Easy Plants for Kids to Grow

Kids love gardening, they enjoy getting their hands dirty and planting seeds. Here are some ideas for easy plants for kids to grow:

Childs hand with watering can

Most of these can be grown in containers if you don’t have room for large beds

Outdoor Plants for Kids to Grow

  • Flowers such as pansies, nasturtiums.
  • Salad leaves, e.g. lettuce and rocket.
  • Peas and beans.
  • Cherry tomatoes.
  • Start a herb garden with e.g. rosemary and mint in containers.
  • Sunflowers. Here are some tips on Growing Sunflowers Succesfully.

You might also enjoy finding out about the best plants for butterflies.

Indoor Plants for Kids to Grow

  • Cress. Try our Fun Cress Gardening Project or why not try growing Eggy Cressheads?
  • Spider plants are easy to grow, take a spider plant offshoot and put it in water in a jar, then plant out in compost when roots have formed
  • Scented geraniums, as with spider plants, you can root a cutting in water then plant out in pot with compost.

More Tips

#1. Watch Young Children

When you have young children you need to watch what you plant. No matter how reliable they are they may decide to eat the seeds and berries they find growing in the garden.


#2. Teach Them To Recognise Plants

If possible teach them to recognise the edible foods and only to pick and eat when an adult is there.

#3. Take Care with Kids and Plants

Check before you buy plants to make sure they are safe for children. Or if you move house be sure to find out about the existing plants and remember even if your children know the difference, visiting children may not. Many poisonous plants have berries that look particularly attractive eg. Yew.

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Over to you now. Do you have any tips to share on easy plants for kids to grow? Share them with us in the comments below.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.