For all of our Pod Packs and plants, nutrients are required.
Each initial purchase of a Rejuvenate comes with 1 container of powdered nutrients (200g). This container will last you for roughly 6 months of growing. Before you run out of nutrients, you can simply restock by ordering it directly from our website here; (www.plantaform.com/collections/all)
The nutrients need to be added (along with water) into the Top and Bottom Water Tanks at the beginning and throughout every growth cycle. After the initial fill, the nutrients should be added with water to both reservoirs every 2-3 weeks when the water tanks are low or nearly empty. The Top Tank will drain automatically into the Bottom Tank to extend the time between refills. Be sure to check and make sure the Top Tank is empty before you add more water and nutrients, to make sure you do not overflow the Top Tank.
There are initial fill instructions (that are specific to the Pod Pack you are growing) on the instruction sheet included inside each Plantaform Pod Pack. Please refer to the diagram below to see an example of where the initial fill instructions are on your pod paper instruction sheet. The Plantaform App has a section called 'Water.' When you are refilling the water that will tell you how much water and nutrients to add, once you indicate how much water is remaining in the Bottom Tank by reading the water level on the fill line indicators in the Bottom Tank.
Included with your Rejuvenate and first nutrient container, you will find a measuring stick scooper to use with the nutrients. The refill instructions refer to the scoop sizes on that specific measuring stick. Please keep that nutrient scooper to continue using it for subsequent nutrient containers. If you lose, break, or throw out your scooper, you can order another from our website along with your next nutrient restock. If you are using your Rejuvenate offline, then you can find the water and nutrient refill instructions on our website here.
For best results, use room temperature and reverse-osmosis filtered water with the provided nutrients and stir the nutrients into the water before you add it into the bottom reservoir.
The Rejuvenate garden has one of the longest-lasting water tanks of any indoor garden currently on the market. Part of the reason for this is because the Rejuvenate uses fogponics technology, which is the most water-effecient irrigation method in the world. The other reason for the long-lasting time between refills, is because a lot of engineering has gone into maximizing the amount of water that the Rejuvenate Garden can hold, given its compact size.
For this reason, it is important to not overfill the Rejuvenate water tanks, as this can hinder performance and decrease the amount of fog produced in the Rejuvenate.
There is a Top Water Tank that holds a maximum of 2L of water and the main Bottom Tank that holds a maximum of 7L of water, for a total maximum of 9L of water that your Rejuvenate can hold. Please see the first three diagrams below for location of water tanks and where to add water.
We strongly recommend using a measuring cup to measure the exact volume of water you are adding to the Rejuvenate, especially for the top tank, to avoid overfilling.
The main bottom water tank has 3 spots with etched water level fill lines that you can use to measure the amount of water currently in your Rejuvenate. You can use these lines to fill/refill your Rejuvenate to exactly 7L. It is important to note that the Bottom Tank fill lines are assuming that your Rejuvenate is sitting on a flat surface. If your Rejuvenate is sitting on a slight angle then we strongly recommend filling the bottom water tank slightly less than 7L, so that all 3 of the fill line locations are at or under the 7L mark. Please refer to the final diagram below to see what volume of water each of the fill line marks indicate.
Firstly, it is important to note that the Rejuvenate Top Water Tank holds a maximum of 2L of water and the Bottom Water Tank holds a maxium of 7L of water.
If you are wondering how you will know when to refill your Rejuvenate, the Plantaform App has a section called 'Water' (3 water droplets icon) on the home page for your Rejuvenate Garden. The 'Water' section will automatically display the general current water level in your device, as well as estimate the time until it is recommended to refill your Rejuvenate water tanks with water and nutrients. You will receive a notification through the App when your Rejuvenate is ready to be refilled and another notification when your Rejuvenate is low water and needs to be refilled urgently. You can follow the refill process using the automatic refill amount calculator in the 'Water' section in the App. When using your Rejuvenate offline, you will have to physically check the water level periodically and refill the tanks when there is only 1-3L of water remaining in the Bottom Tank.
It is important to know how much water is remaining the bottom water tank of your Rejuvenate when you are refilling it, to determine how much water and nutrients to add to refill it to its maximum 7L again.
The main bottom water tank has 3 spots with etched water level fill lines that you can use to measure the amount of water currently in your Rejuvenate. You can use these lines to fill/refill your Rejuvenate to exactly 7L. It is important to note that the Bottom Tank fill lines are assuming that your Rejuvenate is sitting on a flat surface. If your Rejuvenate is sitting on a slight angle then we strongly recommend filling the bottom water tank slightly less than 7L, so that all 3 of the fill line locations are at or under the 7L mark. Please refer to the diagram below to see what volume of water each of the fill line marks indicate.
Finally, it is important to note that your Top Water Tank will drain automatically into the Bottom Water Tank when it is needed. It should either be full or empty and you should check this before you add 2L of water to it with a refill, to avoid overfilling the Top Tank.
Growing tips and Instructions: These lettuces, while being classic components of a summer salad, are started in the early spring and harvested before the heat of mid-summer, making them a cool weather crop. When growing them in your Rejuvenate, it’s best to keep them in a cooler spot of your living spaces if possible, away from direct sunlight. This will ensure the fastest growth of your fresh home-grown salads.
Health Benefits: Excellent source of fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, Folate, Iron, potassium, and a wide range of antioxidants which have been linked with helping to reduce inflammation, retain eyesight, prevent cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of cancer, reduce chronic arthritis, improve immune system health and more.
Harvest Type: Single Harvest
Harvest Time: 40-45 Days
Placement in Rejuvenate: Butterhead & Red Frilled Lettuces on Top Row(s), Mustards on Bottom Row(s)
Growing tips and Instructions: These herbs can handle heat, but apart from the basils, they tend to like milder room-temperature conditions, especially when they are germinating. Keeping them away from the windows in the summer and in a temperate spot in the winter will help these herbs thrive in their earlier growth stages, meaning less time until you have all your fresh herb classics. For the basils, once there are at least 4 pairs of leaves you can clip the top stems, just above the fourth pair of leaves with sterilized clippers, which will ensure your herbs grow dense and bushy for continual harvesting in the months to come.
Health Benefits: Excellent source of fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-carotene, Folate, Iron, potassium, essential oils, and a range of antioxidants which have been linked with helping to reduce inflammation, prevent cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of cancer, reduce chronic arthritis, delay the effects of osteoporosis, improve immune system health and more.
Harvest Type: Continual Harvests
First Harvest: 35-50 Days
Final Harvest: 90 Days
Placement in Rejuvenate: Basils on Bottom & Middle Rows, Oregano on Top Row.
Growing tips and Instructions: Flowers are notoriously picky with the conditions they prefer and that cause them to flower. Ensure that you do not add too much nutrients, especially when the plants are germinating/very young. Also ensuring that the Rejuvenate is in a location that can maintain room temperature will ensure that they grow to bloom as quickly as possible. Cutting the flowers once the flowering stems are long and not cutting all of the flowers from a single stem will maximize the amount of flowers produced. For more detailed instructions, check out the Growing Guide.
Health Benefits: Excellent source of fiber, carbohydrates, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-carotene, Folate, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, and a range of antioxidants which have been linked with helping to reduce inflammation, prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate your urinary and reproductive systems, reduce chronic arthritis, delay the effects of osteoporosis, improve immune system health and more. Most of these plants are used in herbal medicinal practices as well.
Harvest Type: Peak-Bloom Harvest
First Harvest: 40-50 Days
Final Harvest: 90 Days
Placement in Rejuvenate: Calendula & Marigold on Bottom Row(s), Violas on Top Row(s).
Pruning & Harvesting
The Plantaform App will suggest when your plants should be ready to harvest. Included on your Pod Pack cover, it also indicates the time until harvest as well. If you are noticing the plants are outgrowing the device, it is time to harvest those plants or simply clip them back. Please refer to the Growing Guide for the certain Pod Pack that you are growing for more information. You can find the growing guide information here (Coming Soon).
