Aero Gardening Tomatoes Review

Bowl of Tomatoes
Bowl of mini Tomatoes
Tomatoes

Aero Gardening Tomatoes Review is about growing perfect tomatoes in a raised vegetable patch which I did and have faced failure from the beginning. What is supposed to be an easy plant to grow has been a challenge for me. I once managed to get from six plants’, about half a dozen small tomatoes.

My plants’ however, stopped growing due to various reasons, for instance:

  • Change in temperature outside was sudden.
  • Growth of the tomato became impeded due to nutritional issues.
  • Bore water where we live has a high mineral content which affects the plants’ growth.
  • The tomato plants had little bugs crawling, these Aphids.
  • I was not particularly eager to spray
  • All of the above caused the flowers’ not to bear fruit, and some fell off the stems.

Tomatoes love warm weather and we had a sudden change in temperature which caused mine to die back. I’ve tried companion planting but that didn’t work wither.  I decided to do some research on Aero Gardening tomatoes to see if they would grow more successfully.

Three main points are essential to successful growth: pollination, nutrition, and plant care, critical to helping prevent plant growth issues, disease, and insect infestation. The Idea of the ability to grow tomatoes all year round appeals to me, but who was it that said: “tomatoes are easy to grow”!

Aero Gardening Tomatoes.

Growing tomatoes successfully in an Aero Garden system indoors is apparently simple and requires very little maintenance. All that the plant needs are:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Nutrients
  • Lighting and
  • Ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (65. F)

which sounds simple enough, don’t you think?

The water in the area where you live may need to be checked first, because some locations have hard tap water and others can be treated heavily with chemicals. Hence, distilled water may need purchasing for the Aero Garden system regularly.

Tomatoes require at least 8 hours of light to produce fruit, including providing the correct ambient temperature, nutrients and checking daily to ensure successful growth. Any of the above points can affect the plants’ ability to grow fruit properly.

Companies that advertise tomato kits, such as is the  

AeroGarden Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato Kit for Harvest & Classic 6 Models

which has a 4 1/2 star rating, can be purchased through places such as Amazon. They guarantee that the kit has:

  • no-GMO seeds
  • no herbicides
  • no pesticides
  • 100 per cent germination and
  • if the seeds fail to sprout in the seed pod, Amazon guarantees replacement for free. Sounds good, doesn’t it.

So what can go wrong? Well there a number of things that can go wrong apparently, such as:

  • the kit is old, may have been sitting on a shop self far too long
  • items can get broken during transit, (if being posted)
  • forgetting to check the plants daily and neglecting attention to detail
  • not checking the water level
  • failing to do a pH test of the tap water and during the growth stage in the reservoir
  • failure to add nutrients
  • neglecting to pollinate the flowers’
  • growth is out of control
  • not pruning them to strengthen the stem and
  • disease

How to care for Aero Garden Tomatoes

Feeding Tomato Plants

When it comes to adding nutrients to the Aero Garden, there are two types: liquid or tablet.

AeroGarden Liquid Nutrients (3 oz)

Using liquid fertilizer it is essential to shake the bottle well so that all the contents in the bottle mix together, then add to the recommended amount of water in the system. The amount you add will be based on the number of plants’ you are growing.

If you are using a tablet form of the nutrient, then you will need to add it every two weeks when the system reminds you to do so, or after you have flushed the old water out of the reservoir and added freshwater back in, then you will need to add more nutrients.

The recommended nutrient for AeroGardens is dependent on the number of tomato plants’ growing in the system. Read the instructions that come with the packaging.

Pruning tomatoes

Growing successful tomato plants’ in Aero Gardening is to prune them when the stem gets taller so that it can grow into a compact bush.

The first pruning that is needed is to make the first cut from the bottom of the central stalk, above the leaves, up to the fifth branch, or 4-6″ of the plant to help strengthen the stem, increase airflow around the base, and encourage the plant to branch out to produce more flowers’. Also, pruning helps reduce the risk of mildew.

