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BittysGarden

(Zone 7a)

February 10, 2002
12:21 AM

Post #22852

Start with a large container that can
be used as a hanging basket. The hole
in the bottom should be about the size
of a ping pong ball.(You may have to
enlarge the hole in some containers).
Then take your small seedling and work
it carefully through the hole from the
inside of the container. Fill the
container with your favorite potting
soil mix and hang your upside down
tomato outdoors in the appropriate
spot. The cherry type tomatoes look
most attractive hanging.
MaVieRose
High Desert, CA
(Zone 8a)

February 10, 2002
12:51 AM

Post #208515

i have read about planting tomato as a hanging plant before. here is another way... http://www.weeno.com/art/0799/117.html http://www.nighthawkpublications.com/backyard/tomato.htm

here's another good one... propagating tomato by cuttings http://www.backyardgardener.com/vegetableboard/messages/166.html
Baa

February 10, 2002
8:45 AM

Post #208649

To prevent damaging plants as you put them through the holes in a hanging basket, wrap them in a thick plastic (like a bit of compost sack) or paper and then put it through the hole. No damaged leaves!
MaVieRose
High Desert, CA
(Zone 8a)

February 10, 2002
9:02 AM

Post #208652

a friend sometime ago, suggested to use plastic bag as a planter -- not the regular trash bag but one that is of thicker quality like the trash compactor plastic bag... tied on a strong rope that will hold the weight. she did not use regular soil. intead combination of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. she did manage to have ample harvest on her hanging tomato planter.
makshi
Noblesville, IN
(Zone 5a)

February 15, 2002
8:53 PM

Post #211994

You can than plant some small marigolds in the top.
BittysGarden

(Zone 7a)

February 16, 2002
2:45 AM

Post #212206

Good idea HoniBee.

This message was edited May 19, 2005 12:00 PM
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

April 6, 2002
6:27 AM

Post #238037

At the risk of sounding dumb, when you put your soil in your pot then hang it upside down how do you keep it from falling out, would you use a plastic bag to hold it in?
pebble
Bodrum
Turkey
(Zone 10a)

April 8, 2002
9:21 PM

Post #239293

windsurfer, I dont think that the pot is turned upside down, you make a hole in the sides/bottom and feed the plant thru that, then you hang the planter the way you would normally, just the plants would be coming out of the sides/bottom. My neighbour did this, she had about 4 or 5 baskets, and they looked pretty neat.
Roselaine
North Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8a)

April 10, 2002
5:57 AM

Post #240232

Honeybee..wouldn't the marigolds, if they happen to be yellow, attract whiteflies to the tomatoes??? just a thought! Elaine
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2002
4:34 AM

Post #243917

Thanks Pebbles, I get it now.
TraciS
Temple, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2002
1:20 AM

Post #262213

Hey Everybody, This sounds like a great idea! I have already done one and am cleaning more baskets left over from last year and plan on doing more. I think this is a wonderful idea. I had never heard od it, so I am gonna give it a shot! I already have a tomato garden and lots of other veggies in it too! So I am gonna do a few for myself and for some elderly folks in my family!!! Would be so easy for them. I have some Professional potting mix that I am using in them as well as I am mixing it with humus and manure(very small quantity of that) I am looking forward to seing this !! Thanks so much for the wonderful creative Idea!

Thanks again!
Traci S
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2002
2:14 PM

Post #262429

I have about 6 or 7 hanging tomatoes in the g-house...I really need to get them out and on the deck or somewhere. They are drying out quickly in there and needs lots of watering. I put some in standard 10 inch hanging baskets and a couple in bigger buckets. The bigger the pot the better folks. I also put marigolds growing in the tops of some of them and they look rather nice.
Most of the baskets have Sungold or Isis tomatoes but I went ahead and put in a medium-sized tomato in a couple just to see how they'd do. (Ultra-Sweet is the one I chose.)
Elaine, no sign of whiteflys perhaps because of the repellent properties of some marigolds (I used a dwarf Harlequin type called Mr. Majestic, my absolute favorite marigold.)
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2002
2:31 PM

Post #262437

Shoe, did you plant them out the bottom, or as a regular hanging basket?
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2002
2:47 PM

Post #262448

The maters are coming out the bottom, the marigolds are planted on top. You gonna try it?? τΏτ
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2002
3:26 PM

Post #262470

well, I've already run out of ground, and have tons to pot in containers this weekend. so I thought I'd try the Texas wild cherry and Isis Candy. thanks!!
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2002
7:21 PM

Post #262621

Hey Shoe did you post a picture of your plant, I have been so busy.I would like to see what your talking about.


