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Regenerating vegetables: a tasty and efficient experiment

May 30th, 2005 · 3 Comments

Until I read an experiment (received in an email) I didn’t know that carrot tops would regenerate the vegetable.

Following the instructions, I bought organic whole carrots, cut off all of the carrot except for an inch, and cut off all of the green top too. I placed them in a bowl on the windowsill with an inch or two of water, adding more as necessary.

After a few weeks, the green top had grown back, and long white roots led from the orange stump.

The experiment claimed that if these carrots were planted in the garden, they would grow again. So we planted them last week.

I wonder how many times carrots will regenerate themselves : if I continually cut off the top and bottom and then re-planted it, could I create multiple vegetables from the same starting stock?!

Pictures below: carrot tops growing in a bowl on the window sill; the carrot roots before we planted them.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Katherine // May 31, 2005 at 8:26 am

    That is Really Cool!!! Thanks for sharing the idea!

  • 2 Jenny // May 31, 2005 at 4:46 pm

    Wow! That is just abou the collest new thing I’ve learend in a long time – you are just a well-spring my friend!!!

  • 3 Julie // Jun 1, 2005 at 6:49 am

    I should give credit where credit is due. The experiment came from the Krampf yahoo group, which sends out one idea a week:


    I’ll let you know if we actually grow another carrot…or if the slugs get to it first!

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