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Congrats with your new Auk! Here's how you set it up:

1. Pour soil into the pots



You'll find two bags of soil inside the water tank. One bag is enough to fill three pots. To avoid spilling you could fill the pots in the sink before placing them in your Auk.

NB: Make sure that the Auk is level

NB 2: Don’t place the Auk in direct sunlight (the plants don't like that much heat)




2. Mount the LED light

Screw the candle holders into the base plate and insert the USB plug into the LED light. Then thread the light down the pins.

Tip: You can push the cord down into the hole it comes out of and it will look nicer. 



3. Insert the nutrient capsules

Remove the seals from the nutrient capsules, and place the capsules in the mixer facing downwards.

It’s okay if some of the nutrition drips out when you place the capsules into the mixer.

Finish this off by placing all the levers over the midpoint of the capsules:



4. Insert the ball and valve into the water tank


4a: Place the water tank on a flat surface and insert the ball before you place the valve. 

4b: Make sure the valve is oriented correctly (aligned to the guided pin) and gently push down the valve.



5. Install and fill the water tank



Tip: Plants prefer room temperature water. Make sure it's not too cold, so the plants don't freeze ❄️



6. Place your seeds

Place the seeds slightly below the surface of the soil. They just have to get sufficient moisture - it's moisture that makes them sprout. See the backside of your seed package or the article below for our recommended number of seeds.

See this article for more information on how to sow for the best result.



7. Plug in the power supply and start up the Auk

7a: Plug the power supply in the baseplate and the wall socket. 

7b: Place the plant chip on the reader to activate the Auk. It's ready to go when the phase 1 indicator shows a green light.

NB: In some cases, Auk could need some extra help reading the chip. If you do not get a reaction right away, try to rotate it and test both sides of the plant chip.


Yay! That's it; Auk will now take care of your plants.


Note: remember to level your Auk, and adjust the plant light about 10 cm above the plants at all times :)


Next step, see these articles:

User interface: what the buttons on your Auk are for

Adjusting the light cycle (what time Auk turns on and off the plant light)

How to change the nutrition capsules


Good luck with your plants! :)