This is a novel and easy way to grow a bumper crop of tomatoes. The plants will not be exposed to any tomato plant diseases which may be lurking in the ground. Hanging tomatoes get excellent air circulation which helps them to resist fungal diseases.
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.
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
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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