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Purchasing

What are the financing options?

We are proud to partner with Affirm to provide financing over 6, 12, or 24 months. 0% APR is available. See this page for more details next to the Affirm logo.

Do I need to purchase the Gardyn Sprout Nursery?

The Gardyn Sprout Nursery is the customized nursery we built so Gardyners can easily sprout new plant yCubes after they have added plant food to the Gardyn system. The ventilated dome top and specially designed insert were engineered to ensure the growing medium receives just the right amount of water and humidity to facilitate germination and keep growing sprouts healthy.

Can I purchase a membership with the Gardyn?

Yes! Bundling a membership with your Gardyn is a great way to save, and you can finance any of our membership options with Affirm. The longer the plan term, the more you save! We currently offer monthly, 1-year, and 2-year memberships.

How much do the plant yCubes cost?

If you're a member, you can use your monthly credit balance to order plants for free! Orders in excess of members' credit balance will be charged at a discounted rate of $1.99 per yCube plus flat-rate shipping (versus $4.99 per yCube plus a flat rate shipping fee of $9.99 for non-members).

Members receive 10 credits each month (based on the anniversary date of your membership) and can roll over unused credits up to 30 banked credits. Members can take advantage of free shipping on one order per month for any credits available in your account. Free shipping does not apply to additional items ordered beyond your balance, and a shipping charge of $9.99 will apply for every 10 items ordered. You may place more than one order each month, but free shipping will only apply to one order per month in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

Where can I buy plant food for the Gardyn?

You can order plant food in the app and on the website. One packet of plant food lasts approximately 3-6 months, so you may only add one packet to your cart per order.

In the app, members can order one 8-oz package of plant food with 5 of their monthly credits, or at a 50% discounted rate of $9.95. Non-members pay $19.99 per packet.

Both members and non-members pay $19.99 per packet when shopping on the website here.

How can I find out about current promotions?

Our website is always up to date with our current promotions. You can also sign up to receive email messages from us so you never miss a deal. Members get exclusive access to special sales and promotions throughout the year!

Where can I purchase accessories for my Gardyn?

Accessories are available for purchase in the Shop on the app, and here.

Can I buy a Gardyn and ship it to a friend? What about gifting a membership?

Absolutely, you can gift either or both Gardyn devices and memberships to others!

For devices, when checking out, simply enter your friend's address as the shipping address. When your friend receives their Gardyn, they'll be able to create an account from the Gardyn App and activate their membership to keep receiving plants.

After your purchase, you'll receive an order confirmation email containing an Order ID. Save this number! You'll need to share the Order ID with your friend so they can activate their pre-paid membership in the Gardyn app.

Which plants come with the starter set? Can I customize it?

Each starter set comes with 30 free yCubes™ so you can start growing right away.  Choose from three pre-pack options:

All options also include 20 Gardyner favorites:

  • Greens: Arugula, Butterhead, Kale, Swiss Chard, + 7 more
  • Fruits: Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapeños, & Sweet Peppers
  • Herbs: Thyme, Cilantro, Mint, & Thai Basil

If the starter set doesn’t have all of the plants you want, no problem! While you can't customize your starter set, you can order anything that catches your eye from the Gardyn App. Plus, you get 10 credits for free with the 30-day free trial.

You can find the full list of our 60+ varieties of greens, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers here. We are constantly adding new varieties and update the list as new plants become available!

Membership

What do I get with my Gardyn membership?

We've designed our memberships to help you get the most out of your Gardyn experience while enjoying unique and exclusive benefits. With all that membership offers, you'll be able to grow with confidence, no matter your experience level. To see what membership currently includes, click here! We're always expanding our list of member perks.

When does my pre-paid membership start?

If you purchased a membership along with your device, your pre-paid membership starts on your schedule!

You can redeem your pre-paid membership in the app 24 hours after receiving your Order Confirmation email, which contains the order ID number you'll need in the app to get started. Your membership doesn't activate until your Gardyn connects to WiFi for the first time, so you don't have to worry about losing any time you've paid for if you choose to redeem it before you've set up your Gardyn.

If you created your Gardyn account without redeeming your pre-paid membership and already have your Gardyn connected to WiFi, you can redeem and activate it one step using these easy steps.

What types of membership plans do you offer? How do I purchase a membership, and how much does it cost?

