I didn't have to plant these. This kit was one I put together myself as backup plan in case rooting grocery store basil failed.
Rooting grocery store basil worked! I bought a package with long stems and removed the lower leaves to the stems that would reach the water. It worked very well. Twice in fact. Then the backup kit sat on the top of the refrigerator with its seeds growing older with each passing month. I used the kit basically on a whim to make it go away, so that it would not be wasted.
My unit is old school. I bought this when they first came out. Top of the line. It was expensive. It uses high output florescent lights that are proprietary and also expensive. $10.00 per light. Substitutions are not possible due to their connectors. They must be replaced frequently, suggested with each new kit. And that is too much. A real downside. So I let mine go, and the next kit does not have the same intensity light. And who needs a million suboptimal lights that do not fit any other socket? It's ridiculous.
The company was sold to Scott's Fertilizer for their market penetration. The new management made several critical changes, chief among them expanded and improved product line. Responding to user feedback the seed kits were expanded and improved. The fertilizer was improved. The whole effort is much better with real pros at the helm of the company.
Before it was one man's passion. A man in Boulder Colorado. But his passion was for building a company, for making a million dollars, and not necessarily for hydroponics. He sold his company soon as it became viable.
Now the top of the line is much better unit with upgraded capability. Higher capacity, stronger LED lights, improved computation, improved user interface, greater plant feedback, availability of greater aeration with air pumps, reflection so light is contained and not dispersed to the room, supplemental water supply, better seeds in the kits, multiple seeds in each packet, more units to choose from, more gardening implements, and now even wifi connectivity.
Crucially, the cost of the high end units is lowered. Their best unit leaves my old unit in the dust and it is cheaper besides.
Presently they're running a sale. They sent me a brochure a few weeks ago and I thought, "Man, I need to upgrade and get with the program, and this is a great time to do it."
And now I see their prices online are even lower than shown the pamphlet. These things are cheap, cost wise, not quality wise. Whoa. Wow. Awesome.
(Crazy Russian Hacker's enthusiasm is rubbing onto me)
I notice the prices listed on Amazon presently match the lower costs at Aerogarden site. Except for the tippy top model. I wonder if that's a typo. I don't understand it.
The Bounty model is $350 lowered to $240 a savings of $110.00
While the Bounty with wifi is $400 lowered to $240 a savings of $160
This doesn't make complete sense
Bounty Elite, the tippy top is $380, a good price, presently $280.
Right there I'm not understanding something. Maybe I have something wrong.
I pulling the prices here.
And on Amazon.
Here's a comparison chart. The key feature is wattage for the light unit. Obviously, the higher the better. I have a 7 pod unit and I like mine a lot. But it's nothing close to this. Mine is 30W florescent. Notice the new ones go 20w for 6 pod units to 30w for 7 pod units. But that's 30W LED, not 30W florescent.
An increase of 10w for 1 additional pod.
Then they skip to the latest model has 9 pod with 45w.
An increase of 15w for 2 pods.
Or a different comparison from 6 pod VS 9 pod 20w to 45w
and increase of 25w for 3 pods.
Doesn't 20w seem too inadequate to grow anything? Come on!
I looked at a million videos on YouTube, or possibly six videos, for the best one to show. Some videos are stupid. Some are professional and I didn't want those. Some show scraggly tomatoes, most are setup and just starting out. Several are growing pot and we don't want that. None are growing flowers. One showed the garden advancing over time rather nicely. It's easy to get lost seeing people having fun with with their gardens disproving fool-proof claim. It's actually sweet seeing people involved with a hobby. I think this one was the best that I watched.
This guy has a proper mess.
The same guy starting out. He's happy with units. His lettuce is doing very well.
This guy shows his strawberry plants at 6 weeks.
And many, many, many more Aerogarden videos all for the new models.
This guy has an excellent herb garden.
See? It's just fun. For gardeners and non-gardeners alike.