General

You can use any seeds in our units. When picking seeds just be mindful of the specific requirements of the plant as some plants may grow much larger than your smart garden!

Here are the most effective seeds for:

Indoor Smart Garden:
- Herbs and leafy greens
- Things that dont need too much light
- Watercress
- Corn Salad
- Coriander
- Garlic Chive 
- Dill

TerraGarden:
- Herbs and leafy greens, as well as flowers, small fruiting plants etc
- Nasturtiums
- Tomatoes (if dwarfed correctly)
- Genovese Basil
- Cos Lettuce Seeds
- Paris Island Cos Lettuce
- Violets - Johnny Jump Up
- Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach


We usually suggest seeds with a full height of 20cm or less and a preference for Part/Full sun.

The main features of discounts can be seen below:

- Discount codes do not stack.

- Discount codes are only valid for the period advertised.

The following products come with basil and dill seeds included:

- Indoor Smart Garden

- TerraGarden

We provide enough seeds for your first crop, and have specifically chosen seeds that a beginner could use and have success with!

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Instruction Manuals & Setup Videos

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The set up for this light is the same as the EasyGro & BreezyGro lights. Please watch the video here for more setup details.

Instruction Manual:
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Keen to get started? Check out your instructions here!

Grow Lights

Yes!

Our lights simply imitate the wavelength of light that plants need to grow. That means you can use this for your hydroponics, aquaponics, or soil grown gardening project!

Yes!

All of our grow lights have regulated plugs and are RCM certified.

Our grow lights use LED bulbs that emit a very small amount of UV light. Don’t panic though, the UV output is even less than most household bulbs and it definitely isn’t enough to harm your plants in any way.

Ensure the light stays at least 20cm from any leaves(so as to not burn the leaves).

Adjust the timer to suit your plant's needs:

- 12hrs for plants in spaces with low light levels

- 9hrs for spaces which receive indirect natural light,

- 3hrs for plants in high natural light environments).

- Also consider the natural environment of the plant you are growing - indoor plants may not need much supplementary light, whereas something like basil will need a lot.

Adjust light brightness; we suggest starting on a dim setting and building up to the brightest setting, this will allow your plants time to adjust. If you see your leaves "burning" or browning, reduce the light intensity.

The main difference between the full spectrum and purple LED grow lights is of course the colour (duhh). Click this link to take the quiz to figure out which light would work best for you!

Plants primarily need the red and blue wavelengths of light to grow. The BreezyGro and EasyGro lights provide blue and red light to the plants (which when combined appears as purple), resulting in the efficient growth of plants. These lights can however be a bit daunting to some plant growers, which is why we offer a range of full spectrum grow lights which have other wavelengths added to the mix - which result in a white light. Typically the partial spectrum lights are considered more efficient than the white lights, however industry seems to be moving toward full spectrum as yield calculation show that the plant growth is mostly similar.

I would suggest that for most indoor plant growers, both lights will do the same job for your plants. The white lights do have more intensity to the visible eye, but in plant terms - the light supplied is on par.

Summary of differences:

EasyGro
Light Colour: Blue/Red/Purple
Number of lights: 2
Number of Light intensity settings: 5
Can change colour: Yes
Can operate 1,2, or 3 bulbs at a time: No

BreezyGro
Light Colour: Blue/Red/Purple
Number of lights: 3
Number of Light intensity settings: 5
Can change colour: Yes
Can operate 1,2, or 3 bulbs at a time: No

Full Spectrum
Light Colour: White
Number of lights: 3
Number of Light intensity settings: 10
Can change colour: No
Can operate 1,2, or 3 bulbs at a time: Yes

Smart Gardens

Yes you can, but you should consider the amount of space that the roots will take up, and the density of the leaves themselves. If you plant too densely then the plants may overlap and block light out - slowing down the growth of the plants below. Similarly if there are too many roots it may restrict smaller plants from being able to find nutrients and water - inhibiting their growth.

To learn more check out this article!

Both!

When you buy one of our smart gardens you will receive a set of paper instructions that are super pretty to look at, and easy to read.