The best way to harvest your plants depends on the type of plants or Pod Packs you are growing. We typically suggest that the Fresh Salad Mix Pod Pack is a 1-time harvest, in which you wait until they are full size and then harvest the 15 Pods within a 1-2 week period. If you are noticing some leaves growing too close to the lights between 35-40 days, you can clip them to get a salad or two before the final harvest period. When harvesting a few Pods at a time, you can replace the harvested pods with the Plantaform Pod Plugs included in your original Rejuvenate box.
If you are using the Plantaform App, it will indicate to you when your plants are ready to harvest in the 'Progress' section of the App. When you are ready to harvest, there is a "Harvesting Guide" button that will take you to our detailed harvesting process instructions on our website, which can also be found here (Coming Soon). If you are using your Rejuvenate offline, the manual control for how to end a growth cycle can be found in the Rejuvenate User Manual that comes with your Rejuvenate Garden.
In general, you will need to trigger the harvesting process, drain out your Rejuvenate, clip your fresh produce out of the Rejuvenate, remove the plant pods from the Rejuvenate, open up the root chamber, remove the roots and debris on the Rejuvenate internals, and prepare your Rejuvenate for the cleaning process. Be sure to keep the pod lid covers as they are meant to be reused! If you break, lose or throw out your pod lid covers, you can order more from our website here.
To prune your herbs and flowers, please follow the detailed instructions found in the Growing Guide for the Pod Pack that you are growing for more information. You can find the growing guide information here (Coming Soon).
In our Herb Essential Pod Pack, for the basils, we recommend to wait until there are at least 4 pairs of leaves on the main stem, then to use sterilized scissors or clippers to clip off the stem, just above the 2nd set of leaves and to only clip from a plant every 2-3 weeks, giving them time to recover from the last clipping. For the cilantro and parsley, wait until your plants are about 20cm (8") tall, then you can clip the mature, outer stems down at the base of the plant, leaving the newer stems/leaves in the center untouched. If your Rejuvenate is outproducing the amount of herbs you require, we suggest either freezing them in a sealed bag or drying them for dry herbs. Please refer to the Growing Guide for the Pod Pack that you are growing for more information. You can find the growing guide information here (Coming Soon).
Water Source & Your Rejuvenate: If you are on a well system, if you live in a city with hard water, and/or if you use a water softener to get the water for your Rejuvenate, you may encounter performance issues. If you are using city tap water, check the water hardness of your local municipalities water supply. If the your local area’s tap water is hard, consider either using a reverse osmosis water filter to remove ions before you use it in your Rejuvenate. If you are on a well system or you have a water softener, we strongly recommend either using distilled water or a reverse osmosis filter to remove these ions from your water source before you use the water in your Rejuvenate. The table at the bottom of this section will help summarize how good of a source of water you use for your Rejuvenate Garden.
Water Source & Quality: The water you put in your Rejuvenate is important. It is important because of the ions in the water. Ions have an electromagnetic charge this property is a part of how the amount of nutrients in indoor gardens are measured.
Water Hardness: Water hardness describes the amount of calcium and magnesium ions in water, which are always present and/or abundant in tap water. The amount of these ions in the water describes the 'hardness' of the water. Water with high amounts of calcium and magnesium ions is referred to as ‘hard’ water and water that has low amounts these ions is referred to as ‘soft’ water. When hard water evaporates, these ions mineralize, leaving behind that white ‘limescale’ that you likely will find on your taps and sink faucets if they have not been cleaned for a few months. These extra calcium and magnesium ions in hard water can make it hard to control the pH in your device, which is vital for providing the right conditions for your plants. The buildup of these minerals is also important to periodically remove also important as they can cause the foggers in Rejuvenate to work improperly if not removed via the Rejuvenate Cleaning Process.
Water Softeners: Water Softeners replace calcium and magnesium ions in water with salt ions like potassium chloride or sodium chloride. Potassium can throw off the nutrient balance in your system and high levels of sodium can be harmful to your to plants.
Reverse Osmosis (RO) & Distilled Water: Reverse osmosis filters remove unwanted ions from your water without replacing them with salt ions and distilled water already has the unwanted ions removed, making these types of water the best for your plants growing in your Rejuvenate System.
