Best Plants to Grow in the AeroGarden: From Herbs to Veggies

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On a chilly winter morning, as I sip my coffee, I love watching the first rays of sun cast a warm glow on my lush AeroGarden, teeming with vibrant herbs, juicy tomatoes, and delicate flowers. It’s a sight to behold and a testament to the magic of indoor gardening.

In this oasis, the seasons don’t dictate what I can grow. The AeroGarden has become my silent companion, a green retreat amidst the concrete jungle.

But what exactly are the best things to grow in an AeroGarden? In this article, I’ll use all of my past experiences to share the best AeroGarden plants.

With AeroGarden plants growing up to five times faster than in regular gardens with pesticides, there are many tasty, fast-growing plants that’ll sprout. 

I’ll look at varieties of plants, different kinds of salad greens mixes, and green vegetables. Grow your own healthy non-GMO food without herbicides. Harvest months of vegetables, different kinds of peppers, AeroGarden sweet bell peppers, and more. 

Best Plants to Grow in an AeroGarden

Best Herbs to Grow in an AeroGarden

Herbs Growing in AeroGarden
Herbs Growing in AeroGarden

Fresh herbs are a delight for any green thumb, and the AeroGarden is a haven for these aromatic wonders. They’re easy to grow and maintain, ready to start harvesting and pruning in as little as 4 weeks.

They’ll give a continuous harvest of herbs for weeks and months. Imagine the sweet aroma of basil takes me back to hearty spaghetti dinners at grandma’s, while a sprinkle of fresh oregano over a hot pizza transports me to a quaint little pizzeria in Naples.

Here are some of the best herbs to grow in an AeroGarden that I have personally grown:

  • Parsley – Parsley is one of my favorite herbs that grows well indoors. I use fresh leaves in salads, soups, and pasta dishes.
  • Oregano – Oregano can be used in so many ways. I love the strong flavor as it goes great on pizza and chicken.
  • Basil – Basil is another staple herb in my AeroGarden. It adds great flavor to food. 
  • Thyme – Thyme has a unique aroma that makes me want to cook something delicious.
  • Rosemary – Rosemary is a very popular herb that I like to have around. The smell is amazing!
  • Sage – Sage is also a very common herb that you find in most grocery stores. It adds a nice flavor to foods.
  • Mint – Mint is another favorite herb that I enjoy having around. It’s refreshing when you add it to drinks or cocktails.
  • Dill – Dill is another herb that is often found in grocery stores, but you can grow at home. It’s a good addition to salads and sandwiches.
  • Cilantro – Cilantro is great addition to Mexican and Spanish cuisines. 
  • Tarragon – Tarragon is a French herb that pairs well with fish, poultry, and eggs.

Herbs grow up to manageable heights and therefore you can easily grow them through any season. The AeroGarden Systems come with a few herb seed kits that can grow a range of herbs.

AeroGarden Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kits are one of the most popular pod kits that they offer, along with many options for seed plants that can be found on their online store

  • Pesto Basil Seed Pod Kit
  • Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
  • Asian Herbs Seed Pod Kit
  • Italian Herbs Seed Pod Kit
  • Traditional Medicinal Herb Seed Pod Kit
  • Herb Lover’s Seed Pod Kit
  • International Basil Seed Pod Kit
  • Fresh Tea Seed Kit
  • Cocktail and Mocktail Herb Blend

If you wish to grow herbs in a bunch, it is always preferable to add 2-3 seeds in the seed pod as these tiny seeds will grow into a bunch. Herbs will take 4 weeks to harvest.

If you want to grow any other kind of herbs that AeroGarden doesn’t offer, you can get their Grow Anything Seed Kit or the AeroGarden Seed Starting System that can be later transferred elsewhere.

Best Vegetables to Grow in an AeroGarden

Red Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes Growing in AeroGarden
Red Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes Growing in AeroGarden

When people say you can grow anything in an AeroGarden System that is not true. A few tall plants like corn cannot be grown or accommodated in any of the AeroGarden Garden Systems.

But there are plenty of tall-sized plants that I’ve been able to grow in my 24-inch AeroGarden Farms. I was able to grow the plenty of tomatoes and peppers, which both grow tall.

Root vegetables that grow deep into the soil like radishes, carrots, potatoes, etc., cannot be grown as there’s not enough plant spacing in the water tank for roots to fully expand. 

From my AeroGarden experiences, here are the best vegetables to grow in an AeroGarden:

  • Green Beans – Green beans are a must-have vegetable in every kitchen. They’re easy to grow with an AeroGarden and taste great. 
  • Cherry Tomatoes (Red Heirloom, Mega Cherry, Mighty Cherry) – Cherry tomatoes are just awesome with an AeroGarden. Growing tomatoes is fun too, especially for the kids. Pick them off the plant and eat them right away.
  • Peppers (Chili Pepper, Jalapeño, Sweet Bell Pepper, Thai Pepper) – Peppers are also very easy to grow. If you like spicy food, chili peppers and jalapeño peppers are great. 
  • Eggplants – Eggplants are also a favorite among many. They have a sweet flavor and are easy to grow.
  • Cucumbers – Cucumbers are a summer staple. They’re easy to pick from the vine and taste delicious fresh from the plant.

