DIY Upside Down Tomato Planters
Topsy Turvey Tomato planters have been popular for a few years now. I worked in a garden center they were one of the 'hot items' we could not keep on the shelves. People seemed to be fascinated with the idea of the tomato plant hanging out the bottom of the container.
The actual container from Topsy Turvey did the job just fine. It was large enough that it held an adequate amount of soil to sustain healthy growth for the tomato plant. The main thing when you are growing tomatoes is that you give them the proper conditions and care. Choosing the best variety for container growing is key. Tomatoes that have a shallow root system will do better in baskets. Smaller tomatoes such as an Early Bush Cherry Tomato will yield tomatoes that are round and red about ab 1 1/2 inches in size. Tumbling Tom Tomatoes are often used in hanging baskets as well. The main thing in this type of planting is to choose a 'Determinate or bush variety'. This means they will stop growing in length as a certain point in time, and just bush out and produce fruit. The Indeterminate variety of tomato can grow many feet high and are better to areas you want a tomato plant to climb.
One of the biggest problems with any type of hanging planter is they dry out quickly when it gets very hot so you just need to stay on top of that. That is the same for any hanging basket though, but tomatoes need to stay moist at all times. NOT SOGGY, just moist to produce the best fruit.
When you select your tomato plant, choose one not larger than 6-inches in height as when you do the transplant from its nursery pot, you don't want to damage the roots. Keep in mind you have to put the young plant through a 'hole' when you plant it.
You do not need to purchase a fancy hanging planter and if you want to see how Jillee does it, you can visit the 'One Good Thing By Jillee' website and see how she turns a plastic container into a growing bucket.
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