What Vegetables Can Grow Upside Down?

Upside-down gardening is a technique of gardening that is particularly useful for those that do not have a lot of ground space. There are various benefits of upside-down gardening, such as the elimination of cumbersome tasks like staking, weeding and tilling plants. Upside-down gardening is a low-maintenance method that is particularly easy with specific varieties of vegetables.


Tomatoes are one of the most common vegetables for upside-down gardening. This involves the use of a hanging planter. Growing tomatoes in a hanging planter has various benefits, such as better air circulation, enhanced pollination and not needing to stake the plants. Also, growing tomatoes upside-down, can be done almost anywhere, from the balcony of an apartment to an outdoor patio. Tomatoes also mature much more easily when grown upside down (as quickly as two weeks before other plants).


Cucumbers are vegetables that frequently grown upside down. These vegetables are suitable for upside-down gardening due to their light weight and vining tendency. Compact types of cucumbers are ideal for upside-down gardening. It is beneficial to seek out bushing and determinate (meaning cucumbers that run no risk of spreading out). Certain varieties of cucumbers tend to be especially successful for upside-down cultivation, including salad bush, spacemaster and slice more. These types of cucumbers produce increased yields when grown upside down. Also, since many cucumbers are prone to soil-borne problems and diseases, growing them upside down can be helpful.


Peppers thrive when grown upside down, as they are very closely linked with tomatoes. Peppers do particularly well when they are grown within warm soils, as they work successfully with heat. The soil inside of hanging planters gets very warm during the summer months. Smaller-size peppers such as sweet cherry, cayenne and jalapeno, work even better than larger ones (such as bell peppers) for upside down gardening. However, bell peppers can still be grown upside down.

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