I am glad to know that I am not the only one here that has run out of ground. Good luck Tig if you decide to plant one, I'll be looking forward to see a picture as soon as I have some time.
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2002
8:51 PM

Post #262676

well, got to thinking about it, and mine are too big now to do this. If I'd started when they were seedlings, I could have gotten them through the hole. Mine are about 2 1/2' tall at least.
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 17, 2002
2:12 AM

Post #262919

Oh pshaww! Just make the hole bigger tiG..you can fill in around it with newspaper or something to keep the dirt in...c'mon, give it a try! (it's still early in the year ya know.) (shhhs...besides, maybe you could enter it into the container gardening contest...who knows what one can plant something upside down in, eh? eh?)

tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 17, 2002
4:08 AM

Post #263012

I might give it a shot, I'll let ya know!!
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2002
6:09 PM

Post #263207

AWWH come Tig you can do it,said from cicken little lol.
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

May 24, 2002
3:51 PM

Post #267373

Shad's mother told me about this thread when she picked him up Wednesday afternoon. We talked about it and I do believe I'll give it a whorl. We have some 5-7 gallon pails that have cracked bottoms so I won't be losing anything by making the hole in the bottom. I'll have to buy a plant. I think I'll go for a cherry tomato one. Come to think of it, Kris said she has some volunteers from last year so I may be able to get one from her.
WaWild1
Bremerton, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 6, 2003
4:22 PM

Post #547758

Bumping up for 2003. A friend told me about doing this and I thought it souned like a fun idea.

I planted a Green Grape tomatoe plant, because I thought the cluster of this one would look nice hanging. So far it has done great..already geting blooms...can't wait to see it in a month or so.

I also planted Nasturtiums (dwarf jewel mix) that is what is growing up top. I'll post photos as it progresses for anyone interested.

ps: NO slug problems...I love that! WaWild1

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Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2003
6:20 PM

Post #547868

Here's a not-so-good-pic from last yr...wish I knew how to really take better pics.
My hangin' maters...

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Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2003
6:25 PM

Post #547874

Here's a bit better close-up (not quite so much sun shining on the pic)and also showing the marigolds on the top of the "basket".

Looking forward to your "progress report" and pics, WaWild!

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huggle002
Fort Edward, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2003
10:10 PM

Post #548041

DH got tired of me trying to find places to hang these baskets (we dont have eaves on our house, and not too many tree branches can support the weight of these baskets...soooo...for my bday this year, he bought me an upside down tomato garden!!!http://www.hammacher.com/publish/67403.asp?promo=search
I cant tell you how amazing this thing is...it was expensive, but it worked out well for both of us...Now I have 3 tomato plants in there, and one pepper plant.basil on top...there is room for 4 more mater (or pepper, or whatever you can think up) plants if I cut out the additional holes. Of course I also have about 50 mater plants in the ground with stakes...but the hanging ones are my pride and joy...
sun
maple ridge
Canada

June 11, 2003
4:12 PM

Post #552484

This is a great topic
But did you know there is a tumbler tomatoe available now
I saw it on Vancouver Island at Coombs- west coast of
British Columbia
I havent seen it since then( few years ago) - it was
doing well planted on the top and tumbling over the sides
- it was a cherry tomatoe
:)
PanamonCreel
Celaya
Mexico
(Zone 10a)


