MY HUSBAND, WILLIAM, AND I HAVE BEEN ASKED ABOUT THESE UPSIDE DOWN PLANTERS RECENTLY AND I WENT ON THE INTERNET TO FIND SOME ANSWERS.  A GOOD SOURCE IS HOWTOGARDENGUIDE.COM. THIS A NON COMMERICAL ORGANIZATION. IN OTHER WORDS THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO SELL YOU ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. YOU CAN ALSO FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE THESE THERE IF YOU WANT TO TRY.

SO OF THE DO’S: INCLUDE A GOOD YIELD, NO CUTWORMS OR FUNGICIDES PROBLEMS.  GOOD AIR CURCULATION. SETTING QUICKER AND MATURING FASTER

THE DOWN SIDE IS THE WEIGHT OF THESE, NEED FOR 6-8 HOURS OF SUN (THUS YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE WIND), AND THE VARITIES YOU CAN GROW. THEY NEED LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER (MORE THAN GARDENING) WHICH MEANS YOU HAD BETTER MAKE SURE YOUR ANCHOR IS STRONG TO SUPPORT THIS WEIGHT (ROUGHLY 50 LBS WHEN WATERED) AND  ALSO THEY PERISH SOONER THAN THE GARDEN NEIGHBORS. THE VARITIES THAT ARE GROWN ARE NOT THE SAME ONES THAT CAN BE GROWN IN A GARDEN.

SORRY NO HEIRLOOMS AS OF YET.

FIRST AND FOREMOST THE TOMATO PLANTS MUST BE  DETERMINATE AND SMALL VINED. WHAT IS DETERMINATE? IT MEANS THAT THE TOMATO VINE WILL STOP GROWING AT A CERTAIN LENGHT. HIERLOOMS ARE GENERALLY INDETERMINATE GROWING 5’ OR TALLER.RECALL THAT FOR MANY PLANTS, THE RULE OF THUMB IS THAT THE ROOT SYSTEM IS ABOUT THE SAME SIZE AS THE FOLIAGE ABOVE GROWN. WHETHER THAT IS AN EXACT SIZE OF YOUR TOMATO PLANTS, IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS THAT THESE PLANTERS HAVE TO HAVE A LIMITED ROOT SYSTEM BECAUSE THE SIZE AND WEIGHT OF THE PLANTER WOULD BE EXCESSIVE IF THEY WERE ANY LARGER THAN THEY ARE. SO LARGE PLANTS (NOT NECESSARILY LARGE TOMATOES) SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF YOU WANT THEM TO LAST. FOR EXAMPLE, MANY CHERRY TOMATOES ARE INDETERMINATE AND WILL GROW TO BE HUGE OVER TYHE COURSE OF A LONG SUMMER AND WILL BE STRESSED AFTER A WHILE IN A HANGING PLANTER. SO IN REALITY THE TOMATO SIZE IS NOT THE PROBLEM BUT THE SIZE OF THE PLANT FOR THESE UNDSIDEDOWN BASKETS. SO THE BEST ADVICE IS TO FIND A TOMATO PLANT THAT IS DETERMINATE AND DOES NOT GROW VERY BIG. A LOT OF CHERRY TOMATO PLANTS GROW LIKE WEEDS AND ARE TALL.  

 

SO WHAT CAN YOU GROW.  THEY ARTICLE SUGGESTED ROMAS AND A CERTAIN VARITY OF CELEBRITIES AND THESE HAVE WORKED WLL.  THE PATIO TOMATOES HAVE BEEN FAVORITES FOR YEARS. SOME FOLKS HAVE REPORTED SUCCES WITH TOMATO TUMBLER, TOMATO GARDEN PEARL, AND TOMATO YELLOW PIGMY. 

THEY ARE SOME HYBRIDS THAT ARE BING MARKETED FOR GROWING SPECIFICALLY IN HANGING TOMATO BASKETS.  THESE INCLUDE WINDOW BOX ROMA, MICRO TOM, BASKER BOY YELLOW AND BASKET BOY RED.

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