I’ve Used the Lettuce Grow Hydroponic Garden for 6 Months (Here’s My Honest Review)

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Find out more about the indoor/outdoor Lettuce Grow hydroponic garden and how to save on your purchase.

woman standing next to lettuce grow farmstand with plants

Let us grow together. 🌱

I’ve had my hydroponic garden for over half a year and it’s one of my favorite things in our home!

I hope my review will help you decide if the Lettuce Grow hydroponic garden is right for you, plus give you some insider tips for successful grows.

woman leaning on lettuce grow box next to radiator

I started as a gardening novice, but now I feel like a pro. The Lettuce Grow Farmstand is simple to take care of and I spend just 5-10 minutes per week doing maintenance. That’s it! 😱

woman holding head of lettuce smelling it

I can confidently say you don’t need to be an expert to be successful with this revolutionary product…and the results will blow your mind! 🤩

That said, you really do need to love plants and appreciate growing your own organic foods at home to appreciate this system. But chances are you do, and that’s why you’re here so welcome to the plant party! 🌱

hand holding edge of leafy green lettuce

On another note, I fully realize what an investment this hydroponic garden is which is likely another reason you’re looking to further educate yourself on this system. I have learned SO much since starting my journey with Lettuce Grow so I’m excited to share everything I know including insider tips and tricks to save and successfully grow for many years to come.

Let’s start with the setup of your Lettuce Grow Farmstand, which requires no tools and is incredibly easy with its step-by-step directions.

hand holding wire to grow lights on hydroponic garden

The directions for this system are so digestible and easy to follow. Truly, anyone can build this themselves!

The beauty of this system is that it can be used indoors with their Grow Rings or outdoors with no lights at all. 🙌🏼

As with the Farmstand, the Glow Rings are simple to set up and connect to your system. (Don’t worry, they’re secure and safe to be around water!) Your system will be even easier to set up and less expensive if you have the proper growing conditions to grow outdoors without the grow lights.

However, I loved the fact we could grow food inside all last winter when growing outdoors would be impossible. 🤩

woman setting up lettuce grow farmstand hydroponic garden system with labeling

How does this hydroponic garden work?

The bottom of your system will have a small pump suctioned to the inside of your reservoir that attaches to a PVC pipe and goes all the way up your system. Once your tank is filled with water, the pump will pump water up the pipe and out via a little diffuser at the top which allows water to trickle down and feed your plants from inside the system. Your pump (and lights) will be connected to their own timers so you never have to remember to water your plants and day-to-day care for your plants is essentially effortless and mess-free.

side by side graphic of hand filling and emptying water on hydroponic garden

Important notes:

Your Farmstand will need about 20.5 gallons of water when you initially fill it so having access to a hose will make filling your farmstand much quicker and easier (although you can also use a pitcher, water bottle, or glasses of water to do it if you do not have hose access). We have a Silver Bullet Hose which is incredibly lightweight, easy to carry around, and stores easily when not in use.

Pick an appropriate place for your indoor Farmstand because it’s going to be bright. While times vary depending on the size Farmstand you get, ours requires 14 hours of light every day.

Initially, we set ours up in our dining room which is open to our entire downstairs. Between working from home and considering the weekends, we weren’t able to time our lights to where they didn’t feel intrusive in our dining room. Thankfully our mudroom (right off our kitchen) is large enough and keeps the Farmstand out of the way but still easily accessible.

Emptying the Farmstand is as simple as connecting your hose to the top of the PVC pipe and letting the pump do all of the work. So all the more reason to invest in a hose if you don’t already have a suitable one! I can assure you this is such a simple process since we’ve already moved our Farmstand after the initial setup. However, you’ll really only ever need to empty it if you’re moving it indoors to outdoors (or vice versa) or if it’s time for a cleaning.

For more location flexibility, consider checking out their dollies that support your Farmstand (yes, even when it’s full of water!) and make it easy to rotate and roll when desired.

Now we’re ready to get growing…literally! Here’s everything you need to know about your Lettuce Grow seedlings (if you’re opting to get them).

hand holding various species of seedlings

After selecting your stand size, you’ll move on to selecting your seedlings. Lettuce Grow will guide you to know which plants are suitable for your indoor (or outdoor) growing and you can pick a bundle based on your preferences. If the bundles don’t catch your eye, you can opt to pick an assortment of your own preferred seedings. The seedlings are $3.99 each, and you have the option to ditch ordering seedlings altogether if you plan to grow from scratch yourself – but, the seedlings make growing a lot easier and faster.

