How to Plant a Seed
- Choose seeds that germinate easily when planting seeds with kids. Lima bean or marigold seeds are easy for children to handle, and they germinate with little effort.
- Direct each child to fill a clear plastic cup, 3/4 full with sterile potting soil. Clear plastic cups between 8 and 12 oz. should suffice. Each child will require one plastic cup for each type of seed used for the project.
- Ask each kid to press one seed down into the soil of each cup. Most seeds require planting at a depth of 1/4 inch. Each child should pat the soil over the top of each seed.
- Mist the potting soil with water from a spray bottle. Fill a 12-oz. spray bottle with water and allow children to spray their planted seeds with the water until the soil is moist to a depth of 1 inch.
- Set the plastic cups on a sunny windowsill. Check the plastic cups daily for seed germination, which should take between seven and 10 days. Maintain moist soil throughout the growing process, as well as at least six hours of sunlight per day.
How to Plant a Tree
How to Plant a Balled or Burlapped Tree
|What is a balled or burlapped tree? The tree roots are wrapped in burlap or plastic that looks like a big ball at the bottom of the tree. Burlap helps keep the soil around the roots when the tree is being moved.|
How to Plant a Bare-Rooted Tree
|Planting bare-rooted trees is a little different from planting balled trees.
For one thing, bare-root trees will dry out quickly, so you have to make
sure the roots don’t dry out. Another thing is that the roots should be
carefully trimmed to remove any damaged roots. Just trim them back to the
healthy roots. Save as much of the healthy root system as you can.
Links to Kids Plant Pages
Science Kids – www.sciencekids.co.nz/plants.html