Start by purchasing a houseplant from a grocery or discount store. These are hardier because they’ve thrived in limited light and care. Plants without flowers are often more resilient, too.
Then teach your child:
- Where to put the plant. Talk about a plant’s need for sunlight. Avoid too much direct sunshine.
- How to water the plant. Show him how to check the dirt to see if it’s dry and needs watering.
- How to dust plant leaves. Dust blocks sunlight and prevents photosynthesis.
- To mist the plant. Give him a mister filled with lukewarm water.
When a seedling sprouts at least four leaves, transfer it to its own pot. Keep it in sunlight and water it about three times a week.
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