June 11, 2003
4:21 PM

Post #552493

Sun, you most likely mean 'Tumbler F1'.
Actually have this one currently growing in a hanging basket. Kinda ugly looking plant and rather large for a hanging basket (~6 feet/2 meters trailing down) but plenty of tomatos which are tasty.
dixiehil
COLUMBIA, TN
(Zone 6b)

June 15, 2003
1:09 PM

Post #555876

THEY HAD SOME NEAT UPSIDE DOWN TOMATO PLANTERS ON QVC THE OTHER DAY
WaWild1
Bremerton, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 22, 2003
6:58 PM

Post #562801

Here is an updated pic. Planting them upside down and watching them grow is so facinating and fun.
Hoseshoe...your plants look awesome. I hink I might have to many plants in the top part. I feed this baby a lot though...everyone around here is having fun with this guy.

I can't wait until some fruit set..woo hoo. I only did one this first time..green grape tomatoes..gonna do many more next season. Since we need to really have hoop tents over them to produce and ripen well... it may be easier to cover the hanging ones.

The friend that told us about this, said that any size tomatoes will work...for reasons unknown to me...they don't fall off the vines.. hee hee.

I want to try to growing some other veggies this way next year. Might even do some of my peppers upside down this year.



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Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2003
11:26 PM

Post #562950

Lookin' good!!! Nice!!!

(Think maybe we should try corn next yr, WaWild???)
Kidneyguy
Verona, ON

June 22, 2003
11:53 PM

Post #562973

Alright, we are trying broccoli and brussels sprouts. Don't laugh I think it might work. But Boy do they ever need alot of water.Shoe maybe you are on to something with corn - at least the deer can't get them. Tomato plants are looking good. Anxious to hear how they will fare during the summer. D.
WaWild1
Bremerton, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 23, 2003
12:32 AM

Post #563008

I agree..corn might just work...can't seem to get it to grow any other way here. lol Kidneyguy..do you really have these growing upside down? This year? Man, I bet that would look totally cool.
lizh
N.C. Mts., NC
(Zone 6b)

June 23, 2003
12:45 AM

Post #563015

Here are my cherry tomatoes from last year. Haven't started any this year. I had one hole in the bottom and two in the side near the bottom.

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WaWild1
Bremerton, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 23, 2003
12:53 AM

Post #563038

great pic liz...I'm continue to be amazed at these gowing this way.
Kidneyguy
Verona, ON

June 23, 2003
2:01 AM

Post #563111

Yep! Can't wait to see what happens. It sure makes it easy to weed and water. We'll see said he picked up the hammer and saw. Glad to hear others are experimenting. We also have potatoes in tires. We are on our fourth tire already so maybe we'll have our own leaning tower of Pisa here in Ontario. Scared to death we aren't doing these potatoes right - open to all suggestions. D
SunshineSue
Mississauga, ON
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2003
3:34 PM

Post #588234

This idea is just too cool!! I can't wait to try it next year & by planting a tomatoe upside down in a hanging pot, you aren't using valuable in-ground space. How creative!!
SILLYLILY
MERCER, PA
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2003
4:47 AM

Post #634034

Other than looking pretty neat, are there any advantages to growing the tomatoes upside down? Are they bigger, healthier, or more bug free? Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Ron
noxiousweed
El Sobrante, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 1, 2003
5:28 AM

Post #634052

I think the main thing is not having to stake and support the plants - they work that out with gravity themselves.

:o) Judith, whose upside down tomato is not as happy as some others ... but probably because the container is wayyy too small!!
BittysGarden

(Zone 7a)

September 7, 2003
8:57 PM

Post #640866

Edited.


This message was edited Mar 22, 2004 11:53 AM
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2003
2:21 AM

Post #641262

bitty...my pics were from last yr. I decided not to do any this yr, altho I wish I had! Mine did okay (last yr)...had to really water them a lot cuz I grew them in small pots. Next time I do them I'll use five gallon buckets.

Sure is a fun way to grow maters tho! If you grew that many I bet it was a sight to see!
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

September 8, 2003
2:40 PM

Post #641766

Here's my "Crazy Pot"
In the top has the "Crazy" Series petunias
Out the bottom is Juliet.

