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I tried this upside down tomato thing last year with no luck. Has anyone ever seen where this method actually works? Perhaps I did something wrong.

The upside down tomato plants works best if either you grow the tomato from seed and subject the seedling to some stress or you buy the plant from someone else who does. Upside down tomatoes need a very thick, healthy stem and those that are grown inside don't get those. How I do mine is I put a fan on the seedlings-on for twenty minutes, off for a half an hour. A cheap timer can do this for you. The plant responds by making its stem stronger. the stronger the stem, the better it works in an upside down planter (or anything else for that matter). Most tomatoes are grown inside as seedling (mine are) and then put outside with a minimum of hardening off. They don't get the stress they need to make them form a strong stem. If you grow your own, you just need to subject the plant to some sort of stress, a fan is your best best. If you buy your tomato plants you need to buy from someone who puts a bit of stress on their plants. Look for the thickest stem on the tomato plants you buy and even then you might want to subject them to a bit of wind, lightly at first and then a bit more as they get stronger before you plant them upside down. Any tomato plant, upside down or not, will produce a great deal more if it gets a bit of stress when it is young.

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Im doin this as well. Unimpresive results so-far compared to the tomaters I stuck in the ground regular style.
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Jard, I had to laugh when I saw your pictures. You have the same dining room table as me and mine was covered in seedlings too this spring! That room gets the best light so the kids eat breakfast in the "jungle" as they call it!
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tomatos will get "shocked" if you introduce them to outdoor while the low temp might dip below 50 degrees, but they are really fast growing type, and will recover nicely once the weather warmed up enough.
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Ah, that's good to learn. I just picked up an upside down tomato kit, and now I know what kind of plants I need to pick.

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I have not seen one person that has had success in my area with any kind of tomato this year. It really is the end of the world.
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I tried to grow those banana peppers 2 yrs ago and failed miserably, not one pepper. brilliant effort, so exciting to see they actually exist and that seed packet wasn't an airbrushed drawing of nonexistent imaginary pepper!

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I think the screen might be the problem. It is probably cutting into the tomato stem and killing the plant. The coffee filter you mentioned was probably a non-woven rough cloth so it wouldn't hurt the plant.
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Dang that must be pretty difficult to remember when to measure it. I want to know if you tasted a upside down tomato before. Does it taste the same as a regular tomato?
You just have to stand on your head when you eat it. Then it's OK.
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I bought 2 of the upside down tomato planters last spring . I used one for grape tomatoes and the other for early girl.

They worked great , the plants grew very well. had lots of grape tomatoes , and the others also , but have not had enough sun this summer to get them all ripened.
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both my mother and my grandfather have given this method a chance but my mother, following the instructions to a T., had all three die on her, and my grandfather had the tomatoes that are supposed to be realy big grow to about the size of the cherrie tomatoes (isnt that the proper spelling?)


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In the process of building a raised bed garden for the spring(should find a winter plant but am lazy lol) right now its planned as a U shaped 8x10 with 3ft rows 20in deep Ill post pics before and after planting..
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I have not seen one person that has had success in my area with any kind of tomato this year. It really is the end of the world.
Mom grew some really great tomatoes this year, they only stopped makin cause of the frost.
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Tomatoes and peppers, especially banana peppers, are very easy to grow whether they are upside down or in the ground. The only real reason to grow them upside is space. All they need is lots of sun and water. Fertilizer isn't needed but certainly helps. You should always try and maintain your soil year round. Add banana peels & coffee grounds to help restore nutrients.
Raised beds are great if you have the space. It helps keep more moisture and it's harder for rabbits to get to your stuff. Also plant some marigolds around your garden. Most animals don't like their smell and will stay away. If you are going to container garden make sure you water your plants daily.

I usually don't grow from seed but have. It takes much more effort to do that but I probably should get back to doing it. But when picking my plants I always try to find the ones that have at least two stems. that way you get twice the plants. I have an abundance of peppers every year and pickle them. My kids LOVE them! I do too. I don't can my tomatoes but I do chop them up and freeze them. They are good for cooking with in the winter months.
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them. . I don't can my tomatoes but I do chop them up and freeze them. They are good for cooking with in the winter months.
great idea I wasted alot of tomatoes this last year(had way more then I could eat or seemed to be able to give away crazy I know)
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I did this last summer and it worked out fine tomatoes have no differnt taste
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First year with bucket tomatoes. Lots of growth, no fruit.

