How to Plant a Hanging Tomato

Overview

Hanging tomato plants have become the rage with the latest upside-down hanging basket claiming faster grow rates. Suspending tomato plants upside down saves space and allows gardeners the option of producing tomatoes just about anywhere. The key to successful growing lies in providing good potting medium fertilizer and regular watering. All hanging planters dry out more quickly than garden beds and should be monitored closely to maintain moisture.

Step 1

Install the hook in a secure location on a metal plant hanger or chain to make the plant accessible. Do not place the hook into any surface that cannot tolerate the considerable weight of potting soil and a heavily laden tomato plant.

Step 2

Open up the grow bag and expand it to full size. Attach the three wires to the outside edges of the grow bag for hanging the plant.

Step 3

Locate the shelf inside the bag and install the inner Styrofoam supports to catch the roots. The shelf and supports will hold the potting soil in place around the tomato plant roots.

Step 4

Fill the bucket halfway with new potting soil and add the correct amount of vegetable fertilizer based on volume. Use the trowel to mix the fertilizer well into the potting soil.

Step 5

Remove the tomato plant from the transplant container by squeezing the outside of the plastic pot. Place your hand over the pot opening and tip the plant carefully into your hand. Press your fingers into the potting soil around the root ball to loosen compacted dirt.

Step 6

Hang the planter from a hook within reach and remove the inner foam rings. Set these rings nearby and flip the tomato plant upside down. Feed the plant root first, up the bottom of the planter and through the plastic center hole. Insert the circular foam pieces to hold the roots in place. The plastic piece forms the shelf that holds the majority of the weight of the plant.

Step 7

Scoop the potting soil mixture into the planter top with the trowel and avoid ripping the grow bag with the shovel. Fill in 1/3 volume of soil and insert a grow ring to compact the soil. This removes air pockets and distributes soil evenly in the bag. Proceed adding two additional levels of grow rings and soil. Leave 2 inches of space at the top of the grow bag and water thoroughly with the watering can.

Things You'll Need

  • Grow bag and hook
  • Screwdriver
  • Potting medium
  • Granular tomato fertilizer
  • Bucket
  • Trowel
  • Tomato plant
  • Watering can

References

  • Washington State University: Try Something Different
  • Rutgers University: Upside Down Hanging
Keywords: hanging tomato plants, hanging tomato, upside down tomato

About this Author

Currently studying for her Maryland master gardener certification, Sharon Heron has written professionally since 2006. Her writing includes hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics including gardening, environment, golf, parenting, exercise, finances and consumer how-to articles.