Garden year-round. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more in this smart countertop garden. And with a beautiful, platinum stainless steel finish, it will look great on your countertop
Up to 6 plants can be grown at a time. Plants grow in water...not soil. Advanced hydroponics made simple
High-performance, full spectrum 20-watt LED lighting system is tuned to the specific spectrum that allows plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests
LCD control panel tells you when to add water, reminds you when to add patented nutrients (Included), automatically turns lights on and off
Includes 6-Pod Gourmet Herb Seed Kit that contains: Genovese Basil, Curly Parsley, Dill, Thyme, Thai Basil and Mint & 3 oz. patented nutrients (enough for a full season of growth)
Description: Imagine fresh herbs and vegetables grown in your home, year-round. With the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Harvest you can grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more! This smart countertop garden uses water and patented nutrients to naturally grow plants… no herbicides, no pesticides, non-GMO. It’s natural goodness right at your fingertips. And with a beautiful, platinum stainless steel finish, it will look great on your countertop.
AeroGardens are the world’s leading indoor gardening systems. You can grow up to 6 plants in this garden and they’ll love the 20 watts of high performance, energy efficient LED lighting. The LED lights are tuned to the specific spectrum that allows plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests. The LED lights concentrate daylight white LEDs for fast growth, blue LEDs for bigger yields, and red LEDs for more flowers and fruit. With ideal lighting and optimally balanced levels of water and nutrients, plants grow up to 5 times faster than when grown in soil.
The Harvest Elite’s easy-to-use LCD control panel utilizes simple prompts to guide you from setup to harvest. It also creates optimal conditions for your plants by automatically turning the lights on and off and reminding you when to add water and nutrients.
The AeroGarden Harvest Elite sets up in minutes without tools. Just insert the Seed Pods in your garden, add water and nutrients, and then watch it grow! Everything you need to start growing is included.
★★★★219 real customer reviews average rating: 3.6 stars (scroll to see all)
4 Stars By PATOLA on 2016-11-26 A Step Up From The Old CFL Model This is the 3rd AeroGarden I have gotten. The others were the plain black ones from yester year. I have to say I do like the look of these new units, but although they look metal they are still plastic which is fine with me because they do look so good. These newer ones also have the LED lights instead of the CFL lights Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit.
All of the AeroGardens are very easy to set up and this is no different. The one thing I am curious about, once the plants start to get really big, is the space for filling it up with water. In the old model practically the whole front lifts up so you can pour water in. With this one there is a small space on the top of the garden to pour water in. I will have to come back and update if it's a pain in the butt to get water in once the plants are big.
One thing I do like about this one over the old model is that it is even quieter - and the last one was pretty quiet. I also like the front LED display:
1. It has a clock 2. It has a counter for the number of days planted 3. It has a count down for when nutrients and water need to be added
At the writing of this review I am about 11 days into the planting and 3 pods are already well on their way to growing. The others have not sprouted yet, but they are slow growing herbs. If they don't sprout for some reason I know AeroGarden stands behind their product and will replace the pods. That is something they have always done and I appreciate that type of customer service a lot.
The one thing I never understood, and frankly don't like, is when they give you like 3 types of basil in your kit. I'd much rather have 1 basil, 1 oregano, 1 cilantro or some other varied combination just to mix things up a little bit.
Overall being an AeroGarden user for many many years I am highly pleased with the way this one looks and operates (minus the place to pour water in. That is still to be determined). I like that I get the guarantee on the pods, I like that a small bottle of nutrients comes with this kit. I definitely recommend getting the bigger bottle because once your plants start growing they keep on growing for months. You can order it here Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Liquid Nutrients (1 Quart).
UPDATE: April 1, 2017 - After almost 4 months of use and having all the pods grow, I can say there is no need for concern about getting the water in to the unit. Even when the plants were fully grown, it was very easy access to getting the water and nutrients in the AeroGarden. I'd also like to add the motor remained quiet and the timer worked flawlessly for the past 4 months.
