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Carrot Bonsai


This is what I like to call a Carrot Bonsai it is just the top of a carrot cut off and put in water. I was using some carrots that had been in the fridge for a little while and had started to sprout little anemic shoots from the tops where I had broken off the greens. I thought, hmmm, that's kind of interesting, I wonder if they will continue to grow. So, I just cut off the tops like I always do, and then stuck one into a jar top with some water on my window sill, and after a few days I had what you see above. A nice little bit of green for a long cold gray winter. It seems to work with any carrot top - give it a try!

So strange to me that a carrot would do this. I wonder what would happen if I planted it?

February 3, 2008 in Secret Gardening | Permalink


Plant it! Plant it!

Posted by: missb at Feb 6, 2008 2:06:42 PM

Hmmm, perhaps I will. First, they have to last until spring - or at least 'til I get out my gardening junk to start seeds.

Posted by: Lorika at Feb 6, 2008 7:23:04 PM

Very clever, and cute! I'm going to try it, the more green the better these days. Brrrr.

Posted by: chepooka at Feb 15, 2008 2:19:57 AM

I'm going to try it too! I see a flickr group in Carrot Top's future. Carrot Top. Ha!

Posted by: steve Garfield at Mar 3, 2008 1:40:49 PM

I wish I had even a smidgen of your green thumb. I wish that even just my fingernail was green. Instead I kill anything that thrives on manure.

Posted by: Tim at Mar 3, 2008 9:37:45 PM

That's a cheery sight for a windowsill. I'm so ready for winter to finally wrap up and get the heck out of here.

Posted by: Peter Hoh at Mar 30, 2008 7:49:51 PM