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Troubleshooter – My Plants are Turning Yellow and Not Growing

January 29th, 2010

If the plants in your Aerogarden are turning yellow and not growing…

When more than one pod in a seed kit fails to germinate, or seedlings show yellowed leaves or are stunted growth, chances are they are experiencing a nutrient deficiency. This is generally caused by one of two things:

Using water that is high in dissolved minerals (“hard water”, well water, or water that has been through a water softener), or

Nutrient tablets that were damaged by high heat or humidity, which occasionally occurs in transport or storage.
If your plants are experiencing these symptoms, it will be important for future success to determine which of these may be causing the problem.

Water

Water that is high in dissolved minerals can cause problems with growth in the Aerogarden and many areas in England do have “hard” tap water. If you are using “hard” water, well water, spring water, or “softened” water, you will experience germination and growth problems in your AeroGarden. The dissolved minerals in the water will block the proper uptake of the nutrients by the plants. Hard water is the number one cause of growth problems in the AeroGarden. Most water filters do not remove minerals.
If you think you may have high mineral-content water, we recommend switching to bottled distilled water (not “spring”, “drinking” or “purified” water) instead, which is available at most supermarkets.

Nutrients

If your Seed Kit experienced very high heat or humidity is shipping or storage, the nutrients may become damaged, causing the same nutrient deficiency symptoms. If your nutrients appeared to have dissolved and leaked out of their container in storage/transport please contact us for replacement nutrient tablets (if the item was originally purchased directly from us).
*Please note – nutrients which appear wet or partially dissolved in their bag are not necessarily damaged – if they are in twin packs of just two nutrients you can cut the bag in half and rinse out the contents in a cup of tepid water (including the nutrient tablets themselves) – then empty the contents of this cup into the Aerogarden water bowl. Be sure to store your nutrients in a cool dry place (a fridge is ideal) to prevent any further absorption of liquid.

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aerogarden.org.uk – Some Commonly Asked Questions

October 1st, 2008

How Much Elcetricity Does the Aerogarden Use?

The entire aerogarden system uses less electiricty than a 60 Watt lightbulb – about 0.8 Killowatt hours per day, depending slightly on which light cycle you have selected.

When can I begin harvesting from my aerogarden?

That depends on the seed kit you are using. We have noticed that you can begin harvesting lettuces and basils 3 weeks after planting your garden and then enjoy continuous harvests for months. Other herbs will take about 5 weeks to be ready to begin harvesting. Fruiting plants will take longer to harvest: about 10 – 12 weeks for cherry tomatoes and chili peppers.

Can I mix Seed Kits?

Yes you can, although we don’t generally recommend this unless you are an experienced aerogardener. This is because…

1. Plants grow at different rates and have different leaf sizes, some faster growing plants in mixed kits could over- shadow and block the light from slower growing plants. Experienced gardeners will know how to avoid this issue.

2. Our nutrients have been specially designed for the group of plants in each kit. If kits are mixed the plants could be under or over-fed, resulting in less than optimal growth.

3. Your Aerogarden comes with pre-set light cycles according to kit type. If you mix kits you could be sub-optimizing your plant’s growth by giving it too much, or too little, light.

How long will my plants live?

Cherry Tomatoes and Chilli Peppers will grow for 6 months, and you will be able to start harvesting in about 10 weeks. That gives you approximately 4 months of continuous harvests

Salad Greens will grow for 3 – 4 months, and you can begin harvesting after only 3 weeks. That gives you about 3 months of continuous harvests

Gourmet Herbs, International Basil and Cascading Petunias will all grow for 4 months. You can start harvesting your herbs and basil in about 4 weeks, giving you 3 months of continuous harvests

N.B. – for general troubleshooting questions, most answers can be found on the website of the American maufacturer of the aerogarden, Aerogrow

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