Next year will switch to a 5 gallon bucket; they
have been fun and a great conversation piece with visitors.

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Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2003
3:12 PM

Post #641803

Now THAT looks impressive! Very good!~
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

September 8, 2003
3:44 PM

Post #641828

Thank you, Shoe ;)
BittysGarden

(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2003
1:17 AM

Post #642335

Edited for typing error.

This message was edited Mar 24, 2004 4:37 PM
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

September 9, 2003
2:50 AM

Post #642453

Thanks, Bitty

It was fun to do
meBaLADY2
Oak Grove, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2003
5:32 PM

Post #695048

Hi ...new here...I plant tomatoes like this to...and also scalloped and yellow squash...works out great !...I use 5 gal buckets and I buy old wooden ladders (the A framed kind)..lay a board between them on top and hook plants to it...the steps I use for other containers of flowers etc etc, what ever you want..we placed 4 ladders spaced apart and have tomatoes everywhere...under those we put chicken wire ringed loops and planted potatoes...everything grew great ...containers rule ! and upside down works...even for okra !
Happy Dirt Digging...Dee

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

October 29, 2003
5:42 PM

Post #695055

Dee... Sounds wonderful!
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

October 29, 2003
5:50 PM

Post #695060

Lady,
do you have pictures?
meBaLADY2
Oak Grove, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2003
6:20 PM

Post #695087

Not yet, but I will have soon for you...I only joined here this past week and never realized anyone would want to look, I am taking pictures tomorrow.
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

October 29, 2003
8:03 PM

Post #695164

A big welcome to DG, Dee.

Make yourself right at home! Will be watching for your pics!
Smockette
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2003
2:48 AM

Post #695596

Welcome,meBeLADY2!!! But we goin' haf ta call u Dee or something easier to type!
:~)
Welcome aboard!!! You will just love it here! This is just a big family of 'Dirt-diggin', big-hearted, sharin'& carin' folks!!! Right, Shoe?
Can't wait to see your pixs!!!
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

October 30, 2003
3:28 AM

Post #695626

Smockette, you spelled it out perfectly!

(Done good, too!)

Smockette
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2003
3:32 AM

Post #695628

Took me about 8-10 times, scrolling bk up. I hate for people to misspell my name. How hard is Prince?
meBaLADY2
Oak Grove, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2003
6:43 AM

Post #695716

If it helps, my sons when writing to me on line shorten it by spelling it MBL...and you may to...sorry I guess it is kind of long...:)
BittysGarden

(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2004
5:01 PM

Post #815898

Bumped Up for 2004.Who is growing upside down mators in 2004?
I've had very good luck with this method,plus my friends get a big kick out of watching the mator's grow like this.

Edited for error.

This message was edited May 19, 2005 12:02 PM
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

March 23, 2004
3:25 AM

Post #816465

This would be perfect to plant at my moms. She LOVES tomatoes, but there is no way that she would be able to do the required maintenance on a plant in the ground...

OK, what else can I plant upside down for her?
BittysGarden

(Zone 7a)

March 23, 2004
4:13 PM

Post #816790

Edited.

This message was edited Jul 2, 2005 1:44 PM

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2004
7:13 PM

Post #816948

I plan to grow some here at my aunt's house. I can hang them from the deck since there's almost no yard.
berrygirl
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2004
9:33 PM

Post #817057

I am gonna try a couple of tomatoes myself. Does it have to be a dwarf variety or can you use any type 'mater?? And how about pole beans- Hang them up high and let em trail down?
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2004
4:31 PM

Post #817884

it's funny how those tomatos want to grow upwards, I just planted some this week, and their already growing towards the sun, I posted a pic on the tomato forum the thread is would you look at these silly things. guess they'll stay like that, till they get bigger.

kathy
BittysGarden

(Zone 7a)

March 24, 2004
10:09 PM

Post #818161

Hi Berrygirl,the first time i grew tomatoes using this method i planted cherry,and arkansas traveler's.Both grew really well.
You should be able to grow any variety.I hope they grow well for you!