Tomato sucker
Sucker between the main stem and the lateral stem

Tomato plants’ normally produce suckers, they grow between the main stem and the lateral stem. They grow very fast and need removing as soon as possible. Pruning them can be done by pinching them as soon as you see them coming through, with either your fingers or some small clean scissors. Try not to cut them when they get too large as that tends to leave large open wounds on the plant, which could potentially invite disease. Otherwise, cut them and leave at least two leaves to stop growth.

Pollinating the Tomato Flowers!

When the tomato plants start flowering they produce pollen. Because they are grown indoors nature needs a helping hand to spread the pollination from flower to flower so that fruit can form.  What will happen if the tomato plant fails to pollinate? Well, apparently the flowers’ fall off the plant and fruit will not develop.

So how do we give the tomato plants’ a helping hand when the flowers are pollinating? There  are several  ways that this can be achieved to help the process:

  • a small soft paintbrush to shake the flowers’ gently
  • shaking the stem gently every day after flower  appear
  • An Electric Toothbrush can be used to vibrate the stem or individual flowers’, gently
  • using a fan to provide a wind effect to increase pollination
  • Cotton swabs

Disease or insects in Tomato Plants

Some gardeners recommend getting a pH testing kit and regularly check the pH level in the water before planting tomato plants’ or when diagnosing issues. The pH testing kit will match the alkalinity or acidity in the water. Tomatoes require a level of 6.0 to 6.5. It is under 6.0 we will need to adjust the level by raising it; if it is over it will then need to be adjusted accordingly to bring the pH down.

Some common issues include brown spots on the leaves near the tip, then there is a curl and eventually, yellowing. Other issues include:

  • Overfeeding
  • Hard or heavily chlorinated tap water
  • Insect infestation
  • Root Virus (brown or slimy) roots should be white and healthy.
  • pH problems
  • Lights too far from the plants’

Conclusion

It is easy to say that a plant is easy to grow, when in fact, some variables can affect the plants’ well-being and inability to produce fruit.

The main points to successfully grown edible fruit is to provide ambient growth within the home and continued checking to make sure there are sufficient water and nutrition. It is also important to remember that nature needs a helping hand if we want to have beautiful tomatoes, its ideal to prune regularly.

The Tomato Story

Non-GMO Seeds

I hope you have enjoyed reading my article on Tomatoes. If you have any questions, or wish to share information on this topic, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

Best wishes

4 thoughts on “Aero Gardening Tomatoes Review

  1. surya says:

    That sounds like a lot of work. We used to have tomato plants in our garden and it used to give us so many tomatoes!!! However outdoor my mother used to water it, put soil over it, and that I think is pretty much it. Are the seeds that you purchase on Amazon actually non-GMO?  and what is the difference between outdoor tomato planting and indoor tomato planting? 

    • Yvonne says:

      Thank you for your comments. I agree with you regarding tomato plants but I do think it depends on whether one has a green thumb as they say. If you have good fertile soil and water, then not much more needs to be done. For some reason I failed and that is what the blog is about. I used Amazon as an example because they say the seeds are non-GMO. The difference between indoor and outdoor planting is: plants grown outdoors such as tomatoes, get plenty of daylight, sunshine, rain, hence bigger tomatoes. Indoor tomatoes are much smaller in size and seem to require more care. I hope I have answered your question.

  2. Aparna Bansal says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    I wanted to know if plants grown indoors will be the same as those grown outside … nutrient wise? Will they lack basic vitamins or anything?
    I guess we could also ensure that our indoor plants get direct sunlight once in a while. That would help for sure.
    Do let me know.
    Much love,
    Aparna

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello, Aparna thank you for this question. Plants grown indoors are not always the same. Some plants are sun-loving and others require shaded areas. However, you can grow many plants indoors so long as they have the right conditions. Not all plants require direct sunlight as many are shade lovers. Those that do require sunlight is normally the number of hours of daylight. I would suggest a grow light if you are having some problems with your plants not getting enough light. Grow lights can be purchased through Amazon and you will find it under my blog section called LED lights. With regards to nutrients, plants that are grown indoors or outdoors still need certain nutrients to grow and look healthy. I would suggest a Liquid plant food and follow the directions on the bottle.

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