Gardyn currently offers three types of membership plans: monthly, 1-year, or 2-year. The longer the plan, the more you save!

You may choose to purchase a 1-year or 2-year membership either on our website when you're purchasing a device, or directly in your Gardyn app following your device purchase. The monthly membership is only available in the app following a device purchase.

The no-commitment monthly membership costs $39 per month. The longer-term memberships provide greater savings, with 1-year members saving $5 per month ($34/month, $408/year), and 2-year members saving $10 per month ($29/month, $686/year) over the same period of time. Financing options are available.

Who, or what, is Kelby™? What does Kelby do?

Every Gardyn membership comes with Kelby, your personal, AI Gardyning assistant. Kelby leverages your Gardyn's advanced sensors and cameras to keep tabs on your plants 24/7, coaching you on their care from Day 1 so you can grow with confidence and enjoy the full Gardyn experience.

Kelby will send you messages and alerts that typically fall into a few main categories:

  • Just-in-time plant coaching, such as when to add plant food, how to pollinate flowers, and when and how to harvest each of your plants.
  • Device care, including water level alerts, reminders on when to do a simple clean of your water tank, and notifications if anything looks unusual.
  • Membership and special promotions, including when you've gained monthly credits, sales codes, plant portfolio releases and rotations, and notices about expiring memberships.
  • Inspiration! Whether it's a new blog post, recipe ideas, or fun plant facts, Kelby has a message for every type of Gardyner!

You can learn more about Kelby here.

Can I still use the Gardyn and Gardyn App without membership?

Yes you can! Without membership you can still connect your Gardyn to the Gardyn app, adjust its automatic lighting and watering schedule, and read its temperature, humidity, and water level to help maintain your Gardyn. Without membership, you can purchase plant yCubes through the Orders section of your Gardyn app for $4.99 each.

You will miss out on the benefits of 10 yCubes per month, as well as notifications, guidance, and reminders from Kelby™ and additional support from Gardyn’s team of Growing Experts.

Is there a free trial period for membership?

Yes! After connecting your Gardyn to your WiFi network for the first time, you can opt into a 30-day free trial of our monthly membership. This trial allows you to immediately access all member perks, including receiving messages from Kelby™, your smart Gardyning assistant. You'll also get 10 free credits to use on all plants and certain accessories. At the end of the 30 days, your membership will auto-renew for $39 per month. If you wish to cancel your auto-renewal, you may do so at any time in the app.

Shipping

How big is the shipping box?

The Gardyn Home Kit 3.0 comes in one box, measuring 47in x 15in x 17in. The Gardyn Home Kit 2.0 comes in two boxes: one for the lights (48in x 5in x 3in) and one for the remainder of the Gardyn (30in x 25in x 16in).

Do you ship outside of the United States?

Unfortunately, at this time we only ship throughout the US, including Hawaii and Alaska. We are in the early stages of logistics for international shipping. Stay tuned!

Can I return my Gardyn?

Yes, you have a 60-day window to try out and return your Gardyn for a refund, minus a return shipping cost and re-stocking fee. See our Return Policy for more details.

Can I buy a Gardyn and ship it to a friend? What about gifting a membership?

Absolutely, you can gift either or both Gardyn devices and memberships to others!

For devices, when checking out, simply enter your friend's address as the shipping address. When your friend receives their Gardyn, they'll be able to create an account from the Gardyn App and activate their membership to keep receiving plants.

After your purchase, you'll receive an order confirmation email containing an Order ID. Save this number! You'll need to share the Order ID with your friend so they can activate their pre-paid membership in the Gardyn app.

Which plants come with the starter set? Can I customize it?

Each starter set comes with 30 free yCubes™ so you can start growing right away.  Choose from three pre-pack options:

All options also include 20 Gardyner favorites:

  • Greens: Arugula, Butterhead, Kale, Swiss Chard, + 7 more
  • Fruits: Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapeños, & Sweet Peppers
  • Herbs: Thyme, Cilantro, Mint, & Thai Basil

If the starter set doesn’t have all of the plants you want, no problem! While you can't customize your starter set, you can order anything that catches your eye from the Gardyn App. Plus, you get 10 credits for free with the 30-day free trial.

You can find the full list of our 60+ varieties of greens, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers here. We are constantly adding new varieties and update the list as new plants become available!

