Container Plants for kids

ccoupkir(z5 Il)December 13, 2005

Hi All, I'm new to this forum (seem to spend all my time in the winter sowing forum) but hope you will all give me some help. A close friend has just moved into a condo with a large balcony. She has a 6 year old daughter who has told her that they "must plant flowers"! I have been trying to come up with some good ideas for kids that can be planted in containers. So far I have cherry toms, lamb's ears, B. Buttons, poppies, morning glories and Teddy Bear sunflowers. Any and all suggestions from those of you on this forum would be greatly appreciated. I am looking for things that will stimulate all senses including touch. Thanks in advance!

Cheryl ::]

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socks

Marigolds are easy, but the little girl might not like the smell. Also, if they planted a succulent, she could learn about different plants' water needs.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2005 at 9:57PM
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catherine_nm

She may still be able to find some spring bulbs (tulips, dafodils, etc). My first year with a balcony, I planted bulbs quite densly in large (plastic) pots, let them collect snow over the winter, watered when they were dry (I was in Albuquerque that year, very dry in winter), and was rewarded with lots of flowers in the spring. But they need to be planted soon, as those bulbs need a chilling period.

I also have planters with violets and pansies in them in the spring. My kids have a Pooh book where Pooh and his friends plant little gardens and Piglet grows pink pansies. My DD (age 4 now) insisted on having pink pansies last spring. Unfortunately, our planters are out in front of our house, and deer wander through the yard and eat pansies like candy. I planted them 3 times before they lasted more than a couple of days.

Good luck to your friend and her daughter

Catherine

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 5:25PM
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