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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  • De Peaslee ,

    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.

  • Linda Sullivan ,

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

  • Attainable Sustainable ,

    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!

  • Saturdays with Maggy ,

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

  • Linda Sullivan ,

    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.

  • Attainable Sustainable ,

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

  • Attainable Sustainable ,

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

  • The Mystic Blue Spice Co ,


  • Marianne Gizzi ,

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

  • Attainable Sustainable ,

    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.

  • Marianne Gizzi ,

    I need privacy. This is perfect. Thank you

  • Cali Girl Farms ,

    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.

  • La Belle Cuisine ,

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

  • sarah henry ,

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

  • Jody ,

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

  • 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!

  • 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….

  • 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.

  • mba ,

    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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