Flowers that Grow from Seed. Gardening With Children. Easy to plant and grow flower seeds.
Sunflowers are fun to grow and to measure as they grow, you can see who can grow the tallest sunflower too
Photo showing how a seed grows into a plant.
Nasturtiums are colorful and easy to grow from seeds.
nasturtium flowers come in bright colors.
Marigolds. A seed which is easy to plant and fun to grow with kids.
Marigolds are easy to grow from seed.
Easy to Grow Flowers from Seeds.
Want to grow flowers from seeds? Here are ideas for easy to grow flowers from seeds.
Gardening with Children.
Flower Seeds that are Easy to Plant and Grow.
Most children enjoy planting things and watching them grow - it is fun to see a seed develop into something as tall as a sunflower or as brightly coloured as a nasturtium.
Children will enjoy the competitiveness of seeing which seed is the tallest and how much the plant has grown since last time they looked.
Give a child a watering can that it can dip into a shallow container of water to re-fill and stand by its side, watching as it happily waters the growing flower seeds.
Some seeds are not suitable for growing with children the reasons can be that the plants would not be safe, or that the process of raising flowers from certain flower seeds is too slow or fiddly for a child.
For children to grow flowers you need flower seeds that-
Grow into safe plants e.g. not poisonous.
Are easy and fast growing.
Are fun to grow and attractive to children e.g. bright and colourful flowers that grow fast and tall or in an interesting way.
Some plants that are good candidates for growing with young children are -
These now come in other colours apart from the huge yellow dinner plate sized flowers we associate with the name sunflower.
Sunflower seeds are a nice size, large enough to be picked up easily and pushed into the soil for younger children.
The exciting thing about growing sunflowers is how quickly they will grow.
Measuring the plants and marking down how tall they are can be a fun as well as a way of learning about measurement in a practical way.
The children will learn how to care for the plant by watering it when it needs to be watered.
You can even do little experiments with the plants.
If you plant the sunflower in a flower pot to start with you can show the child how the plant will grow towards the light. If the plant is leaning towards the source of light get the child to turn the pot with the sunflower in around, draw its attention to the fact that now the plant is leaning away from the light.
Within a few days you will be able to say – “Look at your sunflower what is it doing?” You can tell it what has happened if it does not notice and repeat the test again if it wants too. They may or may not be interested in that.
What children will be entertained by is how tall their sunflower is growing.
If you like family competitions this can be a ‘who can grow the tallest sunflower contest but that is not necessary to enjoy watching this flower grow.
Are easy to grow the seeds are large and easy to pick up. Nasturtiums come in a wide range of varieties from low growing ones to tall climbing varieties. Nasturtiums are climbers and will cling to supports provided for them if left they will trail down over the sides of pots or sprawl across the soil.
This plant does seem to be a magnet for black fly but it is rarely destroyed by them. Black fly are tiny bugs not much bigger than a green fly, they can easily be ignored. This is why nasturtiums are sometimes planted as a companion plant in vegetable plots better to have the black fly on the nasturtiums than on your veggies.
The colours nasturtiums come in are mostly bright oranges, yellows and scarlet.
There are some that are a single colour; some varieties of nasturtium are more then one colour.
The children will often prefer the brighter coloured ones.
If you want something more subtle there is a pretty nasturtium called strawberries and cream.
This nasturtium flowers with a cream flower which is splashed with a shades of red.
Again some marigold seeds come in easy to pick up sizes. Check the type you are buying the bigger seeds are the daisy shaped flowers which bloom in shades of orange and yellow. A tip when wanting to buy flowers with larger seeds is to feel the size pf the seed through the paper envelope it is sealed in. Larger seeds you will be able to feel the outline of, smaller seeds you will just feel the inner sealed packet.
The type of marigolds, with smaller seeds are called French Marigolds (in the UK that is the name) these do have smaller seeds – but the seeds are an interesting shape. This type of marigold seed is small and pointed at one end while the other end looks like the flight of a dart. I can only guess that this seed shape aids the plant in the dispersal of its seeds.
You can speak to the child about how seeds of plants spread - a dandelion (clock) seed head is a good example to use.
If you wish to plant flowers with smaller seeds than the ones suggested here and the child cannot pick up the seeds individually teach it the technique for sowing smaller seeds.
A Technique/ Way to Sow Smaller Flower Seeds.
How to Sow Smaller Flower Seeds.
The way to do this is -
to cup your hand, palm facing upwards, bring your thumb close to your cupped hand, and now raise your fingers high enough to form a crease line in the palm of your hand.
Now sprinkle a few seeds into your cupped hand - aiming for them to land along this crease line.
Slowly release the seeds onto the prepared seed compost by gently shaking your hand as you move it along just above the surface of the seed compost.
If you still find sowing smaller seeds difficult try putting a crease into a sturdy piece of paper, place a few seeeds at a time into the crease and sprinkle them into the row from there.
Most seeds will require covering with a thin fine layer of compost. If the seeds are all bunched together as they have not come out in a line as you would like – move them gently into a better position with the end of a pencil or an old lollipop stick before you cover them with compost.
The seeds raised in this way will need transplanting later on into a larger growing container or into their flowering position in the garden. Which makes this type of seed sowing more suitable for older children and the larger types of flower seed are easier for the younger ones.
Start by growing easy to grow flower seeds with children, you may like to try growing vegetables with them too.
Gardening is a skill that once you take the first steps you never forget the lessons you learn.
The child who knows how things grow is more likely to respect and appreciate the beauty of plants and nature. A few enjoyable hours spent planting now could sow the seeds for something important in the future.
Before you begin to garden with children you need to consider a few safety issues once you are aware of them they will cause you no problems in the future. These are:
If the child has access to a garden with a shed in it – make sure it is kept locked.
Within sheds lurk nasty things we often forget that we own and I do not mean the spiders. Everyday items such as ant-killer, gardening tools and machinery can pose a threat to the inquisitive child.
Some plants are poisonous or toxic and some plants have leaves that can cause the skin to blister in sunlight. It is best not to own these types of plants in a garden where a child lives or comes to visit. A bit of time spent on researching which plants these are is worthwhile.
Do not leave them alone if there are any dangers to them in the garden area -
water can pose a threat even shallow ponds or containers
Rotary wash-line when folded down, trip hazards and steps or stairs.
This list cannot be extensive - it is just a reminder to check and to be aware that even in your own garden there can be hazards. Make it a safe place that you can all enjoy.
Finally please remember to wear sunhats and suncream when working in the garden on sunny days.
If you do not have a garden flower seeds will grow in pots and containers.
Growing Flowers from seeds with kids is fun. Enjoy your days in the garden with the children.
While you are working in the garden with young children you are teaching them how to nurture and to love nature. This is a valuable and enjoyable lesson.
P.S. Do n't forget to protect yourselves from sunburn on sunny days.
Growing Sunflowers with Children - Video.
Videos to show how seeds germinate.
Beans growing show how a seed develops into a plant.
A simple way to demonstrate how seeds grow.
Sprinkle some fast growing seeds on a piece of moist blotting paper.
You can buy seeds for sprouting in a health food shop or cress will grow on blotting paper or kitchen towel.
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