Indoor Gardening Projects For Seniors
something that gives us new life, when we watch new life grow"
There are some
fascinating indoor gardening projects for seniors to try at
any time of year. When weather conditions often limit
activities to the home, indoor gardening projects become
exciting, educational pastimes. Easy-to-grow,
fast-growing plants or seeds are used as beginning projects.
One of the all-time
favorites in established plants to grow is the
plant thrives on limited care in the home. Yet, the continual
growth and attractive flowers make it an exciting plant for
children to grow.
with its bright-colored foliage, is another popular plant to
grow from established plants.
of the most fascinating bulbs to start as a winter indoor
project is the
hyacinth bulb. Use a hyacinth glass or any plastic or
glass container with a narrow top opening. Rest the bulb on
the opening then fill water to within about one fourth to
one-eighth inch below the bulb. Within a short time the roots
will develop in the water and top growth and flowers will
appear. With this project, you are able to observe the roots
and the top growth right up to flowering time. As a bonus, the
flowers are bright and fragrant making them especially
noticeable. Many varieties of hyacinths, tulips and daffodil
bulbs may be started in soil, in pots.
Some of the seeds that
may be started in pots for quick growth are
beans, peas, sweet alyssum, corn, onions and
the pots in a bright window, where they will develop rapidly
before interest is lost in the project.
avocado seed can be
forced into growth in about a month, when it is grown
in water. Take the avocado seed, place toothpicks into the
side of it, about one inch above the base, pointed end up.
Rest the toothpicks on the top of the glass, with the bottom
of the seed actually touching the water. Cover the glass
container with foil until the roots begin to grow because
daylight is apt to spoil root growth. When the roots begin to
grow down into the water and the top has grown six or eight
inches, begin mixing soil with the water. After a couple of
weeks of the combination of water and soil, the avocado plant
should be carefully planted into a container of soil. This can
usually be an exciting project , as these seeds will
eventually develop into trees, attaining a height of up to
five feet or more. They should be set out in the garden, in
their containers, during the warm summer months and should be
brought back inside during the fall, winter and early spring.
Indoors, keep them where the air is rather humid. A similar
experiment may be tried with a
develops into a vine. Use a sweet potato tuber that shows
signs of life. Use the toothpick-water method, with the
tapered end of the tuber down and about one-fourth of the
tuber in the water. Transfer to soil once the vine begins to
develop. Do the same with a
and see what happens. Here is an
interesting article on growing a
experiment to try is the growing of
the top growth. Supermarkets throughout the area sell them
during much of the winter. Cut off the top growth, leaving an
inch or two of the fruit attached. Set the top, fruit down, on
top of a pot of moist sand. Once the pineapple has rooted,
transfer the plant to soil. A similar project can be
undertaken with carrots, turnips, radishes or beets. Simply
cut off the foliage and about an inch of the vegetable. Set
them in sand or soil. Remove the old foliage before planting.
However, remember these vegetables are all started easily from
seed and will develop a root crop from seed.
If you have
grapefruit or tangerines around the house, let the
children start some of the seeds. About six seeds should be
placed in each pot of soil. Then, when the seeds begin to
grow, they can be thinned out and transplanted, with only one
seed per pot. The bright, glossy foliage is rather attractive
in the home.