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Monday, July 15, 2013

Carrots in a Bottle

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My buddies and I have grown carrot tops many times. Usually, it's a group project that we do in the winter time.  It's easy and inexpensive, and I thought it would be nice for my buddies to have their own carrot project this time. I cut the tops off of some carrots, leaving about an inch or so of top.  When we planted, we put them in little bottles that I had cut in half. By also cutting 3 vertical slits up the side of the bottle, it allows the top of the bottle to slide over the bottom half and create a great humid growing environment. We placed them in the window and watched them grow for a couple of weeks. You can usually see growth after just a day or two. My buddies were quite pleased to take their carrots home at the end of this project. 

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  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing

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  2. I want to grow the whole carrot. I suppose I could do it in a large bottle?

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    1. Jerry, I would recommend that you plant carrot seeds if you wish to grow whole carrots. I have never heard of anyone producing carrots by this method. You're really only going to get the top part. Good luck with your planting! I'd love to hear how you do.

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  3. what do you do with the tops?

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    1. We just enjoy them as a plant. I love this activity in the winter time when we aren't really growing things outside. It's a little warm up to spring planting.

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  4. The tops will turn to seed, which you can use to plant new carrots.

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  5. do you just leave the carrot top in the bottle with soil and not water it or anything?

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    1. I did this activity with my buddies 7 years ago, so it's been a while since then. I believe that we planted them and gave them just a little water to moisten the soil and then when they were closed up it minimized moisture loss. The carrots grew so quick that they quickly outgrew the bottle and we transplanted them into pots outside.

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    1. We didn't need to water, but we planted in moist soil and the plants grew quickly and needed to be transplanted into pots.

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  7. We didn't water after the initial planting. They grow so fast that you will need to transplant it after a short time. If your plant seemed especially dry, I guess it might need water but ours didn't until we transplanted it. Plants in sealed containers don't dry out nearly as fast as open containers.

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