AeroGardens are pre-made hydroponic systems rising in popularity due to their affordability and simple, user-friendly features.
It’s an indoor growing system that takes only minutes to set up and is almost completely hands-off after this point.
But one of the biggest questions I had when first looking into this was: what can you grow in an AeroGarden?
An AeroGarden can grow anything, but you’re limited by the size and space of your unit. Many gardeners start any seed in an AeroGarden and then transfer it after the seedling is established. Common plants for AeroGardens include herbs, lettuce, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and other small plants.
Read ahead for more information on what to grow in AeroGardens, including the best/easy plants and a list of what you’ll need for AeroGarden success.
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7 Easy Plants To Grow In An AeroGarden
Any plant is easy to grow in an AeroGarden, especially if you buy their seed pods.
The pods come with a germination guarantee, so if they don’t sprout, they’ll replace them for you.
This being said, some plants are even easier than others to check out if you’re just getting into growing hydroponically.
Basil is the queen of the small, hydroponic garden.
This little herb grows quickly and works well in many dishes.
It didn’t grow as quickly as my dill, but still, within 10 days after planting, the basil was above the seed pod, giving off a mild and pleasant smell.
Better yet, it’s simple to harvest and use.
Once the plant is established, just trim what you need off the top.
The basil will keep growing and growing for a long time.
Tomatoes are a quick, growing plant that’ll work well in an AeroGarden.
Cherry tomatoes are usually what I recommend for new growers, especially as most units have less space and a smaller light height.
Regarding lights, check out our article on when to raise the AeroGarden light.
Tomatoes are tough once established, and we all know how tasty this nightshade vegetable is in a whole host of different dishes.
Cilantro, and its alternate harvest form of coriander, is another great herb to use.
It needs cooler weather to grow well, but when you keep it indoors, the mild temperatures will help it do well all year long.
In terms of space, cilantro doesn’t need a lot.
At most, they’ll get up to 20” inches tall, which is well within the limits of every AeroGarden model.
As a big fan of homemade salsa, cilantro is required in my home and is one of our most harvested herbs.
Another veggie to check out is peppers of all varieties, especially bell peppers.
Peppers are a staple and one of the flagship crops for AeroGardens.
Peppers are great for many different dishes, and they do well in the hydroponic system.
The bigger concern with this plant is leaving space between the pods.
If your unit is smaller, it can still work, but you’ll need to leave some of the pods clear of other seeds.
Dill is one of those herbs people either love or hate, although it’s in several dishes without you even realizing it.
Dill kills it in an AeroGarden.
I’ve heard for ages about how basil is amazing, but the first time I used my Harvest, the dill grew like crazy.
Within a week, I had to remove my dome because it almost touched the edges.
(Click the link for our helpful article and questions.)
It smells great too!
Despite how often most people grow veggies, herbs, and fruits in an AeroGarden, you don’t have to grow something to eat.
Flowers do just as well.
My wife loves the small unit we have for flowers.
The flowers don’t last forever once picked and put in a vase, but with an AeroGarden, you’ll have fresh flowers adding a wonderful smell and sight to your home for weeks.
Meadow flowers tend to last longer and do a little better than other flowers, but any will do well.
Lettuces are another common and easy plant for AeroGardens.
They grow fast and lower than other vegetables, so we can grow this in all of the models out there.
All different lettuces do just as well, but romaine and butterhead are the most common.
I do a whole review on the best AeroGardens for lettuce, so if you want to get the right one for you, check out the article at the link.
Master List Of What To Grow In An AeroGarden
Any plant can grow in an AeroGarden as long as there is enough space to grow up and the temperature is in the right range.
Still, some are considered doable with little work; this list will cover those.
*One of the problems with fruits is how they often grow into trees.
Starting the trees in an AeroGarden is possible, but you may need to upgrade the size of the hydroponic system to make it work.
Learn more in our guide to hydroponic apples.
What You Need To Grow Plants Well In An AeroGarden
To make any plant work, there are a few things you need.
Fortunately, most of these items are quite affordable or work for years without replacing them.
LED lights provide the light energy needed for photosynthesis.
Most AeroGardens come with their lighting system that’s easy to use.
But, it’s possible to buy a freestanding AeroGarden grow light to use with any other hydroponic container.
These lights are bright, but that’s what they need to be.
If the AeroGarden won’t turn on for any reason, head over to our article for some quick fixes.
This won’t happen often, and the lights last 2-5 years.
Clean, Fresh Water
Clean water with a mild pH level is critical for growing plants well. Springwater or distilled water works the best, but well water is often fine if the salt levels aren’t too high.
AeroGarden recommends using half-half of distilled, clean water with well water if you don’t want to use all the more expensive water.
Hydroponic systems must have some liquid fertilizer to make a hydroponic solution.
This is where the plants get their nutrients.
I’ve tested a few different kinds, and most of them seem to work well, but I always come back to the price and reliability of the AeroGarden plant food.
Even when bought in bulk, it’s still priced fairly and lasts a long time.
You’ll need seeds for plants, but the germinating process with hydroponics is the hardest part.
Like the ones AeroGarden makes, premade seed pods are convenient, though at a higher cost than if you germinated them yourself.
Still, they come with a germination guarantee, which takes a load off many folks’ minds.
Chances are if you imagine it, they’ve made a kite for it.
Head over to the category page on Amazon for some options.
The grow domes are needed for germinating seeds, but they aren’t useful after that.
Any AeroGarden system comes with them, and it’s safe to clean them and reuse them next time.
Of course, buying replacements is also an option, but I don’t do this.
Any clear plastic dome that traps the moisture and raises the humidity will do.
Believe it or not, pruning is helpful in getting plants to grow faster.
For one thing, diseased or shriveled branches off the main body take nutrients away from the best parts of the plant.
You also want all the plants in your system to be a similar height, so the light helps them all equally.
Don’t be afraid to prune and trim as needed, but use a good pair of pruning scissors to give the plants a clean cut rather than a rough tear.