My Topsy Turvy tomato tree review. Tomato varieties that perform well in Topsy Turvy upside down tomato planters. How to use Topsy Turvy planters and plant stands to grow healthier tomato plants.
The Topsy Turvy tree is an upside down tomato plant stand. The stand is 5 feet tall and takes up about 4 square feet of space. It is constructed of powder-coated stainless steel.
You do have to assemble it, but this only takes about 10 or 15 minutes.
The Topsy Turvy stand is more attractive and better constructed than most of the other upside down tomato stands I've seen.
All you need to make it work is a level surface to set it on in enough sunlight for the upside down tomatoes to thrive. A wooden deck or concrete patio would be perfect.
The Topsy Turvy tomato tree comes with an oversized Topsy Turvy planter. This is made of what the company calls "greenhouse grade" materials.
It's made of some type of green fabric which frankly will not last forever. You will need to replace the planter after 1 or 2 growing seasons.
The planter has 3 holes in it. The company claims you can put 2 tomato plants in each hole.
I would not try this.
You will get a fuller look more quickly by doing this, but it will create problems later in the season. The planter bag just doesn't hold enough potting soil to accommodate the root systems of 6 hanging tomatoes.
You will have healthier plants and fewer tomato problems if you just put 3 plants in the Topsy Turvy tomato planter.
Determinate tomatoes make better Topsy Turvy tomato planter inhabitants than indeterminate tomatoes because they are smaller plants.
Look for a D on the plant label or in the catalog description. If you are
growing tomatoes from seed, the seed packet will provide this information.
This is a short list of bush tomatoes you can grow in Topsy Turvy hangers.
Additionally, small tomatoes will make better upside down tomato plants than the large fruited types.
You can grow other plants in your Topsy Turvy tomato planter. Eggplant, hot peppers and cucumbers are all delicious possibilities. Choose varieties with slender, light weight fruit for best results.
Some sweet peppers like sweet banana peppers will perform well in a Topsy Turvy planter stand, but bell pepper stems tend to break when you grow the plants upside down.
Now, I don't believe that by growing tomatoes upside down the water and nutrients will be taken up any more easily by the plants as the producer of this product suggests.
And I don't know if the plants will yield any better than they would if planted in the ground or in a pot.
These are not the reasons I like the Topsy Turvy tomato tree.
I like it because it's about the prettiest way to grow tomatoes that I have seen. There is no digging or amending of soil. No worry about tomato diseases in the soil as potting soil is "clean".
An upside down tomato plant needs no staking or training. You just stick it in the Topsy Turvy tomato holder, fill the bag with soil, water and feed it and in return you get bumper crops of delicious home grown tomatoes.
Incidentally, this is the easiest way I know of to grow organic tomatoes. I highly recommend the Topsy Turvy tomato tree.
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