What are Gardyn Shipping and Handling Policies?

Gardyn Inc. ships currently to addresses in the continental United States, Alaska & Hawaii.
Gardyn Home device will only be sent to valid street addresses; there is no delivery to P.O. Boxes or APO/FPO addresses.
We do ship yCube refills boxes to P.O. boxes.
Delivery to Alaska & Hawaii is available for an additional fee.
Shipment to multiple locations from a single order is currently not available.
If the carrier cannot deliver the package and returns it to Gardyn, any additional cost for subsequent shipping attempts will be at the customer’s charge.

How can I manage my Gardyn shipment?

If FedEx is the carrier, you can use FedEx Delivery Manager (FDM) to request delivery services:

Schedule the delivery (available for residential addresses served by FedEx Express and FedEx Home Delivery)
Put your package on vacation hold
Hold your package at a FedEx location for pick up
Change the delivery address

To change your package’s delivery address, you can choose from 2 options:
Use your FDM account
Contact Gardyn Support to request the change for you

If a delivery option isn’t available in FDM, this may be because of the status of the package.

For example, if the shipment is already out for delivery, then the package isn’t available for a delivery appointment set up.

When do I receive my Gardyn once I have placed my order?

It depends on your location. Most shipments in contiguous United States take between 7 to 10 business days. Gardyn 3.0 ships in one box and the Gardyn 2.0 ships in two boxes and may arrive separately.

What are the shipping costs for the Gardyn and plants?

The Gardyn ships for free in the contiguous United States. There is a shipping charge for Gardyn shipments to Hawaii and Alaska, and it is calculated directly by our shipping partner. Unfortunately, we do not have control over these prices, and the exact value depends on your shipping address.

Members can take advantage of free shipping on one order per month (based on the anniversary date of your membership) for any credits available in your account. Free shipping does not apply to additional items ordered beyond your balance, and a shipping charge of $9.99 will apply for every 10 items ordered. You may place more than one order each month, but free shipping will only apply to one order per month in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

Without membership, there is a flat rate shipping fee of $9.99 for yCube orders.

Why is there a shipping charge to Hawaii and Alaska?

Due to the size and weight of the Gardyn, the cost of shipping is much higher to Hawaii and Alaska than the contiguous United States. Our shipping costs are calculated directly by our shipping partner, and they vary based on shipping address. Unfortunately, we do not have control over those prices. We are continuously looking at different shipping options for Alaska and Hawaii and hope to have a cheaper option in the future.

How can I find out about the status of my order?

Once your order is shipped and the courier has scanned the label, you will automatically receive a confirmation email with tracking information. If you would like to inquire about your Gardyn order prior to shipping, please reach out to our Customer Support team at support@mygardyn.com.

Installation

Do I need a water connection?

You do not need a water connection for the Gardyn! The Gardyn comes with a 6 gallon reservoir, which you will need to fill periodically with fresh water and plant food. If you are a member, Kelby will remind you if you need to add water.

How big is a Gardyn? Can it fit in a studio apartment?

The Gardyn can definitely fit in any home, regardless of size or square feet. It was designed to grow large quantities of food on a very small footprint: 2 feet wide by 1 foot deep. It is 5'4" tall. In a studio apartment, you will want to make sure you are comfortable with having lights on for 14 hours for best plant growth. You can adjust the lighting schedule to suit your lifestyle using our guide here.

What does it need to work?

The Gardyn needs access to a 110V power outlet to run on its default settings. To connect the Gardyn to the Gardyn app and use its full functionality to customize the automated schedules, you will need a 2.4 GHz WiFi network band. If your router is 5 GHz, you may be able to create a 2.4 GHz guest network. You can also purchase a TP Link Extender to make any router compatible with the Gardyn. The Gardyn App requires a phone or smart device with operating systems iOS 10 or Android 4.1 and up.

What comes with my Gardyn?

Your Gardyn will come in two boxes:

The larger box contains the Gardyn’s main components, including the columns, tank, and pump, as well as an assembly manual to help you put it together. You will also receive an assortment of 30 plants (yCubes) and plant food so that you can start growing immediately. The box contains an accessory bag with 6 pod caps to close slots that are currently not growing any plants and a silicon sleeve to easily handle your plants for harvesting.

