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What is the Best Indoor Herb Grower for Small Apartments?

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For those of us who don’t have balconies, indoor herb growers are the best thing in gardening since Miracle-Gro. But the best models don’t come cheap. Which one is worth your hard-earned buck? Here, I’ll dissect customer reviews to determine which is the best indoor herb grower for small apartments.

AeroGarden Ultra

Produced by AeroGrow, this particular model is the top-rated herb grower on Amazon. It boasts a powerful 30-watt LED light tuned to the ideal light spectrum for plants. There are seven ‘pods’ in which to grow plants, and the Amazon model includes Basil, Thyme, Mint, Parsley, Chives and Dill seeds.

The reviews emphasize how easy the AeroGarden is to use, along with the durability of its construction (great to know, since that LED lamp neck looks a bit flimsy in the picture.)

But is it good at growing plants? The reviews on this are a bit mixed. Many buyers report that plants on one side do better than the others, indicating an LED lighting imbalance or uneven water distribution. There are also complaints about its supposedly ‘smart’ electronic controls being lackluster.

Regardless, if the customer photos are any indication, the AeroGarden can grow some big, healthy-looking plants under the right conditions. Considering the modest price, its definitely an herb grower worth considering, even if it isn’t the best indoor herb grower on the market.

IKEA VAXER/KRYDDA Hydroponic Growth Kits

I was stoked when I heard IKEA was releasing a hydroponic growth kit back in 2016. I also thought to myself, “This thing will be everywhere a year from now.” IKEA has a knack for bringing niche things into the mainstream, so I figured the same thing would happen with indoor herb growing systems.

Two years on, we hardly hear about the VAXER and KRYDDA. What happened?

Well, for one, it turns out the kit never hit North American shores. But there are some reviews of the products in English, which point out:

  • An impressive build quality considering the price
  • A convenient tray/propagator system (which boasts far more growing space than the tiny AeroGrow Ultra)
  • Easy management and adjustment for hydroponics beginners.

There are a few complaints, however. First, the growing units are spaced very close together, leaving little room for your plants to grow big and leafy. The LED height is not adjustable, limiting what you can grow. Finally, the seeds that come packaged with the kit are apparently lousy (though they’re not really what you’re paying for when you buy a system like this).

As for the design, it’s not quite as compact nor aesthetically pleasing as the AeroGarden models, but it does fare better in terms of functionality.

Danby Fresh

If you can afford it, Danby’s Fresh Home Herb Grower ranks as one of the best indoor herb growers, period. Unlike the models mentioned above, it provides ventilation and climate control features (which plants love, since most prefer moister climates than what Canada has to offer). The unit comes with adjustable shelves rather than fixed growing units, so you can grow plants in whatever size or configuration you want so long as it fits.

Above all else, I love how sturdy and durable this unit is compared to other herb growers. There’s no chance you’ll knock this thing off the counter-top, and it protects your plants from pets, which are both problems I’ve had when it comes to growing herbs in the past.

The only downside is the cost: Danby’s herb grower is costly at $258 CDN. But I suspect it’ll last a lot longer than a small counter-top model will.

Written by Brittany

September 14th, 2018 at 4:52 pm

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