Create An Indoor Garden Using Carrot Tops

Are you tired of looking out at your brown, winter landscape?  Well, here is an easy project that can bring a little greenery to your windowsill.

Did you know that you can grow carrot tops in a pot?

Growing Carrot Tops

It may seem a bit strange to grow carrot tops in a container, but the leaves of carrots are quite attractive and provide a welcome spot of green during the winter months.

I remember my mother showing me how to grow carrot tops when I was a little girl and later, I grew them with my own daughters.

The process is very simple.  You need a small container, potting mix and of course, carrots.

You want to select carrots that have some green showing at the top.  Carrots sold separately, are much more likely to have green on top then those packaged in bags.

Cut the carrot tops off at approximately 1″ in length.

You can see that these carrot tops have some residual growth on top, which will make them more likely to sprout when planted.

Plant them in your container and potting mix so that a little of the orange top peeks through.  Keep the soil moist, but not soggy (be sure your container has a hole for drainage).  Place by a sunny window.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly your carrot tops will begin growing.  The orange part of the carrot, will grow small root hairs that grown down into the soil.  Your carrot tops won’t form a new carrot, but they will flower and produce seeds.  If you carrots are hybrids, the carrots seeds won’t turn out the same as the original carrot, but you can certainly try planting them in your vegetable garden and see what kind of carrot comes up.

So, next time you are chopping carrots for soup or making carrot sticks, don’t throw out the tops;  plant them instead for a bright spot of green on your windowsill :-)


  1. Jill StaakeJill (Southeast) says

    What a really great idea! Here’s a tip – Black Swallowtail butterflies lay their eggs on the foliage of carrots (along with lots of other plants in the Apiaceae family), so butterfly lovers can move these pots outdoors in the spring for caterpillars to enjoy.

    • Noelle (Southwest) says

      Hi Jill,

      I had no idea…

      I love Swallowtail butterflies, but ours are yellow. I will definitely be moving my carrots tops outdoors soon.

      Thanks for the tip :-)


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