Congrats on your new Auk! Here's how to set it up. You can watch the video or follow the step-by-step guide below :) 


1. Pour coco soil into the pots

Tip: To avoid spilling, fill the pots inside the shipping box.

 2. Insert the pots

Place the pots in whichever way you prefer – you can rearrange them later.

Place your Auk on a flat surface out of direct sunlight. Auk will make sure the plants receive just the right amount of light.

3. Mount the plant light

Tip: Push the cable down into the hole, so it doesn't get in the way.

4. Insert the nutrient capsules

Remember to remove the sticker that seals the opening.

For later: We recommend checking the capsules when refilling water. If you see an empty capsule, simply replace it or refill it. The plants will easily survive a few days without nutrients :)

5. Mount the valve in the water tank

First, drop the ball into its position in the tank, then install the valve. Align the valve using the guide pin. To snap it into place, gently push down in the middle:



6. Insert and fill the water tank


7. Plant your seeds of choice 🌱

Place the seeds evenly in each pot, then gently press them down so they’re covered with soil (moisture in the soil makes the seeds sprout).

Oregano, mint, watercress, and lemon balm need light to germinate, so leave them on the surface. All our other seeds should go below the surface.

Check the back of the seed package for planting recommendations. You'll also find info for each seed on the product page for each seed.

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


8. Plug in the power supply and start up your Auk

You'll see the display and the plant light turn on as Auk starts up.

Plug in the power supply and place the plant chip on the reader. If Auk doesn't read the chip right away, try rotating it or flipping it upside down. When the display and the plant light turns on, your Auk has started up.

When your Auk has started up, you can remove the plant chip and put it in a safe spot if you'd like. 

Place the plant light about 4 inches (10 cm) above the pots, and adjust it as the plants grow. 

Yay, that's it!

Sit back and relax, and let Auk take care of the rest :)

Most herbs & salads are ready for harvesting after 4-6 weeks. Temperature is the most important factor for plant growth. The warmer, the better – below 66°F (19°C) they'll grow very slowly.

Adjust the plant light as it grows, to make sure it stays 4 inches (10cm) above the plants. 

Good luck with your plants! 😊


See these articles for more information:

User interface: what the buttons on your Auk are for

Adjusting the light cycle 

How to refill the nutrition capsules


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