The smaller box contains the Gardyn’s LED grow lights and attached cameras, which allow you to monitor your plants from anywhere in the Gardyn app.

Where should I set up my Gardyn?

Gardyn can grow anywhere in your home as long as there is a power outlet and access to your WiFi network. Two LED grow lights are included in your Gardyn, so you will not need to worry about providing sunlight. It can even grow in a basement! We recommend you choose a place that is temperate and dry (most rooms in your place should be) with limited temperature variation (65-75F). The Gardyn is designed to be against or close to a wall as the light can be bright and should not be looked at directly.

The Gardyn is specifically designed for indoor growing and as such should not be placed outdoors. A covered patio will also experience too many temperature fluctuations to ensure healthy plants.

Do I need to secure the Gardyn to the wall?

Every Gardyn comes with a wall strap to allow you to easily fasten it to the wall. The Gardyn is designed to balance even when full of heavy plants, but we recommend securing it to the wall as an additional safety precaution, particularly if you have young children or pets.

What type of phone do I need for the Gardyn App, and is the app free? Do I have to download it?

The Gardyn App requires a phone, tablet, or smart device with operating systems iOS 12.0 or Android 4.1 and up. The app is free to download.

While you don't have to download the app, it is the only way you can connect Kelby, your smart Gardyning assistant, with your device. The app also lets you control your device, from activating Kelby Assist so Kelby can adjust your light and water schedules based on your plants' growth, to switching into Vacation Mode, logging your tank refreshes, checking on your plants through Live View, and more. Plus, the app is the easiest way to shop for new plants and find answers to your questions in the Help Center.

Gardyn App, Use & Care

What can I see or control from the Gardyn app?

The Gardyn app makes it possible for you to control your Gardyn’s automatic lighting and water scheduling remotely. If you are a Gardyn member, you will also receive notifications from Kelby, the Gardyn Smart Assistant. You can view photos of your plants growing, as well as your Gardyn’s current temperature, humidity, water level, watering schedule and light intensity.

What kind of notifications will I receive on my phone?

Gardyn members receive regular growing tips and reminders from Kelby, the Gardyn Smart Assistant. These include notifications when your water level gets too low. In your app settings, you can decide what kind of messages you want to receive and whether they are sent to you through both push notifications and email. We try to limit the number of notifications you receive so they are not overwhelming to Gardyners.

Can I use tap water in the Gardyn?

Yes! In fact, tap water is better to use in the Gardyn than distilled water because contains natural pH buffers. If you are planning to use distilled water or filtered water because you have a water softener that uses salt, we recommend supplementing with Cal Mag according to its usage recommendations.

Do I need to measure my water’s pH levels?

No! We designed the Gardyn system to be as simple as possible. Our plant food plus our plant-based water treatment solution, HydroBoost, are specially formulated so you don't have to worry about pH.

Simply follow our plant food usage guidelines, top off your tank weekly along with HydroBoost, and refresh it monthly for a clean and healthy Gardyn, inside and out.

If you're curious about pH and want more of a deep dive on water quality, click here to keep reading!

How much water does the tank reservoir hold?

The Gardyn’s water tank holds up to 5 gallons of water. After you've added plant food for the first time, we recommend topping off weekly with water and dissolved plant food to maintain a consistent balance of nutrients for healthy, happy plants.

How much energy do the lights use? What is the monthly cost?

The energy draw per second for both lights operating simultaneously is 75W on average. With the suggested schedules the Gardyn is estimated to use 54kWh per month. Gardyners have reported only paying a few dollars more per month on their usual bill. Some have said they saved on their bill, because they use the Gardyn’s lights to light their home instead!

What do the cameras do? Can I disable them?

Every Gardyn comes with two cameras, one on each light bar, which help both you and Kelby monitor your Gardyn. The cameras take photos of your Gardyn every half hour to populate the Live View in your Gardyn app.

Over time, your Gardyn will produce a time-lapse of your photos so you can watch your plants' growth and share it with others. Members enjoy the added benefit of editing and saving these videos!

If you're a Gardyn member, Kelby will use the images from the cameras to evaluate your Gardyn and its plants. These images help drive Kelby's personalized recommendations and alerts to optimize your plants' growth and device health!

The cameras are stationary and you cannot adjust their angles. You can find more details about our privacy policy here.

