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Grow Your Tomatoes Upside Down

Updated on September 30, 2014

Tomato, Tomato

Tomatoes are actually considered a fruit, not a vegetable as I used to believe. It has something to do with the seeds being inside of the fruit. If you get the perfectly ripened tomato, they do taste naturally sweet, and oh, so good for you. They can be consumed raw or cooked and are often the basis for a wide variety of dishes. Tomatoes are used in salads, sauces, and stews, and gravies. Florida is a great place to grow tomatoes because they enjoy bright sunlight and can be grown with very little soil or none at all. The record setting "single vine" tomato tree is the only one of it's kind at Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. The vine grows golf ball sized tomatoes and it's harvest is approximately 32,000 pounds.

Most people don't have the resources of the Disney folks nor the need for so many tomatoes. A few good tomato plants will usually produce enough to feed the average family and their neighbors.

Growing tomatoes can be a great family project or a single hobby enjoyed alone. Most people grow their tomatoes in the ground or in a large sized pot. Another way to grow tomatoes is in a hanging planter upside down. You can use a bucket to grow tomatoes upside down or Topsy Turvey brand sells kits that have everything that you need to grow your plants in this manner.

Digging It!

Growing tomatoes can be a great family project or a single hobby enjoyed alone. Most people grow their tomatoes in the ground or in a large sized pot. Another way to grow tomatoes is in a hanging planter upside down. You can use a bucket to grow tomatoes upside down or Topsey Turvey brand sells kits that have everything that you need to grow your plants in this manner.

Any kind of gardening can be a source of enjoyment for the whole family and is a good way to teach children persistence and patience.


Upside Down In A Bucket

The Benefits

There are quite a few benefits to using the Topsey Turvey way. One, it saves space. Growing tomatoes on the ground can take up a large part of your yard. With a Topsey Turway garden, there is not much soil needed, and you don't have to use pots, so you can grow them virtually anywhere. In addition, the kits are economical and the bugs that are usually found in soil cannot get to your plants.

It also saves your muscles and back. Digging a garden can be time consuming and labor intensive. Wouldn't you rather save that energy for something fun like snowboarding or surfing? Of course you would.

In my experience, growing tomatoes upside down is the way to go. The crop yields more and they are much easier to take care of. For those of you who do not care for tomatoes, try the Topsey Turvey Planters brand kits for growing peppers, strawberries, or hummingbird treats.

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Wikipedia Cross-section and full view of a ripe tomato
Wikipedia Cross-section and full view of a ripe tomato

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      carol 7 years ago

      Now my mouth is watering for this wonderful fruit.

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      Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Thank you, I sure do love tomato salad!

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      west40 7 years ago from Canandaigua, NY

      Nice Hub - I also grow my peppers and cucumbers upside down and this year I am going to try broccoli as well.

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      Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Fantastic! Let me know how your cucumbers do.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I love home grown tomatoes. We tried this last year and a huge caterpillars still got in them and ate a huge amount of the tomato in one day. I was so disappointed. We are trying cherry tomatoes this year.

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      Both my dad and my husband's sister had these and both had them fall and break--giving no tomatoes. They are very disappointed in that product.

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      Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      I am sorry you both had such a bad experience, I love mine!

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      kiwi gal 7 years ago

      Great hub. Anything that saves us bending down is always helpful. Thanks for the info.

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      Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Thank you, I love anything that saves my back as well.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great article, We grow our own vegies and like you say it would save the insects getting to the vegies maybe use one for the strawberries they keep beating me to see when they ripen and get in first. thanks for this

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      Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Glad that you liked it, try the strawberries and let me know, good luck!

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      daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

      These look useful. Good point about the bugs not getting in, my tomatoes last year were getting eaten by earwigs. Thanks for the useful hub.

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      alexandriaruthk 6 years ago from US

      Hi janiek, I read your post in the forum, Condolences to you and I hope you feel better, HUGS, And wishing your memories with your mom always stays with you,

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      Mary Krenz 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Thanks, I appreciate it.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      We do grow our own tomatoes but haven't tried upside down - thanks for a great hub on how to do it.

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      Mani 2 years ago

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      Mary Krenz 2 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Thank you, Mani, for your kind words. I will check out your hubs as well.

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