If you lose these or are just hoping to lay your eyes on a work of art, you can check out our instructions which can all be found in the 'Instruction Manuals & Setup Videos' above. (Scroll back up!)

For the Indoor Smart Garden:
There is a white light setting and a growing light setting. You need to use the growing light setting. To operate the light you will have to press the button located at the end of the light. Each press has a different function:

- First press - Turns on reading light
- Second press- Turns on grow light
- Pressing and holding - Turns the grow light on and activates a timer that will stay on for 16 hours, and off for 8. The button will appear as blue when this setting is on but the light is in its 8 hour rest mode.

For general information about hydroponic lights, see this blog post.

Troubleshooting steps if the timer and light settings are not working as expected:

1. Turn off the grow light for 5-10 minutes and then turn it back on during at the point when you like the 16-hour timer to begin. Observe the timer and light's behaviour for 48 hours.

2. Connect the power directly to the wall outlet without any splitters or power surge.

3. If you have a spare power adapter that you can use, use it to connect the Indoor Smart Garden to power. This step is to isolate if the issue is with the power adapter or the indoor smart garden's light itself.

4. If the issue still occur after these steps, please refer to our 'Returns' FAQ Article above for further help.

Though you don't have to water hydroponic plants as regularly as a regular plant, they do still need water from time to time.

Some of our units come with sensors that beep to notify you when the water needs topping up, however not all of them do so make sure you check the water every 2 weeks at a minimum.

Initially your plants will use very little water as seedlings are very small, however as your plants start to grow and mature you will see an increase in the speed they use it up. So check more regularly as your plants get larger/older.

We've broken it down for you here:

Indoor Smart Garden:
Basin size/water needed (L): 1
Estimated refill time (weeks): 2
Nutrients needed (mL/pipette squirts): 5

TerraGarden:
Basin size/water needed (L): 7
Estimated refill time (weeks): 2-4
Nutrients needed (mL/pipette squirts): 35-50

For the TerraGarden:

There is a helpful transparent cut out in the front of the basin so you can see how high/low the water level is without having to lift up the basin lid.

For the Indoor Smart Garden:

This product contains a small plastic float inside the basin which rises and falls with the water level. When the water level is at its lowest point, the float causes the indicator to beep & the light to flash (when the unit of plugged in).

If it's beeping continuously, kindly check the following first:

- The water level inside the Indoor Smart Garden basin should be sufficient and within the water mark indicator.

- The inside of the smart garden has a small water float next to where the light is. Check if the water floater is not stuck at the bottom of the unit.

- Check for any debris that might be blocking the water pump.

- Check/clean the vent on the pump. It is the piece on the end of the pump with the slats across and it should just pop off. Sometimes roots get sucked behind the cover and block the intact valve.

- If the beeping still continues, turn off power from the unit, remove the light arm for 5 minutes. Plug it in after and turn it on.

- If you want to over-ride the beeping altogether, you can remove the float from the device altogether. The issue with this is that you will have to manually check the water level of your smart garden to make sure your plants don't run out!

- If these steps do not resolve the issue, report it to us through info@urbanplantgrowers.com or by calling us through +02 7908 2951 for instructions on the return process or you may also check our returns policy here.

1. Thoroughly mix in nutrients with water in a separate jug. We recommend the ratio of 5mL nutrients to 1 Litre of water for Herbs or Leafy greens; and 10mL nutrients to 1 Litre of water for Vegetables or Flowering Plants.

2. Pour into the smart garden through the refill holes next to the light stand.

3. Refill to the same ratio when the water runs out.

Other notable information on water/nutrient consumption by plants:

- Water consumption is affected by the size of plant, type of plant, temperature, humidity and airflow in the area.

- Increased water consumption by plants may lead to the concentration of the nutrient water solution to increase (as water is being used at a faster rate than nutrients, especially during hot periods).

- It is possible that when the nutrient solution get too concentrated, it will actually take water away from the plant (through osmosis)!

- Different plants have slightly different nutrient requirements - for example leafy greens generally need just half of the nutrients required by herb plants.

