Grow up to 12 of your favorite herbs, veggies or flowers all year long - no sun, soil or green thumb required! The AeroGarden Farm 12XL is a fully contained in-home garden system, automatically delivering everything your plants need to thrive. Manage your plant's needs and control the customizable grow light from the app, your Amazon Echo device, or the touchscreen control panel to grow 36" tall veggies like juicy tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, delicious squash - you name it! You can have delicious, fresh produce at your fingertips no matter what the weather is doing outside.
Grow up to 12 plants indoors all year long
Up to three feet of grow height to support full size vegetable varieties like tomatoes, peppers and more
Powerful, energy-efficient 60W LED grow light panel for improved production and bigger yields
Hi-res color touchscreen control panel with care reminders, garden status and grow tips
WiFi enabled and Alexa device compatible
60W LED Lighting System
Liquid Plant Food
Salad Bar Kit (12 pods)
The AeroGarden Farm 12: A 12-pod In-Home Garden System
Grow Lighting Bulb Type
Water Reservoir Capacity
12 Seed Pods
Farm 12 XL - Salad Bar Kit
Additional Accessories Included
The AeroGarden Farm 12: A 12-pod In-Home Garden System, a 60W LED Lighting System, a Salad Bar Kit (12 pods), Liquid Plant Food, Power Adapter, and Trellis
If you like gardening, or if you like the satisfaction of growing your own food or herbs, and you want to do it indoors (winter is coming), then you want an AeroGarden system. I can recommend it without hesitation. Even if gardening traditionally hasn’t been your thing, this isn’t exactly digging in the dirt, fighting bugs, and weeding. It’s simply turn-key planting and harvesting and even the brownest of thumbs will succeed and enjoy. Want to dip your toe in? Start with a small system, then graduate to a 'Farm.' The Farm 12 XL is ideal for taller plants like tomatoes.
- Turn-key Indoor Reusable Gardening System
- Easy to set up. Solid construction. Very stable.
- Easy to use. Worry free automated system with a digital touch screen display/control panel and App (not required but nice) WI-FI.
- Low power, low temperature LED lights
- No dirt, no bugs, no weeding. Just add water (and plant food)
- Upgrade path with different sized systems for other farming applications.
- The tall size is ideal for taller plants.
- Complete on-line ordering supplies for future re-planting.
- The initial investment is substantial. It’s an investment in the long term.
- The Farm 12 XL comes with standard lettuce and herb pods. Lettuce? That doesn’t show off the additional height.
- Grows virtually anything. Yes, even ‘that.’ Maybe, given the high level of self-contained automation, pristine environment, and height, it is especially good for growing ‘that.’
Up front, we (wife and I) are such a fan of the AeroGarden concept/execution the Farm 12 XL is our third indoor farm. So this is both a review of AeroGarden as an indoor farm family and the Farm 12 XL specifically. Let’s address the green elephant in the room. You are probably wondering, 'but is it worth the money?' I know I was skeptical with the first one before we set it up. But short answer is yes, it is worth every penny. Nothing beats picking fresh tomatoes and herbs right in your own kitchen, especially when the effort is so minimal. You are paying for simplicity, low upkeep, re-use and quality plants. And you can go on vacation and come home to Eden.
Our AeroGarden addiction started with the original small scale (end table) Harvest Elite (a Christmas present) where we grew the included lettuce and herbs. After the first harvest we switched to herbs exclusively. Right away we were impressed with how easy it was to use for indoor gardening, trouble and maintenance free. Input the appropriate light settings, turn it on and forget it. Plug it in, add water (and plant food), and watch it grow. And because the environment is so optimized, the plants grow faster than they commonly do outside. It’s a fully automated system, when it needs water it lets you know. It’s clean. It’s quiet. No dirt. No mess. Just magic. Kidding. But the AeroGarden botanists have worked out the science for you.
From the table top system, we graduated to the family farm, 24 pod (individual plants) capability, two separate control environments, 24 inches tall, much much larger, and now it feels like a productive system not just a hobby. But the tomatoes rapidly grew taller than the 24 inches height. And so when a 36 inch tall system came on the market we jumped to expand our indoor farm.