5 Stars By 🌺 Lynne E. on 2016-11-13 Small-Footprint AeroGarden--Now With Programmable LCD Display! This MIRACLE-GRO AEROGARDEN HARVEST ELITE is a much-improved version of the old 6-pod, small-footprint (11" wide, 7-1/2" deep) "Harvest Elite" Aerogarden. Instead of the classic base (with buttons for the settings), it has a new base with a liquid crystal display for the settings. The new display makes it easier to set up a new garden; allows you to program the time of day and the hours when the LED lights will be on; and lets you test the water pump operation.
Because of its small footprint and good looks, the Harvest Elite is a good choice for a kitchen countertop herb garden. It comes with 20-watt LED lights (they should last 3-5 years), which save you money on electricity. The accompanying Gourmet Herb kit has non-GMO seeds, and includes Genovese basil, Thai basil, thyme, dill, mint, and curly parsley. (No chives--a good thing because my Aerogarden chives never seem to germinate.)
Aerogardens are a snap to set up, and you can grow anything in them. However, this "Harvest Elite" isn't the best choice for large, tall plants (e.g., tomatoes), because the water bowl capacity is small and the LED lights can't be raised nearly as high as the lights on the 7- and 9-pod Aerogarden models. When larger, thirsty plants like tomatoes reach the "high growth" phase (maybe 4-6 weeks after germination), you will need to refill the water bowl daily.
TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS: As an experienced Aerogarden hobbyist, I found the LCD display slightly confusing. You press OK twice to access the menu, use the arrow keys to reach the menu choices (e.g., clock, start a garden), and press OK to make a choice. To get out of the menu, you must "arrow down" to "Back Home" and hit OK. Once you're out of the menu, the display will cycle, showing you (1) the time, (2) the days until nutrients should be added, and (3) the days planted.
When I set up my new Harvest Elite, it repeatedly flashed "Add Water", even though the bowl was full of water. I removed the plastic column that says "Fill to here" (a gentle twist is all it takes) to get at the water sensor (a plastic tube with a silver magnet at one end, see attached photo). When I swapped in the water sensor from one of my other Aerogardens, the "add water" message disappeared; then when I swapped the original water sensor back in, it worked too. Go figure. So if you encounter this problem, contact Aerogarden, because you may not need to return or exchange your "Harvest Elite".
COMPARISON TO OTHER MODELS. I own several Aerogarden models (all with LED lights, which save electricity and make your plants grow better), and I love all of them. My 7-pod "Ultra" is a programmable model that has a display showing garden status (e.g., how many days since planting); various timely indoor gardening tips (e.g., thin your seedlings when they reach a certain height); and prompts for adding water or nutrients. The display also allows me to type in custom hours for running the lights and the water pump.
My 7-pod standard Aerogarden is a model with an aerator. This model may come with either an aerator or automatic water pump (the aerator works fine, but the water pump is better). The standard 7-pod Aerogarden is NOT programmable--it has a base with buttons for automatic settings (same as the older "Harvest Elite" 6-pod model, which I also own).
My 9-pod "Bounty" is a programmable model with a display that is even more sophisticated than the 7-pod "Ultra" display (described above). It's big enough to grow anything, including strawberries that need room to spread their leaves.
What do I do with all these Aerogardens? I don't have all of them in use all of the time, of course. I grow herbs for the kitchen (in the "Harvest Elite"); I grow cherry tomatoes and salad greens for fresh eating (in the 7-pod "Ultra"); I grow polka dot foliage and flowers for decoration (in the standard 7-pod "Aerogarden"); and, as previously mentioned, I grow miniature strawberries (in the 9-pod "Bounty"). (Strawberries are tricky to grow and not a good beginner's project.) I've also started tomato plants from seed packets, and then transplanted the seedlings successfully outdoors.
Aerogardening is hobby gardening--the yield of fruits and vegetables is never going to rival the yield from even a small outdoor garden. That said, the Aerogarden seed pod kits (like the "Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit" that comes with this "Harvest Elite") have worked out very well for me. You can buy more sponges, plastic pods, and pod covers if you want to grow herbs or varieties of plants that aren't sold in ready-to-plant seed pod kits. My own chive seeds grow very well in the Aerogardens, in fact.
