DIY upside down tomato plant. Dont buy it when you can make it your self
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Instructions on how to make your own upside down tomato plant.
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Get a 5 gallon bucket and lid. (hardware stores sell them for about 2.00 )
on one of the yahoo group that i belong to someone suggested you might get 5 gal buckets at local restaurant/grocery for free



Drill 2 inch hole in the center of the LID and center of the bottom of the bucket




Fill Bucket with Dirt.

(Miracle grow dirt is best)


Put a coffee filter over the dirt in the center, then put the top on.

the coffee filter is to hold the dirt in the bucket when you do step 5 and 6


Flip bucket upside down, so its now on its lid.  put the tomato plant inside the hole.  Water it and if needed add more dirt.

oh ya.. we use celebrity tomato's



Let the plant grow for 1 week to let the roots grow into the soil before you do step 7

The reason you let it the plant grow for 1 week before doing step 7 is so the roots can grow into the dirt since you just planted the plant

If you don't have the room to let it grow for 1 week out side you can put it inside by a window.

Water the plant as needed in this stage.


Now that the plant is 12 inches tall flip it upside down and hang it some where.   I hung it from a clothes line pole. (make sure its strong enough)
(Also now you may take off the top lid if you like,  you don't need to but some might find it easier to water if you do.)

(don't forget to water it)

Add Miracle-Gro every 2 weeks.

This shows it weeks later flowering

(don't forget to water it)

Add Miracle-Gro every 2 weeks.

Here it is weeks later again and you can see 13 or more tomatoes on it in this photo (its only July)

(don't forget to water it)

Add Miracle-Gro every 2 weeks.

There you have it.  the upside down tomato plant.

enjoy and please tell others about this page. 

Thank you.

These instructions are based on what I have had luck doing.  you may have to change the suggested watering times, and the adding of Miracle-Gro due to the type of soil you used, and the weather conditions in your area. try not to let the dirt dry out,  but at the same don't over water it either.  (some people don't like the idea of using Miracle-Gro for food plants.   this is fine.  Use what ever you want to use to keep food in the plant.)

TIP for longer growing season:
Remember when fall comes you can take this plant inside, so the frost don't get to it and kill it. I use 2 step ladders and put a pole between them to hold the plant up,  and put them by a patio window so it can get good sun in the day.   (if the weather is 40 degrees or more you can move them outside in the daytime, and back inside over night. so the frost don't get them.) 

Tips for inside growing You can get some nice plant lights at hardware stores.  I suggest the spot lights so you can beam it right at the plants from different angles.  3 60watt spot lights are just fine. Make sure they are Grow lights. (as the store if you are not sure) put them around the plat in a triangle. so all of the plant gets the light. (if you want you can use more then 3 lights,  4 or 5 is good too.  I use 3 and its just fine.   Keep the lights 5 to 6 feet away from the plants. (WARNING its a fire hazer if you allow the plant to touch the bulbs)

Remember tomato's need darkness too. so light should only be on for no longer then 12 hours,  and off again for 12 hours. keep them in a room that will not have light in it. such as a basement or spare bed room that's not used) if you use a timer set the time for 6am for the lights to go on. and 6pm for the lights to go off.

All photos besides Miracle-Grow are ((c) by Todd)
Miracle-Gro is (c) by the people that make it.

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