You’ll need to plant your seedlings immediately upon arrival.

Lettuce Grow sends your seedlings after you’ve received your Lettuce Grow Farmstand, so you’ll have sufficient time to assemble your system before planting.

Every seedling will come in a case that is clearly labeled so you can easily identify each one. It will also tell you where to place them on your farmstand. Some can go anywhere you’d like, whereas others (like cascading or climbing plants) will need to go to the bottom.

hands putting seedling into pod

Lettuce Grow only uses the highest-quality, non-GMO, and organic seeds. 🙌🏼

They also grow all of their seedlings in accordance with organic guidelines (a non-negotiable for me!). In the chance a seed is not organic due to its occasional supply constraints, it will be noted on the Lettuce Grow listing. Again, you can pick and choose the seedlings you want so no worries if a non-organic seed is not your preference.

The plugs each seedling comes in are a mix of coco coir (a.k.a. coconut fiber) and sustainably sourced peat moss. Plugs retain moisture well and provide roots with an ideal ratio of water and air for optimal growing. Your Lettuce Grow does not use soil, which is why it’s considered a hydroponic garden.

Hydroponic growing means plants are grown without soil, by using water-based mineral nutrient solutions in aqueous solvents.

hand putting seedling pod into hole of hydroponic garden

Your Farmstand will come with a durable plastic holder for each opening which perfectly fits each of your seedlings. When planting new seedlings down the road, you’ll want to hold onto these holders as they’re reusable and you won’t receive extras with each order (although you can order more from Lettuce Grow if you would like).

lettuce grow farmstand hydroponic garden with plants and grow lights

Here’s what my Lettuce Grow Farmstand looked like on Day 1!

My initial batch of seedlings arrived healthy and with moist plugs as if I just picked them up from a nursery myself! After a few hours under the lights, they really perked up and started thriving! 🙌🏼

Caring for your seedlings weekly is really simple. Below is everything you need to know to properly maintain your Lettuce Grow Farmstand and seedlings.

woman pouring water into hydroponic garden

For weekly maintenance, you’ll need to do the following three things:

  1. Top it off with water – you won’t need as much as your initial fill so I use a glass vase I already had laying around rather than my hose. The larger your plants grow, the more water they’ll use.
  2. Add nutrients – the number of scoops you need will vary depending on the number of plants you’re growing. I used 4 scoops of each nutrient for the initial setup and just half a scoop of each nutrient during each weekly maintenance. Your farmstand will come with nutrients and scoops to get you started.
  3. Check/balance the pH levels – your Farmstand will come with a pH testing kit to easily test your water and takes just a minute to do. You’ll have a pack of pH Down if your pH is too high. It’s as simple as dropping a scoop into your water.

bags of jacks nutrients on wood table

Let’s discuss nutrients:

The nutrients that will come with your Farmstand are of the highest quality just like their seeds and growing practices. They’re made of the purest raw materials that meet the strictest standards so you can assure you’ll be maintaining your plant babies with only the best nutrients. 🙌🏼

Jack’s Nutrients, which come with your Farmstand, are made in the USA (just like the Farmstand itself!), free of heavy metals, efficient, and very effective. Adding them to your system is as simple as dropping a scoop into the water reservoir and giving it a stir.

Here are the nutrients you’ll receive:

  • Part A for general vegetative growing. This redesigned blend is built with purely soluble and available nutrients to allow the grower maximum flexibility. A specific balance of macro, secondary, and micronutrients delivers an efficient combination of nutrients suitable for many different growing environments and crop types.
  • Part B provides a very soluble and available source of calcium in a two-part nutrient system. Contains very pure and completely available calcium and nitrate nitrogen nutrient sources.

jacks nutrients and ph down and ph testing kit in brown box

Let’s discuss pH testing:

Plants require the right pH levels in order to be able to efficiently uptake the nutrients they need and thrive over time. Being a gardening novice I can assure you this sounds way more intimidating than it really is!

Your Lettuce Grow will come with a pack of pH Down and a scoop to adjust your levels if needed. This formula is a simple blend of citric acid and magnesium sulfate so it’s totally safe for your plants. Your pH levels will vary depending on your local water. For me, I’ve only had to adjust my levels once so my pack will last for quite a while!

hand holding a ph testing kit and tube

Testing your pH levels is very simple!

Fill your test tube to 5 ml, add 5 drops of the pH testing drops, and shake! The color of the water will indicate whether you need to add pH Down or if you’re in the correct range. If pH Down is required, you’ll continue testing until the proper levels are achieved.

Now that I’ve walked you through the entire setup of the Lettuce Grow hydroponic garden, check out my results during my first month of growing! 🤩

lettuce grown hydroponic garden 25 days results

day 28 butter lettuce growing on lettuce grow farmstand

komatsuna plant on day 28 on lettuce grow

spinach plant growing on hydroponic garden

hand holding cherry tomato plant with yellow buds

hand holding snap pea plant on hydroponic garden

I’ll let the photos do the talking for a minute. 🤩😍

Needless to say, I was astounded by the fast and easy results I achieved with this hydroponic garden! 🤩 Within 3 weeks some of our greens were already ready to be harvested and on day 25 we officially made our first harvest and made 4 big salads with plenty more to spare.

One of my concerns from the beginning was how much food this hydroponic garden will produce and if it would feel like an impact or not…

hand holding a plate full of leafy green lettuce

Thankfully, our Lettuce Grow Farmstand has more than exceeded my expectations! 👏🏻 Plus, the more our plants mature, the more I see them really impacting our organic grocery expenses.

It has been so nice going to the grocery store this winter and skipping right past all the pricey organic greens! 🤩

hand holding large head of leafy green lettuce

It’s important to keep in mind that fruit or veggie-bearing plants will take longer to mature, so greens and herbs will be the best plants to grow if you’re looking for the quickest turnaround. In the past 6 months, we’ve made countless salads and used greens on numerous other dishes like tacos, lettuce wraps, burgers, sandwiches, and so much more!

Their free Lettuce Grow app gives you delicious recipe suggestions for your ready-to-eat plants and herbs. It’s a great resource for unique meal ideas and helps utilize everything you’re growing! 🙌🏼

lettuces in dirt outside

A major perk I’ve noticed now that we’re into summer is having the ability to take our plants outside to make room for more plants in our hydroponic garden. Above are a few lettuces we transplanted and we harvested quite a bit of lettuce off just ONE plant (as you can see in the red circle) before moving it outdoors! 😍 AND it’s still thriving! 🤩

On the flip side, another major perk of growing lettuces inside is not having to worry about bolting. Bolting happens very easily due to high temps and long summer days. So really, all year round growing indoors has its major benefits.

Here are some helpful tips for your Lettuce Grow that I’ve learned over the last 6 months:

golf ball in lettuce grow hydroponic garden hole

Use a golf ball to “plug” unused holes.

Golf balls fit perfectly inside the empty Lettuce Grow cups! Doing this helps block light from getting into your farmstand and will keep unwanted bugs and algae from growing when a hole is not being used. Algae are bad for your plants’ roots because they steal nutrients that your plants need to thrive.

Use sticker labels to identify your plants.

This is one hack I wish I thought of when setting up my Farmstand because trying to tell apart seedlings isn’t as easy as you think. Unless you’re a gardening master, you’ll really appreciate this hack! A Cricut works perfectly for sticking your own labels or you can buy labels online, use Post-it notes, popsicle sticks, or whatever else suits your fancy. As another tip, I’ve seen other owners place their sticker labels on the outside of the Grow Rings. This placement allows you to easily see the label once your plants are really mature.

fingers pointing to different heads of lettuce on hydroponic garden farmstand

Try not to harvest all at once.

Lettuce Grow says “cut and come again” for a reason! If you’re careful about your harvest, you can cut some and come back for plenty more! Above you can see where I’ve cut my lettuce and plenty more continues to grow (Psst…this lettuce is one we started from seed and is just a few weeks old!)

Some plants may grow back if harvested all at once, but not all will, so for optimal rejuvenation plan to cut and come again. Make sure you also have an appropriate pair of gardening scissors to cut your plants. I hung mine on the wall behind my Lettuce Grow so they’re always easily accessible.

hand pointing to yellow butterfly gnat catcher on lettuce grow farmstand

Get some gnat traps to avoid pesky bugs.

Gnats won’t harm your plants but if you notice they’re multiplying they can become pretty annoying. I have found these mini butterfly-shaped traps to work really well. In fact, I’ve already replaced 6 of them that were completely full!

Use a trellis for climbing plants.

Larger, climbing plants, like snap peas, love to have a place to climb so a garden trellis is great for supporting these larger plants. You can stick them right into the plug to support your plant. I’ve also seen other owners use Command ceiling hooks, garden twine, or pieces of cable cord hiders that can stick to the base of their Lettuce Grow to support much more mature and heavy climbers like bell pepper and cucumber plants.

ceramic vase on floor filled with wires and timers

Use a vase or container to keep your wiring and timers tidy.

