How to Make Your Own Hanging Tomato


One of the popular ways to grow tomato plants is the upside-down method. Container gardening has been growing popularity with urban gardeners and those with little space to satiate their green thumbs. Because of tomatoes' vining growth habits, gardeners are taking advantage to suspend the plants upside down from pots. It is possible to create your own upside-down tomato hangers in a relatively simple process.

Step 1

Procure a container with an attached handle that enables it to hang free and clear of side structures and with material that will allow for a 2-inch hole in its bottom.

Step 2

Pick tomato plants with root/dirt plugs that are 2 inches wide or smaller.

Step 3

Hang the container at a height that is easily accessed. Lay ice cream sticks side by side across the interior hole, keeping one hand inside the container to adjust the sticks as you insert the plant.

Step 4

Insert the root ball end of the tomato plant through the bottom hole of the container, holding it in place with one hand. Adjust the sticks around the stem of the plant to block the rest of the hole. The plant should hang without slipping out of the hole.

Step 5

Scoop planting mix into the interior of the pot to within 1 inch of the rim. Make sure the plant is hanging straight out of the pot, has a secure fit and that the sticks block the plant and potting soil from escaping.

Step 6

Add more ice cream sticks, wire mesh or screening if needed to better secure the tomato plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot or other hanging container
  • Potting soil mix
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Tomato plant


  • University of Florida Extension: How to Make a Hanging Tomato Plant
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