Last Updated on May 12, 2021
EDITOR’S NOTE: Read our full review of this smart indoor garden along with ongoing progress updates here.
Sometimes Aldi catches my eye with new products I’ve never seen the grocer sell before, and these products tend to be on trend and in touch with what today’s customers are interested in. We’ve seen an increased interest in both gardening and raising house plants during the past year, and in May of 2021 Aldi introduced a new product that helps you combine the two interests: a smart indoor garden.
The Ambiano Smart Indoor Garden (product code 801901) cost $39.99 and is slated to hit stores on either May 9th or May 12th of 2021, depending on when your local ads go into effect.
This is an Aldi Find, which means stores will get one shipment, and when that sells out, that’s it and the gardens will be gone. We’re not sure how many gardens each store will get or how popular these will be, which all influences how easy or difficult it will be to get one. Also keep in mind that Aldi in the United States does not offer online ordering for its specials, so once this sells out at your local store, you’re out of luck.
Here’s more information on the smart indoor garden:
- Features time-controlled LED lighting for better plant growth
- Features a time-controlled watering system
- Timer goes for 12 hours
- Plants not included
- Perfect for growing fresh herbs
- Includes four grow baskets
We don’t yet have detailed information on this garden from Aldi, but most indoor gardens like this use hydroponics, which is a gardening method that does not use soil. Instead nutrients are dissolved in water and delivered to plant roots. The roots may be placed only in water, or they may be in a soil substitute such as peat moss, coconut fiber, clay pebbles, etc. Many plants grown with the hydroponic method are reported to grow faster because they have more ready access to nutrients.
Hydroponic gardening is also popular because it doesn’t take a lot of space, and while you can purchase or build larger setups, there are plenty of gardens like this one that are small enough to put on a kitchen counter, a table, or a shelf. For a setup like this, the best things to grow are probably herbs (the Aldi promotional photos show basil growing in the garden, among other things), and growing herbs indoors means you have easy access to them while cooking.
I plan to buy one of these on the morning the ad takes effect in my local stores if I can find one. Wish me luck, and check back here later for a full review once I get my hands on one.