It doesn’t matter if you live in a big house with a humongous garden space or in a small condominium unit with your window sill as the primary source of “gardening.” You have to teach your kids how to appreciate succulents.

Do you know that many kids these days think succulents are not real—that they are some kind of decorative item that do not grow? Not teaching or orienting your kids about succulents could be the biggest catastrophe of your life, especially if you want to integrate both of them in such a tiny space.

Imagine living in your apartment with your kids and having succulents like CAL Farms Beautiful 36 of 2″ Assorted Succulents there. Who will take care of the plants when you’re not at home? Who will decide where to put the plants? Taking care of succulents is a learning process for you and the kids. To better teach your kids the art of succulent planting, you need to understand it yourself, too.

Make the Kids Responsible for the Succulents

If you have been given succulents as a gift, make your kids understand that it’s important to take care of things given to us. It shows that we value the gift giver, especially if the gift happens to be a living thing—in this case, a succulent plant. You have to oblige your kids to water the plant and move it to a place where it can get direct sunlight. This task should be done every day or according to the schedule the succulent needs water and sunlight.

Let your kids know that they are responsible for the life of that succulent. It will teach them discipline and to follow a schedule. Give them a reward whenever the succulent is looking healthier than usual.

Let Them Read About Succulents

There is a lot of “luck” associated with succulent plants. This makes them an interesting plant to have at homes, offices, schools, etc. Let your kids learn about succulents the old-fashioned way—by reading about them. Who knows, they may even love the idea of growing this plant and bringing them over for show and tell.

Reading about succulents will enable the kids to learn about the different types of succulent plants there are, as well as proper way of taking care of the plants.

Teach the Kids How to Plant Succulents

When they know how difficult it is to grow succulents, they will be more appreciative of the plants they see in and out of your homes. Kids will learn the importance of growing and maintaining these plants when they are the ones who planted them in the first place. By teaching them the proper and various methods of planting succulents, you are essentially making them a part of the life cycle of these plants. This makes them feel connected to the plants in a way thus, allowing them to care more for these succulents than the usual. Instead of simply requiring them to care for it, why not give them the responsibility and eventually, the care and the love for the plants will come naturally.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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