AeroGarden Bounty Review
Learn about what an AeroGarden is, why it will work in your home, and why the AeroGarden Bounty is one of the most popular choices among the various models. There are pros and cons to everything, though, so read through those, too. You might even be surprised by all the things you can do with your AeroGarden Bounty.
What is an AeroGarden?
Have you heard of hydroponic gardens? That’s kind of what this is. Plants grow without soil. In an AeroGarden, you place little spongy pods that have seeds in them down into the pod slots and with a bit of water, nutrients, and light, the roots start growing and plant tops start sprouting. The roots pull nutrients from the water below and suck up the heat from the lamps above.
It seems like futuristic gardening, but the concept of hydroponic gardening has been around since the 17th century – thanks, Francis Bacon! By the 19th century, German botanists were regularly growing crops without soil. So, this isn’t a new idea. But AeroGarden took almost all the work out of it.
An AeroGarden lets you know when it’s time to add water or fertilizer, and you can set a timer to control the lights. All of that automation means you hardly have to do anything to keep your plants growing. The AeroGarden does most of the work for you.
Is It for You?
- Pod space: 9
- Light type: LED
- Wattage: 45W
- Adjustable lamp arm: 24″
- Control panel: LCD screen, touchscreen
- Dimensions: 17.25 W x 11.25 D x 15-34 H inches
- Warranty: 1 year
- Germination: Guaranteed
Many people who want to garden avoid getting involved because they’re worried that they won’t know what to do. Even if you’ve tried and failed to keep plants alive in the past, the AeroGarden is likely your key to success. If you can follow directions, you can grow your own vegetables and herbs in an AeroGarden Bounty.
If you feel like you don’t have the time to devote to gardening, the AeroGarden Bounty is probably your best bet. There are no weeds to deal with, and you don’t have to sprout seeds and then transplant. There’s no need to turn dirt, water daily, or cover your plants when a big storm is coming through. This is one of the most hands-off approaches to gardening.
Although AeroGarden doesn’t endorse it, you can use the Bounty (or any other model) to make your own pods, grow your own seeds, and use whatever fertilizer you’d like in the water. So, this is a great choice for those who want to do their own thing and not buy AeroGarden’s pods or nutrients. It’s also equally good for those who need the hand-holding.
- Nine pod slots
- Comes with starter herb seed kit
- Touchscreen display
- 45W LED lights grow plants faster
Features & Benefits
It’s important to note that while the Bounty is a larger model, and AeroGarden proudly claims you can grow anything, there are some plants you might want to avoid putting in your Bounty. Zucchini and watermelon, for example, need lots of room to spread out. You could sprout them in your Bounty and then transplant them, but you probably won’t be able to grow them in the Bounty alone. It’s a great option, though, if you want to plant different varieties of tomatoes and lettuce for an indoor salad garden. Or grow nine different varieties of herbs, if you want!
The 45-watt LED lighting system uses a variety of colors to promote growth in your plants in different ways. The white LEDs sort of simulate daylight for your plants. The blue LED lights are meant to help your plants grow bigger and the red ones are there to help your plants bloom more flowers or fruit. Even if you just use your AeroGarden to sprout seeds, you’ll see much faster growth because of the lighting system.
Touchscreen Control Panel
You also get helpful gardening tips on the display, so you can learn about the gardening process – even though the AeroGarden Bounty is really doing all the work for you.
The reservoir holds more than a gallon of water, which should last quite a while before you need to add any more water. Depending on the climate you live in, you may need to add more water sooner than others, but generally, the Bounty doesn’t seem to need more water until after about two weeks.
For anyone who is concerned about genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the AeroGarden seed pods are made from non-GMO seeds, and organic, when possible. The AeroGarden brand is under the Miracle Gro and Scotts umbrella, but it is not directly connected to Monsanto.
What Others Think About It
The AeroGarden Bounty gets overwhelmingly positive reviews because it works so well for growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers indoors. It’s larger than other models, but it’s still compact. The LED lights aren’t as hot as florescent lights, which means the tips of your taller plants won’t get burned if they touch the top. And the touchscreen control panel is super useful – especially for those who are a bit forgetful.
If you happen to lose power in your home, you’ll have to be mindful of your AeroGarden Bounty, as it doesn’t turn back on automatically. Aside from little annoyances, a few defective units, and general grievances, the AeroGarden Bounty gets mostly excellent reviews.
The Bottom Line
The AeroGarden Bounty lets you take all the credit for delicious, homegrown tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, peppers, strawberries, and just about anything else you want to plant, but it does all the work. You can keep it super simple by using AeroGarden’s pre-seeded pods, or you can use your own seeds with a little extra effort.
If you’re looking for a way to grow a garden indoors in a smaller space, but still want a decent variety, the AeroGarden Bounty is a good choice.