House Plants



House Plants is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for House Plants.

House Plants 1
What you can do in this project: identify plant parts and their functions; grow house plants and start a plant from a cutting; make a dish garden; prepare house plants for exhibit.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: BU7153, Budding Gardeners
4H328, Propagating & Growing House Plants

House Plants 2
What you can do in this project: learn about plant seeds and soil; select and start new plants and grow transplants; plant a terrarium; examine plants for insects and diseases.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: BU7154, Branching Out

House Plants 3
What you can do in this project: take a tour of a horticulture business; design a plant experiment; teach others how to grow house plants; compare different fertilizers: organic and chemical.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: BU7155, Digging Deeper

House Plants Leader
Resources: BU7156, 4-H Horticulture Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about house plants? Try the links below.

House Plants Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including house plants. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

State 4-H Plant Science Day
Youth in grades 3-13 test their knowledge about plants while learning how to judge and identify a wide variety of plant specimens. You can also compete in photography and speaking contests.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun activities.

  • PDF file From The Ground Up (2 pages, 48 KB) Youth observe how plants respond to gravity and sunlight.
  • PDF file Skin Deep (2 pages, 43 KB) Youth explore how to protect their skin while applying pesticides.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H House Plants Project. Just follow these links!

Garden Gate
Whether you call them houseplants, indoor plants, tropicals or greenhouse plants, you can learn how to grow each properly by visiting this site.

National Junior Horticultural Association
Promotes educational programs for youth through projects and activities that foster a better understanding of horticulture.

New Jersey Weed Gallery
Gallery of photos and descriptions of the most common weeds, including each weed’s common and Latin names.

New York Botanic Garden
Questions concerning outdoor and indoor plant culture, maintenance, and plant selection are answered from the New York Botanic Gardeners.

Purdue University
Site on consumer horticulture from Purdue University.

University of Illinois Horticulture Fact Sheets
Short publications written by faculty and staff of the University of Illinois Extension and University of Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

University of Wisconsinn Urban Horticulture
This website is the most complete source of horticulture information for Wisconsin on the Internet.

Wisconsin 4-H Plants Identification Page
Close-up photos to help you identify many plants, including flowers and indoor plants . . . from African violets to zinnias.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Master Gardener Program
Have a question, looking for the perfect gardening book, or want to check out some gardening in cyberspace? This website has tons of links for more information in Wisconsin.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H House Plants Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on growing plants and flowers.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Chuck Prissel