Here are the instructions on how to grow a carrot top at home. This is a fabulous introduction to growing for children as it provides them with a basic form of responsibility to look after and help it grow. So much can be observed over the days it sprouts and grows up tall. Changes can also be recorded on paper.
Have you ever given your child an experience of gardening or growing a plant from a seed? It’s wonderfully fascinating for young minds to observe changes over time and it also teaches them lots about how plants grow and what they need for survival.
Previously I have taught you how to grow crystals indoors, but this time we are going to learn how to grow a carrot top! We seem to eat an abundance of carrots in our family and so it wasn’t hard to set up this experiment.
You will need
- Carrot top (2-3 cm from stem with some root growth remaining on top)
- Shallow dish
- 10 Cotton wool
- Sunny and protected spot
How to grow a carrot top
Simply add a layer of cotton balls to your small dish. Add a light dribble of water over the cotton balls so they are wet but not completely flooded with water. Press your carrot top into the wet cotton balls and place the dish in a sunny location. Be sure to check that the cotton balls remain wet throughout the growing period. You do not want to dry them out.
It will take a few days for children to see the carrot top begin to grow, however, once it starts it will grow quite quickly when in the right conditions.
This activity that is so simple to set up teaches children –
- How a root vegetable grows (science)
- Developing a sense of responsibility in looking after it
- Observational skills
- Plant care
Of course it is possible to grow other root vegetables so why not give your child a chance to experiment a few different types and record their findings. Have them test to see if there is a difference between growth rate when
What other root vegetables could you grow in this way?
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Sheila Giffin says
Will it keep growing if you plant it?
Excellent question Sheila and thank you for asking it Unfortunately it will not grow into an actual carrot if placed in soil as it will not produce any seeds.
Can you please tell me eat to do with a sweet potato to get it to grow roots. I am doing something wrong –
Hmmmm I think it’s all in the choosing of the sweet potato Beth. You’d need to find one that has some evidence of root growth for it to start growing, otherwise it’s like attempting to grow something cubed. If I was going to try and grow a sweet potato I would skewer the sides with toothpicks and hover it over the top of a jar full of water. See how you go. 🙂
We used to do this in 2nd grade all the time BUT not lately. I have been told that potatoes have been treated with substance that inhibits sprouting/ That is why, no matter how hared you look, none of potatoes have anything more than buds for sprouts. Perhaps try organic? Farmers Market?
Both my children have severe allergies Denise so I’m constantly finding out about food and reading labels. It is absolutely frightening how food is treated these days. I think you’d have great success with organic foods. Thanks for your comment and pop back and let me know how you get on. 🙂
Try seed potatoes:)
Nancy taylor says
That’s what I do. Either end in the water. It WILL grow roots and eventually beautiful leavesk
So awesome. I love growing things from scraps.
Growing things on the window sill is such a great way to get kids interested and learning about plants and this idea is so doable for everyone!
You guys should grow a sweet potato next… you’ll be amazed at how much it grows!
Frances T. Ginty says
U mentioned that children could grow other root veggies like a carrot but u never mentioned which ones in ur article.
No problem Frances. Here is a great link that will give you the answers you need. http://wakeup-world.com/2012/10/15/16-foods-thatll-re-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/
Karen Salinas says
buy organic veggies as the other type may have chemicals for esthetic reasons including pesticides- this will inhibit root growth
Good thinking. I will absolutely consider this with future activities.
Why are my carrot heads rotting? They did sprout but they have no roots and are starting to rot. I removed the rotting bits, washed them, and this time put them on wet cotton wool. I hope they root this way in order to be able to plant.
Hi Rowena. Thanks for getting in touch with me lovely. I’m thinking it could be rotting because maybe your cotton wool is too damp. Could that be it? My cotton wool was just slightly damp. If not, you might just want to be sure you haven’t left too much of the carrot (Orange bit). If possible, I’d keep it in a warm, sunny spot as that will hopefully reduce the chances of rot.
Let me know how you get on. 🙂
When growing carrot tops you do not grow an actual carrot. However, can you use the green tops for anything?
Hi Susie! If you put it into the ground it will eventually sprout roots and a carrot will form. You can use the green carrot tops in salads or sprout them off to make more carrots. Lots of fun.
Fara Spence says
It’s so good to know that carrot top sprouts are edible. You say to put the carrot in the ground. Can it be planted in its own container inside my home instead of outside– to continue growing the tops? Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
James-Lachlan M says
Thank-you me and my mum enjoyd doing this. Great result