- When the nutrient solution is exposed to light, it will turn to algae (you may see this as a green colouring on your growth medium). To avoid this we recommend using a low nutrient concentration and slowly increasing it as the plant grows. Alternatively you can cover the growth medium with something to block out the light.

Indoor Smart Gardens use a high-efficiency LED strip, which has an 8 Watt power demand. In contrast, a normal light bulb uses 60-100 Watts of electricity. This means our product uses just 8-13% of the electricity a conventional bulb does!

The Indoor Smart Garden's light arm has a small screw in the bend which when tightened holds the vertical and horizontal parts of the light together. If your light is "falling over" we recommend tightening these screws.

If this problem is repeated, then you may be dealing with a hardware failure, therefore we ask that you check our Returns Policyfor the next steps.

The location that you place your indoor smart garden in can make an impact on it's growth, here are some tips for where to place your smart garden to get the best results:

- Consider airflow - most plants need airflow across their leaves to aid transpiration (drawing out water through plant leaves and enabling the plant to suck out more water from the soil/basin around it). Placing your plants near a door or window can help with its growth!

- Think about plant type- if you have a tropical plant it may want more heat and humidity, so place it near a window.

- Put your plant somewhere that will remind you to check it

If you stick to these simple tips, you should nail down the location of your product placement.

Happy growing!

Our smart gardens come with UK plug, which has been certified for users in the UK!

Plant Help

Basil is one of the most rewarding plants to plant as it grows massive volumes of delicious leafy goodness. Here are a few little things you should know that will help you grow the healthiest basil!

- Basil grows quite slowly from seed and is often dwarfed by other seedlings in the first 3-4 weeks of its life. Once it gets to about weeks 4-5 it will shoot up and continue growing rapidly until it has reached its end of life (where it will start flowering and wilting slowly).

- Basil prefers a slightly humid environment so you may have a few difficulties planting this in the winter. To combat this, try and keep your smart garden in an area with a consistently temperate temperature.

- Germination gel; when basil seeds first come into contact with water, they will form a gel. This is a white opaque membrane that surrounds the seed. This is nothing to worry about, it's just a natural part of the germination cycle!

- The first few leaves that a basil seed will grow are often a different shape to what you'd normally associate with basil. Don't worry, these are just baby leaves, once your basil starts to mature it will start growing 'true leaves' which are packed with all the flavour and goodness of basil.

- To keep your basil looking lush you need to pluck or prune your plant regularly, this encourages new growth and will also delay flowering. Try to cut from the main stem to promote bushy growth of the plants.

Even in temperate climates, the cold winter climate can really impact the growth of your plants. The affects all stages of growth, however, it has the biggest impact on plants during germination.
The best ways to boost your seeds chances of germinating are:

1. Keep them warm- seeds are less likely to germinate if they are subject to very cold, or even just fluctuating temperatures.

2. Keep them humid - if the air is too dry your seeds will be reluctant to start the germination process so make sure they're well watered in and somewhere with a little humidity.

3. Plant accordingly - not all plants like the winter, so make sure you check your seed packages for planting information before purchase. Sometimes it may be easier to grow something seasonal which will thrive without effort!

Plants require a few things to survive:

Nutrients - Soil simply holds the nutrients that plants need to grow. If you wash out the nutrients from the soil, then it becomes no more useful for growth than concrete. This is, in fact, an issue with modern agriculture as short-sighted crop rotation and heavy use of industrial fertilisers results in soil degradation. Plants require three main macronutrients to survive: Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Potassium (you may hear these referred to as NPK in the Hydroponics world). In addition to this, they need certain micronutrients for various growth and health functions. Growing with our nutrient powder means you get the ideal mixture of nutrients required for plant growth. If you were to grow in the soil - all these nutrients may not be available, or your plant may have to expend unnecessary energy to grow it's roots to find the nutrients it needs.

