How to Grow a Free Spring Centerpiece

Here’s a fun way to turn a discarded carrot top into a spring centerpiece.

Growing old carrot tops into frilly new greens is simple and it’s a clever way to reuse the tops of carrots you’d probably toss onto the compost pile.

You won’t be able to grow carrots from the tops, but they can be used as a science project to show how a carrot top contains everything it needs for a new plant to grow.

Kids have fun watching these leftovers sprout new greens and then planting them in little containers. It’s a good indoor gardening experiment to learn about recycling, planting and how plants grow.

How to Grow a Carrot Top

  1. Select fresh carrots (not baby carrots) that sport a little green on the top.
  2. Cut off the top 2 inches from the crown of one or more carrots.
  3. Place the tops in a shallow saucer, cut side down.
  4. Add water so that half of the carrot top is submerged in the water.
  5. Place the saucer on a windowsill where it will get light.
  6. Add water to the saucer as needed to keep the tops from drying out.

The carrot tops will sprout in about 1-2 weeks. Once the greens are several inches tall and bushy, transplant them into a ceramic planter or several small pots with the top of the carrot showing. Use the planted carrot tops as a centerpiece for a spring holiday gathering or give smaller containers away as a sweet spring gift.


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