We reviewed two indoor gardening systems that make growing plants easy!
AeroGarden and Click and Grow are two indoor gardening products that make growing plants, flowers, veggies, and herbs a cinch! You can grow anything you want in your house, apartment, or office with the AeroGarden and the Click and Grow. They do the gardening work for you!
Our panel of moms tried out both of these systems. Check out the results in this AeroGarden and Click and Grow product review!
AeroGarden Product Review
John Thompson, AeroGrow’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, says that the AeroGarden consists of a reservoir made of food-safe plastic that delivers water and nutrients to the plants, full spectrum grow lights that deliver all the lights plants need, and a computer that helps you grow.
“The computer takes care of all the busy work. It automatically makes sure your plants have the right amount of water, light and nutrients, and even reminds you when it’s time to add more water or nutrients,” says Thompson.
Our panel of moms grew dill, thyme, and basil. They liked how easy the set up was and that it didn't need to be in direct sunlight, which gave our moms placement freedom. They also liked that it reminded them when the plant needed something, like water or nutrients.
Our panel of moms started growing their plants on September 25, 2012. As of December 2012, the dill and thyme were growing perfectly! But, the basil had not sprouted at all.
Click and Grow Product Review
Mattias Lepp, founder of Click and Grow, says Click and Grow smartpots are intended for indoor use only and recommends that the plants get at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day.
The Click and Grow cover is made of plastic and the smartpot includes electronics, sensors, batteries, a pump and a water reservoir. Installable plant cartridges include seeds, nutrients and special software for growing the plant in the cartridge.
“With the help of plant-specific software, sensors inside the smartpot constantly measure all the parameters affecting the plants growth and the smarpot doses the exact amount of water and nutrients according to the plant's needs,” says Lepp.
Our panel of moms grew cockscomb and found that set up was easy. They started growing their plant on September 25, 2012. Sprouts started to appear within about seven days. Our moms noted that as of December 2012, they saw stems and leaves, but no flowers. But, it takes the flowers two months to appear, so they still need some growing time.
Our moms loved that the pot tells them what the flowers need. If the light is green, everything is as it should be. If the light turns blue, it needs water and if it’s time to change the batteries, the light is red. There’s no being a slave to your plant anymore!
Lifespan of the cockscomb is four to 12 months.
Purchasing AeroGarden and Click and Grow
The AeroGarden can be purchased through their monthly print catalogs, Amazon.com and on their website, www.AeroGarden.com. Prices start at $89.95 and go up to $219.95 depending on size and model. Love Blooms, petunias, English cottage, mountain meadow, lavender, romaine seeds, salad greens, cherry tomato, chili pepper, salsa garden, sweet bell peppers, mega cherty tomatoes, basil, Italian herbs, thyme, dill and many more options are available.
Included is a full season of seeds (pre-seeded in their proprietary grow pods), nutrients, and grow lights.
Click and Grow is available for purchase at www.clickandgrow.com. Starter kits cost $39.99 to $59.99, which includes plant cartridges of your choice. Extra plant cartridges cost $19.99. Cockscomb, basil, mini tomato, chili pepper, French Marigold, Busy Lizzy, painted nettle, thyme, lemon balm, coriander, lamb’s ear, and garden sage are the options available.
The package includes 1 pot, cockscomb plant cartridge, instructions, and 1 germination lens. 4 AA batteries not included.
About the Companies
Launched to consumers in March 2006, Thompson says “A few of us were working at another company when we came across the growing concept called “Aeroponics” – which is an advanced form of hydroponics that is widely held to be the fastest plant growing technology on the planet. NASA has tested it for growing plants in space. We thought, ‘wouldn’t it be cool to take the fastest-growing plant technology on the planet and make a little indoor garden that would let you grow lettuce, tomatoes, herbs and flowers indoors, any time of year?’”
They don’t recommend growing outside. Seeds germinate in days and Thompson adds that it grows up to 3 times faster than plants grown in soil.
Click and Grow
Lepp says that in 2005 he read a NASA report about technologies that make it possible to grow plants in outer space so he decided to integrate this technology into a product idea. “Then after a lot of building and testing and rebuilding, the Click and Grow smartpot was born. Click and Grow gives everyone access to a green thumb!”
The company started production in August 2011 and took a focus to the U.S. market in the summer of 2012.
Check out the photos and video of the AeroGarden and the Click and Grow indoor gardening systems. Would you try out one of these indoor gardening systems?