What can I grow in my AeroGarden? AeroGardens are pre-assembled hydroponic systems that are gaining popularity due to their low cost and simple, user-friendly design.
It’s an indoor growing system that takes only minutes to set up and is nearly hands-free after that.
But, when I first looked into this, one of the most pressing questions I had was, “What can you grow in an AeroGarden?”
An AeroGarden can grow anything, but the size and space of your unit are limitations. Many gardeners start any seed in an AeroGarden and then transplant it once the seedling has grown. Herbs, lettuce, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and other small plants are common AeroGarden plants.
Continue reading for more information on what to grow in AeroGardens, including the best/easiest plants to grow and a list of what you’ll need to be successful.
What Can I Grow in My AeroGarden?
Any plant can be grown in an AeroGarden, especially if the seed pods are purchased.
The pods come with a germination guarantee, which means they’ll replace them if they don’t sprout.
However, if you’re new to hydroponic gardening, some plants are easier to investigate than others.
Basil reigns supreme in the small hydroponic garden.
This small herb grows quickly and is useful in a variety of dishes.
Although it did not grow as quickly as my dill, the basil was above the seed pod within 10 days of planting, emitting a mild and pleasant aroma.
Even better, it is simple to harvest and use.
Once the plant is established, simply cut what you need from the top.
The basil will continue to grow indefinitely.
Tomatoes are a fast-growing plant that will thrive in an AeroGarden.
I usually recommend cherry tomatoes to new growers because most units have less space and a lower light height.
Check out our article on when to raise the AeroGarden light for more information.
Tomatoes are tough once established, and we all know how delicious this nightshade vegetable is in a variety of dishes.
Cilantro, or coriander in its alternate harvest form, is another excellent herb to use.
It requires cooler weather to thrive, but if you keep it indoors, the mild temperatures will help it thrive all year.
Cilantro does not require a lot of space.
They’ll only grow to be about 20″ tall, which is well within the limits of every AeroGarden model.
As a big fan of homemade salsa, cilantro is a must in my house and one of our most frequently harvested herbs.
Peppers of all kinds, particularly bell peppers, are another vegetable to consider.
Peppers are a staple and one of AeroGardens’ flagship crops.
Peppers are useful in a variety of dishes, and they grow well in a hydroponic system.
The main issue with this plant is leaving enough space between the pods.
If your unit is smaller, it will still work, but some of the pods will need to be cleared of other seeds.
Dill is one of those herbs that people either love or despise, despite the fact that it appears in a variety of dishes without your knowledge.
Dill is unstoppable in an AeroGarden.
I’d heard for years how great basil is, but the first time I used my Harvest, the dill grew like crazy.
I had to remove my dome within a week because it was almost touching the edges.
It also smells fantastic!
Flowers in the Meadow
Despite the fact that most people grow AeroGarden vegetables, herbs, and fruits in their AeroGardens, you don’t have to grow anything edible.
Flowers are equally effective.
My wife adores the small flower unit we have.
Flowers don’t last forever once picked and placed in a vase, but with an AeroGarden, you’ll have fresh flowers in your home for weeks, adding a wonderful smell and sight.
Meadow flowers last longer and perform slightly better than other flowers, but any flower will do well.
Lettuce is another popular and simple plant for AeroGardens.
They grow faster and lower than other vegetables, so we can grow them in any model.
All lettuces work well, but romaine and butterhead are the most common.
If you’re into growing fruits, check out my AeroGarden Fruit article to know what kind of fruits you can grow.