Growing Tomatoes Upside Down

July 17, 2008

Upside-Down Tomato BucketsMy husband built this frame work to hold three tomato plants. The grass in the top of the buckets helps hold the moisture in. He cuts it with a scissors. The chains on each side allows him to raise the buckets as needed.


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July 21, 2009

They were only 2 topsy turvy planters left to buy at the store. After purchasing them, I had an idea, plus I wanted to plant more than 2 tommy toe tomato plants.

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June 12, 2008

I started a hanging tomato garden, and not having anything to hang them from, I built a trellis using the 1 1/2 inch and the 1/2 inch PVC piping. The milk jugs I used for my garden fit perfectly on the 1/2 PVC piping, and will sit on top of the 1 1/2 inch PVC piping rectangle trellis I made!

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July 15, 2008

I live in a second floor apartment with a balcony and not a very big one at that. I decided to plant tomatoes but there isn't much room to put containers in such a small space, then I looked up.


I have a spider plant and it hangs down from the ceiling, why can't tomatoes.

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May 20, 2008

I just purchased an Upside down Garden. This is a great product. I will no longer have to worry about groundhogs eating my tomato plants. I also will not have to worry about the roots rotting.

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May 17, 2010

Take your terracotta pot and make the bottom hole larger by nipping it very very carefully with wire cutters. Drill three holes around the top rim of the pot.


Thread three equal pieces of wire through the holes and pull them together, forming a loop.

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June 10, 2010

Use hanging baskets found in yard sales and in local Dollar Tree stores as the base for your own attractive hanging plants. I added grass clippings along the outside walls to hold in the soil or you can use moss.

Photo of tomatoes growing in a hanging basket.

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May 4, 2009

I have a topsy-turvy plant that is about 18 to 20 inches long. It is having a problem with bugs. The leaves are getting eaten by a very small worm-like bug inside of the leaves. It seems healthy anyway but a lot of the leaves have this in them. What can I do? Please help. Thank you.



May 9, 20090 found this helpful
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This sounds like leaf borers. This is a worm that lives inside the two layers of leave surfaces, front & back. You can spray for them, but I don't care for insecticides, unless there is no other option.


What I do, is check daily & remove the leaves with worms & step on them. They need to be destroyed. Pretty soon, they will be gone, but you have to check regularly for a while.

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April 5, 2009

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 Tamra Benson from NC


March 3, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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June 25, 2012

I would like information on growing tomatoes upside down.

By Donna from NE PA


July 3, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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May 12, 2013

My tomato plant leaves are turning yellow and brown. Can you tell me why?

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June 11, 2010

I recycled my milk jugs by planting tomatoes in them upside down, and fed them used coffee grounds, they are thriving!

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September 27, 2018

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.

Milk jug tomato planter hanging in tree.

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