Hey,Kathy_ann,i had a look at your picture.Looks like they are doing good.That is the way mine started out growing too.Keep us posted as they grow,ok.
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2004
10:57 PM

Post #818216

I"ll post a picture later on to show how their doing.

kathy
berrygirl
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2004
11:01 PM

Post #818223

Could I grow Brandywine??? I am trying these for the first time this year. I thought I'd try a couple upside down in pots and the rest in the ground. It seems to be a great method. Wonder who came up with this or how long it's been done. Must have been someone who didn't have a lot of space. What's that old saying...necessity being the mother of invention. I can't wait to try this!!
Crasulady2
Valley Village, CA

March 25, 2004
6:18 PM

Post #818840

WOW thank you I never thought of that, we do grow some cactus up side down, and they do well. I'll try it, I'm never to old (72) to learn. I am new to this thread. I don't mean to butt in.

WOW you sure woke us all up for the spring. Thanks.

hoyakins,dba crasulady
BittysGarden

(Zone 7a)

March 26, 2004
12:33 AM

Post #819125

Hi Casualady2,nice to meet you.Please feel free to join in anytime.You grow cactus upside down?That sounds interesting.


Berrygirl,i'm sure the brandywine will do fine.
berrygirl
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2004
12:40 AM

Post #819135

Oh thanks so much Bittysgarden, thought I wasn't gonna get an answer. This sure sounds like a fun project.
I was looking at my new Gardeners Supply Co. catalog and they sell a bag for growing upside down plants. They sell for $19.95. Anyone ever used it?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2004
12:53 AM

Post #819145

A used 5 gallon drywall mud bucket would be cheaper.
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 26, 2004
1:22 AM

Post #819176

Ten four on that, darius...and more'n likely much better than a bag.

Berrygirl, places like McDonalds throw five gallon buckets in the trash (they get pickles and such in them). You could also check there. Very easy to cut a hole in the bottom.

Crasulady, nice to see you in this forum! C'mon in! Heck, you might be growing jades upside down this year! Ya never know!


frogsrus
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 26, 2004
1:26 AM

Post #819180

Know anybody with an indoor cat? Cat litter comes in nice sized containers with handles.
berrygirl
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2004
1:38 AM

Post #819190

Horseshoe, now how would you know what mickey d's throws in their garbage? Are you one of them there dumpster divers? LOL- I am only kidding. I was really hoping you would post again on this thread.
But seriously Shoe, at the risk of sounding dumber than I actually am , how do you keep the dirt from falling thru the small holes? I think someone earlier had asked but maybe I overlooked the answer.
Frogsrus, I have 2 cats but never buy in the buckets b/c with my bad back, it's hard to get them home. I need to buy some in the next few days so I will get my big, strong DH to go with me and buy some in a bucket.
You guys are the best!!!
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 26, 2004
1:55 AM

Post #819206

Hehehe...yep, berrygirl, I"m a certified dumpster diver! (However, most of them buckets they leave on the ground NEXT to the dumpsters.) (If you ask, they'll even save them for ya!)

As for the dirt falling out the bottom, no prob! I made a hole in the bottom about 3 inches wide, stuck the plant thru it and packed dirt inside the bucket around the root system. You can easily tamp it down to hold the plant in place. Fill it up w/soil and water gently...the roots (as they grow) will hold the soil in place. Ta-dah!





berrygirl
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2004
2:14 AM

Post #819231

Horseshoe, you da man!!!!!!
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 30, 2004
11:17 PM

Post #823451

twinlakeschef, that's beautiful, i'm gonna have to put more dirt in my buckets so I can plant something in the top of it, LOL

I just love yours.

kathy_ann
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2004
6:07 AM

Post #864041

Moms are getting these for mothers day. I'll take a picture tomorrow. I had planned on putting petunias in the top, but when I went after some annuals yesterday, I picked up some nice pepper plants and decided to put those in the top instead.

I also made one for Hubby's 96 year old Grandpa who just had hip surgery about a month ago... he was complaining then about not being able to put out his tomato plants... he's going to love it.

