Growing a plant

girl with sunflowers

Do you know how to grow a plant? Practise your reading in English with these instructions.


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Grow a sunflower

Growing plants is easy and fun. Try growing sunflowers! They grow very tall and have beautiful yellow flowers.

  1. Put some soil in a small pot. Make a hole 2cm deep with your finger.
  2. Put one seed in the hole. Put soil over the seed. Put the pot by a sunny window.
  3. Water it every one or two days with just a little water.
  4. Leaves start to grow after one or two weeks.
  5. When your sunflower's about 10cm tall, it's ready to put into a bigger pot.
  6. Fill a big pot with soil and make a hole. Carefully take the sunflower out of the small pot and put it in the hole. Fill the hole with soil and water it.
  7. As your plant gets taller, put a stick into the soil next to the stem. Tie the stem to the stick with string.

  8. You can measure your plant every week to see how much it grows! The flower starts to grow after about eight weeks.
  9. After the yellow flower turns brown, wait for the seeds to dry.

  10. When the seeds are brown, tap them out. You can eat them as a snack or in a salad. Delicious!


Would you like to try growing a plant? Which plant would you like to grow? Why? Tell us about it!

Average: 4.3 (12 votes)

Submitted by AgentToadPharaoh on Thu, 07/04/2022 - 16:30

When I read this article, then I'm interested in growing the sunflower and I imagine that my plant is tall and beautiful as the article sad. I want to try growing the sunflower because it's beautiful and I can eat their seed as well.

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