Gardening is not a world for adults only; in fact, if you have children, nephews and / or grandchildren, you can get them to learn and above all, enjoy planting seeds and taking care of them so that they grow in health. But yes, we all know that patience is a virtue that at such an early age is still to work in most cases, so that they do not get bored, you must select those whose growth is fast.
But what exactly are they? Well, the truth is that there are many and several different genres, so we are going to make a selection of those that we consider most interesting both for their ornamental value and, also, for the other uses they may have. Without further ado , below is a list of 7 fast growing plant seeds for kids to have a great time as gardeners 🙂.
Sowing seeds and watching them grow is an experience. Despite its size, inside is everything that will make a plant what it is. The genetic information of what the roots should be like, how high it should grow, when it will begin to bear fruit, and even how old it will live if all goes well, is concentrated in one thing that, in most cases, has one centimeter or less in size, so light in weight that it can be held with the tip of a single finger.
For all these reasons, it is very interesting to start in the gardening world when you are still a child. This will make the little one not only learn the basics of growing plants, but it will also help parents, uncles and / or grandparents to teach them to respect nature. But of course, not any seed will be worth, but only those that grow fast, like these:
The dandelion is a perennial herb that reaches about 40 centimeters tall. Its leaves are green, and can be consumed as a vegetable. It produces yellow flowers from spring to late summer, and when its petals fall, white hairs sprout at the end of which is the seed, which is elongated and measures less than one centimeter.
The planting time is in spring , since it usually blooms after about 2-3 months and for this it needs mild / warm temperatures, as well as sunny exposure. It germinates in 3-5 days.
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The plant known as broad bean is an annual herb that reaches a height of up to 1.6 meters. Its stems are strong and straight, and from them sprout leaves composed of a very beautiful dark green color. Its flowers have a certain ornamental value, grouping into small spikes and being white in color. However, its true value lies in its seeds, which ripen in the summer . These are consumed either fresh, or cooked in different dishes.
Its seeds need some heat and especially light. Therefore, they are sown in spring , in full sun or, at least, in a bright area. It germinates in about 5 days.
The lettuce is an annual herb that reaches a height of 25-30 centimeters. As you will know, its leaves are green and are used as a main ingredient for example in salads . It is one of the most recommended garden and pot garden plants for children, since it usually does not require more than three months of cultivation.
Ideally, sow lettuce in late winter , in pots or in seed trays so that they germinate after a week maximum. Now, if you have an electric germinator you can sow them in early or mid-winter, or in early autumn as long as it is soft.
The daisy is a very common herb, but also a beautiful one that reaches about 90-100 centimeters. It lives for several years and produces flowers with white or yellow petals . It is used for its high ornamental value, as it looks great on patios or balconies grown in pots as well as in gardens.
Its seeds are sown soon, as soon as the minimum temperatures begin to exceed 15 degrees Celsius . Of course, for them to grow well they need a lot of light and space, so it is advisable to sow a seed in each pot, in full sun. They will germinate in about 5-7 days.
The mint is a perennial herb that gives off a pleasant aroma. It grows to a maximum height of 120 centimeters, although it is normal to trim its stems so that it leaves it at about 30-40 centimeters, sometimes less. Its leaves are green with a jagged margin, and are widely used in cooking . For example, in Spain it is common to see it in stews.
If you want to have this beautiful and aromatic plant in your garden or patio, it is very important to sow its seeds in spring , either in full sun or in half shade. They germinate very well and quickly, in a matter of a week at most.
Image – Wikimedia / David Besa from Sonoma, USA
The tomato plant is a herb grown as an annual that reaches a height of about 1 meter. During the summer it produces red berries of a variable size, and can be from 3 to 16 centimeters in diameter . These are usually consumed in salads, but also on toast, such as sauces and / or drinks.
To germinate tomatoes quickly, you must sow their seeds in spring , preferably in individual pots and in full sun, or failing that in a very bright area. Thus, they will begin to germinate 3 days after planting.
Image – Wikimedia / Michael Rivera
If you need a fast growing palm in the garden and there are frosts in your area but they are only up to -7ºC, encourage the youngest members of the family to plant some Washingtonia. These are palm trees that reach heights of about 15 meters , with a thin trunk if it is Washingtonia robusta , or rather thick if it is Washingtonia filifera .
For rapid germination (5 days at most), it is important that seeds are purchased in spring and that they are sown, for example, in individual pots in the sun , or in a plastic bag with a semi-shade seal.