The Plantaform App will notify you when you should check on your plants to see if the humidity/germination domes are ready to be removed. There is a window of time in which your pods will germinate, so the first notification will be the start of the window and the second notification will be to remind you that the domes need to be removed.
Alternatively, you can find the germination times for the pod packs on the website here. Once the majority of the pods have seedlings that are sprouting from them, you can remove the germination domes. If some pods have sprouted very early, try to wait to remove the humidity domes until all of the seedlings have sprouted or until the seedlings are starting to press against the top of the humidity dome. If one or more pods have not sprouted after the germination stage has ended, remove the domes from the unsprouted pods. There is still a good chance that they will still sprout and that they are just very slow to sprout. The removed humidity domes can be rinsed by hand or put on the top rack in the dishwasher on low heat and then stored for the next growth cycle. Be sure to keep the humidity domes as they are reusable. If you break, lose or throw out your humidity domes, you can buy more on the website here.
An extra note: Do not remove the flat pod lids on the pods when you remove the humidity domes as they help to prevent algae from growing on your pods and they help your pods retain moisture.
The Rejuvenate is designed to be able to grow a wide variety of plants and can be customized for the type of plant that is growing. Many different plants have different optimal growing conditions and as a result, some combinations of plants will not grow optimally together at the same time.
For this reason, we offer pod packs that have an excellent array of 5 different plant varieties that grow well together. Please do not mix pods from different packs together in the same growth cycle, as we cannot guarantee the success of your growth cycle.
We will be implementing more pod packs as well as a ‘Grow Your Own’ feature soon, that will let you select the growing conditions you want to provide for whatever plants you would like to grow.
Each Plantaform Pod Pack comes with a carboard Paper Instruction Sheet that will be the first thing that you see when you first open your Pod Pack. This instruction sheet is very important! It has a front and a back side with information. The positions of the pod types are explained on the back side of this sheet! Please read this instruction sheet and refer to the diagram to know which pod is which before you remove them from the box, soak them in water, and place them in your Rejuvenate.
If you have thrown away or lost your sheet, you can refer to the diagrams below for each pod pack.
If you have removed the pods from the box before reading the sheet and can no longer tell which plant is which, then you can place them randomly, then wait until the germination stage has completed, at which point you can tell which plant type is in each pod and you can rearrange their positions before the roots get too big and tangled inside of the root chamber. You have 2-3 weeks to rearrange the pods before it is too late to easily do this.
To ensure that all of your plants grow optimally, we recommend certain growing positions within Rejuvenate depending on which Pod Pack you are growing with.
Fresh Salad Mix: Butterhead & Red Frilled Lettuces on Top Row(s), Mustards on Bottom Row(s).
Herb Essentials: Basils on Bottom & Middle Rows, Oregano on Top Row.
Edible Flower Mix: Calendula & Marigold on Bottom Row(s), Violas on Top Row(s).
Cocktail Mix: Coming Soon!
Superfood Salad Mix: Coming Soon!
The Rejuvenate nutrients have been formulated to automatically control the pH of your Rejuvenate system without needing any adjustment.
Please add room temperature water to your Rejuvenate when filling and refilling your Rejuvenate. Water temperature should not be an issue in your Rejuvenate and you do not have to worry about controlling or adjusting it.
There are times in which your Rejuvenate will have to be drained. Some examples of when your Rejuvenate will have to be drained includes: when you are ending your growth cycle and harvesting your plants, if you have overfilled your Rejuvenate's Bottom Tank (7L maxium), if you would like to move your Rejuvenate's physical location in your living space, and when you are running the cleaning cycle after each growth cycle.
If your Top Tank is full when you begin the final harvesting process, the Top Tank will automatically drain, so you should not have to worry about draining the Top Tank manually. You should wait until the Top Tank has drained completely before closing the Bottom Drainage Valve.
