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How to Grow Tomato Plants Upside Down

Updated on April 25, 2014

Grow Your Tomatoes Upside Down and Save Space

Tomatoes are a wonderful vegetable to grow in your own garden and can easily be grown upside down. Its a fun experiment and can save a lot of space.

Tomatoes need the same basic ingredients to grow, whether you grow them upside down or right side up. Water, food and light. When you grow them upsdie down you have easy access to add the first two and the sun takes care of the third. Do remember that tomatoes need 8 hours of sunlight in order to produce fruit.

My husband took the picture at a greenhouse he visited in Iqaluit. The season is very short there and they need to make the best use of the available growing space that they can - so upsdie down tomatoes are a perfect fit.

Our daughter with heirloom varieties of tomatoes
Our daughter with heirloom varieties of tomatoes

Grow Any Variety You Like Upside Down

There are more varieties of tomato than you can imagine - from white, yellow, orange, red, green and 'black' tomatoes to ones of all sizes. You can get a wide variety by ordering on-line. This is a much better way to go if you want to try something different or an old heirloom variety.

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Your local farmer's market is also a good source for tomato plants and many are now growing interesting heirloom varieties.

How to Plant Your Tomato Upside Down

This video takes you step by step through the process and also gives you options for the planter you use.

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Upside Down, Topsy Turvey Tomato Growing Options

We actually use the first planter below ourselves. I put one tomato on each side and plant basil and multiplier onions on top. Its tomato salad or sauce in one place. I keep it on the porch where it is handy.

Suncast PLT2500 44-Inch by 21-Inch by 21-Inch Upside Down Tomato Tower Resin Garden Station
Suncast PLT2500 44-Inch by 21-Inch by 21-Inch Upside Down Tomato Tower Resin Garden Station

We actually use this planter below ourselves. I put one tomato on each side and plant basil and multiplier onions on top. Its tomato salad or sauce in one place. I keep it on the porch where it is handy.

 
Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter (3 Pack)
Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter (3 Pack)

These are great and easy to use and hang anywhere. Just put hooks on your garage or on a fence

 

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Black Krim Tomatoes
Black Krim Tomatoes

Tomato Pests and What To Do

Keep On Top of Those Bugs for the Best Harvest

Tomatoes get pests just as all other plants do. The most common early season pests is aphids. To get rid of them you can either get ladybugs and put them around or you can spray your plants each morning with a teaspoon of dish soap and a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a liter of water.

Later when you get fruit, a common pest can be birds or rodents. Either one os after the fruit. To keep the fruit away from rodents, make sure you have the fruit off the ground, they prefer to eat what is handy lower down. Birds can be scared off with glittering objects in the garden or with a marvelous device that sprays water when movement is detected. These work very well.

Tomatoes can get other problems that are not pest related. The best way to avoid most of them is to water the plant at its root, rather than watering the leaves. This will help prevent blight, which is triggered by water on the leaves. Also make sure you water well regularly. Even growth will prevent splitting of the fruit.

In the end it will be your own experience dealing with you particular micro climate that will be the best judge of what to do.

Motion Detection Water Spray

This is just a wonderful tool for scaring many pests from your garden. Since it just sprays water, it doesn't harm anything in the process and will water your plants as well.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I didn't put any of these out last year, but I am going to this year. I like the system.