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2 with regular tomatoes, 2 with cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes did OK, not near as well as they did in the ground last year. Nothing on the other 2.

Will never do this again. Using the buckets for peppers this year.
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I made 6 of these planters last spring (instead of spending $9.95 each for Topsy Turvy planters)... I used coffee filters to cover the bottom hole to keep the dirt and plant from coming out... I put 4 different varieties of tomatoes in 4 of them, banana peppers in one, and a tomatillo plant in one... I planted the same varieties of each in both my Square Foot garden boxes and in my regular garden...

The upside down planters did grow vegetables, but I had 10 times more yield in the Square Foot garden and regular garden... Vines were thicker and put on many many more blooms... Fruits were bigger, with a larger quantity on each plant...

The upside down thing can be done, but dont expect the yield you could get in a container... YMMV

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I have always been really intrigued by the hanging tomato idea, but I have never tried it. A few people told me the tomatoes won't hang like it shows in that commercial where they sell you the kit to do it. They said tomatoes will grow up towards the sun no matter what.

I would love to hear from someone that has done this successfully can tell us about it as gardening season is right around the corner for me here in the Midwest.
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I have always been really intrigued by the hanging tomato idea, but I have never tried it. A few people told me the tomatoes won't hang like it shows in that commercial where they sell you the kit to do it. They said tomatoes will grow up towards the sun no matter what.

I would love to hear from someone that has done this successfully can tell us about it as gardening season is right around the corner for me here in the Midwest.
Mic, I've successfully raised tomatoes in buckets for two years now. You can get good results, BUT I've never gotten results as good as in the ground with great soil, water and nutrition.
That having been said, ignore the photos on page one, EXCEPT for the 2" to 2-1/4" hole in the center of the bottom of the bucket.
Get a REALLY stout bucket, otherwise the weight of the plant, dirt and dozens of tomatoes will pull the handles out and you'll find your efforts in a scattered heap on the ground. AAArgh!
Get reasonably sized plants whose root system can be forced (gently) through the hold in the bottom of the bucket.
Clip off ALL leaves below the four topmost on the plants.
Have a helper present, with scrap newspapers, GOOD soil. I use MiracleGro Potting soil.
Sit down with the bucket upright in your lap, centered on your knees. A chair would make this more comfortable.
REMOVE the peat pot, no matter what THEY say. Then gently force it up from the bottom.
Hold it, suspended, so that only the remaining top four leaves are exposed out the bottom of the bucket.
Now, your helper gets involved:
Helper lays strips of newspaper inside the bucket to cover the hole, preventing dirt from falling out the hole.
Next the helper begins filling the bucket with the soil, packing it tightly around your precious plant. Fill it to the top! Packed tightly.
Hang it and do your initial watering.
Now, your work begins:
You're trying to reap an amount of tomatoes comparable to a plant in the ground; BUT you're doing it a 5 gallons of dirt, hanging in the air. That's an isolated environment; so, YOU have to supplement nature by:
1. Keeping the dirt filled to the top.
2. Watering EVERY day. The sun can superheat a bucket and WILL dry them out fast!
3. Fertilizing VERY frequently. I use MiracleGro, with the sprayer. (No, I don't even have stock in MiracleGro.)
4. This should have been number 1, but they need direct sun for, say, 6 hours a day. Despite the superheating of the buckets, without sun, the plants don't stand a chance.
5. Talk to each and every one of them; praise them for their beauty, thank them for their hard work. (OK, that's just me, but it doesn't hurt.)
6. Keep them picked, so they'll keep producing!

If you are successful, and have the same luck as I've had, you'll be hooked, and you'll be the expert in a couple of years. Good Luck!

Sorry, no pictures, but you'll figure it out. Just get out there and do it.
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