How does it work?

Just 3 easy steps

1. Place three pads

2. Pour water

3. Hold timer button for 3 seconds

Enjoy in 7 days

Typical mistakes

Not filling bowl completely leading to improperly watered seed pads

Pour the tap water evenly over each pad until the ceramic bowl is filled to the brim and the pads are completely soaked. ingarden works as a water bank, refill as needed. However, do not pour any more water over the seeds during the growth phase; rather, refill the bowl from the side.

Timer is not set to ideal cycle

For best results, we recommend that you set the timer. To do this, simply press the timer button for 3 seconds. After that, the light is on and off for 12 hours. Just the way your microgreens like it.

Pro tip: We recommend synchronizing your ingarden with your own personal sleep cycle. Simply start your ingarden light cycle when you wake up, and then it will automatically shut off 12 hours later when you go to sleep.

The brightness adjuster is not utilized

ingarden is a design piece and can easily make an impression in your home. If you have a date night or dinner party and don't want the ingarden light to interrupt (understandable ;-), feel free to dim the light with the dimmer button.

ingarden is exposed to direct sunlight (e.g. sits by a window)

ingarden should only be used indoors and performs best in shady locations at room temperature. For best results, do not place your ingarden in direct sunlight or in areas prone to hot temperatures.

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Gif of how to use the wicks for your ingarden instructions

How to replace your wicks

We recommend replacing your wicks around every 3-5 harvests.

The main thing that will tell you your wicks needs replacing are

  • There's a lot of old roots strangling the wicks
  • Seed pads are not getting enough moisture
  • The wicks seem to be dryers & compacted (vs their original fluffiness).

Watch this quick video on how to re-weave your wicks through the wick holder for replacement.

Any questions?

Does it make sense to switch on the grow light only after germination?

Whether it makes sense to switch on the light after the seeds have germinated depends on the type of seed. Some of our seeds need light to germinate, while others can germinate in the dark.

For some microgreen varieties, such as radish, arugula or mustard, it is advisable to turn on the light only after germination. These seeds usually require a cool and dark environment to germinate successfully.

Other microgreen varieties such as broccoli, kale, red cabbage, or pak choi need light to germinate and should be illuminated from the start.

How often should I clean my ingarden and is it dishwasher-safe?

Cleaning your ingarden once a month ensures great microgreen quality and that you won’t run into the risk of unwanted odor. The ceramic bowl, trays, wick holders, tray holders, and wicks are dishwasher safe (max. 55 °C/131 °F temperature).

What type of water should I use for my ingarden?

Tap water works great in your ingarden unless your tap water contains large amounts of chloramine used to purify it. You may also use distilled or spring water.

How and when do I have to replace my ingarden pads? What do I do with the old pads?

As soon as your growth cycle is complete after an average of 5-7 days and you have harvested all your microgreens, you can start growing new microgreens immediately. Simply compost your used pads (or dispose of them in the organic waste), place new pads on top and water them completely until the new pads are soaked.

What are the optimum indoor temperatures for growth?

Depending on the type of microgreens, the optimal temperature for growth is between 15 and 22 °C (60 - 75 °F). Microgreens love an even temperature; that's when they develop the fastest. At higher temperatures, bacteria and fungus can flourish while your seedlings dry out faster. At lower temperatures, the plants can absorb less water and develop more slowly, and you could have problems with mold.

Are all ingarden microgreens organic and GMO-free?

ingarden microgreens are organic and free from pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs. All of our professional-grade microgreens are sourced strictly from quality-trusted sources and have a guaranteed 90% sprouting rate.

How often should I clean my wicks?

After each harvest, manually remove the microgreen roots from the wicks under running tap water. Afterwards, make sure to twirl the wicks before placing them in the wick holders. This will prolongate the wick usage and encourage the transpiration process.

What light intensity should I use for each type of seed?

We recommend using the brightest light setting. To do this, hold down the timer button for 3 seconds, until the light blinks. All microgreen varieties will grow regardless of the strength of the light, but the light on the timer will promote the optimal (most) growth.

Can I store my seed pads outside of their box? How about in a clear container?

ingarden seeds are best kept in a cool, dry, and dark environment. Our refill packs are designed for their optimal storage, ensuring they get no light. This helps protect the seeds from excessive light exposure, unwanted moisture, or heat damage, which could negatively impact their yield growth. If you have thrown out the packaging, just ensure they are in a sealed container and with no moisture or light exposure.

Can I store my pads outside of their packaging? For example, in a jar?

ingarden pads are best stored in a cool, dry and dark environment. Our refill packs are designed so that they can be stored optimally and are not exposed to light. This protects the seeds from excessive exposure to light, unwanted moisture or heat damage, which could have a negative impact on yield development. If you have thrown away the packaging, make sure that it is stored in a sealed container that is not exposed to moisture or light.

Is the use of filtered water recommended?

Based on our experience, it turns out that unfiltered water is the better choice for our customers in many cases. However, this can vary from person to person. We therefore recommend that you try both filtered and conventional tap water to find out which option is most beneficial for you personally.

Do all microgreens need to be harvested and refrigerated after seven days?

Microgreens can continue to grow for about 3-4 days after the end of their main growth phase, as long as you carefully add water to the side to keep them alive in the ingarden. Alternatively, it is possible to harvest the microgreens and keep them fresh for 2-3 days in an airtight box in the fridge. However, for the best quality and freshness, we recommend eating them ideally within 1-2 days of harvesting.

more questions?

Download the PDF-file below for ingarden manual, in English & German

ingarden manual English & German.pdf