Is It Time To Clean Your Garden?

Before starting a new Seed Pod Kit, you’ll want to clean your garden for a fresh start. Do Not throw away your filter by accident! It's easy to do when removing plant roots.

Start by dismantling your garden:

Roots can grow into the filter, so be sure to clean it out and reinstall. If the filter looks too worn, replace the filter to prolong the life of your pump.

While you are doing maintenance on your garden, you may want to consider using Airstones. This will give your plants an oxygen boost for better growth! Note: Airstones are for use in all aerator/bubbler models.

After each planting, you should clean and sanitize your AeroGarden to reduce the risk of root pathogens that can destroy your crop.

Here’s how:

  • Fill the bowl with water and add ¼ cup of chlorine bleach
  • Let the water pump or aerator circulate the bleach solution for 5 minutes
  • Empty the bleach solution, rinse well, and then fill with clear water (no bleach)
  • Allow the pump or aerator to circulate the clear water for 5 minutes
  • Empty and rinse once more to ensure that all bleach is rinsed from bowl

Or without bleach: 

Add 5 cups of distilled white vinegar (instead of ¼ cup chlorine bleach) and follow instructions above.

10 thoughts on “Is It Time To Clean Your Garden?”

  • Diane Kellogg July 18, 2017 at 4:11 am

    I also get roots in between the top and bottom part of the top plate. I had to separate the two halves to get those roots out.

    • This! It's not even mentioned in the manual (or anywhere) that the grow deck comes apart. 3 of 6 spouts were completely blocked by roots and this was the only way to clear it out.

  • Natalie Johnson July 18, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Yes, plants are tenacious and will grow into any nook n' cranny. This is why it is good to clean the garden periodically.

  • Is there anyway to clean the plastic top? I have used bleach and vinegar and the top has a crusty brownish crud on it. I have also used either bottled water or distilled. Regardless, I ❤️ my AeroGardens! We have tons of tomatoes right now!

    • Natalie Johnson July 19, 2017 at 3:37 am

      Hi Joan!
      The crusty brownish gunk can be difficult to clean, especially with it being mineral buildup from the liquid nutrients and or undistilled water. This liquid can seep up from clogged water channels in the grow deck that feed water into each seed pod opening.

      Vinegar or CLR break down mineral buildup pretty well. Try scrubbing the area with a toothbrush and CLR or baking soda + vinegar.

  • Does the Bounty Elite utilize these filters as well? I don't recall seeing a filter on my units. Thanks.

    • Natalie Johnson July 19, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Hi Clare,
      The Bounty Elite does use the filter for the water pump which circulates the water. Since the Bounty Elite uses a water pump instead of a aerator/bubbler, you don't need airstones.

  • Mary Jo DePriest July 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I just did this today.

  • Is it ok to cut back some of the roots to an established plant if you plan to put it back into the Aerogarden?

    • Natalie Johnson July 27, 2017 at 7:00 am

      It is not recommended. If you cut too much of the roots, there is a high risk of killing the plant.

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