How to Hang an Upside-Down Tomato Planter


Growing tomatoes upside-down is easy and requires almost no work to get started. With an upside-down tomato planter, many growers also find themselves growing strawberries, eggplant and even squash suspended in the air. To hang an upside-down tomato planter, the biggest things to remember are to have enough clearance for tall plants, a sturdy beam supporting their weight and to place the planter in an area where you can easily get to it for watering and harvesting.

Step 1

Measure the length of the tomato planter from the top where it will go on the hook down to the base where the plant will come out. Add five feet to the measurement of your plant to get an idea of how high the hook needs to be set for tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

Step 2

Pick an area outdoors in full sun where you want to hang your planter and make sure the spot is in a vertical stud or horizontal support beam. Measure up from the floor or ground the distance needed for the plants to be sure the stud or beam is suitable. Mark the spot for the bracket with a pencil.

Step 3

Hold the bracket up to the hanging area and use a pencil to mark the screw holes. Use a drill or screwdriver to mount the bracket with screws to the stud or beam.

Step 4

Hang the hook of the tomato planter on the bracket while it is still empty and lightweight, and double check that it is five feet from the ground.

Step 5

Fill the upside-down tomato planter with soil and whatever plants you want.

Tips and Warnings

  • Select a plant bracket made of a sturdy metal material that will not bend when you pull down on it. Plants that have tomatoes on them can become quite heavy, especially when freshly watered, so the hook's strength can literally make or break the harvest.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant bracket with screws
  • Upside-down tomato planter
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver or drill


  • "Vegetable Gardening: Your ultimate guide"; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.