AeroGarden’s are becoming more and more popular, and some people swear by them. But are they worth the money? That’s really up to your personal preference. It’s a good way to learn the principals of what makes hydroponic systems work. It’s also a self contained everything you need in a box system.
Although the AeroGarden is just basically a small aeroponic, flood and drain, or water culture type hydroponic system (depending on the model), that has an adjustable height florescent light. They usually start at about $100. That sounds like a good deal for a self contained hydroponic system, but is it really a good deal?
That really depends on how you look at it. Many people love them for growing small herb gardens, and for starting plants for other systems (inside or outside). But there not really functional for growing larger plants, so it really depends on what you want to grow. Their to small to grow anything of any real size, larger than herbs. The tallest AeroGarden’s give you about 3 feet maximum for the total plant height, and is only about 18 inches wide. Those run about $170. The problem with florescent lighting for tall plants is that only the top leaves will get the benefit of the grow lights. The bottom leaves wont receive enough light to grow well if at all. Simply because they are too far from the light source, also the upper leaves can block the light from getting to the lower leaves.
Listed below are some Aero Garden systems to get you started, also be sure to read through our full review of the Aero Garden system to see if it's right for you.