Potting plants for kids can be enjoyed as a shared activity that is also educational. From potting plants, children learn about the plant growth cycle, and they will be thrilled as their plant blooms with a dazzling display of flowers or foliage. To keep their interest, kids should pot plants that are fun or interesting to grow, rather than your average variety of flowering plant.
Easter lilies are tall, regal plants that grow up to 3 feet high and display large, white, strongly scented, trumpet-shaped blooms. These summer blooming plants are grown from bulbs. Plant the bulb in a 6-inch pot after purchase in the fall, covering the tip with 1-1/2 to 2 inches of compost and keep cold, dark and moist until shoots appear, then move to a brightly lit location. Provide lilies with ample space to grow and cold nights.
Christmas cactus is a type of forest cacti that attach themselves to trees in their natural woodland or jungle environments. They have leaf-like stems and a trailing growth habit, which makes them ideal for hanging pots. The key to producing a good display of its bright red blooms each year is to provide a cool, dry resting period, allow stems to harden outdoors each summer and do not move the plant once buds have appeared.
Living stones are interesting plants that mimic the stones found in their natural environments, with a pair of very thick leaves that fuse together to form a stem-like body, creating a slit at the top, from which white, yellow or pink daisy-like flowers appear in the fall. Keep dry during the winter months. After several years, a clump of "stones" will fill the pot.
Avocado is very easy to grow from the large stone within the fruit. Push the rounded end of the stone into a pot containing compost, leaving the point of the stone exposed. Keep warm and moist until leaves appear. Keep cool in winter and repot annually.
Citrus seeds, or pips, also germinate quite easily. Simply soak the pips of a lemon, orange or grapefruit overnight and press them down about 1/2 inch into compost, in a 3-1/2-inch pot. Keep in a warm, dark location until new shoots appear. Then move to a sunny spot outdoors for the summer. Keep in a cool room during winter months.