Success: Upside-Down Tomatoes

I posted earlier about my upside-down tomato experiment.  After several months of growing, this is what it looks like:


And here’s another plant, complete with ripening fruit:



There is some slight browning on the edges of some of the leaves that I’m keeping my eyes on. I’m watering only about once a week, which surprises me. I’d expected this plant to dry out quickly, but so far that hasn’t been the case. I’m pleased enough with how it’s growing that I intend to plant a few more this way.

Want to try it yourself? Instructions here.

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  1. What kind did you plant? The first yr. I planted a brandiwine, the second a reg.? tomato and the last couple of yrs. I’ve put cherrry tomatoes in(they don’t get as long to the ground. With the brandi wine, I had a heck of a time ‘lifting’ the whole thing up just to keep the plant off the ground.

  2. This I will, or rather, must try this year!!

  3. Attainable Sustainable
    Saturday 7 April 2012, 3:37 pm

    This is what I’m calling a “compost tomato.” ;) It’s a volunteer that came up in my compost pile. So far, those unknown seedlings seem sturdier than others I’ve planted from seed!

  4. Saturdays with Maggy
    Saturday 7 April 2012, 3:37 pm

    just pinned this…and I always plant “compost” tomatoes, too. I figure they must be the most sturdy.

  5. Ooh! Interesting. This reminds me of the year(s) when we had cantaloupe growing from our compost & the years that pumpkins grew along the front pathway. When the weather allows I will be out getting the garden in shape & expand it as well.

  6. Attainable Sustainable
    Saturday 7 April 2012, 3:37 pm

    Saturdays with Maggy: I’m on Pinterest here: You?

  7. Attainable Sustainable
    Saturday 7 April 2012, 3:37 pm

    Saturdays with Maggy: I’m on Pinterest here: You?

  8. The Mystic Blue Spice Co
    Saturday 7 April 2012, 7:50 pm


  9. I like the privacy fence. Where did you get it ?

  10. Attainable Sustainable
    Saturday 7 April 2012, 7:50 pm

    Marianne Gizzi: It came with the house. ;) It’s just one of those rolled bamboo screens mounted with 1″ x 2″s to the carport.

  11. I need privacy. This is perfect. Thank you

  12. We did one a couple of years ago — cherry tomatoes — did okay until the summer heat really came on, and then dried out to a crisp no matter how much water we put in. That’s desert living for you.

  13. La Belle Cuisine
    Monday 9 April 2012, 1:42 pm

    Thank you! I’m determined to try this! :)

  14. Love this experiment and look forward to hearing how the tomatoes taste.

  15. Very cool! I’ve seen products that do this, but it’s nice to see how simple it is to do it DIY.

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  17. Wow! It’s really working. So cool. Thanks for the update. I remember reading the original post and wondering if it would work. Please send tomatoes!

  18. Thanks for the update; helps me feel empowered to try it, seeing that it’s working for you! It’s still too cold to plant tomatoes where I live, but next month….

  19. Strange. Fascinating. Have to try. I think we should be careful when watering. Cause excess water which migt stay ata the bottom of the bucket may rot the plant.

  20. Last year was my first time growing tomatoes in many years. I saw a lot of yellowing of leaves and stunted growth of the plant. I used a combination of spent coffee grinds and eggshells to add nutrients to the soil, and quickly saw a growth spurt. 

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