How long does it take for the seeds to sprout?
The radish seeds will be the first to sprout, generally within 3 days. Onions and carrots will sprout within a week to 10 days.
When should I water the plants?
Keep the bottom basin filled about 1/4 inch of water so that the wicking system will pull up the amount the roots need.
When is the best time of year to plant?
You can grow plants year round to study roots, but you will only be able to grow vegetables in the summer, just like in nature.
Why does the acrylic window look blue, in the picture it is clear?
There is a blue plastic covering on the clear acrylic to prevent scratching. This should be removed from both sides prior to setting up the unit – see the instruction booklet or watch our set-up video.
I’ve lost the wicking material!
You can substitute 1/2 inch cotton or nylon rope for the wicking material, which is available at hardware stores.
Can I use the Root-Vue Farm without the watering wick?
We recommend you use some sort of wicking such as cotton or nylon, to draw the water up from the bottom of the unit into the soil. If you have lost the wicking material or would rather not use it, you can water from the top.
Do I need to use the special soil wafers next year?
You can use the Root-Vue again and again… try different seeds and regular potting soil, or order the Root-Vue Farm refill kit.
I lost my booklet
Download Root-Vue Farm Booklet.
Why is there Mold Growing?
Mold grows on soil when it does not get enough fresh air, heat and light. This can happen in the winter months due to the shorter hours of sunlight, cooler temperatures or stagnant air. It can also happen in summer if there is air conditioning. The most ideal growing conditions to prevent mold:
- A warm, sunny location, with temperatures between 70 – 80 degrees
- 12 hours of full sun per day – soil must warm up to get the root vegetables to develop – in the winter use grow lamps to simulate full sunlight
- Keep fresh air near the unit – stagnant air creates an environment for mold to grow
- Keep the soil on the dry side, allow the water basin to fully dry out before adding water again
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Need to order worms for your Worm-Vue Wonders?
Send in your Blue Certificate with a check for $12.95 made payable to: HSP Nature Toys, 637 Grassy Brook Road, Brookline, VT 05345. Remember to fill out the Certificate and include your name, address, email address and phone number. Please note that we ship in the US only, excluding Hawaii.
I’ve lost my certificate, how can I order worms?
Order Live red wiggler worms, soil wafers, alfalfa starter food and white perlite shipped year-round via Priority Mail US only (excluding Hawaii). Please allow 2 – 4 weeks for processing. Worms are not shipped during extreme weather conditions. $12.95 + $1.00 online processing fee
What kind of worms do you send?
We send red wiggler worms due to their remarkable ability to process organic matter into fertile compost.
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