How to Plant Upside Down Tomato Planters With Pepper Plants


Upside-down tomato planters aren't just for tomatoes---pepper plants also grow well in these special hanging baskets. The roots grow in the soil medium in the planter while the pepper plant hangs beneath, allowing easy access to the plant when harvesting. Hang the planter from the eaves of your house or patio covers, or place them on a tall shepherd's hook in the yard. The planters allow you to grow peppers even if you don't have room for a traditional vegetable bed.

Step 1

Prop a broom handle over the top of two chairs. Hang the planter on the broomstick so it hangs freely and allows easy access for planting.

Step 2

Combine a slow-release, general purpose fertilizer with 20 quarts of potting mix. Apply the amount of fertilizer indicated on the label for pepper plants. Water the mix until it is evenly moist.

Step 3

Lift the pepper seedling from the nursery pot. Insert the root ball through the hole in the bottom of the tomato planter. Slip the foam split ring, included with the planter, around the stem between the root ball and the bottom of the planter.

Step 4

Fill the planter one-third full with the prepared potting mix. Set one of the large foam rings on top the soil then fill the back with additional soil until it is two-thirds full. Place the final foam ring on top the soil then finish filling the planter to within 2 inches of the top.

Step 5

Place the top on top the planter, covering the soil. The top resembles a funnel in order to aid watering.

Step 6

Drill a 3/16-inch hole into the hanging area. Screw the hanging hook into the drilled hole. Hang the planter in a secure area that receives at least eight hours of daily sun for pepper plants. Hang the planter from the hook.

Tips and Warnings

  • Upside-down planters dry out more quickly than regular hanging baskets. Water daily except for during hot, dry weather when twice-daily watering may be necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Broomstick
  • Upside-down planter and accessories
  • Potting mix
  • Slow release fertilizer
  • Pepper seedling
  • Drill


  • Washington State University Extension: Try Something Different
  • University of Arizona Extension: Vegetable Garden: Container Garden
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About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.