How to Prevent Upside Down Tomatoes From Breaking


Growing upside-down tomatoes makes sense for many gardeners. If you lack garden space and enjoy growing vegetables in containers, upside-down gardening is a newer twist on the old standard container growing. Prevent upside-down tomatoes from breaking by pruning them carefully. When you remove some of the stems from the upside-down plants, you create a stronger and more energized plant that will produce more and bigger tomatoes.

Step 1

Allow the upside-down tomato plant to grow freely in the planter until you begin to see blossoms on the vines.

Step 2

Remove 1/3 of the entire plant. Clip off the side branches where they intersect with the main tomato plant stem. As you remove one-third of the entire plant, stagger the stems you choose to remove so the plant remains even on all sides.

Step 3

Cut back the longest stems by 1/3. Remove 1/3 of these stems to leave 2/3 of the stems continuing to grow in the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.