To drain the Bottom Tank of the Rejuvenate, there is a panel located near the bottom of your Rejuvenate Garden. Inside that panel there is a Drainage Tube with a Flow Valve that you can 1/4 turn to open or close the Drainage Valve. Once you open that valve, the water will likely immidiately start flowing out, so be sure you have your Drainage Tube over a bucket or a sink before you open the Valve. Please refer to the diagrams at the bottom of this section to see where the Bottom Panel and Drainage Tube are located on your Rejuvenate Garden. To save you time, we recommend opening the valve to drain your Rejuvenate, then to leave the tube draining into a sink or bucket, and to come back to it around 10 minutes later to see if it has completely drained. You do not have to stand there and watch it drain unless letting go of the tube means that it might spill somewhere that you don't want it to.
If you open the Drainage Valve located near the bottom of your Rejuvenate and the water does not immidiately start flowing out, there are only 2 potential reason for why this would happen (other than if there is no water in the Bottom Tank).
The first and most likely reason the water is not draining is because you are holding the Flow Valve above the height of the Bottom Water Tank. Water will only freely flow from a higher location to a lower location due to gravity. If you are trying to drain your Rejuvenate into a container that is sitting on the same surface or a higher surface than your Rejuvenate Garden, that is likely why it is not draining. If this is the case, simply lower the location that you are draining your Rejuvenate into and it should start to flow.
The second reason why your Rejuvenate is not draining would be due to the roots or other debris in the Bottom Reservoir clogging the drainage tube or outlet. If you open the Drainage Valve below the height of the Rejuvenate base and little or no water is draining, then check the tube itself, the outlet on the inside of the Bottom Reservoir, and where the Drainage Tube meets the Flow Valve to see if there is a blockage. If this is the case, you can use several types of tools including: tweezers, a pipe cleaner, a flexible poking stick like a long wire brush scrubber and/or something like a ZipTie... to try to dislodge the blockage wherever it is. If the blockage is located in the Flow Valve itself, you can pull the valve off from the Drainage Tube with a firm tug (holding the tube, so you don't pull the entire tube off of the Rejuvenate completely) and use a tool type listed above to dislodge the blockage before sqeezing the valve back onto the tube.
The Rejuvenate nutrients are a dry, cystaline, powder. Similarly to most other dry powder products, they will absorb lots of moisture from the air over time and they will become wet and clumpy. While slightly clumpy nutrients are still good to use in your Rejuvenate, if they become too wet, some of the highly concentrated nutrients can react together to form insoluble compounds that cannot be absorbed by the plant.
For this reason it is important to make sure that you are storing the nutrients properly. The nutrients already come in a hermitcally selaed jar with 2 small dessicant packs to prevent them from absorbing some of the moisture they will be exposed to every time the jar is opened.
Here are some general rules or advice to maximize the storage life of your nutrients. Always close the lid of the nutrient jar tightly, immediately after use and try to minimize the amount of time that the lid is removed when you are using the nutrients. This will help prevent moisture from getting into the jar in the first place. Store the nutrient in a cool, dry place and keep it away from sources of high heat and direct sunlight. Heat and direct sunlight can both cause your nutrients to degrade and become clumpy as well. This means keeping your nutrient jar away from your stove, oven, your home's winter heating source(s), and away from your windows that receive direct sunlight. If you follow these storage practices, your nutrients will always last much longer than the 6 months in which they supply your plants' with the essential nutrients they need in your Rejuvenate Garden.
Plantaform has done a lot of work to test and develop an ideal nutrient formula for a wide variety of plants and have tested our nutrient formula extensively to ensure that the formula is reliable and does not damage or react with the foggers over time.
Moreover, the series of refill instructions, the ability of the nutrients to balance the pH, and the guarantee of successful growth results of your Rejuvenate Garden are all based on the use of our specific nutrient product.
Plantaform cannot provide optimal refill instructions if using a different nutrient formula, as the ratios of nutrients and the concentration of the nutrients of the particular formula you are using has not been taken into account with our custom-tailored refill instructions. Successful refill instructions cannot be automatically provided by our product platform without considerable research and development testing.
Additionally, the price of Plantaform's nutrients are one of the lowest available on the market for the amount of fresh produce it can grow, only costing an average of less than $3/month for 15 plants.