Which brings me to the Farm 12 XL. The rest of this review focuses on it solely. It’s 12, for 12 plantable pods in a 252 sq inch foot print (14 x 18 inch), and XL for 36 inches tall (versus 24 for the standard farm). It arrives in a well-packed, large box (see pics). One person can handle and assemble it, but it was fun and easier for the two of us to do. The system comes in modular components that were simple to bolt together, though you will have to consult the instructions. All in all it took us about a half hour in Total, but there were libations involved. Absolutely everything you need for assembly is included (including the hex key). There were two extra bolts that made us pause and think we missed something, but no, they were extra (really). Once assembled it is easy for one person to move it around (before planting). Good solid construction.
The lighting system is LEDs, so low power, no heat. The touch screen for controlling the lighting sequence is intuitive. The water and food notices are easy to see.
I can’t imagine how the system could be easier to use except for hiring a gardener. It comes with everything you need for your first crop, and anything you need for re-planting can be re-ordered for reasonable cost on the AeroGarden website. You will want to clean it thoroughly between plantings.
The overall form factor will make it easy to place in your home. On the floor. On a table. Even, in a closet. It’s height is ideal for tall plants like tomatoes, roses, well anything tall and bushy. My college graduate son was particularly intrigued by the opportunities to take advantage of the height.
For most crops, you won’t be able to rationalize getting it solely on cost. For example, you can buy tomatoes year round for cheaper. But not fresher. And not with the same sense of joy that comes from picking off the vine and popping into your mouth in the comfort of your own home in the dead of winter. You are buying it more for entertainment than production output.
I have recommended the AeroGarden system to my father and friends, and without exception, they all thanked me. Sharing tips and crops has become a common activity for us all.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Grow Just About Anything In Your Home
* Grow 12 things at a time in only 2 square feet of floor space.
* Plants can be up to 34“ tall before hitting the lights.
* Useful color touchscreen for control and status.
* WiFi control from anywhere with the useful app.
* Motorized light height.
* Magnetic trellis provided.
* Bundled seed kit doesn’t take advantage of expanded grow height.
* Automated light height would be nice.
I’ve been a satisfied owner of AeroGardens for years. I’ve always loved the ability to grow herbs and vegetables inside, wherever I had counter-top space. My last garden was the Harvest Touch which supported 6 plants at a time and had a convenient color touchscreen. It wasn’t connected at all (no WiFi or Bluetooth) but worked well anyway. Given its size, though, it really couldn’t grow anything too large. The lights ranged from 4.5” above the pods to as high at 11”. That means that once your garden really gets going, it usually hits the lights and the tips get burnt, or you have to trim them to keep the growth below the lights. Regardless, it was fun growing lettuce and herbs year-round, but given the height restriction, you really couldn’t grow things like tomatoes or peppers that grow taller.
This AeroGarden Farm 12XL takes everything great about my older Harvest Touch model, adds WiFi for remote monitoring, and vastly expands the grow space. This model can fit 12 pods at a time and the motorized lights now vary from 7.5” above the bed to a whopping 34” up! That’s more than enough headspace for the tall guys like tomatoes, peppers or just about anything else you want to grow.
Let’s start with the color, WiFi-enabled touchscreen. It shows the basics at-a-glance; like when the lights are due to turn on and off by their set schedule, how the water tank level is doing, when the plants need more fertilizer, and how long since the garden was first started. You can easily set up notifications to the phone app for when the water is low, the plants need some food, or other issues arise. The iOS app that I used was essentially a mirror image of the screen that’s on the unit itself and both worked well and stayed in sync. I had no trouble getting the Farm connected to my WiFi or having the app connect to it.
The water tank in my old Harvest Touch didn’t hold much, so it needed frequent refills; especially after the pods got going. This unit holds twice the plants but also seems to hold more than double the water. Plus, AeroGarden added some nice touches. For example, the tank is not easy to pick up and move to a sink to empty if you ever need to, but they provided a convenient hose and a way to drain the tank by running the pump.