MANUFACTURER SUPPORT. The Aerogarden company gives excellent support. When the display on my "Ultra" base quit after a week, the company replaced the base at no charge even though I'd delayed to set up the Aerogarden until it was out of warranty. (The problem was a fairly rare one, and the replacement "Ultra" base has performed without incident.) The company also stands by its "germination guarantee" and will replace a seed pod kit if it fails to produce a plant.
There are lots of FAQs and downloadable growing instructions on the Aerogarden web site. It's a good idea to register your Aerogarden to get on the mailing list for new products and special offers. The company has a lot of Aerogarden accessories (e.g., an automatic Aerogarden waterer), and many different varieties seed pod kits available.
5 Stars By michael i on 2016-12-29 5 stars, don't question it. I got this for Christmas.I am nine, and I am very pleased with what I got. The Genovese Basil that came with the package was expected to grow in 6-12 days, but it grew in 3 days twice as fast as it said. The Thai basil that came with the package was expected to grow 4-7 days, but it grew in 2 days twice as fast as it said. I strongly recommend this product and it doesn't rust because it is stainless steel.
Pros: no rust, sprouts quick, easy set up, no dirt, comes with everything you need, strong light which helps plants grow, you pay ten cents a month Cons: bright light can hurt your eyes
5 Stars By Doug M. on 2017-11-07 Kitchen Garden I have yet to have anything fail to grow in my AeroGarden. The parsley didn't do too well, but I suspect that was due to where it was placed (over-shadowed by the Thai basil. Other than that all of the herbs did very well. After about 60 days I transplanted everything except the parsley and dill into containers outside. Since then, they have continued to flourish for the past 4 months. The thyme didn't handle the Florida heat as well as the rest of the herbs, but I really didn't expect them to do as well as they have outside. In the photos, it may look like the Genovese basil is in rough shape, but that's because it is harvested very frequently.
I have moved onto the cherry tomatoes, which has also done very well, and will be going back to herbs in the near future.
I have already bought one of these as a Christmas present so they can grow tomatoes and herbs in the winter.
1 Stars By TheReviewer on 2018-03-13 The idea behind this product is really cool and it works First off I am really torn how to rate the AeroGarden Harvest Elite. Here is why I am torn: Pros: The idea behind this product is really cool and it works. I have known about aquaponics gardening so the idea is not new to me, but this is the first time I personally have owned one. And AeroGarden pulls it off wonderfully. I think the idea is superbly done and for this I recommend the product all the time. Here come the cons:
Cons: Though the quality is good of the unit, the quality is the biggest downfall. Or I should say the hardware is the biggest downfall. Product testing had been horrible and the Harvest Elite was certainly not ready for mass production (or this batch of them were not). Where was the testing? Here is why I ask this question: the idea behind the Harvest Elite is having an LCD readout for giving important information. Well it fails miserably. After 14 days of growing a garden there is no way of resetting the garden. All it does is flash "Add Nutrients in 0 Days". I call Customer Service. They were nice but what they expect you to do is absurd. They want you to reset the garden and cycle through 14 days getting to get back to the"Add Nutrients in 0 Days. Press OK to reset. " message. Low and behold this time it displayed the correct message and I was able to reset the 'growing cycle'. A few days later all of a sudden the the time got 30 minutes off. Throughout this whole time period though we had to keep adjusting the time. So I called customer service and after waiting more than the usual amount of time due to a miscommunication which I really don't know what the miscommunication was because I gave them my credit card information and was waiting for them to send me a new one and then I send the old one back to get a credit...after this was taken care of and again giving them the billing, shipping information a second time, they sent me the new. I replaced it. And low and behold the exact same thing started happening again. Missed resets and having to go through 14 day cycles just to reset the 'growing cycle'. The clock needed adjustment every now and then by a few minutes. Then we missed a reset from being away for a weekend and the LCD went back to flashing the "Add Nutrients in 0 days". Now we have to do a 24 day cycle to get back the correct reset screen and get back onto the correct number of days growing. Customer service told me that in generic terms that I shouldn't complain because one person had to do a 48 day cycle to get back the correct reset screen and the correct days growing. This reset involved taking the time to 11:59pm and letting it cycle to 12:00am to cycle another day. You do this either 14 times, 24 times, or 48 times depending upon where it goofs up.
