FAQs – Ahopegarden


The Smart Garden 3 dimensions are:

11.8in x 4.7in x 13.4in / 30cm x 12cm x 34cm. (length, width, height, with one extension) 
Without the extensions it's about 21cm/8.3in ; with two extensions 47cm/18.5in.

The Smart Garden 9 dimensions are:

23.6in x 7.5in x 15.8in / 59cm x 19cm x 39cm. (length, width, height, with one extension)
(If you purchase additional extensions then the height with two extensions 59cm/23.2in)

Wall Farm Mini:

H x W x D: 1481mm x 1348mm x 250mm or 58.3in x 53.1in x 9.8in

Wall Farm Large:

H x W x D: 2021mm x 1348mm x 400mm or 79.6in x 53.1in x 15.7in

Basically, you would need to take the SmartSoil from your package and insert it into the plastic cup that you have in the Smart Garden.

We have a great guide on that here.

Growing plants in ahopegarden farms and gardens is hassle-free but, unfortunately, alien visitors from the outdoors may come and harm your plant.

Our products are ecologically clean - our soil doesn’t contain any harmful substances e.g. fungicides or pesticides. But this might make your plants somewhat vulnerable to attacks. Here we give some suggestions how to manage your product and what to do if your plants don't thrive or you find unwelcome visitors in your indoor garden.


Tips for bug prevention:

Avoid leaving doors and windows open (e.g. for ventilation). This way insects can’t fly to your garden and harm your plants.Inspect the pots, plants, and cut flowers carefully that you plan to bring home from the nursery. Sadly, it is common that “new” plants are already infected with pests and/or fungal diseases before you bring them home. If you see something suspicious e.g. tiny insects or weird spots on leaves, better to not bring it home.  Keep the Smart Garden away from any fresh produce (especially if it is organic) - it is common for thrips and aphids to travel to your home with store-bought vegetables, greens and fruit.


Check before you suspect a disease:

Is your plant too old?

Edible greens are meant to be consumed in about 30 days and herbs in about 70 days after planting. If your plants change colour in an undesired way, make sure that you have trimmed your plants properly and consumed it in time.

Plants aren’t thriving?

The best average temperature to grow your plants is 18 to 24C (64 to 75F). If it is too hot, plants age faster and degrade faster. Lower temperatures prevent seeds from germinating. Also, edible greens, especially lettuce, prefer slightly lower temperatures, max 22C (71F), to produce delicious crops.

Leaves or flowers falling off?

Since it is pure nature you have in your garden, plants also produce some natural debris. It means that plants will lose some lower and/or older leaves and flowers once they are done. If some flowers or leaves wither - just remove them.

If you allow your plant to grow too tall e.g. basil, it will get burnt if it grows too close to the lamp. In that case you may raise the lamp if it is an option. It is also highly recommended to pinch the plants. If you do so you will have even bushier plant and more crop to enjoy.



Most common insects:

The most common insects that may infiltrate your indoor garden are aphids (plant lice, greenfly), spidermites, thrips, whiteflies, mealy bugs, scale insectsIf you find just the first or just a few insects that have not started a colony yet, you should remove them immediately and you may leave the plants to grow.If you find them already in great numbers you should remove the whole plant(s), because they are very good at hiding in growing points and under or between the leaves.We don’t recommend to use insecticides as a first choice. Most chemicals (even organic ones) are not meant to be used indoors and after the treatment the plants are no longer consumable. Also, most insecticides don’t only work for insects- they will also harm human health.After removing the plants, clean your product thoroughly. Wash the cavities under running water and disinfect all surfaces. For that you can use antiseptic solutions, vodka, vinegar or any other disinfecting product.The soil may get infected with an insect called springtail. They are generally harmless, but they may injure lower leaves of the plant that in turn might get infected with a fungal disease (but not always). There is no need to repel springtails, but you can get rid of them if you change all the capsules at the same time and clean your garden thoroughly before planting new plant capsules. By doing so you prevent the insects from travelling to new capsules. Also, inspect all other ‘oldschool’ plant pots you have in your home. If you have springtails living there aswell, just change your watering regime and let the soil to dry out for a few days and they’ll leave.


