What Can You Grow In An AeroGarden?
Whether you are a proficient AeroGarden user or have just bought one of the many models on offer, you may often find yourself asking this question: What (more) can I grow in my AeroGarden? This smart garden yields the fruits of your labor extremely fast, making it an excellent commodity for all-year-round gardening for the impatient souls (hint: me!).
What makes the AeroGarden experience so worth it is experimenting with different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. That being said, wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what you could grow in an AeroGarden and what you shouldn’t think of attempting?
I will walk you through everything you can grow in this smart garden so you can enjoy fresh vegetables for months in this guide. I will also discuss different things that you shouldn’t grow with an AeroGarden system and why.
Let’s get started!
Everything You Can Grow in an AeroGarden
When you bring in an AeroGarden home, the possibilities of what you can grow with it are virtually endless. You can use pre-seeded pods, seed pod kits, or buy a grow anything kit and germinate any seeds you like.
The most accessible produce to grow with an AeroGarden is one that comes in a pre-seeded pod. Pre-seeded pods do all the hard work for you. All you have to do is click them in place, add water and plant food and witness your garden grow right before your eyes.
You can grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, and leafy greens in your AeroGarden. When growing different things, keep in mind that some vegetables like tomatoes grow wider and take up a lot of space; thus, they are better suited for larger AeroGarden models. In comparison, dainty herbs like basil and thyme can be grown in compact models like the sprout with limited pod capacity.
Listed below are all the things you can easily grow in an AeroGarden:
Vegetables that you can efficiently grow with AeroGarden primarily include different types of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Here are all the different varieties you can enjoy fresh from your indoor garden.
Note: Vegetables that grow taller would work with specific AeroGarden models. If you tend to mix and match vegetables that need a lot of height, then you have to carefully prune to allow companion vegetables, herbs, or salad greens enough light and air.
- Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato
- Chilli Pepper
- Golden Harvest Cherry Tomato
- Mighty Mini Cherry Tomatoes
- Jalapeno Pepper
- Thai Pepper
- Mega Cherry Tomato (These can grow up to two feet and thus work well in tall models like AeroGarden Bounty)
- Sweet Bell Peppers ( This also needs models with 24-inch height like AeroGarden Bounty)
- Anaheim Pepper (Best suited for tall garden models like Bounty AeroGarden)
- Cayenne Pepper (This requires taller models for maximum yield like the Bounty models)
- Ghost Pepper (Best suited for Bounty models but can also be grown with all Extra, Ultra, and Farm Plus models)
- Poblano Pepper (Grows best in Bounty models. It can also be grown with all tall models that with a grow height of 24-inches)
- Banana Pepper (Best suited for tall AeroGarden models)
- Shishito Pepper (Grows well in tall AeroGarden models and gives best results in the Bounty models)
- Fajita Pepper (Recommended to grow with tall AeroGarden models)
- Fairy Tale Eggplant (Tall AeroGarden models recommended for maximum yield)
Besides these individual seed pods, you can also mix and match different vegetables with custom seed pod kits or the Salsa Garden seed pod kits, including Red Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Jalapeno Pepper seed pods).
Most vegetables you grow will be ready to consume in about eight to ten weeks. You continue harvesting them for four months.
You can also grow mouth-watering salad greens with an AeroGarden and enjoy them all year long (Yes! Even in winter).
- Red and Green Lettuce
- Butter Lettuce
- Red and Green Romaine Lettuce
- Mustard Greens
- Beet Greens
- Marvel of 4 Seasons
- Black Seeded Simpson
- Rouge d’Hiver
- Deer Tongue
- Red Sail
- Parris Island
- Mizuna Lettuce
- Shungiku Lettuce
- Tatsoi Lettuce
- Swiss Chard
- Collard Greens
- Dinosaur Kale
- Baby Greens
- Chinese Cabbage
- Bok Choy
You can enjoy mixed greens in various combination seed pod kits like the Salad Bar Seed Pod Kit, Heirloom Salad Greens Seed Pod Kit, and Great Greens Seed Pod Kit. You can harvest salad greens as early as three weeks and continue to do so for three to four months.
What Herbs Can You Grow in an AeroGarden?
Lastly, you can grow a vast selection of herbs with pre-seeded pods. Just trim them off directly when needed. You can add these to your salad dressings, marinades, meat, poultry, and sauces.
Depending on the type, you can start harvesting herbs in three weeks and then keep on enjoying them for an impressive three to four months. I will discuss what herbs you can grow with AeroGarden (the list is quite remarkable) in this guide – but more on that later.
Now, if you thought the pre-seeded pods’ list was spectacular, the grow anything kit opens up even more avenues. You can get seeds of your own and produce so many other vegetables, greens, and herbs. Just insert three seeds in each grow basket and click it in place. If you are growing a bigger plant, you can germinate seeds and then transplant them into outdoor pots or garden soil.
What makes herbs a perfect fit for this smart garden is that they do not take up too much space, and you can grow different combinations of herbs together.
Another advantage with planting herbs is that you can easily preserve and use them for months to come when you can’t harvest them any longer.
Now, I promised you an impressive list, so here are all the different varieties of herbs you can grow in an AeroGarden.
- Basil: Different kinds include Genovese, Globe, Lemon, Lime, Marseille, Holy, Napolitano, Purple, and Thai.
- Curly Parsley and Italian Parsley
- Lemon Balm
- Winter Tarragon
Here's What You Can't (or Shouldn't) Grow in an AeroGarden
With the grow anything seed kit, there are endless possibilities of what you can grow with an AeroGarden. However, some things are just not worth the effort. Some plants grow too tall and wouldn’t be a feasible choice if you were to produce them hydroponically.
Root vegetables, potatoes, and sweet potatoes all require soil to grow to their full potential, so it just wouldn’t be a good labor investment to try to grow them indoors with an AeroGarden. The problem with bigger root vegetables is that they require too much space, and it would cost you a lot more to grow them hydroponically.
Here’s a list of everything you should avoid growing in an AeroGarden:
- Sweet Potatoes
Now, I am not suggesting that you absolutely can’t grow anything from the list mentioned above in an AeroGarden. However, more often than not, the money and time invested will outweigh what you reap. Besides, the entire purpose of a smart garden is to yield maximum results with whatever you grow.
What Fruits Can You Grow in an AeroGarden?
Apart from vegetables, herbs, and leafy greens, you can also grow fruits in an AeroGarden. There are seed pod kits available for fruits, so you will have to make your own using a grow anything kit.
Different fruits that you can successfully grow in an AeroGarden include:
- Charentais Melons
Strawberries are best suited for the Ultra and Bounty AeroGarden models, and you have to use the grow bowl accessory to grow them successfully. Now, Charentais Melons may seem too big to grow indoors, but it is possible to do with bigger AeroGarden models like Farm Plus.
Believe it or not, there are success stories of people growing Dragon Fruit, Watermelons, and even Pumpkin with bigger AeroGarden models. However, you have to experiment and see what works well for your setup and environment.
When it comes to growing fresh food that you can consume all year round, AeroGarden provides you with many possibilities. There is so much you can grow – and quickly. From herbs to salad greens to different types of vegetables and fruit, there is no limit to the freshly grown produce that you can consume.
However, there are some limitations in vegetables and fruits that require a lot of space or grow too tall. It is better to compare the pros and cons when deciding what you want to grow in such situations. If the cons weigh out the pros – you know what to do.
I hope this guide provided you with a good understanding of what you can and cannot grow in an AeroGarden. If you decide to grow something from the list mentioned above, leave me a comment about your experience.