About Aeroponics

How does the Roots Vertical Garden Work?

Using aeroponic technology, plants receive their nutrients through a liquid fertilizer rather than from the soil. This allows your plants to grow faster than traditional gardening without having to worry about weeding, soil condition, or frequency of rain. The nutrients and water delivery are carefully regulated through the customizable timer.

Why would I want to use the Roots Vertical Garden rather than traditional gardening?

No weeding is required. You never need to rely on rain. You can grow more in less space. Above everything, it’s designed to be a fun experience!

What can I grow in the Roots Vertical Garden?

Currently, Roots Vertical Garden is able to grow tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and herbs. We are currently testing strawberries, spinach, zucchini, cucumbers, and other delicious plants for you to try soon!

How much time will I need to set aside to use it?

About 2 minutes a day after setup. Setup should take about 15 minutes to get your water added and make sure the growing conditions are ideal. The 2 minutes a day are for checking your PH level and making sure your plants look healthy.

Can anybody grow using the Roots Vertical Garden?

Not everyone can successfully use the Roots Vertical Garden. Growing takes basic plant care and most importantly patience. This product is intended to be used by people who enjoy finding innovative ways to grow their own food but might not have the time or desire for a full outdoor garden. The product tries to make gardening easier, but it still isn’t for everyone.

What about transplants?

Roots Vertical Gardens uses a soilless growing method so you cannot insert transplants into the plant mounts. Instead, simply order your needed seeds 3-4 weeks before the outdoor growing season. We recommend doing this for bigger plants such as peppers and tomatoes. You can germinate the seeds prior to the growing season so they have a head start on the season.

How much electricity does it use?

The Roots Vertical Garden uses an average of 0.05 kilowatt/hrs per day. This means, it will use between $1.50 and $3.50 of electricity a year at $0.12 per kw/hr which is the national average. If you are only growing outdoors during the warm months, it will be towards $1.50 while growing indoors or outside 24-7 ALL YEAR ROUND, will be closer to $3.50.

What kind of space do I need for my Roots Vertical Garden?

All you need is a balcony, porch, or deck that gets plenty of sunlight throughout the day with access to an electrical outlet. The Roots Vertical Garden is 2.5 feet tall and just over 1 foot wide so it doesn’t need much space at all. It all depends on how big you expect your plants to get from there!

Can I use it to grow indoors?

The Roots Vertical Garden is designed to grow plants outdoors in temperatures no lower than 65 degrees Fahrenheit. For areas with a shorter growing season, the Roots Vertical garden can grow inside with the appropriate indoor equipment which we are currently working hard to make available for you in the future. Wondering if you already have your own indoor equipment for growing, email us atinfo@rootsverticalgardens.com and we will let you know if your Roots Vertical Garden is compatible.

What is aeroponics?

Aeroponics is a method of growing plants without the use of soil similar to hydroponics. The difference is that aeroponics doesn’t use constantly running water, allowing the roots of the plants to be exposed to more oxygen. Roots Vertical Gardens uses its own aeroponic design that is constructed for ideal home use allowing you to worry less and grow more.

How many plants can I grow?

You can grow (any combination of) 15 heads of lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, or whatever you decide to try and grow.

Can I use my own seeds?

Yes, the Roots Vertical Garden is set up so you can add your own seeds to the rockwool that comes with the starter kit. We sell Johnny’s Selected Seeds because they have been tested in the Roots Vertical Garden, but it is not only limited to these seeds. If you have a question regarding whether certain seeds will work with your Roots Vertical Garden, contact us at info@rootsverticalgardens.com or 585-813-6339.

Do I have to use the specific nutrients that come with a kit?

Although the nutrients that come with the kit are not the only nutrients that will work, we highly recommend you only use the nutrients provided as they are what has been tested to work with your Roots Vertical Garden.

How long does it take for plants to grow?

This depends on what you are growing. Tomatoes and peppers have a much longer seed to harvest range than lettuce. For a more accurate time range, refer to the seed package of the plants.