Fungal diseases:

If plants have external injuries or some insects have damaged them, it is likely that the plants are more vulnerable to fungal infection.Fungal diseases travel with air and infected plant material. So, as mentioned previously, always check the new plants you bring home.In case of fungal disease the first thing you will notice is weird spots on or under the leaves and that the leaves will start to wither when they are not supposed to.If it is just the one leaf that is damaged, remove the leaf immediately and carefully inspect all the plants.Disinfect all surfaces, and also your scissors that you use for cutting.For that you can use ethanol, food vinegar or any other disinfecting product.Most fungal diseases appear when the air is too humid and the temperature is either too hot or cold.


Nevertheless, it is likely an exception than a rule that plants get harmed by disease or insects in our indoor gardening systems. After all, one of the benefits of growing your own food and fresh flowers in indoor gardens is that your plants are protected from the hazards of the outdoors. This allows us to give you a clean product without any harmful substances e.g. fungicides and insecticides. Just enjoy!

ou can use the water float indicator to monitor the overall water level. When that hits the bottom and you can't bob it up-and-down with your finger then it's time to refill the tank. The water tank lasts for about 2-3 weeks, depending on the plants but you can definitely fill up the tank sooner if necessary. 

Note that during holidays, delivery times might be longer.


Shipping in the USA

The estimated delivery time is 7 to 14 business days.


Shipping in Canada

The estimated delivery time is 7 to 14 business days.


Shipping in Europe and Asia

The estimated delivery time is 7 to 12 business days.


Shipping in the United Kingdom

The estimated delivery time is 2 to 4 business days.

Our products work within a range of 100-240V.

The Smart Garden 3 uses 8W, whereas the Smart Garden 9 uses 13W.

The light timer starts every time you plug the lamp in. It works for 16 hours straight and then turns off for 8 hours.

The pods can be stored for about one year when kept in dark and dry conditions and at a normal room temperature (up to 26 °C / 78 °F) - this also applies for packs that have already been opened. Therefore, feel free to stock up on different plants for a long-term use! 

After the recommended time period, the pods may begin to lose their best qualities and sprouting may be hindered.

If the room temperature is higher than 26 °C (especially in the Asia region), the plant pods should be stored in a refrigerator (freezer is not needed). In this case, ensure that the refrigerator is not too humid (no visible water droplets) and the pods are placed in an airtight container. 

If your herbs are growing bigger you might want to use some parts of them or cut them back to ensure a "bushier" growth.

It may happen that there are white mold and green algae growing along with your plants. No need to worry, because mold and algae are not actually harmful to your plants, though it is not a pretty sight.


The reasons why mold and algae colonize soil surface:

There are no fungicides or any other harmful chemicals added to ahopegarden plant pods. Our aim is to keep the plant pods as clean and healthy as possible. No kidding, but having some mold or algae on the soil is a sort of indicator of clean soil.Plant pods are packed with rich plant food, water and have just the right pH level. It is perfect for your plants, but also - it offers perfect growing conditions for mold and algae to grow too.You may have overwatered your garden. So it's very important that when you add water, the float shouldn't rise above the surface of the garden lid. We would recommend that the float should stay in the middle of the tank. If your plant pods still seem too wet, just click the pods out of the garden for 1-2 days to let them solidify.


How to prevent mold and algae from thriving:

Make sure that the temperature inside your home is okay for the plants. The best average temperature to grow your plants is 18 to 24C (64 to 75F). At that temperature range plants have the most favourable conditions to achieve full growth and they will outrun mold and algae.Use (don’t remove) white U-shaped lids. These white lids cover the soil surface leaving no room between the lid and soil for the mold to thrive. Also, it covers most of the soil surface from the light so algae would not develop.

If the mold or algae is very aggressive you may scrape them off, but gently as not to damage the plants or seeds. The plants (seeds) will be okay to grow and use after the mold has been removed.

As a little pro-tip, wipe off the mold with a paper towel and add a layer of cinnamon powder to the soil. Try not to get the cinnamon on the plants themselves, as it might burn them. If mold appears often, cinnamon could be added as a preventative measure when new pods are plugged in.

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