As I mentioned above, the light height is controlled by the touch screen and is motorized. Touch the “up” or “down” buttons to raise or lower the lights from either the touch screen or the app. It would have been nice if there were a sensor to detect overall plant height and adjust the lights automatically, but it’s still a lot more convenient and nicer than pulling up on the lights manually like with the smaller units.
There are convenient storage spots on either side of the top of the unit for keeping the drain tubing, tools, or anything else you’d like to store. The build quality is really nice and it feels sturdy and stable. Assembly took about 30 minutes but nothing was terribly difficult; just a bunch of bolts to install with a provided Allen wrench.
I can’t really find anything that I don’t like about the Farm 12XL. One puzzling thing, though, was that the bundled seed kit was salad greens and herbs. Sure, they probably grow well and most people like them, but they really don’t take full advantage of this unit’s expanded capability to grow tall things with ease. It would have been nice to throw in some tomatoes or peppers, but you can always get those as your first kit purchase after you’re done with the bundled stuff. My kit has been set up for about a week and all of the lettuce has sprouted and a bunch of the herbs are just starting.
By the way, you can also stack these gardens. Imagine two of the Farm 12 units stacked on top of each other and those next to this 12 XL. You could be growing up to 36 plants in only 4 square feet of indoor floor space!
If you live in an area where it’s not easy to garden outdoors, or you just want to grow some healthy and fresh veggies in the comfort of your own home, you can’t go wrong with the AeroGarden Farm series. It really does allow you to grow just about anything wherever you have a bit of free floor space.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Indoor Gardening Made Easy
We’ve kept a small vegetable garden in our backyard for the past couple years with varying results. My wife really likes gardening, though the space and amount of light we have for it is not ideal. The AeroGarden could not be a simpler way to get going with indoor gardening and we were seeing results within days of planting. It’s a great all-in-one solution that takes most of the guesswork out of gardening and I’m really excited to see how the plants continue to progress over the next few weeks and months.
For me, with some help, the total unboxing, assembly and setup experience took about 2-3 hours in total. Assembly was simple, but not completely effortless. Even with the holes completely lined up I ended up needing to use a ratcheting screwdriver to get a few of the screws to take hold, so I’d recommend something a little more robust than the included hex key. Thankfully though all the screws at all points of assembly are the same, so you only need the one toot to complete the entire assembly. I would recommend assembling this with another person’s help; attaching the LED lights to the hanging points would have been particularly challenging for me to do on my own. Besides a couple minor hiccups though the whole thing was very easy to assemble and the instructions were clear.
Once everything was assembled we set off on planting the included seed pods.Each of the 2 water bowls needs to be filled with 2 gallons of water, so having a large watering can to cut down on trips to the sink is handy. The touchscreen interface will take you through a step-by-step for each side of the garden to set up the type of vegetables or herbs you are growing. For the herbs and tomatoes that were included it appeared that both of these worked out to the same 15 hour light cycle, but there may be some additional nuance with the watering there that I’m not seeing. The small touchscreen at the top does a good job of giving you an at a glance status of how everything is doing and lets you adjust a lot of different settings so you can dial it in exactly how you want it. The LED lights are motorized and can be individually raised and lowered as needed. The included magnetic trellis is nice and gives you quite a bit of flexibility with how you want to position it, but if things get too out of sync one side does have a habit of pulling the other side down; not a huge criticism, but something to be aware of when you’re working with it.
After getting everything planted it was mostly just a matter of watching it work. It’s been about a week and every seed pod that we planted has sprouted and most of them to the point where we could remove the plastic covers. It’s at a point that would normally take 2-3 weeks outside and I’m blown away by how quickly everything's coming in. The AeroGarden does connect to WiFi so you can use the app, which is mostly just the touchscreen that’s on the device itself, but it will notify you when it’s time to add water/food, etc. It looks really nice just about anywhere, but at full brightness the LEDs can be a bit distracting in some environments. We ended up putting it in a spare bedroom closet and set the light cycle to sync up with our sleep schedules, but you can temporarily turn the system off when needed and it will automatically go back to its programmed schedule later on. I was a little concerned that this might uncomfortably warm up the small room that it’s in, but that doesn’t appear to be happening.
