As an activity for kids, growing carrot tops provides opportunities to make predictions, observe physical changes and record growth. Many kids will be surprised to find they can grow a plant from the top of the carrot and most show interest in the project. New foliage grows quickly, creating a bushy green plant, but you cannot reproduce carrots from carrot tops. This plant is for entertainment and ornamental uses only.
Choose a plump, fresh carrot. The carrot must contain the top. Those that have been trimmed, or baby carrots, will not grow.
Cut a 2-inch section off the top of the carrot.
Fill a small saucer or tray with a 1-inch layer of pebbles.
Place the cut end of the carrot in the saucer and fill in around the carrot with pebbles to hold it in place, leaving 1 inch of the carrot above the pebbles. Space carrots 2 inches apart, if growing more than one carrot top in a container.
Cover the pebbles with water. Check daily and keep the water level even with the top of the pebbles.
Place in a sunny location and watch for new growth to appear from the top of the carrot.