Upside-down Tomato Planter
Tomatoes grown from the bottom hole of a hanging planter.


The white Bucket has a 1/8" hole drilled in the bottom.
It meters water to the Plant and protects the soil from the drying sun and wind.
The Brandywine Heritage Tomatoes demonstrate their approval.
The advantage of this method is that it has a small horizontal footprint as opposed to the natural sprawling habit of tomato plants. Also, the tomatoes are not allowed to touch the rotting, gnawing environment of the garden soil.

The disadvantage is that it must be watered every day. And you may have to construct a hanger in full Sun to support the weight. Tomatoes like hot days and cooler nights, and a slightly acid pH of 6.2 to 6.8.


Transplant into a large (2-5 gallon) hanging planters that have had their center drainage hole enlarged to 3" diameter. The Planter can be any container that you can cut a hole in. A Wastepaper Can or  5-gallon Bucket will do fine.
It is best to select a round one.


The Tomato plant is inserted from the bottom, after its root ball has been submerged in Manure Tea or liquid plant fertilizer, until air bubbles quit
rising to the surface.
The retainer can be cut
from any flat plastic.

A recycled quart oil "can"
or detergent container
works fine.

A Retainer is inserted between the inside of the planter and the root ball to prevent the plant from falling down out of the drainage hole. 
Then the container is filled with Compost or other nutrient-rich soil.


Individual heavy Stems can be supported by wires fastened to a Hanging Chain.
Electrical wire is used here. It is sold by the foot at many Hardware Stores. 

#12 wire is the ideal size. Use the soft plastic-coated ones,
and leave room in the wire collar for stem growth.

The planter must be supported from the bottom because of the weight
that will be involved with a large tomato plant and the accompanying crop.
It must also be hung from a substantial overhead support.


Allow every side shoot to produce only one cluster of fruit, and cut the shoot off leaving one or two leaves past the flower cluster. This slows the plants expansion and forces more nutrients to the fruit, which tends to produce larger tomatoes.
If you have clusters of 4 tomatoes on 6 side shoots, that gives you 24 large tomatoes, which is about all the main stem and container can support.




Of course, if you grow Cherry Tomatoes, weight is not as much of a concern.
Water the plant every day with just enough DILUTED Tea or fertilizer so it oozes from the bottom of the planter. Any liquid that leaves the planter will contain nutrients that leached from the soil, so keep it to a very minimum.



Find a Determinate (bush) Tomato Plant rather than an Indeterminate (vine). 
The bush-type is more compact, whereas the vine type will keep growing longer and longer. A 12" transplant is about right for this procedure.
Hang it where it gets Sunshine all day long.

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