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Houseplants for kids

Houseplants for kids

It’s Houseplant Week from the 11th to 17th January—the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to the wonder of plants. Kickstart their year by giving them the gift of gardening.

Rooted in benefits

It’s so easy to enhance your décor and lift your home with houseplants, but not only does it make our homes look great, but houseplants also have health benefits that you might not even know about. From improving the air we breathe to helping lift our moods during the darker nights of winter, plants bring so much to our homes.

Budding Gardeners

These plants have been handpicked for your little helpers. They are safe to cultivate, quick growers and easy to look after.

1. Gerbera:

These pretty plants love a cool, sunny spot—a bathroom or kitchen windowsill is perfect. They are super easy for kids to grow and produce striking flowers in the summer and autumn. You can use these as a ready supply of cut flowers as presents for friends.

2. African Violets:

As the name suggest these are native to Africa and do exceptionally well in indoor conditions. One of the best houseplants for kids, keep them in a spot that receives all day long bright indirect sunlight. Lavender, blue, pink, red, and white is some of beautiful colours they flower in—perfect for brightening indoor spaces.

3. Kalanchoe:

Kalanchoe is one of the ultimate flowering houseplants. Not only is it quite hardy to a bit of neglect here and there, it can perk up any room with its vibrant blooms. Just ensure it gets plenty of sunlight and it’ll flower abundantly.

4. Mimosa pudica ‘Sensitive plant’:

This quirky grower is a quick way to get kids into plants. The reason behind the interesting names is its leaves that fold inward when touched—as if by magic! Give this plant plenty of warmth and buckets of bright indirect light and your kids will love it.

5. Aloe vera:

This is a great plant for kids to grow as it looks striking and is shaped a bit like a cactus but without the fuss of spines. It is fairly easy and has bundles of benefits—the gel inside is ideal for treating burns. Moreover, this clever little plant absorbs benzene and formaldehyde from the atmosphere of your home.

Planting perfection

Every year during the second week in January, let’s celebrate houseplants. Houseplant Week UK celebrates the best in indoor gardening and helps you choose the right plant for your home.

Share your photos and videos on social media using the hashtag – #HouseplantWeekUK

As well as the week ahead, National Houseplant Appreciation Day is on 10th January as a reminder that we don't have to lose the freshness and vibrancy plentiful plants can bring into our homes.

Kate Luke
Creative Content Editor
After graduating with a 2.1 Music degree, Kate pursued a career in the Music Industry, becoming a professional West End vocalist and a fully qualified Music Teacher, School Choir Leader and Songwriter. As one of Jaques of London’s Creative Editors, her specialism surrounds building confidence and expression through music & play—drawing upon her qualifications in Music Psychology & Child Development. As well as this, she is an accomplished blog writer and published journalist who enjoys promoting the importance of Montessori learning for all ages.

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