These are just some of the seed pod kits that are available along with the AeroGarden systems are:

  • Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato Seed Pod Kit
  • Tomato and Pepper Variety Seed Pod Kit
  • Red and Golden Cherry Tomato Seed Pod Kit
  • Shishito Pepper Seed Pod Kit
  • Jalapeño Pepper Seed Pod Kit

The majority of vegetables growing in an AeroGarden can be harvested for continuously 4 months. Plant tomato seeds and harvest cherry tomatoes to your heart’s desire. 

Best Salad Greens to Grow in an AeroGarden

Lettuce and Salad Greens Growing in AeroGarden
Lettuce and Salad Greens Growing in AeroGarden

Craving a bowl of fresh, crisp salad greens? With the AeroGarden, you can have it right at your fingertips, anytime. The crispness of freshly harvested lettuce, the subtle bitterness of arugula, and the earthy taste of kale – my salads have never been the same since I started growing my greens.

The best salad greens to grow in an AeroGarden system:

  • Bok Choi (Bok Choy) – Bok choi has long been considered one of the most nutritious leafy green veggies. It’s a relative newcomer to the world of salad greens, but quickly became popular because of its high nutrient content. It’s also the perfect veggie for Asian dishes.
  • Beet Greens – Beets are a good source of vitamin C. They’re also tasty when cooked. The leaves of beet greens are tender and mild tasting.
  • Romaine Lettuce – Romaine lettuce is a classic choice for salads. It’s sturdy and holds up well to rough handling during harvesting.
  • Kale – Kale is another superfood that’s packed with nutrients. It’s a member of the cabbage family and has a slightly bitter flavor. This is a favorite of mine because for its nutritious value. 
  • Arugula – Arugula is a peppery herb that adds zip to any dish. Its leaves are dark green and have a slight mustard flavor.
  • Swiss Chard – Swiss chard is a hearty green vegetable that grows easily and tastes great raw or cooked. It’s a good source of vitamins A and C.
  • Mustard Greens – Mustard greens are a member of the cabbage group and have a strong flavor. They’re a bit bitter if eaten raw, but they add a nice kick to stews and soups.
  • Butter Head Lettuce – Butterhead lettuces are known for their soft heads and buttery texture. They’re often used as wraps and sandwiches.
  • Collard Greens – Collards are a member of the turnip family and have a distinctive earthy flavor. They’re a good source of iron, calcium, and fiber.

These are the seed pod kits that are available to grow in an AeroGarden:

  • Beet Greens Kit
  • Heirloom Salad Green Kit
  • Green Smoothie Kit
  • Salad Lover’s Kit
  • Salsa Garden Kit

Salad greens can give you three months of continuous harvests.

Best Flowers to Grow in an AeroGarden

Flowers are often said to be seasonal plants that can only grow and bloom in certain weather and climate conditions. But what if you could grow those flowers all year-round?

I love the aromas and looks that AeroGarden flowers bring into my home, even if it’s a blizzard outside.

There are a few flowering plants that can grow in the AeroGarden system and sustain throughout the year, irrespective of the cold weather outside. 

Here’s a list of the best flowers for AeroGarden:

  • Dark Pink Dianthus
  • Yellow striped Gazania
  • Yellow Coreopsis
  • Phox
  • Petunias
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Snapdragon
  • Zinnia
  • Mini Petunia
  • Celosia
  • Stock Flowers

You will be pleased to find the aroma and beauty of these flowers in your house, the same quality as soil-grown plants, throughout the year. 

AeroGarden provides a wide variety of seed pod kit options:

  • Cascading Petunias Seed Pod Kit
  • English Cottage Seed Pod Kit
  • Lots of Lavender Seed Pod Kit
  • Mountain Meadow Seed Pod Kit
  • Love Blooms Seed Pod Kit
  • Colorful Coleus Seed Pod Kit
  • Flower Lover’s Seed Pod Kit
  • Rainbow Fire Seed Pod Kit
  • Spring Flowers Seed Pod Kit

Depending on which region you’re in, you can grow your favorite flowers too, only if those are not too high growing. Usually, flowering plants grow as shrubs and in a bunch, therefore, you may want to keep some space between the pod, giving them enough room to grow. 

Best Fruits to Grow in an AeroGarden

Strawberries Growing in AeroGarden
Strawberries Growing in AeroGarden

The thrill of plucking a ripe, juicy strawberry right off the plant is unparalleled. And in an AeroGarden, you can experience this joy year-round. While the size limitations of the AeroGarden may not accommodate larger fruits, the variety of smaller fruits it can nurture is delightful.

My morning cereal topped with fresh berries from my AeroGarden is now a cherished ritual.