Most importantly, the nutrients could react unpredictably due to interactions with the electrical foggers, potentially corroding the foggers and voiding the terms of your Rejuvenate's 1-year full warrantee.
For these reasons, we strongly advise against using your own preferred nutrients with the Rejuvenate without contacting and discussing using your own preferred nutrient formula with us first.
If you would like to test your own preferred nutrients and would be willing to help Plantaform test and develop new nutrient formulas, please contact our team via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to discuss the potential of developing or approving new options for nutrient formulas that are compatible and integrated with use in your Rejuvenate Garden.
There are a few reasons why your Rejuvenate's lights would be very dim.
The Rejuvenate has lots of options for customized preferences. One of these preferences is the ability to dim your Rejuvenate's lights for either 2 hours or until the next day. These features can be used to allow you to prune or view your plants without having the bright lights burn your eyes, it can be used if you want to dim your Rejuvenate so that you don't get the glare from the garden on your TV while your favorite show is on, and it can be used for dimming your device if it distracting/bothering you for whatever reason. These control options can be accessed in the Plantaform App in the 'Lights' section and they can also be manually engaged with button presses. Please refer to the User Manual that came with your Rejuvenate to see how to engage those features. It is possible that you accidentally engaged the temporary dimming feature which can be reverted easily in the App. The lights should also return to normal either after 2 hours or at the start of the next day.
Secondly, some pod pack seeds germinate better under different lighting conditions. Specifically for the Edible Flower Mix, Violas really prefer little to no light for best germination performance. For this reason, the lights may be very dim for the first 3-5 days after starting an Edible Flower Mix Pod Pack.
When engaging the final harvest for your pod pack, the Rejuvenate lights will dim as well to prevent burning your eyes when looking into your Rejuvenate during the harvesting process.
If the lights are very dim and none of the above explanations match what you are noticing, then please contact our support team via email at: email@example.com and we will help to identify and resolve this issue with you!
There are multiple potential reasons for why your Rejuvenate is not producing fog. Not seeing any fog does not necessarily mean that there is a significant issue with your Rejuvenate Garden.
Firstly, it is important to note that when starting a pod pack, you should have soaked your pods in water for 5-10 seconds, meaning that the Rejuvenate does not need to produce fog, wasting water and energy, for the first 3-5 days of your growth cycle. Please do not be worried if you do not see fog for the first 3-5 days after starting your pod pack. Additionally, the Rejuvenate goes through 5-10 minute cycles where fog is only produced for a small portion of that 5-10 minute cycle.
If it has been more than 5 days since starting a pod pack, you have watched your Rejuvenate closely for 10 uninterrupted minutes, and your Rejuvenate Garden does not produce any fog in that time, then there is likely some other issue to address.
The next thing to check (and something you should always be aware of), is that the Rejuvenate Bottom Water Tank can hold up to 8L, but the maximum fill amount of the bottom reservoir is 7L. If you have filled your Rejuvenate past the 7L mark, this is most likely the reason you are seeing little or no fog. This is a very easy fix and you can just drain the amount of water needed from the bottom reservoir until there is 7L of water remaining, by using the bottom drainage tube located in the bottom panel of your Rejuvenate Garden. Please see the first diagram below showing the location of the drainage tube. Please also refer to the second diagram below to see the location and fill line indicator water level amounts in your Rejuvenate's Bottom Water Tank.
If the Bottom water tank has 7L of water or less, and it is after day 5 of your current growth cycle, then there is likely another reason for this issue. The third most likely cause for no fog is because one of the internal components in your Rejuvenate is loose or positioned incorrectly. The internal components of the Rejuvenate Garden are critical for the proper functioning of the Rejuvenate. These internal components are also removable for cleaning and root-removal purposes. Please refer to our website Harvesting Guide page for more information on how to properly open up and close the root chamber and internal components, found here (Coming Soon).
If you have checked and ruled out all of these potential causes and you are still not seeing any fog being produced for more than a 10 minute period, than there might be a more serious issue with your Rejuvenate. In this case, please contact our support team via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will address and resolve this issue with you accordingly!