Why should I clean my Rise Garden?
Cleaning your Rise Garden is an important step to maintain your plants’ health and keep your system running efficiently. Plants can leave behind dead leaves, roots, and other plant matter. Our nutrient mixes might slowly produce nutrient buildup that can coat the inside of your pump and slow it down over time. Make sure to follow our cleaning guidelines to keep your plants happy and healthy!
What you’ll need:
- Spray bottle
- Cleaning vinegar
- Tough scrubbing sponge
**Note: we do not recommend using soaps or other cleaning products as they can leave behind residue or contain chemicals that can harm your plants. Cleaning vinegar is low-cost, leaves no residue, and is completely non-toxic to your plants.
Every time you harvest a plant from your Garden, you will need to do a small amount of cleaning:
- Follow the instructions on your app when it is time to harvest a plant. When it is time to remove a plant from your Garden, cut your plant at the base of the plant pod to harvest the plant. Then, carefully pull out the roots. *CAUTION* they will drip water!
- Remember to check your water trays to make sure that no stray plant roots or leaves were left behind. If you leave this biomatter in your Garden, it could attract mold or pests.
In order to keep your plants growing healthy, make sure to clean your Nursery and Garden often!
Deep Clean Every 3 Months….
Every 3 months, you need to do a full deep clean of your Garden system. This prevents buildup of micronutrients that can limit plant growth over time.
Before you start:
Remove all Tray Lids, Net Cups, and plants from your Garden. Soak all plastic components in warm, soapy water, and scrub away any plant biomatter that you can see.
If your plants have large root systems (meaning you are unable to pull the roots up through their tray holes) you should harvest these plants to make room for new plants.
It’s best to wait until your Garden is almost out of water before starting a deep clean, so that there’s less work involved in removing water from your Garden. NOTE: never allow your Garden’s water level to drop below the safe operating limits.
Start by pouring in 2 cups of cleaning vinegar per level of your Family Garden, (pour in 2 cups for a Single level Garden, 4 cups for a Double level, and 6 cups for a Triple level). Let your Garden circulate this cleaning solution for 15-20 mins. During the time that your Garden is circulating this solution, scrub the insides of the water trays. This will disinfect your Garden.
Once your Garden has stopped cycling, unplug your Garden from the wall (stop power). On the top tray of your Garden, use a large sponge or rag to sweep the vinegar-water towards the drain (on the left side of your Garden), so it empties into the tray below. Repeat this sweeping process until all of your trays are empty. Make sure to remove as much water as possible and remove any debris as well. NOTE: all of this water will end up in your Garden’s water tank, so be careful not to overfill the water tank and flood your Garden.
Once all of the water has been swept into your water tank, remove the water tank from your cabinet. To do this:
- Using dry hands, start by unplugging your pump from the control board
- Remove the top of your water tank. Unscrew and remove your pump mount.
- Using one hand to bend your flexible plastic drain pipe up and over the lip of your water tank, use your other hand to gently move the water tank to the right of your cabinet. Your drain pipe should hang down vertically next to the water tank.
- Carefully slide the base pan in your Garden’s cabinet out, so that your water tank is pulled out just a bit (a few inches).
- Lift your water tank out from the base pan so it can be removed from the cabinet.
- Dump your water bin out in your sink, and scrub the sides of the water bin until it is clean.
While still at the sink, refill your water tank with a couple of gallons of water. Then, carry your water tank back to your Garden, and replace it in the base pan inside your cabinet doors. Refill the rest of your water tank with fresh, cold water. When your water tank is full, balance the pH of the water!
For soft water = 1 squirt of pH Balance per gallon of water
For hard water = 2 squirts of pH Balance per gallon of water
For very hard water = 3 squirts of pH Balance per gallon of water
Make sure that the flexible plastic drain pipe is situated back inside the water tank, and that the tank is pushed to the back, left corner of your Garden’s cabinet doors.
Clean out your pump and your pump's supply line by following this guide:
Once you have replaced all of the cleaned components of your Garden, make sure you re-plant any plants that you have. Then, your Garden is ready to use again!
NOTE: If you do a deep clean while you still have plants in your Garden, you can remove your plants temporarily while you are cleaning. After cleaning, be sure to place them back in their same spots in your Garden. Then, in the Rise Gardens app, you should Run Care in order to get your nutrients balanced again.