Let’s explore the fruits that will thrive in your AeroGarden:

  • Strawberry – Strawberries are one of my favorites. They taste delicious and are easy to grow. I like to plant them at the back of the garden where it gets full sun. You’ll need to get your own strawberry crowns and the Grow Anything Seed Pod Kits though. Check out my Strawberry and AeroGarden guide to learn more.
  • Raspberry – Raspberries are also very popular. They’re easy to grow and require little maintenance.
  • Blueberry – Blueberries are also very popular among gardeners. They’re small berries with a sweet flavor. They’re ideal for picking and eating fresh or making into jams. My wife loves making blueberry pies and muffins.
  • Cherry – Cherries are another fruit that are easy to grow. The cherry tree grows well in most areas of the world. It’s hardy and needs little care.

To grow larger fruit, you’ll need to look at the AeroGarden Farm models that are larger with 12 and 24 pod spaces. That will give you the space needed, plus the lighting conditions to grow.

Another way to grow larger fruits in an AeroGarden is to start the seed and germination process in an AeroGarden and then transplant them outdoors into your larger garden.

Unfortunately, there are no convenient AeroGarden Fruit Seed Pods, so you’ll need to make your own. It’s not too difficult to do that though. You just need to get the AeroGarden Grow Anything Seed Kits.

AeroGarden Grow Anything Seed Kits

Grow Anything Seed Kits allow people to grow almost any combination of plants and veggies and herbs and flowers in an AeroGarden.

The kits include everything that comes with the seed pod kits, except for the seeds. 

  • Grow Sponges
  • Grow Domes
  • Labels
  • Grow Baskets 
  • Formulated liquid nutrients as plant food (3 ounces)

For those plants that will eventually become too large to grow and maintain in an AeroGarden, you can still start the plants in the AeroGarden. 

Add on Seed Starting Kits, you can choose to sprout them in an AeroGarden, and then later transfer these seedlings to outdoor gardens when the temperature is supportive. This kit is ideal for root cuttings too. 

How to Start Growing With an AeroGarden

Now that you know what grows best in an AeroGarden, you probably want to get one right away. I’ll take you through some basic factors to consider before choosing an AeroGarden system. 

1. What Do You Want to Grow in the AeroGarden?

The first and the most important decision you will have to make before you purchase an AeroGarden is what kind of plants you wish to grow.

If you’re planning to only grow flowers and/or herbs, the Harvest model with 6 pods should be enough. You don’t necessarily need anything larger, because you can transfer the flowers to 

If you want to eat all organic home-grown vegetables and leafy greens, look at the 9-pod Bounty models and the 24-pod Farm models, like the AeroGarden Farm Plus. 

Also consider how high the plants you’re looking at will grow. With the bottles of water of nutrients and the powerful LED lights, you’ll want to look at the Bounty models, like the Bounty Elite 24-inch height indoor gardens.

2. Number of People and Family Size

In addition to looking at what you want to grow, you need to consider how many people you’re looking to feed. 

  • For 2 people, the Harvest and Bounty models should be enough. 
  • For 3-4 people, you’ll want to get a Bounty or Farm garden. 
  • For 4+ people or more, you’ll want to get a Farm garden. 

We have a family of 4, but often have relatives come over, so we have a Farm 24 XL to make sure everyone gets fed!

These are just rough guidelines and different reasons could warrant getting specific models. For example, if you’re looking to cut down trips to food stores, you may want to start with the Farm 24 gardens. 

As your desire for daily harvests of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and other plant foods grows, you can purchase more gardens. Grow different types of plants in each one.

Imagine a basement garden with minimal light needed other than the LED lights, and stilll achieving a great growth rate. 

Best Things to Grow in AeroGarden Final Thoughts

There are almost 175+ AeroGarden seed pod kits on Amazon and on AeroGarden’s Website that you can purchase. They come in different pod sizes: 3, 6, 9, 12, and 24-Pod kits. 

Another thing to keep in mind is the water quality. Stay away from rain, well, and spring water as they’re not conducive to hydroponic gardening. Tap water mixed with AeroGarden’s liquid nutrients creates a solution of water in a good pH range for the plants to grow quickly.

Here are a couple of my favorite AeroGarden seed kits:

AeroGarden Salad Bar, 24-pod – Lots of salad greens, Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato, and Golden Harvest Cherry Tomato. Includes liquid plant food and plant spacers.

AeroGarden Tomato & Pepper Variety Seed Pod Kit – Mega Cherry Tomato, Poblano Pepper, Sweet Bell Pepper, liquid plant food, and plant spacers.

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Henry Bravo
Henry Bravo, a University of California, Davis graduate with a BS in Plant Sciences, combines his expertise in horticulture with a passion for smart technology. He specializes in smart gardens, hydroponics, and robotic lawn care, aiming to enhance gardening practices for families. Henry's articles focus on integrating cutting-edge technology to make gardening more efficient and enjoyable, reflecting his commitment to merging natural greenery with innovative solutions.

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