Aerogarden Ultra LED - First Grow Tomatoes and Greens

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Yay! Got my new AG Ultra LED and plugged it in tonight.

First planting: test run.

  • fantastico tomato for the long haul

Temporary test plants:

  • toy choi
  • komatsuna
  • Nevada summercrisp lettuce
  • Red Sails looseleaf lettuce

Started in 0.7 EC Urban Farm Fertilizers (UFF) veg formula in rainwater. Because that's what I fed my other AG's today. No special plan.

The temporaries are just to test out my new Aerogarden and the LED's. The red lettuce especially should tell tales about the light strength, and I've grown all those plants before. They'll be long eaten and forgotten before a tomato fruits. But! This is a fast tomato:

This is a 2014 AAS winning hybrid - though I bought the seed before that. This was my next pick to try growing a tomato inside. Opinions seem to vary - some say it grows up to 3' if trained, some that it trails up to 18" from baskets, some that it's 15" tall and 18" wide. Some say it harvests in 50 days from transplant, and is determinate. Some say 60 days, and produces all summer long. Some say the little plant somehow produces 350 1/2 oz. grape tomatos of exceptional sweetness (12 brix?)

Well, let's see. smiley

Harvest:

1024 - first ripe tomato 2/8, age 12 weeks, terminated grow 7/4, age 33 weeks

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Two weeks in, still pleased

Two weeks in, still pleased with the LED Ultra Aerogarden. yes Not perfect - as Mike reported, its little control center lost track during a power outage. It remembers that the garden was planted 14 days ago (nice!), but thinks it needs nute refresh 9 days from now (no - today). I don't really care - I'm not used to the Aerogarden remembering these things for me, and it remembering the 14 days is kinda nice.

Red lettuce reports the light is great! So, passed first test. The lettuces and brassicas look fairly advanced for age 2 weeks. The little tomato doesn't look especially advanced, but it does look healthy.

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Wow, looks really nice!
Wow, looks really nice!

 

 

 

 

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First impressions of The New

First impressions of The New Toy!

I like it! laugh

Several things here were very pleasant surprises:

  • It uses a water pump!!! Ghu, I hate the sound of air pumps hissing. And the deck waters the pods, just like my old Pro100! yes yes yes
  • I expected the front control panel to be kind of a dumb gimmick. But - it lets you set the time! Time now, time to turn on, time to turn off. Like, using the same 24 hour clock as the rest of us use. No bizzare button combos, and you don't have to set it at the beginning, nor the end, of the lighting period. And it's obvious how to reset for a new crop, or turn the lights on, or start over. yes yes
  • Full slide height-setting on the light arm, none of this 2" increment nonsense. yes
  • The flat LED hood would let it fit under kitchen cabinets better.
  • 1.2 gallon reservoir - tomatoes are thirsty beasts, and .8 gallons wasn't enough.
  • The LED light is mostly white, with the red and blue combos nicely kept inside where they don't cast weird magenta light in my living room. Magenta grow lights were a Family Issue in my home. wink

Less enthused about (but not a problem):

  • Should be sold with tomato or salad greens, not gourmet herb kit.
  • AG's new pod baskets are mighty flimsy. I've used my original pod baskets for 6 years. These don't look like they'll survive the tomato.
  • The plastic arm-surround trellis looks pretty flimsy. Good for corralling things horizontally perhaps, but I have my doubts about it supporting plants vertically.

I probably also need to put something other than glass under it. But, you can see the pattern of LED's in the picture for now. Apparently Aerogrow sells two different LED hoods, and this is the 30W, brighter version.

Looking forward to it!

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