Since it’s been one month, I figured I’d write an iDoo Hydroponics Growing System Review for you and share my experience so far. I’ll continue to update this post as time goes on as well as additional content about each type of plant that I grow. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it, and I recently added a second unit.
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AeroGarden Hydroponic Countertop Gardens
Before I selected the iDOO hydroponic garden system, I looked at several other countertop hydroponic garden systems. The most popular countertop hydroponic garden seemed to be the AeroGarden Indoor Gardening system. It has a sleeker-looking control panel and appeared to have a few more bells and whistles, but it was also at a higher price point. Here are the models I looked at:
Other Hydroponic Garden Systems Comparisons
I looked at the Moistland Hydroponic Garden System, the QYO Hydroponics Growing System, and the LYKO Hydroponic Growing system as well. Prices were similar to what I chose.
iDoo Indoor LED Hydroponic System
I ultimately purchased the Amazon iDOO hydroponic growing system called “iDOO 12Pods Hydroponics Growing System, Indoor Herb Garden with Grow Light, Plants Germination Kit Built-in Fan, Automatic Timer, Up to 11.3” mainly due to the price, but I also liked the compact size. I wasn’t sure if this hobby would last for me so I figured I could upgrade to a different model later if I really got into it.
Even though I read that it’s almost impossible to grow 12 plants in a 12 plant system, I still chose it so I would have the option to start more plants from seed and then transplant them outside if I want. The iDOO hydroponic system is compact so why not have the option, right?
iDOO Hydroponic Indoor Garden System Set-Up – How To Use
The assembly was quite easy and the instructions are good. Everything snaps together with absolutely no tools necessary. It came with everything you need to get started with the exception of seeds.
Unpack the system and remove the white tray with holes and you’ll find everything inside. The pump is already installed and you don’t need to do anything with it. The power adaptor has a black piece of plastic on the end of the cord and it matches up with a black square in the light. The pump plugs into the light on the other side, closest to the pump.
The pole that holds the light snaps in. Just gently work it in until it hits the bottom with the wheel height adjustment facing the wall. The light snaps right in on top of that in the oval groove. Add 4 L of water. There’s a gauge on the front which makes this easy. Make sure the little plastic plug in the back is secure. When you clean the system, you’ll hold it over the sink and pull that drain plug then replace it to refill. They send an extra one so look for it in one of the envelopes. Add the nutrients per the instructions.
Once the water and nutrients are added and the two cords are plugged into the light, you can plug the unit in. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Put the white tray with holes on top of the unit.
Put a seed in the tiny hole in the top of the brown growing sponge and then put the sponge in the basket and place it in an empty hole in the white tray. Put a clear plastic lid over the top and leave that in place until you see green leaves sprout. Sprouting can happen in as little as 2 days but some seeds take longer. Save the clear plastic lids for the next planting.
Can You Use Regular Seeds In A Hydroponic Garden?
Yes. I bought organic seeds at the nursery and planted them and had success with everything I bought. If you’re searching for iDOO hydroponic growing seeds, they have them, but you don’t necessarily need to buy them. When I bought my first indoor water gardening system, I added an herb garden starter kit just to get me going.
If I had this to do over again, I would just purchase exactly what I wanted to grow. I didn’t have success with everything that came with the herb starter kit. I replanted some of the seeds and had success on the second try with the exception of cilantro. Maybe I just needed to wait longer. I’m not very patient.
Seeds I bought from the store are:
- Red cherry tomatoes – 2 days to sprout
- Orange cherry tomatoes – 2 days to sprout
- Mixed lettuce seeds – 3 days to sprout
- Sweet Banana Peppers – 4 days to sprout
- Sweet Peppers – 4 days to sprout
Please stay tuned as I have lots of things growing but I want to see successful fruits or vegetables before I write more. My tomatoes after one month are about 7 – 8 inches tall but I haven’t gotten a tomato yet. I also think I’ll need to move these outdoors as they are getting so big. I’ll likely leave one inside just to see what happens. I might have to make a trellis of some sort.
Other Things You May Want To Order
Things you may want to purchase extra of are the growing sponges. I don’t buy the same brand. I haven’t had to replace the baskets yet. I’ve been able to reuse them. You’ll need a new sponge each time you plant something.
Cleaning the iDOO Hydroponic Growing System and Other Things You Should Know
The light and fan come on every 10 hours. You can turn the fan off if you want to. The light is bright. I start my system when I leave for work and then every few days I unplug it and do the same. I don’t like the light glowing at night while I’m sleeping. If the light gets off as far past timing then I just restart it.
If the system gets lower on water, it will make a trickling noise letting you know to add more water. Adding the water will make it run more quietly. Other than that, you can hear it a bit but it’s basically very quiet. You can put these in a laundry room or extra bedroom. They aren’t heavy even when full so it’s not hard to carry them to the sink to drain and wash.
I clean mine out about once every 7 – 10 days. I drain and wipe out the tank. I also spray the pump off real well and remove any debris that is stuck to it. Add new nutrients each time you clean.
I put two tall drinking glasses upside down on my counter and rest the tray with all of the plants on them. I just put one glass under each edge and this keeps me from damaging the roots or having to remove the plants from the holes. This works great. Keep plants with shorter roots closest to the pump. If roots are getting very long, you can trim them with clean and sterilized scissors.
You’ll see aluminum foil over some of my plant bases. This protects the sponge from light and stops mold from growing on them. In most cases, I was able to let the seed sprout and then put foil around the stem.
I Bought A Second iDOO Indoor Countertop Garden
For the iDOO Hydroponics Growing system review, I’d have to give it 5 stars so far. I don’t have a reason to be unhappy with it but I’ll be sure to update this over time. I wish I’d bought a different brand for the second unit to have more comparison, but I wanted everything to match on my counter. I may be adding more units to the garden shed, so I’ll let you know.
In the second unit, I’m growing Dahlias, Zinnias, Poppies, Canterbury Bells and Hollyhocks. Most of these will be moved outdoors once they get large enough.
Are you hydroponic gardening? What’s been your favorite thing to grow? Do you have any other questions about the system that I didn’t cover today? I’m happy to answer! Just leave a question in the Comments section. I monitor for spam so it may take a day or so for the comment to show. Thanks for visiting.