So we don't know what to do. Should I live with it or return it. We have lost joy from owning the item because while it works very well and the idea is done very well, the hardware and quality are horrible. Customer service is on par, but could use a little work on getting problems solved in a efficient way, because while they did solve the problem, they wanted me to wait the 14 days to get the item returned because they informed me this 14 days cycle reset would correct the problem. Well it did for the immediate problem but if you miss a reset screen, you in trouble.
I mainly wrote this review to let those who have this problem know that you are not alone. I couldn't find answers or reviews anywhere as to this problem. I work in the electronics industry and it is just a case of horrible programming of the microprocessor included on the Circuit Board. If this board is this glitchy I wonder how the wifi board is compared to quality and glitchiness as it adds another chip to the board.
So after writing this review, my anger started to well up inside of me, thinking about how the quality is not up to par for a product like this. So I decided to give it one star. My rating will increase if I see they try to correct the problem.
UPDATE 5/14/18: I am really surprised the company has not reached out to me as they have replied to other reviews. This tells me a few things:
The company realizes the complaint is a valid complaint and that the "new" unit I receive will be the exact same defective product. Why send a unit when the unit is the exact same defective unit. This also tells me that they will either not fix the product and continue to ignore reviews such as this, completely get rid of the this product line, or revise it. I doubt they will revise it, but will probably get rid of the "Elite" system altogether and will thus void any responsibility they have to fix the problems that are associated with it.
I am really disappointed with the product. Once we have emptied out the unit of the all the pods, we have pretty much shelved the item as this was a chore to use and we lost all joy in using this product.
5 Stars By Edna on 2017-06-07 people have told me that they grow it like weeds. Doesn't work for me I am NOT a green thumb person. I have NEVER been able to keep basil alive. I know, people have told me that they grow it like weeds. Doesn't work for me. This solved it! I had problems with 3 of the herbs not sprouting (cilantro, chive, curly parsley). I contact the company and they said they'll send me new ones! GREAT customer service. They get back with you within 24 hours. I had one situation where the "add water" kept flashing even after I added the water. I sent an email to customer service and they told me that the roots probably grew around the float and just to clear it out. Cleared and it's marvelous. One pod is more than enough basil for 4 people - like a caprese salad. If you plan on making pesto then grow two pods. I just purchased the heirloom cherry tomatoes and jalapeños and will start that since it's warm in TX. I'll do the lettuce in fall and kale and stuff in winter. Sounds ridiculous but I so happy that I can grow basil!
1 Stars By Michael on 2017-08-09 Waiting for 3rd replacement First unit had a hole in the tank, so leaked water everywhere. Second unit sent as a replacement missing the seed pods. Waiting for the third unit (another replacement). Hopefully all is well with this one, as this product is a really cool idea!
5 Stars By Rebecca on 2018-04-07 The Perfect Little Indoor Garden! I recently purchased my first AeroGarden and planted romaine lettuce the day it was delivered. It's been 40 days now and I have been "harvesting" fresh romaine lettuce from the original pods since planting. The first batch was about 10 days and thereafter it's been about every 7 days. It just keeps growing! The romaine is crispy and tasty. It's so much fun watching the progress!
The AeroGarden is very user friendly. The display basically walks you through the set up. Setting the clock, the determination of how much time the light should be on depending on the type of plant (the light automatically goes on and off), telling you when water is getting low and when to add nutrients.
I'm really loving it! I'm already thinking I need a second one to have other plants growing at the same time as my romaine lettuce to add to my salads!
5 Stars By Allen C. Huffman on 2016-09-15 Great idea for the urban farmer. Looks great, and easy to do. 9/16/2016 Update: Added photo of the domes doing their job (holding in moisture). 9/22/2016 Update: The first two pods have sprouted - both basil. (Added photo.) 10/5/2016 Update: Still only two pods growing, and maybe two others showing signs of life inside. It's beyond the 21 days for expected growth, so... duds? (Added photo.) 10/6/2016 Update: Added photo of how adding a basil leaf makes cheap cheese n' crackers turn in to an overpriced restaurant appetizer. 10/11/2016 Update: Two pods have yet to sprout, but the others finally have (more than a month past the "up to 21 days" they say they would). (Added photo.) 11/13/2016 Update: Miracle-Gro replaced the two defective pods. Great customer service! The two basils, mint and dill ended up growing just fine. My next experiment will be to grow tomatoes.
