If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware of how cool it is to grow plants year-round in your house using an Aerogarden. It’s fashionable to have an AeroGarden or a similar indoor hydroponic garden.
AeroGrow’s indoor gardening gadgets allow you to grow plants without using soil instead of relying on air, water, grow lights, and nutrients that you provide yourself. Indoors, you can cultivate small rose plants, veggies, flowers, and herbs.
Pay attention to the technique if you’re wondering how to transplant hydroponic plants into the soil. In this article, I will walk you through the steps on how to transplant Aerogarden plants.
Transplanting, often known as replanting, is a horticulture procedure that allows a plant to be transplanted from its original germination location. It has grown in popularity all around the world since its inception in the early 2000s.
Plants can be transferred for various reasons; for example, transplanting young plants enhances their life span by giving them more time to harden their covering and become resistant to scorching heat.
Frequently, the plant area becomes overcrowded, or the plants acquire rot. We may replant the overgrown plants in less constrained regions with this strategy, preventing the disease from spreading.
This strategy not only saves space but is also a low-cost way to revegetate any barren region. Plant transplanting is less time-consuming and more efficient than traditional seedling transplanting.
- Things You Will Need
- How To Transplant Aerogarden Plants?
- Final Remarks
Things You Will Need
- AeroGarden herbs
- Pot (3 to 4 inches)
- Seed-starting mix or potting soil
How To Transplant Aerogarden Plants?
Step 1: Choose your pots
The size of the pot you’ll need depends on what you’re aiming to accomplish. Do you wish to keep your plant in a container? Do you intend to put them in your garden?
- If the garden is your ultimate goal, all you’ll need is a 3-4′′ diameter pot to give them time to acclimate to absorbing nutrients from the soil before transplanting them.
- If you prefer that they spend their lives in a container, you can immediately shift them there.
- Ensure that any pot you use has adequate drainage to prevent waterlogging of the roots.
Step 2: Make the Soil ready
- The condition of the soil is critical for everything you hope to eat in the future.
- You’ll need a seedling starter mix to get them started.
- Try to use organic soil. However, you are free to use whichever soil you choose.
- Fill the pots with soil until they are about 2/3 full, then dampen with water until the soil is damp.
- Make sure you leave a hole in the center so you can put the plant in it.
Step 3: Take the plants out of the Aerogarden
Depending on how old your plant is, this can be simple or as difficult as hitting your head against a brick wall.
In case of young seedlings:
- You should be able to easily remove them from the grow basket and remove the grow sponge.
In case of mature plant:
- If, on the other hand, your plant is well-established in your Aerogarden, you’ll need to take your time.
- To remove the grow basket from the Aerogarden, carefully and slowly tease it out.
- Wiggle it from side to side while drawing it up gently.
- This takes a long time, especially if you’ve overplanted because all of the roots will be knotted together.
- There’s no point in hurrying this because you risk harming the roots, and your plant will likely die as a result.
- If it’s stuck and you can’t get it out, you can try carefully cutting some of the roots to loosen the basket. However, only do so if you have no other option.
- When you remove the pod, you’ll discover that the roots are incredibly long but not very wide!
- Because of the way the roots grow in the Aerogarden, the roots may be quite long.
- In the soil, roots extend horizontally, but in the Aerogarden, they must grow vertically to reach the water and nutrients.
Step 4: Keeping or Removing the grow baskets
So you have a choice to make at this moment. Do you leave the grow baskets attached to Aerogarden plants when you transfer them, or do you remove them? Only if your plants are well-established will this be a concern. So it’s entirely up to you which method you choose.
Remove The Basket
- You’ll need a nice pair of sharp scissors for this.
- You’ll have to be cautious, so you don’t harm the plant or yourself.
- To release the roots from the basket, you’ll need to make little cuts only where necessary.
- This is a slow and difficult process.
Keep the Basket
- The justification for leaving the grow basket in place is that removing it risks damaging the root system.
- This, in turn, could result in the plant’s demise.
Step 5 – Put the plants in the pots.
- It’s now time to relocate your plant to its new location.
- Place the plant (with or without the grow basket) in the pot and stretch the roots out as much as possible.
- After that, fill the container with soil and gently pack it over the roots.
- You’ll want to keep the grow sponge’s top in line with the container’s top.
- If extra soil is required, add it now.
Step 6 – Provide Proper Light
- After you’ve transplanted all of your plants, please keep them in a bright (but not sunny) location for about a week.
- You can either move them to a sunny place or put them under grow lights after a week.
Step 7 – Water the Plants Regularly
- For the first several days, you’ll need to maintain the soil evenly moist.
- Bottom watering is an excellent strategy to keep the soil from drying out.
- This is critical because they are accustomed to being in the water.
- As a result, when transplanting Aerogarden plants, you should keep the soil as close to the Aerogarden environment as feasible.
- When the top layer of soil is dry to the touch after the first few days, you can begin watering the plants.
- Keep an eye on them daily, as if the soil becomes too dry, the plants may wilt and become stressed, which no one likes!
Step 8 – Hardening Off (Optional)
- If you want to transport your Aerogarden plants outside, you can’t skip this step unless you want to watch them perish.
- So you’ll have to take a moment to make sure they’re prepared for the harsh world out there.
- You need to gently introduce them to the outdoors because they have grown up in a safe atmosphere.
To sum up, transplanting plants from an Aerogarden necessitates attention and patience, but it is entirely possible. You should use the appropriate soil and take caution when removing the pod from the Aerogarden.
Nothing will be able to stop your plants from flowering if you use this strategy carefully. Almost all Aerogarden plants may be transplanted, and it is a simple process.
You can do this without any previous experience, and this strategy will undoubtedly come in helpful if you decide to extend your Aerogarden. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before beginning this task.
In the winter, avoid transplanting your Aerogarden plants, especially if there is a risk of frost. Each plant necessitates a distinct amount of water, moisture, and sunlight.
Make sure to examine the plant’s requirements before replanting, and then proceed as necessary. Be gentle with the plants; hydroponics plants are not as tough as ground plants and are thus more vulnerable to mistreatment.
Because most Aerogarden plants cannot adapt to the harsh outdoor environment, it is recommended that they be transplanted into flower pots first.