14 Kid-Friendly Plants

Keep your child interested in gardening with these fun and easy-to-grow plants.

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Kids Love Fun Plants

Kids have notoriously short attention spans. Since gardening is not a fast-paced hobby, you can still get kids interested by selecting the right plants. Look for plants that are easy to maintain, grow relatively quickly, have bright colors or fun textures, make noise or have a pleasant smell or produce a tasty fruit.


Lettuce sprouts quickly and can be eaten in just a few weeks. Kids will love all of the color and texture in mixed variety seed packs.


Radishes are ready to pick about a month after planting. The bright colors and small size are a hit with kids.


What child wouldn't love growing this bright and cheerful nature's candy?


Carrots can be planted in containers or in the ground. Kids enjoy pulling the ripe roots and eating them right out of the garden.


Corn grows tall and fast. This can be a fun plant to teach kids about pollination with the male tassels, the giant pollen grains, and the silk forming before the ears begin to grow. 


Watermelons are another sweet summer treat. While they take some time to mature, kids enjoy watching them grow. They'll love competing for distance when they spit out the seeds.

Pansies and Violas

Pansies and violas are some of the most cold-hardy flowering annuals. The bright, cheerful colors are fun for kids to press for craft projects. 


Marigolds fit in almost anywhere, from the vegetable garden to the mailbox flower garden, to containers. Kids will get a kick out of the bright colors and fragrant foliage...and they are easy to grow.


Gorgeous color, vertical growth, funny faces: what's not to love about the snapdragon?

Venus Flytrap

Kids are amazed by the fact that this plant captures bugs to feed itself. It only looks like it's from another planet, it really comes from a place much closer to home.

Aloe Vera

Aloe is packed with health benefits in addition to its ability to heal burns and cuts. Kids love to discover the many things plants can do for us.

Cacti And Succulents

These dry-tolerant plants work well indoors or outdoors. The unusual colors and textures are an endless source of imagination and inspiration for kids.

Air Plants

Plants that grow without soil...amazing! These little treasures are easy to grow and endlessly useful in small, unusual spaces like refrigerator magnets, string gardens and hanging ornaments.

African Violet

African violets are beloved as indoor bloomers. Kids will love the long bloom cycles, and will have fun watching for the first flowers after the resting period.