Overall I’d say you should have more than a passing interest before jumping into this, but if you have a passion for gardening I don’t think you’ll be let down.
I don't exactly have a green thumb and I love fresh produce. The current health scare is also weighing heavily on me. I've enjoyed the design of AeroGarden's products since the very beginning, but never bought one because the price. I'm glad I got over that. My AeroGarden is lovely, educational, and so fast!
The box it came in is pretty large, but manageable (I can lift 50 pounds well enough, 75 if I need to, 100 if I'm feeling it). The shipping company did their level best to damage things, but the packing held and only the outer box and the interior packaging were torn and bent. The packaging is almost all recyclable, which is important to me.
Putting it together took about an hour, but it's well engineered and the directions made sense (except for one step, but that might just have been me and was easily figureoutable).
The computer controls were very simple and in nearly no time at all, I had my 12 seed pods placed and basking happily in the the grow lights. We have a salad collection, which included 9 varieties of leafy greens and 3 different herbs.
It took only TWO days to see our first sprouts appear. We've had it now for a week and the original sprouts have grown so much that we've had to remove the protective grow-domes on 5 of our pods and all of the pods have sprouts.
So far, this has been a ridiculous success. We're excited about growing food year round and looking forward to trying other vegetables. We're also considering getting another AeroGarden since they seem able to stack and having more variety is always good.
If I have one complaint about the AeroGarden, it's that the AeroGarden website is poorly designed, hard to navigate, and clearly just an advertisement for the product. I would much prefer it to be an easily searchable clearinghouse for growing tips, exciting innovations, and, sure, recipes.
Easily set up
Producing very quickly
Poorly thought out website (that you don't really need to visit, but should want to visit)
I would enthusiastically recommend this to friends and do.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
The Indoor Garden Made Easy
I really like that the AeroGarden Farm makes gardening so easy; to be able to grow 12 different types of herbs and vegetables without the worry of pesticides, overwatering, underwatering and sufficient sunlight.
Now to get into the nitty-gritty, the set up took about 30 minutes. The guide/instructions are pretty standard; it shows what parts you have in the box and step-by-step instruction with pictures and direction.
Once built, I placed it where I knew it would be its permanent station. Side note here, I would highly recommend this because once you fill the water bowl, it's extremely heavy. After powering it on, I was given the option to "Start Planting" or customize on the touch screen. "Start Planting" sets a default setting for the lights, watering schedule, reminders, etc. so it really makes it hard for someone to fail. You just follow the instructions; add water (filtered or distilled water), add seed pod and voila, let the default settings take care of your garden.
I like that I can customize thereafter as well to fit the need. You can connect via WiFi to sync with their app so you have that option. There’s a vacation mode where it’ll “reserve” but still effectively care for your garden. If you experience a power outage, the settings are still saved; you’ll just be asked to re-enter the time. I have to say though, I was a little sad that Google home is not compatible but not a deal breaker.
The feature I was most impressed with is the LED lights; adjusting dimness and more so the ability to imitate Sunrise and Sunset. There is a bit of a heat output from the lights, it isn't terribly hot but you can definitely feel the vicinity being warmer than any other parts of the house so being able to have control of the strength of the light is really neat. You can also adjust the "height" of the light. In its sprouting stage, I lowered the light to about 12" from the water bowl.
The unit runs super quiet, it's even hard to tell when it's being watered. It is VERY bright and does radiate a bit of heat. Given how it’s currently operating though, I'm not expecting a big difference in electric bill; maybe a few extra dollars a month.
I have yet to utilize the magnetic trellis that's included but I can see it will definitely come in handy with the lettuces and when growing "tall" plants like tomatoes and peppers.