You can disable the cameras, and you are free to do so any time. Just remember: no cameras means no help from Kelby!

In your Gardyn app, tap the three line menu at the top-left of the home screen, then select "Settings". When the cameras are on, the toggle next to "Gardyn Cameras" will appear green. If you toggle the cameras off, it will appear grey.

How often do I need to clean the Gardyn?

We recommend refreshing your tank monthly to give your plants a healthy growing environment with a consistent balance of nutrients. It's a simple process that only takes about 10 minutes.

With regular HydroBoost use right from the start, you can also decrease the need for (and potentially eliminate) whole-device cleanings later in your Gardyn's life by keeping the inside of your Gardyn clean (while boosting plant health, among other benefits!).

Can I adjust the lighting schedule and intensity?

Yes you can! You can easily adjust the Gardyn’s lighting schedule to suit your lifestyle. You can review our tips for updating your lighting schedule in the Gardyn app here.

Are the Gardyn’s lights full spectrum?

Yes! The Gardyn has the best quality grow lighting available for hydroponic systems. The Gardyn uses full-spectrum 75W LED grow lights to mimic natural sunlight across the entire PAR range (the visible light range), without added infrared and ultraviolet rays that can be harmful.

What happens if my WiFi or power goes out? Will my Gardyn still work?

Your Gardyn requires power to function, but it will keep running without WiFi on your last saved light and water schedules. Without WiFi, you'll also have limited functionality and your Gardyn will lose connection with your app.

If your power goes out, the most important thing is to water your plants by hand if you suspect your power will not return within a day or two (how long your plants can go without automatic watering depends on their age).

Once your power and/or WiFi come back on, your Gardyn will automatically reconnect to your remembered WiFi network. For more details or to get help getting your Gardyn to turn back on or reconnect to WiFi, start here.

Can I go on vacation and leave my Gardyn?

Yes! You can set your Gardyn in Vacation Mode in your app settings, which will automatically reduce the light and water schedule to slow your growth and conserve resources while you are away. Just top off your tank with water and plant food before leaving, and if you are not returning within two weeks, you should have someone come visit to add more water. Bon voyage!

How long do the LED lights last?

Our LED bulbs have an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours which equates to over 5 years of continuous use but normal patterns of 16 hours/day would yield 8.5 years. Gardyn also warrants the components and all original parts of the Gardyn other than yCubes against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of 12 months from the date of original delivery.

If any part is not working properly, what happens?

Every Gardyn comes with a one year warranty, so any damage that may happen during shipping or normal wear and tear is covered under your warranty and we will send you replacement parts at no cost to you. Simply reach out to Customer Support and send photos to support@mygardyn.com if you happen to have a broken part so we can confirm the part that needs to be replaced and record this for quality assurance. We’ll get you Gardyning again in no time!

If you're outside of your warranty, you may purchase replacement parts here. If pricing for a particular item is not currently listed, you can contact Gardyn Support for details at support@mygardyn.com.

Plants & Growing Tips

How quickly do plants grow on Gardyn?

Plant growth and germination times depend on the species of the plant! Lettuces, for example, can sprout in a matter of days, and will typically reach full size in about 3-4 weeks. Cherry Tomatoes, on the other hand, can take 60 days to start forming flowers and begin bearing fruit. You can learn more about growth rates and germination speed for each species we offer in the Plant Book, found in your Gardyn app.

The environment around and inside your Gardyn also factor into how fast your plants grow. Externally, ensure the room your Gardyn is in maintains temperature and humidity levels in our recommended ranges. Internally, keeping your Gardyn columns and water tank clean with regular tank refreshes and weekly HydroBoost additions is the best, lowest-maintenance way to ensure healthy plant roots.

Why do I need to replace plants from time to time?

Once a plant has matured you will be able to harvest it many times, but after a period of time, certain varieties will not grow anymore or may start bolting (growing into flowers), which creates a bitter flavor. We recommend sprouting new yCubes while you are harvesting, so as one plant reaches the end of its life cycle, you have another ready to take its place.

Can I use organic plant food?

We do not recommend using organic plant food in your Gardyn (or any hydroponic system!). Mineral plant food provides the same nutrients as organic plant food, but without generating excess waste that will clog your pump. Since there is no soil present in a hydroponic setup, mineral plant food is always preferred because it is cleaner and will prevent biofilm from developing in your tank and columns. Your plants will still be organic, so no worries! You can learn more about what our plant food is made of here.

