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Old 04-17-2009, 05:59 AM
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What are the easiest flower for kids to grow?

My daughter has been begging me to help her plant some flowers in pots this year. I think that it's great that she has an interest in it but here's the catch- I have a really black thumb.

There has to be some easy flowers or plants out there that we can grow, right?

I would love to hear your suggestions!
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:12 AM
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For flowers in pots, I'd go with marigolds. They are one of the easiest to grow.
FOr a hoseplant, I'd go with a spiderplant.
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we have found sunflowers to be some of the easiest and they tend to grow quickly :D
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I forgot about sunflowers! I promised her last year that we would plant some of them.

I will check into Marigolds, too! I wish that we lived closer to my Mom...she has a huge spider plant that has tons of babies on it.

Thanks!
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Tami, Would your daughter like to grow some vegetables? If you don't have much space or time try growing them in containers. You can use the containers anywhere on a deck, patio, windowbox, or a small space where ever you can find one.

Quick growing veggies for kids could be bush beans, radishes, a patio tomato plant or a pepper plant are fun to grow for kids.

This doesn't cost a lot of money, all you need are a few containers, soil, and a little fertilizer.

Easy to grow and it's lots of fun for kids to watch grow. They are also growing something they can eat!!

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I love growing marigolds. They reseed very easily without any help from us.

I just planted sunflowers seeds too in small pots.. Have just the space for them.

Also started tomato and peppers from the seeds inside of them.

My greatest joy is watching spaghetti squash grow from the seeds I take from a spaghetti squash. Put them in hills a few seeds together so they brace each other growing. Put a tomato cage so I know where they are and the wind does not blow them away. So far they look healthy with their beautiful flowers and vines that are sprouting squash.
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I would definitely agree with marigolds. They are easy to grow and bloom all summer long as long as you snap off any dead blossoms. They are also pretty.

Container vegetable gardens are also fun. I grew green peppers and tomatoes in large pots on my deck and it was so easy. They even have some tomatos that are meant for container gardens. Herbs are another good idea. They smell great and can be used in cooking and if you grow them in containers they can be brought inside for the winter and keep on growing.
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Nothing is prettier than roses in a yard. If it wasn't for the thorns they would be perfect. Mine bloom all year. A vase of roses brighten any room. There are so many to choose from. This one has been in the same spot for twenty years and still blooming.
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Marigolds! If your dd is wanting to grow veggies, try the upside down planters. WM has them for $7.
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SueAnne, your roses are beautiful.
I have 3 rose bushes thatwe planted the summer after we moved here, they are 25 years old (in that spot), and they bloom every year. Not sure how old they were when they were purchased.
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