Has anyone here tried this with either the Topsy-Turvy I or II tomato
I live in an upstairs apartment and have no access to a ground-based
garden, but thought I might be able to hang these outside my window.
I haven't use the Topsy-Turvy system (at $16.95 each they are too
expensive) but I have grown several varieties in pouches that result in
the same upside down growth. A set of two pouches sells for $5.95 and
they are sold by places like Park's Seeds, http://www.parkseed.com
It is best to use determinate varieties of tomatoes if you plan on
growing them that way. In case you don't know, determinate varieties
only grow to specific heights and I have found that when growing them
upside down it is best to use the shorter determinate varieties. Many
of the very short "patio variety" ones do very well growing from pouches
and you can put three or four in one pouch and you won't believe the
yield that you will get from just a few plants.
Pouches are also very good for growing flowers if you have limited
space. The cascading varieties of petunias do fantastic in pouches and
they will easily grow to four (or more) feet if you feed them regularly.
Also- Could anyone comment on *why* upside-down? Why not just a
I know 3 people who grow container tomatoes upside down. None can
answer why it is a better system than standard containers. [one has 5
acres of lawn and probably a quarter acre of flower beds- yet he grows
these 2 scrawny tomato plants upside down for the past 3 years. Is it
just the novelty that draws people to make their tomatoes hang
On 3/20/06 7:18 AM, in article email@example.com,
Could it be sheer novelty? I've seen the Topsy-Turvey tomatoes well grown,
dripping with red and green fruits and it is "fun". It makes me smile.
I've never tasted the tomatoes, so I can't address that.
I've grown tomatoes three ways (upside down, in the ground and in containers)
for the past three years. I use 5 gallon buckets (like paint buckets) for
upside down growth, not the store bought devices. I modified them by placing a
hole in the bottom for the plants, and then inserted a papercup to act as a
mols which I surrounded with spray insulation foam (Great Stuff). That made a
several inch reservoir for water in the bottom of the bucket. Last year the
upside down plants did the best. Those in containers or the ground got hit hard
with a powdery mildew like fungus because it was so dry (I know,
counterintuitive but that's what the experts said). The most amasing yields
were the small types of tomatoes. I tried some big heirlooms and they split
pretty bad (also split in the other methods).
Advantages of upside down- no staking or cages, easy to pick, less disease as
plants are up in a breeze that keeps foliage dry, easy to water from the deck
(they hang of my deck railing), high yields. Plants are planted deep (full
depth of 5 gallon bucket)so they get off to a fast start. Kind of fun, and
people get a kick out of it.
Disadvantages: I have to water frequently, and I've had trouble with splitting
and blossom end rot due to erratic watering. I noticed the commercial grow
bags have a couple of layers of foam rubber to hold water, and I am going to
try that this year.
As to taste- I did not find any dfference.
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The answer has to be novelty. Otherwise it's just unnatural. If one
has enough space to grow tomatoes in a container upside down. One
has enough space to grow them right side up in a container. The
upside down tomato concept makes no sense to me... Then again
a lot of things in the world make no sense to me.
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