What can you grow in AeroGarden? Whether you are an experienced AeroGarden user or have recently purchased one of the many models available, you may frequently find yourself wondering: What (more) can I grow in my AeroGarden? This smart garden produces the fruits of your labor very quickly, making it an excellent commodity for all-year-round gardening for the impatient.
Experimenting with different fruits, vegetables, and herbs is what makes the AeroGarden experience so worthwhile. That being said, wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what you could grow in an AeroGarden and what you shouldn’t try?
In this guide, I will walk you through everything you can grow in this smart garden so you can enjoy fresh vegetables for months. I’ll also go over some of the things you shouldn’t grow with an AeroGarden system and why.
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What Can You Grow in AeroGarden?
When you bring an AeroGarden into your home, the possibilities for what you can grow with it are nearly limitless. You can germinate any seeds you want using pre-seeded pods, seed pod kits, or a grow-anything kit.
Produce that comes in a pre-seeded pod is the easiest to grow with an AeroGarden. The hard work is done for you by pre-seeded pods. Simply click them into place, add water and plant food, and watch your garden grow right before your eyes.
In your AeroGarden, you can grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, and leafy greens. Keep in mind that some vegetables, such as tomatoes, grow wider and take up a lot of space, making them better suited for larger AeroGarden models. In comparison, delicate herbs like basil and thyme can be grown in compact models with limited pod capacity, such as the sprout.
All of the following plants can be easily grown in an AeroGarden:
Vegetables that can be grown efficiently with AeroGarden include various types of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Here are the various varieties you can enjoy fresh from your indoor garden.
Taller-growing vegetables thrive in larger units, such as the AeroGarden Farm. If you like to mix and match vegetables that require a lot of height, you’ll need to prune carefully to give companion vegetables, herbs, or salad greens enough light and air.
- Cherry Tomato, Red Heirloom
- Chipotle Pepper
- Cherry Tomato Golden Harvest
- Cherry Tomatoes, Miniature
- Pepper Jalapeno
- Thai Chili
- Cherry Tomatoes in Bulk (These can grow up to two feet and thus work well in tall models like AeroGarden Bounty)
- Bell Peppers, Sweet ( This also needs models with 24-inch height like AeroGarden Bounty)
- Anaheim Chili (Best suited for tall garden models like Bounty AeroGarden)
- Chili Pepper (This requires taller models for maximum yield like the Bounty models)
- The Ghost Pepper (Best suited for Bounty models but can also be grown with all Extra, Ultra, and Farm Plus models)
- Poblano Chili (Grows best in Bounty models. It can also be grown with all tall models that with a grow height of 24-inches)
- Banana and Pepper (Best suited fortall AeroGarden models)
- Pepper Shishito (Grows well in tall AeroGarden models and gives best results in the Bounty models)
- Pepper Fajita (Recommended to grow with tall AeroGarden models)
- Eggplant from a Fairy Tale (Tall AeroGarden models recommended for maximum yield)
You can also mix and match different vegetables with custom seed pod kits or the Salsa Garden seed pod kits, which include Red Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Jalapeno Pepper seed pods).
The majority of the vegetables you grow will be ready to eat in eight to ten weeks. You harvest them for the next four months.
You can also grow delicious salad greens in an AeroGarden and enjoy them all year (yes, even in the winter).
- Lettuce (Red and Green)
- Lettuce with butter
- Romaine Lettuce (Red and Green)
- Greens with Mustard
- Green beets
- Four Seasons Marvel
- Simpson, Black Seeded
- d’Hiver Rouge
- Tongue of Deer
- The Red Sail
- The island of Parris
- Lettuce Mizuna
- Lettuce Shungiku
- Lettuce Tatsoi
- Chard (Swiss)
- Greens with Collards
- Kale from the dinosaurs
- Greens for babies
- Cabbage from China
- pak choy
Mixed greens are available in a variety of seed pod kits, including the Salad Bar Seed Pod Kit, Heirloom Salad Greens Seed Pod Kit, and Great Greens Seed Pod Kit. Salad greens can be harvested as early as three weeks and continue to be harvested for three to four months.
Can You Grow Herbs in an AeroGarden?
Finally, you can grow a wide variety of herbs from pre-seeded pods. Simply cut them off when necessary. These can be used in salad dressings, marinades, meat, poultry, and sauces.
Depending on the type, you can begin harvesting herbs in three weeks and continue to enjoy them for three to four months. In this guide, I’ll go over which herbs you can grow with AeroGarden (the list is quite impressive), but more on that later.
If you thought the pre-seeded pods list was impressive, the grow anything kit expands your options even further. You can get your own seeds and grow a variety of other vegetables, greens, and herbs. Simply place three seeds in each grow basket and click it into place. You can germinate seeds and then transplant them into outdoor pots or garden soil to grow a larger plant.
Herbs are an excellent choice for this smart garden because they take up little space and can be grown in a variety of combinations.
Another advantage of planting herbs is that you can easily preserve and use them for months after harvesting them.
Now, because I promised you an impressive list, here are all the different types of herbs that can be grown in an AeroGarden.
Basil comes in a variety of varieties, including Genovese, Globe, Lemon, Lime, Marseille, Holy, Napolitano, Purple, and Thai.
- Italian parsley and curly parsley
- The herb lemon balm
- Tarragon Winter
What You Can’t (or Shouldn’t) Grow in an AeroGarden
With the grow anything seed kit, the possibilities for what you can grow with an AeroGarden are endless. Some things, however, are simply not worth the effort. Some plants grow too tall and would not be a viable option if grown hydroponically.
Root vegetables, potatoes, and sweet potatoes all require soil to grow to their full potential, so trying to grow them indoors with an AeroGarden would be a waste of time. The issue with larger root vegetables is that they take up too much space and would be prohibitively expensive to grow hydroponically.
Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t grow in an AeroGarden:
- Sweet Potatoes
Now, I’m not suggesting that you can’t grow anything from the list above in an AeroGarden. However, more often than not, the time and money invested will outweigh the rewards. Besides, the whole point of a smart garden is to get the most out of whatever you grow.
What Fruits Are Growable in an AeroGarden?
Fruits, in addition to vegetables, herbs, and leafy greens, can be grown in an AeroGarden. Aerogarden fruit seed pod kits are available, but you will have to make your own using a grow-anything kit.
Fruits that can be grown successfully in an AeroGarden include:
- Melons de Charente
Strawberries are best suited for the Ultra and Bounty AeroGarden models, and they must be grown with the grow bowl accessory. Charentais Melons may appear to be too large to grow indoors, but it is possible with larger AeroGarden models such as Farm Plus.
People have grown Dragon Fruit, Watermelons, and even Pumpkin with larger AeroGarden models, believe it or not. However, you must experiment to determine what works best for your setup and environment.
AeroGarden offers a variety of options for growing fresh food that can be consumed all year long. There is so much room for growth – and so quickly. There is no limit to the fresh grown produce that you can consume, from herbs to salad greens to various types of vegetables and fruit.
Vegetables and fruits that require a lot of space or grow too tall, on the other hand, have some limitations. When deciding what to grow in such situations, it is best to weigh the pros and cons. If the cons outweigh the benefits, you know what to do.
I hope this guide has helped you understand what you can and cannot grow in an AeroGarden. You can also find some coupons to buy your first Aerogarden! If you decide to grow something from the list above, please let me know how it goes.