Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit


AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit

  • Garden year-round. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more in this smart countertop garden.
  • Up to 7 plants can be grown at a time. Plants grow in water…not soil. Advanced hydroponics made simple.
  • High-performance, full spectrum 30-watt LED lighting system is tuned to the specific spectrum that allows plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests.
  • Interactive LCD screen control panel tells you when to add water, reminds you when to add patented nutrients (included), automatically turns lights on and off and provides timely tips and on-screen help functions.
  • Includes 7-Pod Gourmet Herb Seed Kit that contains: Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Thyme, Mint, Curly Parsley, Chives and Dill & 3 oz. patented nutrients (enough for a full season of growth).

Imagine fresh herbs and vegetables grown in your home, year-round. With the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra you can grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more! This smart countertop garden uses water and patented nutrients to naturally grow plants… no herbicides, no pesticides, non-GMO. It’s natural goodness right at your fingertips.

AeroGardens are the world’s leading indoor gardening systems. You can grow up to 7 plants in this garden and they’ll love the 30

List Price: $ 299.95

Price: $ 299.95

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  • Y. R. Wu "The will to win is nothing without ... says:
    113 of 116 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    High tech hydroponics – better than a winter greenhouse – LEDs pay off in long run…, December 15, 2014
    This review is from: Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit (Lawn & Patio)
    SUMMARY: Pricey but effective way to grow food indoors. Lots of alternatives to buying the refills from Miracle-Gro

    Note that there are 3 very similar models with LED. My review is for the LED Extra. The basic version only has 20 watts of LED lighting, and the hood only extends to 12″ height. The Extra and Ultra are basically identical (30 watt lights with 24″ extension on hood”) but the Ultra has a fancier LED control panel and more customization for pumping and light times. The Ultra also comes with the seed starting tray standard.

    UPDATE – after about 2 months the plants are coming in strong. Cilantro never sprouted and we have lots of Chives and Dill in the garden, so I swapped these out with Lettuce, Kale, and Habanero peppers. No peppers yet but more than a few small harvests of lettuce and kale, and tons of super beautiful basil and parsley. Although they recommend lots of smaller harvests, for now I’ve been doing fewer, large harvests so I can let the peppers catch up. As far as plant food, I’ve been supplementing with just regular “Miracle Grow” plant food – I purchased a sub $20 TDS meter and try to keep the PPM between 700 and 1000. So far the plants are very happy. There’s a hydroponic shop near me so will get some fertilizer with more micronutrients when I have time. There’s a ton of roots underneath the deck – I try to keep the roots of the different plants from getting too tangled so I can remove/replace the plants if necessary, without doing too much damage to the other plants. Refill of water is nearly every other day.

    Another important point – at least once a month you should DRAIN the unit and put fresh solution in. I started to get “Nutrient Burn” where the plant edges start to turn brown. If I understand correctly, it’s because the uptake of nutrients is not perfect, so as you continue to add water and plant food, some nutrients get too high while others are too low.

    HYDROPONICS…In case you were wondering, hydroponics is growing plants without soil. Typically a growing medium like perlite or expanded clay balls is kept wet with a special solution which allows the plant to grow more or less like normal, but with a much tighter control on the level of nutrients so the plants grow much faster than normal. A lot of systems now include built-in lighting which further improves “crop yields”

    LEDS PAY OFF…..I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to review the AeroGarden. In particular, this has LED Lighting. Although that costs more up front, you’ll end up ahead in about a year. I tested this with a Kill-A-Watt and this (LED) version consumes 34 watts with the lights on. The regular version uses 2 or 3 26 watt bulbs, plus they recommend you replace them every 6 months. These are not your run of the mill fluorescent bulbs, so just on the bulb replacement costs you’ll come out ahead within a year, even before considering the energy cost when the bulbs are running 12-24 hours a day.

    CUTTING THE CORD…….I have the regular herb set growing now, but I’m thinking I may want to replace the dill with some lettuce. Replacement seed and plant food kits are pretty pricey – 18 – 18 bucks for 7 plant holders with sponges and plant food…. I did a search and lots of people “reload” the plastic cages with regular kitchen sponges. In addition, lots of people are using TDS meters to judge when to add plant food – that plus all the aftermarket hydroponic plant food gives you options for “cutting the cord”

    ENERGY COSTS….I was afraid that it might get expensive, but even with the LEDs on 24 hours a day, 36 watts x 24 hours x 365 days = 315 kWh….Most people pay about 12 cents per, so that’s $38 a year. Reading through the instructions, you don’t use 24 hour light except when the plants are mature and you are harvesting, so you can probably figure that on average it’s more like $25-$30 a year.

    SETUP….Very easy assembly, I didn’t realize that the reservoir takes a gallon to fill so I ended up walking back and forth to the sink several times. You can actually lift the whole growing pod out of the base and fill it at a sink – unless you like the exercise.

    LOCATION….I have ours in the basement next to a window well. I will probably move it to the main floor when I have time, since the grow lights can double as a night light – I suppose that would offset the 9 watts CFL I normally leave on overnight.

