Tomatoes grown from the bottom
hole of a hanging planter.
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
The Brandywine Heritage Tomatoes demonstrate their approval.
The advantage of this
method is that it has a small horizontal footprint as opposed to the
sprawling habit of tomato plants. Also, the tomatoes are not allowed to
touch the rotting, gnawing environment of the garden soil.
disadvantage is that it must be watered every day. And you
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.
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
It is best to select a round one.
Tomato plant is inserted from the bottom,
its root ball has been submerged in Manure
or liquid plant fertilizer, until air bubbles quit
rising to the
from any flat plastic.
A recycled quart oil "can"
or detergent container
is inserted between the inside of the planter and the root ball to
the plant from falling down out of the drainage hole.
container is filled with Compost
or other nutrient-rich soil.
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
#12 wire is the ideal size. Use the
soft plastic-coated ones,
in the wire collar for stem growth.
planter must be supported
from the bottom because of the weight
that will be involved with a
tomato plant and the accompanying crop.
It must also be hung from a
shoot to produce only one cluster
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
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
that leached from the
soil, so keep it to a
a Determinate (bush) Tomato
Plant rather than an Indeterminate (vine).
The bush-type is more
whereas the vine type will keep growing longer and longer. A 12"
is about right for this procedure.
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