How often do I need to add water?

In the first 30 days when your plants are young, they won’t drink much water. When you have mature plants, and especially fruiting plants, which drink a lot, you'll need to add water with dissolved plant food at least once per week. We call these weekly additions topping off your tank.

Kelby will remind members if their water tank starts to run low, but it's best to keep your tank at least 50% full at all times. This gives your plants the most balanced nutrients for healthy growth, and it ensures your tank never runs too low for the pump to reach.

How and where do I order plant yCubes?

You can order plants directly through your Gardyn app. From the 3-line menu in the top left of your app's home screen, select the Shop to explore all of our plants, including Microgreens.

If you're a member, you can use your monthly credit balance to order plants for free! Orders in excess of members' credit balance will be charged at a discounted rate of $1.99 per yCube plus flat-rate shipping (versus $4.99 per yCube plus a flat rate shipping fee of $9.99 for non-members).

Members can take advantage of free shipping on one order per month (based on the anniversary date of your membership) for any credits available in your account. Free shipping does not apply to additional items ordered beyond your balance, and a shipping charge of $9.99 will apply for every 10 items ordered. You may place more than one order each month, but free shipping will only apply to one order per month in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. Without membership, there is a flat rate shipping fee of $9.99 for yCube orders.

What is the plant food you provide made of?

Gardyn plant food is mineral-based to give plants access to the nutrients they need in a way that helps keep your device clean. The ingredients listed are also found in natural soil, including:

Nitrogen (includes 1 % Ammoniacal Nitrogen and 7% Nitrate Nitrogen): 8%
Available Phosphate: 5%
Soluble Potash: 13%
Calcium: 7%
Magnesium: 2.5%
Water Soluble Magnesium: 2.5%
Sulfur: 4.5%
Iron: 0.2%
Manganese: .03%
Molybdenum as 0.001%

What kind of plants can I grow on my Gardyn?

All plants available in the Gardyn portfolio have gone through a rigorous testing and validation process to ensure Gardyners will have a positive growing experience. We only bring you the most delicious, nutritious, and beautiful harvests, and we're always adding new varieties to the portfolio!

If you're interested in growing a variety outside of our portfolio, try our seedless yCubes, available in the app's yCube Shop! Designed for the experimental Gardyner, you can pop in your own seeds and watch them grow. For tips on picking your own varieties, click here!

What type of seeds are you using?

All of Gardyn's seeds are non-GMO and organically sourced whenever possible, but don't worry, the resulting plants you grow will still be pesticide and herbicide-free! We also offer seedless yCubes for you to grow your own varieties. All plants available in the Gardyn portfolio have gone through a rigorous testing and validation process to ensure Gardyners will have a positive growing experience. We are constantly adding new varieties to try!

What are the different parts of the Gardyn made of? Is it PVC?

We strive to build the Gardyn (and its packaging) with sustainable materials whenever possible, and we are continually testing our materials to make improvements.

Gardyn Columns, yPods, Pod Caps, & Water Tank

The Gardyn's columns, yPods, Pod Caps, and water tank are made of food-grade, FDA-compliant, ABS plastic, commonly used in medical-grade equipment and children’s toys. They are NOT made of PVC.

Gardyn Lid Top

The Gardyn 3.0 lid top is made from Hevia wood, also known as rubberwood, a type of hardwood tree in the maple family. The Gardyn 2.0 lid top is made from bamboo wood.

yCubes: Casing, Rockwool, & Seeds

Garydyn yCubes are made up of three parts: the casing, rockwool, and seeds.

Casing

Most yCubes' casing is a corn-based plastic that is compostable in industrial composters. We are also using a new, tapioca-based casing for our bare root Strawberry yCubes.

Rockwool

The interior of yCubes is made up of rockwool, a natural, rock-based growing medium. Rockwool holds water well and does not dry out when stored for prolonged periods of time, while also retaining its structure when wet, even after many months on your Gardyn!

Rockwool is composed of natural mineral elements melted into fibers and woven together. They are not compostable, but remember, neither are rocks!

