Here shows all tips you will need to know throughout your planting process.

What are you planting?

Including all leafy, Chinese cuisine, and rooted vegetables.

Including sweet basil, coriander, dill, parsley.

Including tomato.

Including viola.

Planting Overview

Number of Seed Capsules to Use in a Growing Session

Some plants prefer more space than others. To grow healthy and strong plants, we suggest that the maximum number of seed capsules you should use at a time is as follows:

Salad / leafy vegetables

6 - 8 capsules

Flowers

8 - 12 capsules

Tomatoes

2 - 4 capsules

Herbs

8 - 12 capsules

Radishes

6 - 8 capsules

 

LED Growth Light Control

You can adjust the LED growth light after the planting program started.

Since your plant cannot be exposed to light for 24 hours, the LED grow light will gradually turn on (sunrise) and off (sunset), similar to nature’s sunrise and sunset.

Offline Mode

LED light control in control panel

  • Auto – Best for plant growth

  • Dim – Temporary dim the light

  • White – Best for photo

  • Off – Temporary switch light off

Online Mode

LED light control in control panel

  • Light control

    • Auto – Best for plant growth

    • Dim – Temporary dim the light

    • White – Best for photo

    • Off – Temporary switch light off

  • Demo - Each different types of light appear for showcasing purposes ​

LED light control in the app

  • Auto

  • Customise – Adjust the light intensity freely, either in grow light spectrum or white light

. Set sunrise time (i.e. when the light turns on)

  • Open Control panel of your aspara in the app

  • Set sunrise time for your aspara™
    * Sunset time is automatically set according to the planting program and sunrise time.

 

Remove Germination Domes

When the first two leaves on a plant appear, remove its germination dome. Not removing the germination dome at the correct time can inhibit plant growth.

 

Thin Out Your Plant

During the first stage of development, there may be more than one plant growing in each seed capsule. To ensure a good harvest, you need to thin your plants out to give them space to grow.

When the plant sprouts are around 25 mm (1 inch) tall, choose the most healthy-looking plant in each seed capsule and pull out the rest.

 

Take Photo Periodically to Record your Planting and Make Timelapse Video

When your aspara is online, you can record your planting by taking photo in aspara app periodically or even every day. You can also make timelapse video with your photos.

  1. Click ‘photo’ button in app.

  2. Align the aspara outline for making timelapse video. The photo will be recorded with planting information including program and planting days.

  3. Save the photo or share.

  1. In photo album, select ‘Timelapse video’.

  2. Select ‘create video’.

  3. Customise your timelapse video by creating the name, selecting frame rate, transition effect and audio

  4. Click to go to ‘video list’ or back to ‘Timelapse video’ in photo album. You will see your video is processing.

 

Adding Water and Plant Nutrients

1

There will be a notification from the app and the display if there is not enough water or nutrient.

2

Remove the tank and add water into the tank.

3

For nutrient, both app and control panel will notify when nutrient is not enough. Add 1 pack of plant nutrient into the water.

4

Place back the tank with both hands until it is firmly inserted.

Note:

  • The water and nutrient status in the app will only be updated after the water has circulated 3 times (about 10 minutes) after the water tank is inserted.

  • ALWAYS add water and nutrients to the tank. NEVER add them to the grow tray.

 

Prune Plant to Keep Away from Grow Light

Prune your plants when their height reach 15cm (6 inches).

 

Regular pruning can promote herbs grow or flowering. It also avoid burning the grow light.

 

Replace All Water and Clean System to Keep Plant Healthy

When you have planted over 60 days, we would recommend to replace all water in tank and grow tray with fresh water.

Clean algae on the connector, sensing probe or tank water outlet.

Open the grow tray and see if there are any roots blocking the sponge of the connector. Clean the sponge and the connector to make sure water can flow smoothly.

 

Harvest

Slide out the grow tray. Use either scissors, a knife, or your hands.

To continue growing the remaining plants, push the grow tray back into the cabinet and make sure that the connector docks with the docking station.

Salad / leafy vegetables

Cut at bottom of the main stem to harvest whole plant.

Flower

Cut at bottom of the flower stem to harvest.

Herbs - leafy, e.g. basil

Cut individual leaf or fresh branches to harvest.

Herbs - branchy,
e.g. coriander, dill, parsley

Cut at end of individual branch to harvest.

Fruit

Cut the ripened fruit to harvest. 

 

End the Planting Program

Offline mode

  • Select ‘Harvest’ in control panel.

Online mode

  • Select ‘Finish planting’ after click ‘…’ in My Veg page or in the control panel of your aspara™.

 

Change Between Online and Offline Modes

You can shift from offline to online mode only in standby mode, i.e. planting program ended. See How to Connect to go for online.

When going from online to offline mode, pin the “Reset” button and make your choice again. If you reset during planting mode, you will not be able to continue with your current planting data.

 

Cleaning - by Hands

The appliance should be cleaned between each growing session or if it has not been used for a while. Make sure it has been finished planting before cleaning.

Parts that should be thrown away

Growing media and plants - root

Capsules - biodegradable, designed to be thrown away

Parts come in contact with plants that can be washed with water

Grow tray lid, grow tray container, connector, sponge

Tank, sensing probe

Grow hole covers, germination domes

Note:

  • Do not use water hotter than 40°C/105°F. Do not use bleach or harsh cleaners.

  • Unless you are going to use the appliance immediately, dry all the parts with a soft clean towel. It is particularly important to dry the metal contacts on both the sensing probe and the connector.

  • DO NOT wash the grow tray, tank or any other parts in the dishwasher as they may become deformed.

Parts AVOID touching water, can only clean by wiping with a damp cloth

Cabinet

Power adaptor and cable

Note:

  • Make sure the cabinet is disconnect from the electricity supply.

  • Do not clean the power plug nor allow water to enter the cabinet.

  • NEVER immerse the cabinet in water (or any other liquid) or wash it using free-running water.

 

Cleaning - aspara™ Self-cleaning Function

1

Throw away all plants and capsules. Pour away all the water in system.

5

Select ‘Clean’ function on control panel. You can stop before the process end.

2

Make sure the device is in standby mode. Insert the grow tray.

6

Once finished, empty both the tank and the grow tray.

3

Fill the tank with water to the ‘max’ line.

4

Replace the tank with both hands until it is firmly inserted.

 

Cleaning - Sanitising

We suggest you sanitize the appliance once a year and whenever you feel the water is not circulating freely or your plants are in bad health.

 

Following the cleaning instructions in Cleaning - aspara™ Self-cleaning Function, add either citric acid cleaner (according to the manufacturer’s instructions) or 1 cup of white vinegar together with water in step 3. Then, repeat cleaning in section 6.2 to rinse.

 

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