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Things You Will Need

Pot (3 to 4 inches)

Seed-starting mix or potting soil

Growing an AeroGarden or a similar indoor hydroponic garden is a trend. Manufactured by AeroGrow, these indoor gardening devices let you grow plants with no soil; instead, the plants thrive on air, water, grow lights and nutrients that you add in yourself. You can grow mini rose plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs ‒ all indoors. If you’re wondering how to transplant hydroponic plants into soil, pay attention to the process.

AeroGarden Transplant Preparations and Setup

Aerogarden kits include a base, pods (grow sponges with seeds in them) and grow lights. The pods are made from peat, which aids in root development. You can choose from a variety of seeds when purchasing the garden and order extra seedpods as needed. If growing herbs, you can choose from cilantro, basil, oregano, dill, rosemary and many more.

After the garden is up and running, you can grow your plants year-round. If they get too big, too crowded or develop algae, you may want to consider an AeroGarden transplant. Many gardeners start seedlings in AeroGardens with this in mind and transplant the plants afterwards. Transplanting hydroponic plants to soil requires careful planning, but it can be done successfully.

Aerogarden plants and herbs must get used to their new environment gradually once they are replanted into pots, so don’t plant them directly into the ground outdoors. To get started, you will need a 3- to 4-inch pot; increase this size if the plant is larger. Also make sure the pot has the proper drainage holes to prevent overwatering. Since the plants or herbs will be on the smaller side, a seed-starting medium generally works well. Fill the pot about 2/3 full and dampen it with water, leaving a hole in the center. If you don’t want to use seedling mix, opt for a high-quality potting soil.

Removing the Aerogarden Pods

It’s easier to remove younger plants by taking the grow sponges from the baskets. Using a pair of sturdy scissors, cut the baskets in half and take out the pods. More established plants must be gently coaxed out, so carefully jiggle them a bit as you slowly pull them out. The roots may be tangled with those of other plants, and you don’t want to cause damage.

When Aerogarden plants and herbs get stuck, use a smaller pair of sterilized scissors and snip off some of the roots as a last resort. As a reference point, hydroponic roots are longer and narrower than roots grown in soil. Your young plants and herbs should be planted straight into their pots, so do this slowly. Also spread their roots as much as possible; horizontal placement is best. The plant’s stem should go into the soil 1 inch or more to help provide stability, since you don’t want your plant to tip over.

Next, fill your pot with soil and tamp it down softly over the roots, adding water and food as needed. If you don’t have fertilized soil, you can use the AeroGarden-brand nutrient liquids to keep the plants healthy. The transplanted pods will need plenty of care and adequate sunlight to thrive, but do not place them in direct sunlight for the first week. Instead, gradually increase their exposure to light until they become hardier.

Once they are healthy and growing, you can transplant the plants and herbs in an outdoor garden. Going forward, give them some extra care and check for growth problems. The key to a successful AeroGarden transplant is a lot of attention.

How to Transplant AeroGarden Herbs. The AeroGarden is a small, indoor growing system that works similarly to a hydroponics system. AeroGardens work well for starting herb seeds. As the plants grow larger, they can be removed from the AeroGarden and transplanted into containers. Leaving the plastic growing basket …

How to Transplant AeroGarden Plants

To transplant from the AeroGarden try these steps:

1) Moisten some high quality potting soil (get a really good soil from your garden center or a hydroponic store)

2) Remove plant from AeroGarden

3) With heavy duty scissors carefully cut the basket in half lengthwise and remove the pod from the roots.

4) Place roots into a 4 inch peat pot, holding top of pod level with top of pot

5) Gently drop in soil around the roots, building up toward the top, so that when the last soil fills the pot, it is filling around the top of the pod

6) Press down around the pod, gently, so compress the soil around the pod and support the plant

7) Add more soil if needed

8) Place pot in a well lit, but not sunny location for one week, keeping soil evenly moist (bottom watering is best for this)

9) After a week, move to a sunny location or under grow lights

10) After another week, start hardening off to move outside. Place plants on a shady porch, first for an hour a day, then gradually increasing as they “harden”. After about a week, if weather permits (above freezing) you can transplant them into the ground or outdoor containers.

11) You can skip steps 1-9 if you harden off the plants well in advance of transplanting, but steps 1-9 really help the plants adjust to soil

How to Transplant AeroGarden Plants To transplant from the AeroGarden try these steps: 1) Moisten some high quality potting soil (get a really good soil from your garden center or a hydroponic