Rockwool does not contribute harmful chemicals to the environment, and you can add rockwool from retired yCubes directly to the ground without worrying about negative environmental consequences. Reused rockwool can be especially helpful to increase water retention in gardens or flower pots that otherwise quickly go dry.

Inhaling rockwool fibers is only dangerous when you are handling and manipulating rockwool in large quantities. This danger does not apply when handling yCubes. We recommend preventing your pets from drinking water out of germination trays containing yCubes so they do not accidentally ingest any fibers. The Gardyn Sprout Nursery has a built-in cover and tray to block access to its water.

Seeds

We include 2-6 seeds in each yCube to maximize your chances of germination. The number of seeds varies depending on seed size. Gardyn's seeds are non-GMO and organically sourced whenever possible, but don't worry, the resulting plants you grow will still be pesticide and herbicide-free! We also offer seedless yCubes for you to grow your own varieties!

Packaging

The Gardyn Home Kit 3.0 features our sleekest packaging yet, using all-recycled materials and just 1 box to reduce the amount of materials used. All cardboard used in every Gardyn shipment also comes from 100% recycled content and 95% post-consumer waste.

Where is the full list of plants that you offer?

You can find the full list of our plant varieties, including greens, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers, on our website and in the Plant Book in your Gardyn app. We are constantly adding new varieties and routinely update the list as new plants become available.

Can I grow my own seeds?

Yes! If you're looking to experiment, we recommend choosing plants that are determinate (meaning they stop growing in size at a set point) and, if you're looking at fruiting plants, ones with smaller fruit. We offer seedless yCubes so you can experiment with ease - learn more here!

What do I do with a plant once I'm done with it?

Option 1: Compost it

Simply remove the plant and rockwool from the yCube's casing, and add to your home compost pile. The yCubes' corn- or tapioca-based casing can be composted in industrial composters - check with your town or local waste management system to see if this is an option near you.

Option 2: Transplant it outside

Many Gardyners like to start plants in their Gardyn before transplanting them outdoors, especially in the warmer months. This is also an excellent redirection when dealing with pests, so you can give your plants another chance in nature, which often remedies indoor pest problems naturally.

Get our tips for transplanting yCubes outside here!

Is it possible to get pests?

Pest issues are less common in indoor gardening, but they can happen from time to time. Gardyn sends plant yCubes that are composed of inorganic material and seeds to eliminate the possibility of outside contamination.

However, pests can still find their way inside through outside doors or windows, or from being carried in on soil-based houseplants or pets. We offer many resources and expert plant support should you ever run into any pest issues. Plus, members can rest easy knowing they've always got enough credits banked should they need to replace any plants.

Do I need to wash the plants before eating them?

The beauty of Gardyn-grown produce is that you know your plants' origin. Since your Gardyn plants are all pesticide- and herbicide-free and grown in your home, you can feel comfortable snacking on plants directly from the Gardyn without washing them first! Bonus: there's no grit or soil or wash off! 

Does Gardyn replace plants that don't sprout or grow?

Yes! This is a member-only benefit and includes yCubes, Strawberries, and Microgreen seed pads. For details on this policy, click here.

Are there any plants that are toxic to pets?

Some Gardyn plants should not be eaten by pets, including but not limited to Cherry Tomato and Pepper leaves. If you have a curious pet and are concerned about them snacking on your Gardyn, we recommend reviewing the ASPCA Toxic and Non-toxic Plants List, and placing any plants with potential negative effects at the top of your Gardyn. You can also purchase a pet or baby gate to block off your Gardyn from unwanted attention.

We recommend preventing your pets from drinking water out of germination trays containing yCubes so they do not ingest any fibers from the rockwool (keeping the lid on your Gardyn Nursery helps with this).

Can I grow marijuana in the Gardyn?

The Gardyn boasts the highest quality, full-spectrum LED grow lights available in a commercial hydroponic system, and as such are well equipped to grow cannabis. Gardyners have reported using the Gardyn to grow cannabis with excellent results. Growing cannabis isn’t legal everywhere, so check your local and state laws first. Gardyn does not condone growing cannabis in states where it is not legal.

What growing medium do you use?

Our growing medium of choice that makes up the interior of yCubes is rockwool, a natural, rock-based material. Rockwool holds water well and does not dry out when stored for prolonged periods of time, while also retaining its structure when wet, even after many months on your Gardyn!

