Top 10 Foolproof Plants for Kids

Get kids excited about gardening with some gardening basics and our list of foolproof plants for little ones.

The best plants for kids are the ones they want to grow. I’ve been gardening with my children since they were old enough to eat the dirt (the older one is 10 now), and they enjoy the experience so much more when they get in there and pick out their own plants or seed packets. However, it doesn’t hurt to try to steer them in the right direction. Load up the little one in your life and hit the garden center to pick out one of these perfect plants for kids.

Don’t Forget the Veggies

We kept our main list focused on flowers, but kids will dig growing veggies, too.

  • Carrots. The seeds sometimes need a little extra germination time, but when kids finally get to pull them from the ground, the look on their faces will be pure awe.
  • Peas. They’re easy to grow, and so delicious to eat straight from the garden.
  • Corn. Kids love it when the stalks grow taller than their heads. Grow corn in at least a 4- x 4-ft. block.
  • Potatoes. Harvesting them is like a treasure hunt. Plant in a container, so kids can dump it out and really dig in to find the potatoes.

Elephant’s ear

Colocasia esculenta, annual

The giant leaves have a big name to live up to, and they certainly do. The leaves get up to 3 feet long, and they’re a good choice for shady areas. Most people treat elephant’s ears as an annual, though you can dig them up at the end of the season and replant them again in spring.

Kid appeal: Digging a hole big enough for some of the giant varieties is a fun job all by itself.

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