Build a Homemade Upside Down Tomato Planter

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Upside Down Tomato Planter

Growing tomatoes upside down is very popular with many gardeners. While there are certainly reasons pro and con for this type of gardening, it's undeniable that many people want to learn how to grow tomatoes upside down effectively and to a great success.

Luckily, growing tomatoes upside down is relatively easy. Basically, all you need is a suitable planter. While you may buy a commercial planter in a store, you may also make one all by yourself. Homemade planters are very cheap to make so you won't waste any money an expensive planter. The best of all: a homemade planter is as good as a commercial one, and it will allow you to grow your tomatoes with a great success.

Growing Tomatoes Upside Down

There are some reasons why you might want to grow tomatoes upside down. First of all, you might not have enough available space. Growing tomatoes in containers is a good solution for small spaces and patios.

Another reason might be the climate. Tomatoes truly benefit from warm, long growing season. In case you live in a colder climate, this may pose a problem. Growing season is much shorter in a cold climate which makes tomato growing difficult.

The good news is that growing tomatoes in a container can help you grow tomatoes to a great success. Upside down containers are very effective and sure allow you to have all that juicy, tasty tomato in your kitchen.

You can easily build your own upside down tomato planter for just a few bucks. This is a great news for all those who wish to grow tomatoes in containers, especially for all the fans of the upside down method.

A homemade upside down tomato planter is a great way to grow tomatoes in colder climates or when you don't have enough space. This planter is very effective and allow you to grow tomatoes to a great success. The best of all, you can build it quickly and easily using a cheap container, such as a bucket or a garbage can. In fact, you can build a nice planter in about half an hour.

Materials and Tools

Here are some of the basic materials needed for building a homemade upside down tomato planter:

  • A container. You may use a trash can or a 5 gallon bucket, or another similar container. It's important that the chosen container is strong but also light enough. Garbage cans are a good choice because they tend to be smaller than buckets and not as heavy, which is definitely an advantage for an upside down tomato planter. Whatever you choose, make sure that it's made of plastic.
  • A knife or a drill. You will need it to cut the hole in the bottom of the container.
  • Wire, twine or a similar material.
  • An S-hook to hang the planter.
  • Seedlings or tomato plants you wish to grow.
  • Quality potting soil mix.


It's very easy to make the planter. All you need to do is to turn your container upside down and make a hole in the center of the bottom. Make sure that the hole is about 3 inches in diameter.

After this, take your tomato plant, turn it upside down and place it carefully through the hole. Fill the container with potting soil so it covers the roots of your upside down tomato plus several more inches.

The next step is to make a handle. Drill small hole on each side of the container and thread twine through the holes. This will make a good handle for the planter.

Finally, you should simply hand your new plant on an S hook. Make sure to hang it on a sturdy enough structure. You may also use a strong tree branch.

It's important to place the planter somewhere where it will get plenty of sun. Don't forget to water your tomato frequently. Your plant will grow strong and healthy so you will have plenty of tasty and fresh tomato for your family. All thanks to this quick and easy to make upside down planter.

Photo credit: Ewen Roberts

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