Your Lettuce Grow Farmstand will have up to two bulky timers – one for Glow Rings and one for watering (connected to your pump). Plus, wiring to plug it all in so a storage container to keep everything tidy and off your floor will keep your space more organized. I grabbed a cheap ceramic vase and placed a plant in front of mine for the time being, but you can certainly use something you already own. This cable management box with a wood lid also came highly recommended.

Use a water heater if necessary. 

A water heater will give you peace of mind and may be necessary when growing in cold temps outside or in non-insulated rooms with colder temperatures. This could potentially prolong your outdoor growing season too! I started my indoor growing at the beginning of last winter and although I’m growing indoors my mudroom tends to be drafty and cold. Since our mudroom isn’t heated I added a 300W water heater to the inside of the tank. My plants were nice and warm all through winter.

*Adding a heater will require you to keep an eye on water levels to be sure it always stays fully submerged.

people sitting outside by lettuce grow

Save by growing outdoors.

This may go without saying, but it’s worth noting you can save significantly on your Lettuce Grow hydroponic garden by growing outdoors. You can ditch the cost of Grow Rings which start at $250 if you have the right conditions to grow outdoors. Plus, you can grow even heartier plants like cucumbers, zucchini, and cauliflower just to name a few.

girl standing behind tray of seedlings

Grow your own seedlings.

The time will come when plants will need to be replaced in your Farmstand. While the Lettuce Grow seedlings are certainly convenient, they’re pretty pricey and can add up fast. Growing your own seedlings is fun and another great way to save money. It’s also a great way to introduce other plant varieties to your Farmstand that LG currently doesn’t offer.

Some growers plant the newly seeded grow medium directly in their Farmstand. However, some seeds will require darkness and/or lots of humidity to germinate so you may also need an enclosed seed starter tray. While there will be some upfront costs to growing your own seedlings, it will pay for itself in no time!

orange hat tomato plant on lettuce grow farmstand

To do this, you’ll need some seeds, and Root Riot Plugs are the perfect organic replacement cubes for your hydroponic garden. Baker Creek Heirloom seeds are just one of many reputable places you can find pure, high-quality seeds. We’re about to harvest some of the Orange Hat Tomato seeds which have grown perfectly in the Lettuce Grow Farmstand and are one of the first plants we started from seed. 🤩

various plants on counter with roots hanging out

Trim your roots. 

You’ll need to occasionally trim your plants’ roots once they’re mature to avoid them growing too big. This will also keep them from getting caught in the pump and ruining your system. Again, you’ll want some appropriate scissors and it’s important to make sure they’re clean so you don’t contaminate your plants. So far, I have only had to do this once and it was way simpler than I was anticipating!

You’ll start by gently pulling the plant cup out of the hole being careful not to rip your roots. Then trim about 10-15% of the root mass over a trash can. Gently feed the roots back into the hole and click them into place. Voila!

black fan sitting in front of lettuce grow hydroponic garden

Manually pollinate your indoor plants. 

Some plants like tomatoes and strawberries will require pollination in order to produce. When growing outdoors, bees, butterflies, and birds take care of this organically. However, indoors these beneficial creatures don’t exist. So when your indoor plants begin to flower, you’ll need to self-pollinate.

close up of pepper plant with growing green pepper

The easiest solution to this is to place a self-oscillating fan nearby which may also help ward off pests. So far, we’ve successfully grown snap peas, strawberries, orange hat tomatoes, and jalapeños since incorporating this into our daily regime! 🤩 Sadly, this didn’t occur to me until after my tomatoes began to flower so I’ll have to report back with an update! What’s really reassuring is that I’ve seen many other Lettuce Grow owners successfully harvest tons of goodies when growing indoors! It may just take a few more months to mature compared to growing outdoors.

aphids on plant

Always check in on your plants.

We’ve unfortunately dealt with aphids throughout our Lettuce Grow journey. Aphids are common garden pests and feed on plant sap. They can attach themselves to clothing, pets, or shoes, so this problem could easily occur in any home. I didn’t know how to properly deal with this situation at first so I trashed my first seedling altogether. I’ve come to the realization that no matter if you’re growing in a garden outdoors or indoors, gardening is a finicky science.

hand holding a post it note with liquid dirt recipe

Thankfully, I learned aphids can easily be taken care of by using an organic pest spray that’s OMRI approved or by simply rinsing them off. We’ve successfully gotten rid of them using the above “Liquid Dirt” recipe that came highly recommended by other Lettuce Grow owners. In fact, it’s been so effective, we’ve used it in our outside garden too. It doesn’t harm the plants and is an organic and safe approach to battling pests.