So... tomato in the bottom, Green Pepper in the top.. I'm keeping one here for myself! I think I'm even going to do one with grape tomatoes... thinking if they're in easy reach maybe the kids will munch on those this summer...


TamsTrees
Clewiston, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 12, 2004
9:35 PM

Post #868050

My chicken coop has an end that is open. I water the poop out that side every day. Over in the corner some must have gotten lodged and because i feed them tomatoes one sprouted and started growing a plant that now dangles out the back.

We stopped planting tomatoes. We just rake everything out the chicken wire to the outside sides and tons of tomatoes growing all around the cage. You should how green these plants are. I want to invent a way to put a garden next to a few chicken runs and have the clean up run off water all my plants.
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 12, 2004
9:45 PM

Post #868069

TamsTrees...WELCOME TO DG!

Sounds like ya'll don't suffer from a shortage of maters at your house!

I put a couple tomato plants in some upside down buckets this past weekend. Also a couple weeks ago I put a couple Tumblers (thanks to Eweed) in some hanging baskets (they have lots of flowers and small maters on them! Looking forward to harvest time!

Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 12, 2004
10:05 PM

Post #868086

Here is one of mine. I did some for the moms with green peppers in the top.

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handhelpers
Coopersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 13, 2004
1:02 AM

Post #868308

i had the hardest time keeping my plant in the bucket! i think it shoulda had a larger root system! my DH thought i was nuts but he drilled the 3" hole for me anyway!
eweed
Everson, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2004
12:28 PM

Post #868756

Shoe so they grew I planted mine april and still in gh so no flowers yet. Peppers flowerng yet? Abe and ml growing well ernie
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 13, 2004
2:19 PM

Post #868880

Yep, Ernie, the Tumblers are doing great. This one has been in the pot a few weeks...
(Still haven't set out the peppers yet, will do that this week though.)

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eweed
Everson, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2004
11:23 PM

Post #869581

shoe one plant or two I can see they are ready to start heading for the ground. Ernie
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 13, 2004
11:32 PM

Post #869590

That's one plant, Ernie. Looks good, eh?

I think I also put one in an upside down planting basket (I did a couple varieties like that) so one it takes hold I'll post a pic or two.
frogsrus
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 14, 2004
12:09 AM

Post #869640

okay, how big is that pot? It doesn't seem big enough to maintain a tomato or am I just thinking desert conditions? (which is what I have)
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 14, 2004
1:35 AM

Post #869736

frogs...that pot is 14 inches across, nine inches deep, and has a water reservoir. And yes, I'm taking a chance here to see just what it does.

The Tumbler tomato was bred for hanging baskets. It's a determinate so as long as it gets proper feeding and watering it'll produce fruit its "allotted" amount of fruit. (Actually, I've already taken a couple suckers from this plant and have them rooting so I can have a successive crop.)

I definitely would not use a pot this size for other types of tomatoes.

eweed
Everson, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 14, 2004
1:50 AM

Post #869762

Shoe people in Florida say they grow two of these in 17 inch pots. I have one in a 12 inch basket think that may be small we will see. Ernie
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 14, 2004
2:03 AM

Post #869789

Wow...two in a 17 inch? This thing in my basket is really putting out limbs! And flowers!

How deep is your 12 inch pot? (Was just wondering about the root system/support...and how often to water.)

This is a really cool mater plant, eh? Can't wait to try the fruits!
eweed
Everson, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 14, 2004
4:11 AM

Post #869955

Shoe my 12 inch basket is only about 7 inches deep I am just trying one that way to see what will happen I expect it to grow ok for a while then stall I expect watering will be twice a day I might hang it on the house under the eves because I have a spray water system that waters thirty some hanging baskets at the same time making the watering pretty painless. The rest will be in a much larger container. Last year I grew five in one of those oblong stock tanks about 20 inches by three feet. They covered the metal sides compleatly and hit the ground with production like there was no tomorrow. Linda planted flowers there this year.