    I do plan to continue updating this in the coming months – watch this space! If you found this review helpful or have questions or comments, please let me know!

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  • M. Cordoba "mxc" says:
    131 of 137 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Black thumb tries the Ultra LED, December 31, 2014
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    M. Cordoba “mxc” (USA) –
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    This review is from: Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit (Lawn & Patio)

    I have been disappointed in many of the Aerogarden reviews in Amazon. A lot review after getting it, then say they will update constantly, and never do. So you’re always left wondering how it really went. My goal is to keep it updated, so please comment telling me to update if you see I haven’t done so. Since sometimes Amazon bundles all Aerogarden reviews together, I want to specify this is the Aerogarden Ultra LED.

    About me: I have had some success with tomatoes and lettuce in the summer growing outside. I’d say I’m pretty mediocre, but I can do ok when placed in a nice sunny location. But virtually any indoor plant is dead within a month, maybe 2 at the most. It doesn’t matter if it is watered well, if it is near a window, etc. I just cannot have any plant inside alive for more than a month. It’s really sad, because I’d love to have some plants inside. So, I’m hoping that the Aergarden Ultra LED might help here.

    I’m starting my review at 3 stars, and will update up or down after I finish my first crop (the mixed herb that comes with it). The initial part is the quality of construction and kit, along with the first 5 days. The running every 2 weeks updates follow.

    First thing to know is that the price varies drastically. And you’re almost always better off buying it here or through Costco instead of the aerogarden website. The Ultra goes from $159 – $259. I wouldn’t buy it over $200, and was going to get the Extra LED until I saw the Ultra for $159 and got it then. The Extra LED and Ultra LED are identical except for a tomato/larger plant extra piece, and the digital control panel. It has the same body, extends the same, uses the same LED bulbs, etc. If the cost is within $20 and you plan on growing tomatoes, the Ultra LED is a better choice. If you just want herbs and leafy greens, opt for the Extra LED.

    Pros:
    – The garden looks good. I have a very picky lady, who doesn’t like anything that doesn’t look great exposed, and she said this item could probably live in the kitchen. That’s high praise – seriously.
    – The construction of the LED panel (the hood and LED are all virtually 1 piece, very solid, attractive. It really is the best quality piece of the Aerogarden Ultra LED.
    – Display panel is foolproof. Spells out everything. When it needs water, when it needs food, etc. It adds a clock that no other Aerogarden has, with more customizations and timings. It was extremely simple to set up.
    – Installation is a breeze. Really, it’ll be like 10 minutes from when you open it, till you have all pods planted.
    – “Guaranteed to grow” if yours doesn’t they send you a free replacement, free shipping, etc. Even if you purchased here in Amazon. I sent an email to Aerogarden asking them if the warranty applied to products bought through Amazon, and they responded within 2 days.
    – Pump is very quiet. Some people complained of being too loud, but during the winter, when the heat system is on, I can’t tell at all if it’s running. I have to press my ear to the thing to hear it. It’s a very low hum. You can occasionally hear the water, as it switches from germination to high growth mode.

    Neutral:
    – No information as to the cost LED replacements as of right now. It would be nice to know how much you’ll have to fork over when they stop working.
    – Electricity cost, based on 12 cents a day (average) comes to around $2 – $2.50 a month, depending on your area. I’d recommend having it on at nights, since that is typically off-peak hours, and run a little less. But you have to see what are the peak vs off-peak electric rates in your area, and some plants (like tomatoes) require a period of darkness a day to pollinate, while leafy greens and herbs do not.
    – A lot of reviewers were surprised as to how much water it takes… I am surprised by their surprise. The 1 page instructions clearly say 1.1 gallons, and it’s repeated in a couple of places. So yeah, it takes a little over a gallon of water. The mouth to poor water and nutrients is large enough, that you can pour straight from a regular gallon of water without issues.

    Cons:
    – The rest of the Aerogarden, though looking good, is fairly cheaply made. The plastic is flimsy, the pump small and looks cheap too, the control panel is ok, but the buttons are a bit clunky. Basically, you have a premium lid with LEDs and a subpar rest. Making you feel like you paid way too much for a bucket and a cheap pump to go along with the LED light.
    – The control panel on the Ultra is SUPER bright, always on, and no way to turn it off. For this reason, I’d recommend just getting the Extra LED. It’s that bright, and extra unnecessary energy usage. It really doesn’t provide much value, the “tips” it shows is stuff like: “you should expect to see seedlings now” and stuff like that, that you can see on the seed packets, nothing really that helpful. A way to…

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  • Erol Esen says:
    58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simply Awesome!, December 14, 2014
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    Erol Esen (Rochester, NY United States) –
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    This review is from: Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit (Lawn & Patio)
    Its LED lighting does not heat up! This means a pet, such as a cat, can go near it and not be at risk of getting burned. This was the problem with previous versions of the AeroGarden. Now it’s perfect!

    After a few weeks check out the pictures of my herbs! Haven’t had a need to change the LEDs either.

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