How to Make Hanging Tomato Plants


Hanging tomato plants upside-down is a popular approach to tomato growing. These containers protect plants from disease, improve absorption of nutrients and allow for greater air circulation. These factors all contribute to healthier plants and better yields. All tomato varieties can be grown upside-down, but the weight of larger plants makes them less suitable for this type of growing. Limit hanging tomato growing to smaller tomato varieties such as cherry tomatoes.

Step 1

Cut a 2- to 3-inch-wide hole in the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket with a utility knife.

Step 2

Lay five sheets of newspaper in the bottom of the bucket.

Step 3

Cut a hole in the newspaper to match the hole in the bucket.

Step 4

Push the tomato plant from the inside of the bucket through the newspaper and the hole so that the plant is hanging from the bottom of the bucket.

Step 5

Hang the handle of the bucket on a strong tree branch or wood post in a sunny location and at least 5 feet off the ground to allow for growth.

Step 6

Scoop with a trowel equal parts garden soil and compost into a separate bucket and mix thoroughly.

Step 7

Fill the hanging bucket to the top with the compost and soil mixture.

Step 8

Spray the soil in the bucket with water from a hose until is it saturated and water begins to drip from the bottom. Water the soil when it feels dry and warm to the touch.

Step 9

Apply a water soluble fertilizer to the soil once a week; a 20-20-20 or 15-30-15 formulation works well. Follow the package directions for dosage.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Newspaper
  • Hook
  • Compost
  • Garden soil
  • Trowel
  • Bucket


  • National Gardening Association: Container Tomatoes
Keywords: tomato plants, growing tomatoes, hanging tomato plants

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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.