One popular way gardeners maximize on limited space is by growing vegetable plants upside down in hanging containers.
Thanks to the mad scientist experimental types, we now know that tomatoes can indeed be grown downwards (or upside down) from hanging containers quite easily.
How to Grow an Upside Down Tomato Plant ?
It’s really quite simple. You will be growing your tomato plants out of a bucket. Most growers prefer five gallon paint buckets that can be picked up inexpensively at your local hardware store.
Cut a hole in the bottom of the bucket at least 2 – 2 1/2 inches wide. Set the bucket on the ground. Find some old newspaper or better yet a coffee filter and put it on the bottom of the bucket, over the hole. Fill the bucket with soil and place the cover over the bucket.
Now turn the bucket over so that the hole in the bottom is now on top. Remove the coffee filter and reach in with your hand and grab enough of the soil out of the bucket to make room for the planting of a tomato seedling
Gently plant the seedling in the hole and replace the soil around it, packing it in firmly. Now place more old newspaper or a couple of coffee filters around the young plant to secure it in and prevent soil from dropping out when it is suspended upside down.
Now gently pick up the bucket and set it rightside up so that the plant is suspended upside down. Remove the cover from the top of the bucket and suspend the bucket – plant arrangement on a firm hook, a firm trellis, a plant support or some other similar plant-holding structure.
Water the plant by simply watering the soil at the top of the bucket until you start to see a few drops coming through the 2 inch hole on the bottom.
You’re done! You can now look forward to your upside down tomato plant producing healthy, large, sweet delicious tomatoes all spring and summer.
Advantages & Tips about Upside Down Hanging Tomato Plants
This is excellent news to those of us who love to garden don’t have enough space to do so. Now we apartment gardeners can grow delicious tomatoes at home just like anybody else!
Added Ease and Comfort
Even tomato lovers with outdoor space have turned to this innovative method for growing tomato plants for both the added ease and comfort that it offers.
Just consider – growing tomatoes upside down eliminates the need for staking and trellising. The support that tomato plants normally need as they grow taller is no longer necessary. When growing upside down, the weight of the plant just falls naturally downwards towards the ground. Growing tomatoes in containers also means no more weeding!
Rather then trekking back and forth to the garden, kneeling in the dirt and hacking away at your plant to get a few tomatoes for your salad, just walk over to your hanging container and pick the juicy tomato of your choice!
Gardeners who lack an area that receives the required 6 – 8 hours of sunlight needed by tomato plants to fruit, will also benefit from using an upside down tomato planter.
Their hanging tomato plants can easily be moved from sunny spot to sunny spot throughout the day to get as much sunlight as possible.
Check the requirement for successfull Tomato Growing on The Beginner Guide To Growing Hanging Tomato Plants
Those without the time it takes to tend to a proper garden on a daily basis will benefit from the less time intensive practice of growing tomatoes upside down in pots. With the tomato plant neatly contained in a hanging pot, it require much less time to take care of it.
Those with poor garden soil can also stop worrying about the laborious process of conditioning and preparing the soil to grow vibrant tomatoes. Simply use a packet of high quality potting soil in your hanging tomato pot and forget about it.
And perhaps the greatest benefit to growing tomatoes upside down in a container is that you will have less pests to deal with. Most tomato eating bugs will find it more difficult to get to a hanging tomato plant than when it is on the ground Additionally, tomato plants grown in containers are further apart from each other, reducing the spread of disease from plant to plant.
Read more about Tomato’s Pest and Diseases on The most Common 4 Growing Tomatoe Problems/Diseases and The Common Tomatoe Diseases Caused by Bacteria & Fungus
Growing tomatoes upside down is actually also beneficial for the plant itself, helping it to produce larger and healthier tomatoes, thanks to the fact that air flows more easily around the plant and branches have less stress on them as they grow.
Tomatoes grown upside down tend to ripen sooner than tomatoes grown in a traditional garden. Plus, because the tomatoes never actually touch the ground, you will avoid the frustrations that most tomato gardeners face when their tomatoes rot due to too much contact with the soil.
Best Varieties for Upside Down Tomato Growers
Most any tomato variety can be successfully grown upside down, but you will find that the smaller varieties are better suited for it. Cherry tomatoes and “grape” tomatoes make an excellent choice for upside down growing.
When tomatoes are growing upside down, the shoots and stems are not fighting gravity. Gravity is actually helping the plants to grow so the stems grow stronger and healthier as a result. There is improved air circulation around the plant which also encourages growth.
You may also consider using Organic Tomato’s Seeds. Check our selection for the Best 5 Tomato Organic Seeds: Features and Review.
If you live in a small apartment or have limited outdoor space – don’t despair!
You can have your tomato plant…and eat it too! Growing an upside down tomato garden can be just – if not more – rewarding than a traditional one.