Saturday, August 25, 2018

Grow Tomatoes Upside Down with a Hanging Tomato Planter

Hanging Tomato Planter

Grow Tomatoes Upside Down with Hanging Tomato Planters
Summertime means fresh tomatoes—particularly the home-grown variety. Like many home gardeners, I've been growing my own tomatoes for years and have also experimented with the Topsy Turvy hanging tomato planter. At one time there were half a dozen of them with different types of tomatoes hanging in our patio.

A few years ago we received four Topsy Turvy planters as a gift. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden held a tomato class that spring, and we were able to buy heirloom tomato plants that weren't available at typical nurseries.

We live in California, which enjoys warm temperatures through the autumn season. Our Topsy Turvy planters produced tomatoes well into November.


Topsy Turvy Hanging Tomato Planter
The Topsy Turvy was invented by Bill Felknor, an avid gardener and passionate tomato advocate who invested three years in the planter's design. The sleek, hanging tomato planter is perfectly suited to small patios and balconies, and with proper care and watering should last a few seasons.

Time magazine named the Topsy Turvy "One of the Most Amazing Inventions of 2005," and Reader's Digest included it in the magazine's "Best of America" feature. Home and Garden Television (HGTV) also showcased the Topsy Turvy on the program I Want That!


Vine-Ripe Tomatoes
Retro Vintage Style Sign Measures 11 inches Square
Built in Bracket for Easy Hanging


Lewis Grizzard
It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.

Topsy Turvy Hanging Tomato Planter
Enjoy all the taste and freshness of vine-ripened tomatoes without bending over, getting down on your knees, or dirtying your hands.

Determinate versus Indeterminate Tomatoes
Tomatoes are generally classified as determinate or indeterminate. What is the difference?

Determinate tomatoes bear a full crop at one time and tend to top off at a specific height. They also grow well in containers. Determinate type tomatoes are suitable for commercial growers who want to harvest a whole crop at one time, or home growers who like to can a large amount of tomatoes.

Indeterminate varieties are basically vines that never top off. These tomato vines can continue producing fruit until weakened by extreme cold or frost. Indeterminate tomatoes are preferred by home growers and local-market farmers who desire ripe fruit throughout the season.

The majority of heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate. There are also tomato plants known as "vigorous determinate" or "semi-determinate," which will produce a second crop after the initial tomato crop.


Farmers Market Fresh Tomatoes
Retro Vintage Circular Sign Measures 12 inches
Pre-drilled Holes for Quick and Easy Mounting


Topsy Turvy Planters Aren't Just for Tomatoes
The Topsy Turvy upside-down planter is also great for strawberries, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, and herbs. The planters shown below were created especially for hot peppers and strawberries.

Farmers Market Fresh Strawberries
Retro Vintage Circular Sign Measures 12 inches
Pre-drilled Holes for Quick and Easy Mounting


Topsy Turvy Hanging Tomato Planter


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Hanging tomatoes photograph by CarlyPals