As for growing, I opted to try out the lettuce and herb seed pods that were included in the box. By day 3, I saw sprouting from the lettuce pods; 7 days for one of the herbs, 10 days for the other 2 herbs. It’s hard to say it’s growing faster than traditional gardening just yet but I truly do appreciate the ease; not having to constantly check on each leaf, water it, drain it, move my pots in and out of the sun, etc. I suspect I’ll have some insect issues; seen a few but I’d imagine it’ll be far less than if they were planted outside.
I can also foresee some algae or mildew growth so I'd imagine a "flush" would be necessary from time to time to prevent this. There is an option to "Drain" and a hose included but I have yet to figure out how that works. That is a bridge I will cross when I get there.
Overall, I’d recommend it to those who like gardening and harvesting but hate the leg work and/or maybe just don’t have a whole lot of space.
*****Quick Features & Specs*****
Multi-Plant Growing: Grow up to 12 plants indoors all year long
Capacity: Up to three feet of grow height to support full size vegetable varieties like tomatoes, peppers and more
Bigger Yields: Powerful, energy-efficient 60W LED grow light panel for improved production and bigger yields
Ultimate Control: Hi-res color touchscreen control panel with care reminders, garden status and grow tips
Compatibility: WiFi enabled and Alexa device compatible
*****What's in the box*****
AeroGarden Farm 12XL
12 Seed Pods
Various Manuals Including Assembly Instructions
I would recommend this to a friend
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Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great for Indoor Gardening
The AeroGarden Farm 24XL is a cool indoor gardening system. I’ve been gardening outdoors for years and always considered hydroponic systems too complicated to bother with. But the AeroGarden makes it very easy. The AeroGarden is easy to set up, just a matter of assembling the frame with a few screws using the included hex wrench, hanging the lighting units, plug in the power cord, and fill the water reservoirs. The touch screen controls walk you through the planting process. The system uses seed pods that you pop into the holes of the AeroGarden. After that, the AeroGarden garden controls the lighting and tells you when to add plant food and water. Compared to outdoor soil gardening, the AeroGarden is very easy to manage. This makes it ideal for beginners. It’s about the size of a medium bookshelf but you can grow up to 24 plants. Compared to outdoor soil gardening, that’s a lot of plants in a small area. It’s ideal for growing leafy greens like lettuce and spinach and herbs. You can also grow fruiting plants like tomatoes and peppers too, but you will need to play the role of the bees and pollinate the flowers with a cotton swab. I’m excited to grow tomatoes and strawberries indoors where the birds can’t get them before I do. It’s also great to be able to grow plants year round. The AeroGarden would be especially ideal if you live in an apartment. The grow lights are quite bright, so I wouldn’t recommend setting it up in your bedroom (although you can adjust the light schedule to some degree). There is an app available that gives you the same controls as the touch screen and allows you to monitor the water level and control the lighting remotely, but it’s really not necessary (after all you can’t add water with your phone). If you are like my daughter and like the idea of growing plants but don’t like the dirt, bugs, and worms, then the AeroGarden would be perfect for you.
As an owner of one AeroGarden Farm 24Plus unit already, I was looking to expand on my indoor garden capacity. The AeroGarden Farm 24XL is the largest and most capable of the Farm family, allowing space to grow plants up to 3 feet tall. The unit I got included the Salad and Tomato kit, which includes both red and yellow heirloom tomatoes, several lettuce varieties, along with basil, chives, and dill herbs.
Assembly and Unit Location
The FarmXL comes in a large box with everything you need inside to get started with your own indoor garden. The top of the unit houses all the electronics, and the bottom reservoir holds the water are both made of sturdy molded plastic while the left and right rails are made of painted steel. The unit took me about 45 minutes to completely assemble and an additional 15 minutes to assemble the stacking kit which I purchased separately. The stacking kit allows one Farm24 unit to be placed on top of another Farm24 and mounted against the wall. This is a versatile feature if you are looking to supply a lot of greens efficiently and with limited space.
The footprint of the Farm 24XL unit is roughly 1’ x 3’ x 4’ so there are a couple things you should consider when picking a location for it:
1. The LEDs are very bright, so if you think this might bother your family plan to locate the unit in a lesser trafficked area of your home such as a garage, large closet, or pantry. Make sure an outlet is available at this location. Alternatively, if you decide to place the unit against a wall in your kitchen, you may adjust the time the grow lights are on to the hours you sleep so that they are mostly off during the day.
