics uses aerated nutrient rich water to feed your garden while the compact florescent bulb provides the perfect spectrum of light to encourage growth and photosynthesis of the plants.
The AeroGarden comes with a large feed basin engineered to fit the grow kits containing the seeds for whatever herb you have chosen to begin with. The starter kit comes with grow kits for basil, parsley and dill. You can order different herbs, flowers, and even cherry tomatoes to change up your harvest. There is also a grow-anything kit available that can use your own seeds.
You fill the basin with water from your tap and add the recommended mix of plant nutrients. The pump circulates the water, creating air bubbles that encourage root growth which will draw in the nutrients to the seed pods.
You’ll never have to repot your plants or mess up your house with piles of dirt. The seeds sprout within a week, and you can begin using the herbs and lettuces as soon as five weeks, which can be three times faster than traditional herbs grown outside in soil.
Even if your apartment window never sees the light of day, it doesn’t matter as the CFL turns on for sixteen hours every day, ensuring that your plants receive a constant and appropriate amount of light that supports fast growth. You can harvest up to three times a year, and keep growing long after there is snow on the ground or even through droughts.
The lettuce that is grown hydroponically can contain 300% more vitamins than comparable lettuce found at your grocery store in those plastic bags. Perhaps best of all, the grow kits contain no GMOs, no herbicides or pesticides, so you’ll know exactly what you are feeding your family.
Automated timer and reminders keep your garden green
One great benefit of the AeroGarden Sprout is that it is fully automated. Set the timer so that light turns on for 16 hours, coinciding with your daily wake and sleep pattern. If you are a night owl, your AeroGarden can be programmed to have its “sun” rise and set with you.
The basin at the bottom has a window that clearly shows when it needs more water and will remind you when it is time to add nutrients. Instead of weeding your cherry tomatoes every morning all summer long, the AeroGarden lets you set up the grow pods, add water, set the timer and then forget it for up to a week. Your garden still gets all its water and light even when you are on vacation.
Get the most out of your AeroGarden Sprout
Users should be reminded that the AeroGarden light fixture is set 15.5 inches above the counter, so if you plant an herb or vegetable that grows up to two feet tall, you will need to keep them trimmed back in order to avoid having their leaves burnt by the unit. The light bulb will need to be replaced about every six months, but is under warranty for that period of time.
If you are looking for a means to grow a small selection of herbs in your home without dealing with messy pots and soils, the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout is a great hydroponics option for the beginning green thumb.
For the more adventurous gardener, there are several other models available from Miracle-Gro that use LED lights and have extendable stands enabling you to grow up to 9 plants that can rise up to 24 inches tall such as the AeroGarden Bounty and AeroGarden Bounty Elite. Whichever unit you decide on, you’ll be enjoying freshly picked herbs in just a few short weeks.