In the pictures, one has reflective cloth wrapping because it was in a very sunny area.
Source: My mother showed me how to do this after I showed her a commercial tomato planter I spent $8 on.
By attosa from Los Angeles, CA
Good Luck and have a nice day.
By Michael from Guntersvile, Alabama
Approximate Time: 5 minutes
Don't pay for a pre-packaged plastic bag to enjoy this new plant craze! Pretty, huh?
By Donna from Sterling, PA
Use a milk jug to hang the tomatoes upside down, by putting a two inch hole in the bottom and using a newspaper square with a slit in it to keep the soil in. You can even plant other plants in the top like pepper plants! I have squash in the top of this, and plan to use the trellis to keep it off the ground.
Use another milk jug to create a strawberry plant holder, cut the top off leaving the handle and cut three small holes on the flat sides of the milk jug (look at the picture) poke holes in bottom for drainage and use the styrofoam peanuts found in packing material or any other torn up styrofoam (recycle!) in the bottom instead of gravel to keep the container from being heavy. You can hang this container, or leave it sitting like you would if you had bought an expensive strawberry pot!
By Sharon from Fairview, NC
I've seen commercials for the hanging baskets to grow upside down tomatoes. Do these really work and does anyone know how difficult they are to use? Thanks so much.
Hardiness Zone: 7b
By Rcwidow from NC
I used 2 liter pop bottles two years ago, they worked great (just do a web search for upside down planters). Last year I got a good deal on the topsy turvey planters and they also work well. I put heavy hooks into the ceiling beams of my porch. I wanted them away from my garden as the year before I had blight in my tomatoes. Having them upside down and up high they did not get blight. Note: I grow cherry tomatoes so they are not as heavy. If you use the bucket idea you could grow Marigolds on the top and they will keep pest bugs away from the tomatoes and look pretty.
I would like information on growing tomatoes upside down.
By Donna from NE PA
You can use a 5 gal bucket and hang it right side up. Drill the holes for the plant about l/2 way up the bucket and hang it low enough to be able to water it. Remember the plant knows which way is up and will automatically grow upward, it requires more watering and feeding this way also. Where the hole is for the plant put a coffee filter and punch a small hole just big enough to get the plant in or you'll lose the soil out the holes. Make the holes about 1 inch.
Tips for growing tomatoes in hanging baskets from the ThriftyFun community.
By Lily 59
Post your own advice below.
I am looking for instructions on how to build a frame to grown tomatoes upside down, including how to secure it. Maybe in a hole with cement, to the ground so that it can hold the weight of the buckets. I will have to do this myself, with the help of home depot cutting the wood and I have never used cement before. Thank you so much for any help.
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Bluegina from Shelton, CT
See also http://ohcripes.com/?page_id=47 for another way. Cheap and cheerful! (04/07/2008)
By Denise W