I’ve been curious about growing tomatoes upside-down since I first heard of the idea. At first glance it seems like a kind of plant torture but for those living in apartments it could be a clever way of maximising space for a productive balcony garden.
Putting together an upside-down planter is relatively simple and fun craft activity and with a little decoration the planter could make a great Christmas gift idea for your urban farmer!
Step 1: Materials
- An old 2lt bucket
- A piece of hessian cloth
- Heirloom tomato seedling from Zanthorrea Nursery
- Potting mix
You will also need some scissors and/or a box cutter.
Kids! Make sure you have an adult around when you are using a box cutter.
Parents! Make sure you have a child around if you are using a box cutter after a few Christmas drinks.
Step 2: Hessian Poncho
Cut a small opening in the hessian cloth, you could also use old fly-screen or something similar. The cloth will keep the soil from falling out of the bucket but also allow the tomato to grow.
Carefully thread the seedling through the hessian cloth. Now you have a tomato wearing a hessian poncho 🙂
Step 3: Tomato in a Bucket
Cut a round hole in the bottom of your bucket, also make some additional cuts in a star shape around the hole so you can expand the hole if necessary. A smaller seedling will make this step easier, you will notice I lost one tomato when dressing my tomato 🙁
Step 3: Soil and Water
Note! Make sure you have a solid frame to hang the tomato from before you start filling the bucket with soil, you will not be able to place the bucket on the ground again.
Step 4: Decorate!
Now, the most important step: Decorate your upside-down planter! I just wrapped my in Christmas paper but the more artistically inclined could paint the bucket with a festive design.
Have you had experience growing tomatoes in an upside-down planter? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments below!