2. If you plan on stacking another Farm 24 unit on top, make sure your wall is both tall enough to accommodate the second unit and that the second unit wouldn’t block any light switches or something you might need to regularly access.
Planting Your Garden
AeroGarden uses a pod-based system, which is essentially a stake looking plastic piece with a spongy growing medium in the middle which the seeds are in. Planting your garden is as easy as filling the reservoir with water/plant food and following the on-screen instructions to select your garden type, your LED power schedule, and inserting the pods. AeroGarden includes small clear plastic domes which help in the initial germination of the seeds. After the only thing you will need to do is refill the reservoir and plant food and keep the plants reasonably pruned.
There are two strategies that one can use the Farm24 XL for:
1. Producing transplants for a larger outside garden
2. Indoor year-round gardening
Once you have had your seeds sprout and they have been growing for about a month you can decide if you want to keep growing them in the Farm or if you would like to transplant them. Personally, the taller units are made to accommodate tall plants to begin with. If your focus is transplants I would consider a shorter unit with less growth height.
This is the primary reason why anybody should consider and AeroGarden over traditional methods. In my experience with the unit I already own and the new Farm24 XL unit, the combination of the LED grow light and hydroponic system resulted in significantly faster germination and plant growth times. At the time of these writing after having the system installed for two weeks all of the seeds have sprouted and many of my tomato plants are already 3 inches tall. You will be impressed by how fast plants in the AeroGarden grow. This makes it a viable choice when you want a constant supply of fresh lettuce, herbs, and tomatoes. The other major benefit over traditional methods that I think people will appreciate the most is that you won’t have to weed your garden or worry about having to spray your garden with chemicals – since the garden is isolated and not grown in soil, these types of problems rarely show up. In my other Farm unit I’ve been growing lettuce and tomatoes for 150 days with no issues so I anticipate the same experience with this new unit as well.
As I mentioned, the unit is controlled by a touchscreen which is used to initially setup the garden, but there are even more features to check out. The Farm24 XL is a Wi-Fi connected unit, which means it will get updates that can improve the user experience. Being internet connected also allows you to add the unit to the AeroGarden app, so that you can remotely monitor and control your garden with the same touchscreen interface. This comes in handy when you stack units and need to control the unit on the very top, but maybe cannot comfortably reach it. It also means that you can integrate the unit with Alexa to both control and check on the status of your garden. Control options included toggling the LED light power, changing the schedule, and raising and lowering the light panels.
Overall, the Farm 24XL unit is an easy way to produce fresh indoor lettuce and tomatoes year round. It's simple to setup and maintain and Wi-Fi connectivity ensures the unit gets updates and new features as time goes on. Best of all, it's hydroponic system means everything grows fast so you never have to worry about running out of produce. If you're looking into getting into large scale indoor gardening, the Farm unit is something I would highly recommend!
I've had my Aerogarden Farm for two weeks, and I can say that so far, this thing is great. As an avid outdoor gardener for most of the year, I've always been curious on how an Aerogarden setup would work, and was excited to try one out.
Setup was a little tough with one person and took about an hour total. The only real con that I can note is that some of the framings seemed a bit off in terms of drill holes and such, and was difficult to align certain screws when putting together.
After it was complete, all I've had to do so far was plant the pods, add some fertilizer (provided with the pods), and let the Aero do its thing. Two weeks in all my pods have sprouted and are looking good. There's no mess, nothing to clean up every day, and everything can be controlled/checked on my smartphone thanks to Aerogarden's nifty app. The notifications are nice, and the app works well enough.
So far I have the Farm in my garage, where temps hover between 48-60 degrees (night vs day), so we'll see how the plants do moving forward. The LED lights give off enough heat that this shouldn't be an issue moving forward, but we'll see how the plants hold up.
Very excited to see what happens moving forward, and am interested in working with my own seeds, too. They make custom seed pods for you to try out our own plants and that will be my next step.