How to Plant Carrot Tops


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.

Step 1

Choose a plump, fresh carrot. The carrot must contain the top. Those that have been trimmed, or baby carrots, will not grow.

Step 2

Cut a 2-inch section off the top of the carrot.

Step 3

Fill a small saucer or tray with a 1-inch layer of pebbles.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Cover the pebbles with water. Check daily and keep the water level even with the top of the pebbles.

Step 6

Place in a sunny location and watch for new growth to appear from the top of the carrot.

Things You'll Need

  • Large carrot
  • Knife
  • Saucer/shallow tray
  • Pebbles
  • Water


  • Iowa State University: Growing in the Garden: Kids and Gardening
  • Cornell Waste Management Institute: Plants From Trash

Who Can Help

  • Hotchalk Lesson Plans Page: Carrot Tops
  • California Carrot Advisory Board: Fresh Carrots
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About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.