Here’s a fun way to turn a discarded carrot top into a spring centerpiece.
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
- Select fresh carrots (not baby carrots) that sport a little green on the top.
- Cut off the top 2 inches from the crown of one or more carrots.
- Place the tops in a shallow saucer, cut side down.
- Add water so that half of the carrot top is submerged in the water.
- Place the saucer on a windowsill where it will get light.
- 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.