Five year old green thumb
May 9, 2012 4:41 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to get my five year old step son interested in gardening. We made a special flower bed for him and I to grow plants in together and he is really excited to grow "rainbow blossoms" in it. Help me make this as rewarding for him as possible!
posted by gwenlister to Home & Garden (38 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
I love gardening and I would love to be able to share this interest with my son. He already seems interested, he literally whooped and clapped his hands when I pointed out the flower bed that is now "his" flower bed. Since I told him it was his bed he has been talking about it alot, checking it for weeds, and basically just getting really excited. He is very clear he wants "rainbow blossoms" (aka. flowers in all different colours) so his father and I are going to head to the garden center in a couple weeks and let him help pick out flowers to grow in his garden.
(note: we live in zone 5)
So my questions are:
1. what sorts of flowers do you think will be the most exciting for him to grow but also relatively hardy and low effort? (I was thinking maybe wave petunias since they get so big and lush, maybe some pansies because they are all different colours?)
2. Are there any activities we could do to help him be and stay interested in it? He is fairly interested in science type things, so I was thinking of maybe germinating a runner bean or something with him in a glass jar so that he can see what a plant looks like as it is growing?
3. I'd like a few high-drama, super exciting flowers for him to grow so that he can feel really accomplished and excited. I was thinking of having him plant some sunflowers, but I've never grown them before. I was also thinking of sneaking a bulb for a Dahlia or Glad in there without him knowing so that he gets this huge amazing flower...
any other ideas? suggestions?