How to Plant a Topsy Turvy Planter


The Topsy Turvy Plant is a new popular approach to growing tomatoes. These containers grow the plant upside down in a container that is hung high enough to accommodate the growth of the plant downward. Growing tomato plants this way protects them from diseases, improves nutrient absorption and allows for better air circulation. These benefits contribute to greater yields. All tomato varieties can be grown this way, but smaller varieties are more suited to this type of growing due to the weight of larger plants.

Step 1

Water the young plant until it is saturated. Set it aside until you are ready to plant.

Step 2

Mount the screw-eye included with the planter into a strong wood beam or post. Pre-drill the hole and thread the screw-eye until it is secured.

Step 3

Hang the planter on the screw-eye by its handle.

Step 4

Remove the lid from the top of the planter.

Step 5

Remove the sponge from the inside of the planter.

Step 6

Remove the young plant from its potting container.

Step 7

Insert the roots of the young plant through the bottom of the planter from the outside. Hold the plant in place while clamping the stem inside the sponge from inside the planter. Insert the sponge completely back into the collar on the bottom of the inside of the planter.

Step 8

Fill your Topsy Turvy planter with potting soil by hand filling using a paper cup. Fill until the top soil is 2 inches from the top of the planter.

Step 9

Replace lid top.

Step 10

Add 1 gallon of water to the planter with a hose. Add the water slowly, starting with a trickle and increasing to a steady stream after there is 2 inches of water in the planter.

Step 11

Water daily--excluding days it rains--until the soil is well saturated.

Things You'll Need

  • Topsy Turvy planter
  • Potting soil
  • Paper cup
  • Drill
  • Young plant
  • Water


  • University of Illinois Extension
  • Topsy Turvy Instructions
Keywords: Topsy Turvy planter, upside down planter, growing tomatoes

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Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.