SUMMARY: I like this thing! So much, in fact, I wish I had gotten a larger unit that can grow more at the same time. For more details, read on...
I am no farmer and my thumb is far from green, but I am envious of those who have backyard gardens. I have a few friends that maintain small urban gardens and grow their own salad fixings. If everyone did this, we would save a good chunk of energy/fossils fuels being used to transport vegetables across the country (or from other countries), as well as the fuel we use driving to our local grocery store or farmer's market.
However, many people are like me, without the talent or patience for a real garden. For them, the Miracle-Gro indoor micro garden is a very interesting solution. (Yes, it's the same Miracle-Gro you may have seen on TV commercials, long ago, with fertilizer type products for home gardens.)
This device is kind of like a "Kuerig K-Cup for plants", in that you use Miracle-Gro "pods" to grow herbs (or other items) without soil. It has its own LED grow light system that takes half the power of an old-style incandescent 60 watt light bulb so the electric cost should be insignificant.
Unpacking and setup was very easy. In fact, there are only two steps to hook everything up! Take out the base, then set the other part on it and plug up a small power connector. Done. (See photo of the "two step" manual for this section.)
Setting up to grow is a few more steps... You fill the lower section with water (up to an easy to identify "fill to here" marker), then insert up to six of the plant "pods" in to the holes. A clear cup is placed over them during early weeks to keep the moisture in. After that, you add some of the plant food -- the cap is used to measure our 4ml, and you may use one or two caps depending on what you are growing.
After that, you just turn it on, and select what you are growing -- herbs (18 hour light cycle) or vegetables (16 hour light cycle). The device will turn on the BRIGHT LED lights automatically at that time every day, and shut them off at the end of the cycle. A small (very quiet) pump will cycle water occasionally, and you are supposed to check the water level regularly and keep it filled. There is an indicator light that says "add water" but the instructions say you should keep it at the fill level rather than relying on the light.
There is also a light that indicates when you need to add more plant food.
Since I needed to get this review done, I can only document the early steps of growing. It will be weeks before there is anything significant to update, but Miracle-Gro claims this soil-less approach grows 5 times faster than planting in the ground -- and, no weeding or other manual labor!
I am very impressed with how the device looks, and how easy it was to set up. The instructions were very clear.
The light is VERY BRIGHT, but you can change when the light comes on by holding down a button for a few seconds (causing THAT to be the new "on" time). There are fancier models availbable that have touch screens and let you set this easier. But, keep in mind, if you place this in a room, it will not be dark most of the time. The 18 hour cycle for herbs means there will only be 6 hours of darkness. You may not want this in your sleeping room :)
I will update this review once things start to sprout. If they do not, there is a guarantee for replacement pods. It should be an interesting experiment.
This model comes with various herbs (including mint - now I can make fresh mint julep drinks, or use it for mint tea). There are other pods available for small tomatos and types of salad greens. Some larger plants require more space, so you may only use three of the six pod spaces. Still, for a "no green thumb urban farmer," it seems like an easy and compact way to augment your diet with freshly grown produce!
Additional: You can buy the sponge inserts for the "baskets" so if you keep the plastic cap and paper top, you can easily do your own seeds. THey also seen kits that give you the full baskets, sponge, tops and plastic caps for you to put your own seeds. If you go one of these routes, you can reduce your cost and try more things than they offer.
5 Stars By Len on 2017-07-21 Hydroponic, well built Hydroponic, well built. Seven days and the lettuce is growing in all six wells.This will be great for growing my own salads (maybe could use a bigger one) and not worrying about contamination with foreign matter and organisms.The pre-seeded kits are a little expensive, but they sell just the inserts that you can put your own seeds in. I have a heirloom seed pack and will be growing those after the first batch is done.