Growing upside down tomatoes is a great way to save space, have some fun, and start an interesting conversation at your next barbecue. Last year I did a side-by side comparison of four different upside down tomato planters: a Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter™, a Gardener’s Supply Revolution Planter™, an ordinary hanging basket, and a four-gallon plastic bucket with a metal bail, to see which one I liked best. You can follow the challenge in all its exciting detail in The Great Upside-Down Tomato Race.
Truthfully, all of them worked quite well. After the poor tomatoes realized that it was hopeless to try to right themselves, they actually seemed to like being grown that way, giving even slightly better yields than the ones I grew in my in-the-ground garden. (Though I have to admit that the year I did this I had some problems in my in-the-ground tomato patch. Someone had dumped ashes from the wood stove directly on the garden, making too alkaline.)
Upside down tomatoes need little care other than consistent watering, and I love having them right outside my back door at dinnertime.
How to Plant and Maintain Upside Down Tomatoes
Here are some universal instructions, no matter which type upside down tomato planter you use. Read through them all before you begin: