A Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter

Eliminates Weeding, Caging, and Staking!

Benefits of the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter

Hang the Topsy Turvy from a Rope for Filling
Screw in the hook using a wrench handle
Put the split foam on the tomato stem
Insert the tomato plant
Push the split foam into place in the planter bottom
Fill the planter with dirt
Hang the Topsy Turvy on the hook
Add dry Miracle Grow Tomato plant food
Water your Topsy Turvy

The main benefit of the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter is the avoidance of staking and caging. Once you get your tomatoes planted all you have to do is water them and add some tomato fertilizer once in a while. That's a real effort saver! And if you don't have garden space you can grow delicious, juicy tomatoes on a deck, balcony, or patio without having to rig up tomato supports. You can grow any tomato type including cherry, plum, and beefsteak.

How the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter Works

The planter uses gravity as a vertical growing advantage. Gravity pulls water and nutrients efficiently through the plant. The grow bag offers two advantages over traditional planting methods. First, tomato plants are tropical plants and love heat; the grow bag keeps the soil warm because it is exposed to the sun. Second, compared to traditional hanging baskets, the planter doesn't dry out nearly as fast, and keeping soil moisture constant is one of the secrets to growing great tomatoes.

How to Hang the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter

Where and how to hang the planter is extremely important.

If your zone gets very hot, choose a location that is shaded from the hot sun at least part of the day. On the other hand, if you live in a cooler zone like mine (Seattle), choose your sunniest location, preferably a spot that gets 8 hours of daily sun.

Indeterminate tomato plants (most common) can easily grow over 8 feet tall, so ensure you have enough space under the planter to allow for growth. If they still reach the ground you can pinch off the excess growth with no harm done.

Most importantly--be safe and choose a strong solid wood or metal mounting surface that can support the heavy grow bag. Never hang the planter from a hook inserted in drywall or vinyl siding overhangs. Pre-drill a hole and, using the provided screw hook, twist in the hook until the threads are completely embedded in the wood.

Planting Instructions for the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter

  • Temporarily hang your planter waist high from the hook using a rope for ease of filling.
  • Remove the lid.
  • Remove the split sponge from the locking collar located in the bottom of the planter.
  • Remove your seedling carefully from its container. Hold the seedling by its root ball or leaves, as the stem can be easily damaged.
  • Now you have a choice of inserting the plant from outside or inside. If the seedling is small, slide the split sponge on before carefully inserting into the planter.
  • If the seedling is too large to fit through the bottom hole, then very carefully insert the root ball through the bottom planting hole from the outside of the planter. Holding the seedling carefully in place, clamp the stem inside the split sponge by hand then insert it back into the locking collar.
  • Because a good strong root system is important, leave as much stem as possible inside the grow bag; roots will grow all along the buried stem, providing a stronger root system.
  • Hand fill the planter with good soil for tomatoes until it is 2 inches from the top.
  • Replace the lid and hang the planter from it's hook
  • Water with one of the many tomato starter solutions which are high in phosphorous unless your soil mix is pre-fertilized. You can make your own starter solution by mixing 2 tablespoons of 5-10-5 dry tomato fertilizer into a gallon of water.
  • Very slowly, add at least 1 gallon to the planter, allowing the soil time to absorb the moisture, otherwise the water will just wash potting mix out the bottom.

Caring for your plants in the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter

The most important aspect of caring for tomato plants is watering. And with a Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter you can't overwater! The conventional wisdom is to water after the tomato leaves wilt, but it's actually better to keep the moisture level more constant. The easiest way to tell if your planter needs water is to lift the bag slightly to test its weight--you'll know that you need to water more frequently if it's very light.

One of the great things about growing tomatoes upside down is that pruning isn't necessary. Pruning tomato plants serves two purposes--ease of staking, and for growing fewer, but larger tomatoes.

With a Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter you can grow a nice crop of tomatoes with minimal effort. Once you get some experience growing tomatoes upside down you can try growing bell peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, or eggplant as well!


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