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Homemade Upside Down Tomato Planter

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Tomatoes grow very successfully in upside down planters and they are convenient for a patio or deck. This page is about making a homemade upside down tomato planter.


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Reuse your plastic milk container by making an upside down tomato planter. This is great for people with limited space. Not having to grow them on the ground eliminates the need to keep your tomato plants well staked.



  1. Cut a 1/2 inch hole on the bottom of the milk container, this will be where the stem of the plant will come out.
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  3. Cut four slits out from the center of the 1/2 inch hole to make it easier to insert the plant into the container.
  4. Place tomato plant in through hole and fill the jug the rest of the way with potting soil.
  5. If you don't have a branch of something to hang the container from, secure with rope and hang.
  6. Water the soil from the top of the milk jug for several minutes. It will need to be moistened all the way through.

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

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April 11, 20170 found this helpful

Great Idea! Just curious tho - what does the reflective cloth and the sun have to do with anything?

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April 11, 20170 found this helpful

It's not my post, but I'd guess the reflective cloth is to keep it from heating up and drying the soil out too fast. I have a cement patio that gets sun all day long, and it is hard to keep any container plants moistened under those conditions.

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May 24, 20180 found this helpful

Thank your Mom!

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