With spring here (or just around the corner at least) I thought it would be fun to revisit the practice of growing things upside down. Namely (and most famously) the tomato. I’m not sure how long people have been trying to grow tomatoes upside down, but it does seem to be a pretty wide spread practice. And from the looks of it, it seems to be a pretty fruitful (pardon the pun) idea.

Basically, you plant a tomato in some sort of container, then turn it upside down and let it go. Eventually (sooner rather than later) the plant flourishes and produces a great amount of fruit.

One of the biggest products on the market that you’ve probably heard of (if you’ve been researching upside down tomatoes) is the Topsy Turvy tomato planter. It’s a downsized (from a 5 gallon bucket) version that takes up a little less space but does the job just as well. Of course, it’s not free. If you’ve got a spare 5 gallon bucket lying around, you can use that.

If your going to do the 5 gallon bucket method, here are some instructions from a few people who have done it before.

Growing Tomatoes upside-down

Growing Tomatoes upside down: An alternative

Upside down tomato plant

If you’d like to go the easy peasy route, you can just buy a Topsy Turvy upside down tomato planter. They are available just about anywhere. You can buy them at their manufacturers website, eBay and even Amazon. Expect to pay $26.99 at the manufacturer website, $10-$20 on eBay (with some great deals on lots) and about $20 on Amazon.

Obviously, as you can see in the picture, it can have some potentially great rewards.  Of course, that’s the stock photo so it should look good, but I think if you give it a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  All of the information I’ve read on these points to them being great for production of tomatoes.  I also have read that they work pretty well for other types of plants as well.  Even flowers.

If you end up trying any of the above methods, stop back and let us know how it’s going with a progress update.

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