Rockwool is composed of natural mineral elements melted into fibers and woven together. They are not compostable, but remember, neither are rocks!

Rockwool does not contribute harmful chemicals to the environment, and you can add rockwool from retired yCubes directly to the ground without worrying about negative environmental consequences. Reused rockwool can be especially helpful to increase water retention in gardens or flower pots that otherwise quickly go dry.

Inhaling rockwool fibers is only dangerous when you are handling and manipulating rockwool in large quantities. This danger does not apply when handling yCubes. We recommend preventing your pets from drinking water out of germination trays containing yCubes so they do not accidentally ingest any fibers. The Gardyn Sprout Nursery has a built-in cover and tray to block access to its water.

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Central (CST): Saturday, Dec 17

Mountain (MST): Friday, Dec 16
Eastern (EST): Sunday, Dec 18
Pacific (PST): Sunday, Dec 18

PLANT STARTER SET OPTIONS

RECOMMENDED

Breen, Kale, Basil, Butterhead (x2), Dill, Buttercrunch (x2), Green Mustard, Arugula

SUNNY BOUQUET

Sunflowers (x2), Viola (x3), Matilda, Dill, Purple Basil (x2), Tokyo Bekana

TASTE OF ITALY

Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Lollo Rossa, Endive Lettuce, Arugula, Romaine, Kale Lacinato, Mini Eggplant

FARM FRESH

Mini-Strawberries (x2), Chervil, Bok Choi, Red Sorrel, Chives, Matilda, Fiesta Gitana, Kale Lacinato, Chamomile

All options also include 20 Gardyner favorites:

  • Greens – Arugula, Butterhead, Kale, Swiss Chard + 7 more
  • Fruits – Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapenos & Sweet Peppers
  • Herbs – Thyme, Cilantro, Mint and Thai Basil

All options also include 20 Gardyner favorites: Greens – Arugula, Butterhead, Kale, Swiss Chard + 7 more // Fruits – Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapenos & Sweet Peppers // Herbs – Thyme, Cilantro, Mint and Thai Basil

Sunny Bouquet Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Matilda
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Tokyo Bekana
  • Arugula
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Matilda
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Tokyo Bekana

Herbs

Herbs

  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Purple Basil x 2
  • Sweet Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Purple Basil x 2
  • Sweet Thai Basil
  • Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Sweet Peppers

Flowers

Flowers

  • Sunflowers x 2
  • Viola x 3
  • Sunflowers x 2
  • Viola x 3

Taste of Italy Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula x 2
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Endive Lettuce
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Lollo Rossa
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Red Mustard
  • Romaine
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Arugula x 2
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Endive Lettuce
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Lollo Rossa
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Red Mustard
  • Romaine
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2

Herbs

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Italian Parsely
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Italian Parsely
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Mini Eggplant
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Mini Eggplant
  • Sweet Peppers

Farm Fresh Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choi
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Chervil
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Matilda
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Red Sorrel
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Arugula
  • Bok Choi
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Chervil
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Matilda
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Red Sorrel
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2

Herbs

Herbs

  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Mini-Strawberries x 2
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Mini-Strawberries x 2
  • Sweet Peppers

FLowers

Flowers

  • Chamomile
  • Fiesta Gitana
  • Chamomile
  • Fiesta Gitana

Superfood Fresh Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula 
  • Breen 
  • Butterhead
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Monta Carlo
  • Purselane
  • Red Amaranth
  • Red mustard x 2
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Watercress
  • Wheatgrass
  • Arugula 
  • Breen 
  • Butterhead
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Monta Carlo
  • Purselane
  • Red Amaranth
  • Red mustard x 2
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Watercress
  • Wheatgrass

Herbs

Herbs

  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Wild Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Wild Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cape Gooseberry
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno

  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cape Gooseberry
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Sweet Peppers

Flowers

Flowers

  • Radio Calendula
  • Radio Calendula

Recommended Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula x 2
  • Breen x 2
  • Buttercrunch x 2
  • Butterhead x 3
  • Green Mustard x 2
  • Kale x 2
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Arugula x 2
  • Breen x 2
  • Buttercrunch x 2
  • Butterhead x 3
  • Green Mustard x 2
  • Kale x 2
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2

Herbs

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cherry Tomatos
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Cherry Tomatos
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Jalapenos