How to Make an Upside Down Hanging Tomato Planter


Growing tomatoes upside down has a few advantages over growing them right side up. There is no need to stake an upside down tomato plant; the weight of the stalk hangs beneath the planter. Upside down tomatoes may also mature earlier than those grown upright, and there is less chance of soil contamination if you place fresh soil in the container. Hanging planters also provide growing options to those without a yard or access to a garden. It's simple to make an upside down hanging tomato planter that matches your home's décor.

Step 1

Drill a hole in the bottom center of a 5-gallon bucket. You can find plastic 5-gallon buckets at home improvement and discount stores. Make sure that the bucket has a handle.

Step 2

Spray paint the outside of the bucket. Let the paint dry.

Step 3

Cover the raised relief section of a rubber stamp with acrylic paints. Press the stamp to the outside of the bucket. Create any type of design that you like; rubber stamps are available with inspirational messages, images and individual letters. You could also hand paint a flowering vine around the bucket or use stencils or templates to create painted decorations. Select paint colors that fit with your home's décor. Let the paint dry.

Step 4

Unroll a 1-foot section of 1-inch-wide ribbon from its spool. Glue the tip end of the ribbon to one end of the bucket handle with hot glue. Wrap and overlap the ribbon around the handle. Glue the ribbon to the handle with hot glue every 3 to 4 inches. Cover the handle completely. The choice of ribbon should coordinate with the painted design on the bucket.

Step 5

Insert the roots of a tomato plant into the drilled hole at the base of the bucket. Hold the tomato plant steady on the outside of the bucket while loosely wrapping a section of cheese cloth around the opening at the base of the stem on the inside. The cheese cloth will help keep the soil from falling through the opening, but it will not impede the tomato plant's growth.

Step 6

Fill the bucket with fresh potting soil to within 4 to 6 inches of the top rim. Hang the bucket from a hook in the ceiling or from a shepherd's hook in the garden. Water the tomato plant.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon bucket with handle
  • Drill
  • 2-inch hole bit
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Rubber stamps
  • Scissors
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon
  • Glue gun and hot glue
  • Tomato plant
  • Cheese cloth
  • Soil


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Keywords: upside down tomatoes, bucket planter, planting tomatoes

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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. As a content creator for Demand Studios and private clientele, Kat's work is featured on sites across the web. Kally holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.