I told you tumblers were awesome what date did you start yours I started mine april 4 and 14 no flowers yet but pretty soon for the first. I think I will do at least two the upside down way in a bucket. By the way if there are any dairy farms near you they get teat solution in small plastic drums that will support three plants but best with two I think. Ernie
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 14, 2004
2:59 PM

Post #870256

I started mine Feb 25th...took a while to germinate though and I also kept them in their cell flats a fairly long time before moving them up to larger containers (4 inch).

I also put another Tumbler in a pot like the one above, one in an upside down bucket (five gallon), and will put one in a planter up at the house on the deck.
frogsrus
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 14, 2004
8:58 PM

Post #870597

I will have to try these next year. Looks like fun.
PudgyMudpies
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 17, 2004
10:45 PM

Post #873876

I was reading this over the weekend & thinking how terrific this would be for my folks who are not spring chickens & this would make things much easier. There are alot of things like bush beans that my mom just won't grow anymore because she can't get down to pick them. So today when I was there I told her about this & she was thrilled! We went right out & started making them. So far we only have tomato & bell pepper buckets made, but next monday when I am there again, we are going to make more. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea! I even brought 2 home for myself, so I guess I AM having a garden this year. LOL
Donna
TuttiFrutti
Spokane Valley, WA
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2004
5:26 AM

Post #878040

Just as I get my very first vegetable garden planted, and start digging up any free space left in the yard for flowers, I stumble across this thread... my fiance is gonna shoot me if I try this, too! LOL

There's always next year, though. ;) Thanks to all for sharing their ideas and success with this, along with the pics!
eweed
Everson, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2004
5:41 AM

Post #878047

There is a lot of time left to get started on this. You don't even need to dig and you won't be displacing flowers just hang it on the facia board of your house or garage and your on the way. Ernie

Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

July 19, 2004
4:02 PM

Post #958523

Just took this pic yesterday. This tomato is called "Delicious".

Haven't gotten to taste any yet though so can't say if it lives up to its name!

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PudgyMudpies
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 19, 2004
10:41 PM

Post #958985

Very nice shoe!
Here is a pic of my maters, some type of Roma, not sure of the exact name:

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PudgyMudpies
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 19, 2004
10:42 PM

Post #958987

And here are my bell peppers.
I am just thrilled with this whole idea. Thank you all for talking about it!

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2004
12:23 AM

Post #959109

I had planned to do some this year here at my aunt's house but it turns out that there's not enough sun where I could hang them. :(
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2004
1:45 AM

Post #959222

pudgy...those look fantastic~~~~! I luv it!

Hope you post pics of the harvest and /or fruiting.

'Tis a pretty cool way to grow, eh!!?

PudgyMudpies
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2004
2:24 AM

Post #959290

It's the COOLEST, Shoe! I am just so thrilled. I was afraid my pots were too small, but they are fine. I have just thrown a handful of triple 16 in at the first of each month, and water daily & they are so happy. I never thought I could have a garden here in town. Next year I am gonna make another one for strawberries but drill the holes around the sides. My mom says she is gonna try brocolli next. LOL
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2004
3:28 AM

Post #959400

Yay!...go for it! YOu must be having the time of your life!!

Ain't it grand!?

I have maters in pots the size you have. (Are yours the one with the little reservoir in the bottom..they might be called self-watering or something? Mine look like yours.)

PudgyMudpies
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2004
4:02 AM

Post #959439

No, there are no reservoirs, but I know the kind you mean. My mom did the big white buckets like in your picture, but in her mater pots, she put her bell peppers on the top. They are not doing well & she says it must be because they are such heavy feeders that they are competing too much.
I did use the lids from the white buckets to put on top of my pots and I think that is keeping them from drying out. They just lay in the top with a little gap all the way around.
sannajane
Eureka, CA

February 11, 2008
2:17 AM

Post #4521849

Okay, so I'm jazzed about this for this upcoming year!!! :o) Gonna try some tomatoes, peas and maybe some peppers!

Sanna
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

February 11, 2008
4:23 AM

Post #4522544

Haven't had too much luck with mine; think the problem is "my" watering habits. Last summer mine got blossum end rot.
NisiNJ
Bordentown, NJ
(Zone 7a)

February 12, 2008
1:21 PM

Post #4527621

Hi--New to this forum.


