How to Fix Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter Problems


Topsy Turvy tomato planters are planting pockets that are designed to be suspended like hanging baskets. The planting pockets are perforated along the sides and underside so that when the tomato planter is filled with soil and tomato plants are inserted into the perforated holes, the tomatoes grow while hanging upside down. Some gardeners consider the Topsy Turvy tomato planter a novelty, similar to the Chia Pet. Topsy Turvy tomato planters may suffer from a wide range of problems, most of which can be fixed.

Step 1

Use a stud sensor to locate the stud lumber that is used in the framework of your house before hanging Topsy Turvy tomatoes along the eaves. Topsy Turvy Tomato Planters are heavy once the tomato plant is fully grown and the bag is filled with soil. If you attach the planter to the eaves of your home without first ensuring that the plants are anchored through the surface and into the studs, the plant can pull the mounting hardware out of the wall and fall. Other options for hanging Topsy Turvy tomatoes include clothesline poles or heavy-duty wall brackets.

Step 2

Plant tomatoes up to the topmost true leaves in the plant’s canopy. Tomato roots grow in the direction of the earth’s gravitational pull. Because of this, the roots will develop near the bottom of the grow bag, rather than becoming fully developed throughout the bag. If a tomato’s rootball is planted shallowly in the bag, the tomato will not develop an extensive enough root system to stay anchored, and will be pulled from the soil by the weight of the vine. Tomatoes that are planted more deeply will develop roots from every buried point in the stem that a leaf emerges.

Step 3

Stitch up any tears, holes or rips with a needle and thread. The grow bag of a Topsy Turvy tomato planter is made from nylon, which is easy to repair.

Step 4

Hang your tomato plant in a location on the south or west side of your home. Tomato plants need between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight daily to produce tomatoes. If you hang your plant on an north or east side of your home, it may not receive enough sunlight to produce food.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud sensor
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Hardware hook
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread


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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."