Light - Sunlight is great for growing plants, but what is sunlight really? It's a broad spectrum of waves that are emitted by the sun when it releases energy via fusion. In other words - there are certain wavelengths of light that plants need to grow. This varies slightly between plant species but is usually a small band of blue light between 430 and 450 nm, and red light between 640 and 680 nm. Our LED provides this so that your plants can grow indoors without having to be anywhere near the sun.

Water - In soil water is essential in breaking down nutrients that are held in the soil so that they can be sucked up by plants. Water also fills up plant cells, providing the structure and rigidity that allows it to grow (that's why plants wilt when they don't have enough water). It's necessary for both photosynthesis - which is how plants convert nutrients into energy for growth, and transpiration - the evaporation that allows plants to cool down. Our Indoor Garden has a 1.5L reservoir that stores enough water to feed plants for 2 to 4 weeks depending on the size of the plant. This allows all the above functions to occur, resulting in a happy-healthy plant.

A growing medium - something that retains water and allows nutrients to pass into the roots of the plant.

Adequate environmental conditions- such as temperature around 23 Degrees Celsius, 50% humidity and a reasonable level of airflow. Our TerraGarden is great for providing your plants with optimal conditions with its inbuilt aeration pump & fan.

It is often quite tricky to spot the difference between an unhealthy plant and an awkward teenage plant. Sometimes you may think your plant is growing poorly, when in reality it's doing just fine! Here are a few tricks to help you diagnose your plant and ways to treat these issues:

- Yellowing leaves - this is a very common sign that your plant isn’t as healthy as it should be. The most common causes of yellowing leaves in your hydroponic setup is a poor nutrient balance. The best way to treat this is by ‘flushing your system’ which is very easy. All you have to do is empty the nutrient rich water that is currently in your system and refilling it with plain water. You can add nutrients again roughly a week or two after flushing (or you can re-add the nutrients as soon as the plant stops producing yellow those yellow leaves). We recommend re-using the nutrient rich water in other plants!

- Drooping leaves - Seedlings may naturally look this way, the pert upright bunches you see of them are usually fully mature plants (a few months old). However, if you notice your plant looking limp its usually due to humidity/air temperature/water temperature (these all go hand in hand). The first thing you can do is to check is that your plant is getting enough water and that all of its roots are submerged. Secondly you’ll want to move your unit to a location that’s either in a cooler spot or is well ventilated. Leave your unit there until you see your plants start perking back up (this should only take a day or two)!

- Crispy leaves - if you’re noticing burns on the leaves of your plants it is most likely due to excess light. If your plant is receiving too much light its leaves will start to get a little crispy, but it’s a very easy fix. All you have to do is move your unit to a slightly darker area or if you’re using Grow lights, turn down both the intensity, move the lights farther away, or use a shorter timer setting.

- Thin/sparse (Spindly!) - This is the most common thing we get asked about and 99% of the time it is due to one of two reasons:

1. The plant could be young and hasn’t had a chance to ‘fill out’. if so, have patience and it will grow into itself!

2. Alternatively the plant may not be getting enough nutrients, all you have to do for this one is add a few mL of nutrients!

Yes! There are heaps of reasons why growing in a hydroponic smart garden is easy and hassle-free!

- Plants like stable conditions, growing indoors means there are no major temperature, wind, or light intensity fluctuations.

- Plants grown indoors are safe from common garden and soil pests.

- The nutrients used contains a wide range of the major macro and micro nutrients that plants need to grow. This is readily available to the roots of your plant, whereas in soil based agriculture the soil may not contain all the required nutrients that your plant needs to grow.

In addition to this, most of our products have water level indicators at automatic lighting timers which take the manual work out of plant growth!

This varies from plant to plant and the temperature of your house. On average you will see some sort of germination between 3 and 7 days. But please look up your plants expected germination time for more specific results.

Check out this handy table for a good reference of where to start!

