Growing Tomatoes Upside Down
Growing tomatoes upside down in buckets. Hanging tomatoes in an upside down tomato planter. Topsy Turvy tomato.
Some tomato growers think upside down tomatoes produce more fruit than plants grown in the ground.
As an added bonus, the plants will not need to be staked, caged, or trellised.
Upside Down Tomato Planter
You can make one out of a 5 gallon paint bucket with a strong handle. Or you can buy one. There are several sizes and styles available.
To make an upside down tomato planter out of a paint bucket just drill a 2-3 inch hole in the bottom of it.
Planting Tomatoes Upside Down
Planting upside down tomatoes is simple.
If you're using a bucket, place it on 2 sawhorses while you set the tomato plant into place and fill it with soil.
Pinch the lower leaves off the main stem and gently push the plant's root ball and main stem through the hole in the bottom of the planter.
You can plant 2 tomatoes if the planter is large enough.
Use newspaper or landscaping fabric to hold the seedling in place and keep your potting soil from escaping through the hole in the upside down tomato planter.
Fill the planter you'll be growing tomatoes upside down in with a potting mix that contains water crystals. Hanging pots dry out quickly. Mix in some slow release tomato fertilizer.
You can plant some small herb plants like thyme, oregano, or basil in the top of the upside down tomato planter to make it prettier and more productive.
Hang the plant before you water it. Make sure the support is strong enough to hold the planter when the soil is wet.
A wooden pergola will probably be the only support strong enough to hold a 5 gallon paint bucket.
If you don't have anything that strong to hang your planter from, get the Topsy Turvy tomato kit or something similar. It will be much lighter and you won't have to worry about your upside down tomatoes suddenly crashing to the ground.
The lighter planters can be hung from a shepherds hook. Or you can purchase a free-standing upside down tomato planter like the
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Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter
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