The Q&A Archives: Summer House Plants for Kids

Question: Hi!
I have been hired as an all summer babysitter and I am planning things to do.
I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions for easy to care for, potted plants that would be good as a summer project, along with tips for child/new gardeners. I'm sure the girls would love caring for a pretty plant that they have grown from seeds and to have something to show for their work at the end of the summer.
Thanks very much!

Answer: Emily,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Your plan is a great one! However I can't do justice to your question in a brief reply. Keep in mind that zinnias are fast and easy to grow and plant propagation from cuttings is fun and rewarding. Rooting cuttings from the rose called 'The Fairy' is fast and easy and the following web site shows how:

Let me also refer you to the following web sites for some great ideas for gardening with those young folks:

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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