Germination time (Days):

Genovese Basil: 5-10

Coriander: 7-10

Garlic Chives:14-21

Spinach: 5-10

Dill: 7-21

Cos Lettuce: 7-14

Rocket: 7-21

Chives: 7-14

Nasturtium: 7-14

Lovage: 7-21

Cimmaron Lettuce: 7-14

Thai Basil: 5-10

Rainbow Silverbeet (Chard): 5-10

Golden Silverbeet (Chard): 5-10

Oregano: 7-14

Watercress: 12-15

Corn Salad: 7-21

Violet- Johnny Jump Up: 4-7

Chrysanthemum: 10-14

In the natural environment, UV radiation from the sun kills the mold before it grows, however, our Smart Gardens don't use UV lights (as UV light damages plants in the same way that it damages human skin) - which means mould can sometimes grow in our smart soil.

Most of the mould that we see in our hydroponic setups is white and fluffy. The good news is that this is usually not likely to damage the plant in any way.

Mould prevention:
1. Improve airflow- a place near a window or area with a draft. A moderate level of airflow over plant leaves also helps the plants grow.
2. Reduce humidity and keep the plant in a drier area in your home if possible.
3. Regulate heat- around 25 degrees celsius is ideal.

Once you have already identified that you have mold growing, its a bit too late for the preventative measures, but you can still kill the mould:
1. React ASAP and stop the spread before it grows
2. Mix 1 part water with 1 part vinegar and spray over your growth medium daily until the mould is gone. Try to avoid spraying the leaves themselves, and just aim for the roots if possible.
3. If this does not work the best option may be to empty everything out and start again with new smart soil.

Chances are you're doing everything right, but you're just growing a plant that takes a while to grow, or isn't in the best conditions. Here are some typical reasons why plant growth may be slow:

- Some plants grow at a consistent speed but more often than not they have growth spurts. It might just be in a slow phase of its growth cycle.

- They might not have enough nutrients or light- make sure you have your unit set to a grow light cycle and that your plant has been fed nutrients.

- You may be over pruning them- if you pick too much of your plant you wont be leaving enough leaves to keep the plant growing healthily, so let them grow back a little between harvests!

- It's too cold - many plants like temperatures in the mid-20s. Cold weather and low airflow can often stunt growth.

You CAN use hydroponics as a seed starter to grow your plants up to a size where they can safely be planted outside. However, you do not NEED to do this. The main reason for transplanting a plant into soil would be to grow something that needs a large amount of space.

If you do want to transplant, the instruction are as below:

Soil to Hydro

1. Gently dig up your plant, ensuring minimal to no root damage.

2. Shake as much loose dirt off the roots as possible.

3. Remove any remaining soil with running water (it often helps to soak the plant for 15mins before attempting this)

4. Trim any excessively long roots (This is usually only necessary with very established plants)

5. 'Re-plant' your cleaned plants, ensuring that all roots are submerged

6. Water the plant in (just enough to make sure that all of the roots are damp)

Hydro to soil

1. Gently remove your plant from the unit (there may be a little breakage as hydroponically grown plants tend to have thinner roots)

2. Remove any remaining medium

3. 'Re-plant' your prepared plant into the soil

4. Water in heavily

5. Water extremely regularly for the first two weeks to help the plant acclimatise to the new environment.

Postage

Ready to purchase but don't want to get surprised with an unexpected postage cost?

The calculation of your postage rates will depend on your zip code, the number of items you will purchase, and its estimated weight.

If you don't want to get surprised with the shipping fee, we do have a Shipping Rates Calculator that you can use before finalizing your order and checking out.

To access it, simply put an item on your shopping cart, click on the Shopping Cart icon, and then click on Edit Cart. Scroll down and look for Shipping Rates Calculator and then enter your State/Territory and Postal Code. Then, simply click on Calculate Shipping Rates and you will be given an estimated rate for parcel post and express post shipments.

We often pack our seeds and nutrients into our kits to stop them getting damaged. So please check the following locations for these items:

1. Check inside all of the boxes - especially any internal boxes within your kits as that is where we most commonly put them!

2. Check your order for a brown paper envelope- if we cannot put the seeds in a kit we often pack them into little envelopes to keep them safe!

3. Check that your order hasn't been sent in 2 parts- This will be noted on your AusPost tracking page or order confirmation page (which is emailed to you and may divert to your junk mail sometimes).

If you still can't find them - contact us here.