We offer Seedless Pods as a growing option (on our website, HERE). These pods allow you to grow your own seeds of your choosing, if there are plant varieties that are not already available on our website. Follow along with this guide to learn more about best practices for using Seedless Pods in your Garden.
Choosing plants to grow in your Rise Garden
Some plants grow better in a hydroponic environment than others!
Consider: Plant type
Some plants have structural obstacles that prevent them from growing well in a hydroponic setting. Deep-rooted vegetables like carrots and potatoes, for example, need low levels of moisture around their root systems in order to properly form, and to not attract mold. Other plants (like lettuces) thrive in a high-moisture environment. So, when picking plants to grow in your Garden, it’s important to consider what will fit well into the space provided.
Consider: Growing space
Personal Gardens have 12 inches of growing space, while Single Family Gardens have 18 inches of growing space, and Double and Triple Family Gardens have both (12 inches and 18 inches).
These varying growing heights create ideal growing spaces for different types of plants. The 12-inch growing space (in Personal Gardens and in the top level of Double and Triple Family Gardens) is great for smaller leafy greens like herbs and lettuces. The 18-inch growing space (in all Family Gardens) is ideal for larger fruiting plants and big veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and kale.
When you are searching for plants to grow in your Rise Garden, make sure that their maximum height does not exceed 12 inches for a Personal Garden, and 24 inches for the bottom level of a Family Garden (Family Gardens have more growing space for plant roots, and therefore, more flexibility).
Our Plant Scientists have chosen dwarf varieties for all of the Rise Gardens seeds that we sell on our website. These varieties have been tested and approved to grow well in a hydroponic setting. When finding new seeds to grow in your Garden, we recommend choosing dwarf varieties that do not grow taller than 24 inches.
Pro Tip - Tomatoes!
There are two types of Tomatoes: indeterminate and determinant. Indeterminate tomato varieties will continue to grow forever, while determinate tomato varieties will stop growing once they hit a specific height. Our Plant Scientists prefer using determinate tomato varieties.
Consider: Growing time
Our plants have a determined growing period which helps to keep your Rise Garden organized and functioning properly.
So, even if you have a tomato plant that is still producing tomatoes, its root mass and leaf canopy will grow to be so large that it will inhibit the growth of other plants after 160 days. With this in mind, it is important to check harvesting time when choosing your seeds. We recommend that you don’t grow any plants that take longer than 4 months to harvest.
Adding your own seeds into the Rise Gardens app
Even if you’re growing your own seeds in your Garden, they still need to be logged in the Rise Gardens app so that the app can make recommendations for adding nutrients! Each plant needs its own Plant Profile for the correct calculations to be made.
To do this, you must upload a similar plant into the app.
Matching a Custom Crop to an existing Rise Gardens plant
Using the information and characteristics that you know about the plant that you’ve chosen (ie. type, growing height and harvesting time), match your plant to a Rise Gardens app of the same type.
We have seven types of plants that our Plant Scientists have found to grow well in a Rise Garden:
- Little Greens
- Big Leafy Greens
- Fruiting plants
- Vining plants
- Root plants
From these categories, it is your job to try to match your crop to a Rise Gardens app as closely as possible.
For any advice, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’d be happy to connect you with one of our Plant Scientists!