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AeroGarden Grow Tips For Large Nugs of Medical Marijuana Pt.2 - The Cons

Updated on June 18, 2016

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AeroGarden grow with side lighting for fatter plants.
AeroGarden grow with side lighting for fatter plants.

In response to several AeroGarden questions that have been asked over the years, I have put together this overview on the pluses and minuses of this system.

I have completed three grows using this system with wonderful results.


1. Lighting- The lighting that comes with the new AeroGarden LED models are a lot better than the older non LED version which were pretty much garbage by itself. For the first few weeks it will be fine for your plants but after that you would find the plants stretching for more light and this would make your yield smaller. You can always buy a decent HPS or Metal Halide grow kit but I think with the compactness and automation, the Aerogarden outpoints those kits. You can always add some CFLs on the side as this was the most convenient way for me. Don't worry because the cash that you spend on the extra lights will pay for itself and then some on your 1st harvest.

Spacing of the Pods- There are spaces for seven pods on the Aerogarden, but this is irrelevant because they are way too close to let each of your 7 babies reach their maximum growth and yield potential. I wouldn't grow more than 3 at time, otherwise it will be a battle for light regardless of the side lighting. The top left, the top right, and the center bottom are the pods that should be used. This method should guarantee that you have three strong plants growing at the same time. 3 plants should be more than enough to get a stunning yield from the Aerogarden.

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A.Start with seven plants from seeds and hope that you have at least 3 females.

B. Clones make it easy. This may not be an option for the beginner, but it is the best guarantee for success.

C. Get seeds that are feminized. They are great for the beginning grower (any grower for that matter) because they are guaranteed to be girls most of the time.

3 The reservoir is shared by all the plants- The main problem here is when you're sexing your plants. Use clones, sex before, or use feminized seeds to negate this. Otherwise you will most likely have to cut roots because after the 5th week as they will be tangled. It's not the worst thing imaginable but you have to be careful. I tried using the method that my bud recommended with fantastic results. Lift the pod tray out of the water and separate the root clusters by hand as much as you can (someone should hold the tray while doing this). Then slowly cut away the rest of the tangles (don't worry, the plants will be O.K.). Lift out the male plants and discard them (save the pods though!). The remaining females should be lifted out of their pods and be soaked in nutrient-free distilled water for about ten minutes to free up any pieces of root that are from the other plants. While soaking, gently massaging the root cluser will help loosen up these little pieces. Replace the plants into their new homes (top left, top right, bottom center) by wrapping the root cluster in some Saran wrap to guide it through the small pod hole. My bud (and his girlfriend ) uses a plastic bag. Either way. Obviously, you should remove the Saran wrap or plastic bag once the roots are through. It is very important to clean the sponge filter really good in front of the water pump weekly from this point on, because tiny pieces of the roots will fall into the reservoir and can easily block the pump.

The sponge is the X-factor of this device

The little reservoir also means that the PH and PPM will go up and down often. You need to be on your PH like an eagle. Check it daily, if not more. Keeping your PH between 5.6 and 6.2 will deliver excellent outcomes, although regular tap water works for me. Just make sure you don't do constant PH adjusting because I don't think this system likes that too much. Changing the fluids once a week is what I do instead of the recommended two weeks because waiting 2+ weeks can make a PH and PPM difficult to handle for rookies. So basically, It's harder to regulate the longer it is between reservoir changing.

I am now on my 4th growing session with the modified AeroGarden. My last grow cycle yielded to me about 100 grams. It wasn't my best yield because of the strain, but the quality was top notch fire. I was extremely satisfied. Overall, the Aerogarden is a nice growing contraption and I must admit that I've grown quite fond of it. Be sure to clean it after every cycle. It's pretty easy and fast. I like to use Fox farm nutes with it because the results are amazing. Make sure the first couple of weeks to cut the dosages in half and exchange the reservoir every week instead every other week.

My goal is to help you AeroGardeners have a plentiful harvest of fat and wonderful legal medical BUDS.

You've read the cons, now click the link below to see the pros of the AeroGarden!

Good luck, and may your harvests be bountiful!!


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      Seal 10 months ago

      Have question about nutrients . Do you use aero garden nutrients or something else like general hydryoponics.?

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      Phil The Gain 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      @Momma I have done both. From seed you just need the Aerogarden pods or you can make your own. You can also you the Aerogarden to clone by using a free opening in the Aerogarden. Very easy. You can Youtube it for simple directions to do these things.

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      Phil The Gain 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      @Greenguy...Oops, that was supposed to be 100 grams. That is in the average normal range for me. The most I ever harvested with this method was about 125 grams of Purple Northern Lights.

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      Greenguy 2 years ago

      Are you saying you got 14 ounces off of three plants?? 400 grams from 3 plants, is almost 5 ounces per plant. I find that hard to believe.

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      Momma 3 years ago

      Do you start out with the Aerogarden just with seeds , or with small plants? What are the specific directions??

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      Hillbilleboy 3 years ago

      New boy on the block.I like what I see so far.Hopeing to get the best.