Homemade Upside Down Planter


Growing tomato plants upside down provides certain benefits to the plants and to the gardener. The tomato plants don't require staking for support, there are no risks of soil disease or pests, there is an increase in air circulation and the plants can be grown on a patio or backyard without having to dig garden space. Make homemade upside down tomato growing containers with few supplies at home or school.

12-Inch Hanging Planter

Step 1

Remove the planter drip tray if one is attached to the bottom. Drill a 2-inch hole in the bottom of the pot with a hole saw adapter for a drill or with a sharp knife or hand saw.

Step 2

Cut a piece of landscaping fabric the size of the bottom of the container and lay it on the bottom. Cut an X in the fabric the same size as the cut hole for the plant to grow through. The fabric will prevent the soil from washing through the hole when watering the plant.

Step 3

Place the tomato plant in the container so the roots are in the container and the stem is fed through the hole and hanging out underneath the container.

Step 4

Fill the container with a well-draining potting soil, gently packing it in place around the plant roots. Water the container well to moisten the soil throughout the container.

Step 5

Plant two to three small herb plants or flowers to grow out of the top of the container. Hang the planter in a sunny location. Keep the soil moist through the growing season.

2-Liter Bottle

Step 1

Cut a 2-inch hole in the lower 1/3 section of a 2-liter bottle with a sharp knife. Drill a small hole in the center bottom of the bottle that is slightly smaller than the diameter of an eye bolt. Screw the eye bolt into the hole for a hanger.

Step 2

Paint the exterior of the bottle green to assist with heat absorption and prevent root damage from bright sun.

Step 3

Place the tomato seedling into the container and gently feed the stem through the bottle spout. Fill the container with a well draining potting soil mixed with 1 tbsp. bone meal. Gently pack the soil around the seedling roots.

Step 4

Water the bottle well to moisten the soil through to the root ball. Hang the planter in a sunny location and water it enough to keep the soil moist during the growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-inch hanging planter
  • Drill
  • 2-inch hole saw adapter
  • Sharp knife
  • Landscaping fabric scrap
  • Small tomato plant
  • Well-draining potting soil
  • Small herb or flower plants
  • 2-liter plastic soda bottle
  • Small eye bolt
  • Green paint
  • Bone meal


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About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.