Hosing them off outside with a combination of water and peppermint Dr. Bronners or spraying them with Neem Oil for more aggressive treatment also came highly recommended.

If anything, these obstacles were a great reminder to always be checking our plants! Regardless, if you’re committed to your plants! Lettuce Grow also has a very helpful blog post to deal with these potential issues.

Join the Lettuce Grow Facebook community. 

The Lettuce Grow Community Group on Facebook has been extremely helpful during my hydroponic garden journey too. In fact, it’s where I learned the majority of these tips! In the group, you’ll have access to a plethora of information from genius hacks to plant tips from other Lettuce Grow owners so it’s definitely a source I recommend joining.

woman standing next to lettuce grow farmstand hydroponic garden with plants

Overall, I am SO in love with my Lettuce Grow Farmstand! 🤩

The entire process has been a learning curve for me. However, it has felt so empowering to be able to grow my own organic crops at home and after a couple of months, I really felt like I was in a groove. 👏🏻 After more than half a year, I already feel like a pro and have learned so much about plants and this hydroponic garden.

We have a difficult time keeping greens fresh in our fridge so it’s been so nice to go to our mudroom to clip veggies for numerous meals! Zero regrets!

hand holding a lettuce grow sticker

Ready to start your hydroponic garden journey?! 😍

The Lettuce Grow is made in the USA and comes with a 3-year warranty. Best of all, the Farmstand and Glow Rings have a 90-day risk-free guarantee so there’s no reason not to give them a try! 🎉

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 16

  1. Michele

    I love that you did a review on this! I have always ben interested in doing this and am glad to see what is involved. But, wow. Is that pricy! But it is really cool and no doubt be just right for some people.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so glad you found this post helpful, Michele! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. deedee

    Thank you for doing such an indepth post about this! i’ve always been fascinated about hydroponics since i was a child when i saw it at disney.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, deedee! I’m really glad you enjoyed this post and if you get a hydroponic garden you’ll have to send us a pic! 😍

  3. Lisalyn

    Wow! Great post, thank you. I don’t this is for me at this time, but the post and photos are so good, I just kept on reading!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, Lisalyn! Thank you for the super sweet comment!

  4. Elizabeth

    Once again Sara blows us all away with an amazing review of a product! 🀩 I didn’t even know this thing existed and Sara is a master at it! πŸ˜„ Beautifully done! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      WOW! Thank you for such a sweet comment, Elizabeth! You sure made my day! 🀩

  5. Brittany

    We have two of these that I bought used, and we use them constantly. We grow our plants from seeds; we had mixed results with the Lettuce Grow seedlings, and they’re often infested with aphids. Growing from seed is easy and cheap. There are LOTS of Facebook groups with helpful pointers and suggestions for dwarf plants that do incredibly well. Yes, the buy-in price is somewhat high, but where we live a single bunch of organic kale is up to $5.50. We have more greens and fresh herbs than we can eat for very little cost after the initial investment.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That is so awesome, Brittany! Luckily, my boyfriend is a very experienced gardener so he has naturally taken over LOL! Many of our seeds just sprouted the past couple of days so I can’t wait to see them as seedlings soon. I honestly don’t think we’ll ever go back now!

  6. Sara (Hip Sidekick)

    Thanks for the great tips and feedback, Meg! We got a seed starter tray last weekend and many of our seeds have already sprouted so I’m so stoked to have a more steady supply. What a nice perk to be able to walk right past the greens in the store too!

  7. nancy whipple

    do you know how many heads of lettuce does each seedling grow? could be interesting, but not at $4 a head!

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Nancy! These are leaf lettuce that can be harvested numerous times. Hope that’s helpful.❀️

  8. Celenorma

    Thanks for the detailed review! I am planning on getting one soon.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      How wonderful, Celenorma! I’m thrilled my review was helpful for you and I can’t wait to hear how you love your Lettuce Grow! 🀩

  9. Amber (Hip Sidekick)

    Hey Starfarm! Glad you’ve been able to score so many great deals! πŸ™Œ Thanks so much for being a longtime reader! ❀️ This may be a great sustainable option for some to continue to grow their own produce, save money and eat healthy. πŸ€— We sure appreciate you letting us know what you think of it. We’ll continue to keep an eye out for various products that may work well for readers! ❀️

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