TwinLakesChef:

Concerning watering, Gardener's Supply Company is selling a new upside down tomato planter called "The Gardener's Revolution Planter." It has a water saucer on top of the planter (of course the tomato plant comes out the bottom). There is a capillary strip coming out of the saucer over one side of the rim, running down along the outside of the saucer, and then underneath the saucer, wedged between the bottom of the saucer and the soil. That's according to the diagram on the website.

Maybe that system could be adapted to homemade versions?

NisiNJ

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PudgyMudpies
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 12, 2008
2:59 PM

Post #4527963

One thing I did which helped keep the soil moist, was to take the lid from the 5 gallon bucket I used and set set it back in place once the bucket was planted and hanging. Don't snap the lid in place, just set it there so you can easily lift it to water. And you will need to water frequenty. I have done this a couple years now and my only failure was last year when I did not keep it watered and the poor mater kept wilting down and I stressed that thing out so badly, no wonder it could not perform! But when done properly, it is a a lot of fun and really works! Next one I do, I am going to drill some holes on the side of the back and add a few strawberry plants. And then I will WATER! lol
Was fun seeing this thread come to the surface again, good luck to everyone trying this. :~)
Donna
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

February 12, 2008
4:04 PM

Post #4528207

My friend just gave me this for my birthday:

http://www.hammacher.com/publish/67403.asp?source=google&keyword=upside down tomato planter&cm_ven=NewGate&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=OutdoorLiving&cm_ite=upside down tomato planter

Looks like the base has a hole to pour sand in to stabilize it. In the past I have always used 5 gallon buckets; If it looked like hail or high winds, I just brought into the garage and hung it up.
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

February 12, 2008
4:06 PM

Post #4528216

Pudgy,

Good idea about the capillary strip; will try that on this one.
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

February 23, 2008
2:26 PM

Post #4576872

I am arriving very late into this topic - but I am definitely going to find use for one or more of my kitty litter buckets. I think I will paint them first - with Fusion paint - and then watch out what happens. This should be fun!!!!
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2008
6:07 AM

Post #4972272

That is sooooo COOL! I might give it a try! Thanks for sharing!
sannajane
Eureka, CA

May 20, 2008
4:57 AM

Post #4977095

My plant died... but I think I set it out too early. Too cold, too windy... I may try again now that it's warmer.
MomsterGina
Napa, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2009
8:07 PM

Post #6378598

This thread came up as a suggested thread at the bottom of a page... I am not sure if there's a newer hanging tomato thread, but figured I'd post.

My hubs built this for our new container garden /photos/36510457@N07/3366693931/in/set-72157615511909827/ and we're using 5 gallon buckets to hang on hooks and braced with ropes I think.

I plan to put 2-3 tomato plants in each (bottom and sides) and flowers in the tops. I am going to try and paint the buckets because they're an awful bright orange with Home Depot logos and they'll be in plain view of the neighbors over the fence, so I should be nice and try to make 'em puuuurty I think :)
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

April 7, 2009
8:25 PM

Post #6378668

Looks good to me!
beachglidr
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
10:29 AM

Post #6402536

Gina...I am doing the upside down mater thing this year. I went upside down with 15 indiginous celebrity hybreds about two weeks ago. They seem to be happy and about ready to find a new home. I am going to donate them to the Retirement Homes in our area and try to provide a distraction for some of the Older Gardners who just don't have the opportunity any more. I am using 2 gal pickle buckets because of the weight of 5 gal. I think it is enough for the root system to mature. I have them on a drip irrigation system and they get 4mins of drip, 4 times a day.
Are we having fun yet?

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makakehau
Cleburne, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 19, 2009
5:51 AM

Post #6836933

Hi Folks,

Here is a photo of my Topsy Turvey. It was planted on April 15th with a yellow pear tomato plant. I am really tickled with it's progress, especially in light of the killer drought/heat we are having here in Texas. :)

Lori
Glen Rose, Texas

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