How to Grow Tomato Upside Down in a Bucket


Growing tomatoes upside down has become a popular way to grow tomatoes to keep them off the ground and free of pests. It is also a way for people who live in the city to grow tomatoes even without a yard and garden space. Tomatoes can be grown in bags, soda bottles or 5-gallon buckets. Making the bucket is easy enough to do with a few supplies and a healthy tomato plant.

Step 1

Use a drill and 1-inch drill bit to make one hole in the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket in the center. Use the jigsaw to enlarge the hole to 3 inches in diameter. Place the blade of the jigsaw in the drilled hole and cut a circle 3-inches round. Note: The hole does not need to be perfectly round, but make it as close as you can.

Step 2

Drill three holes in the side of the bucket about 3 inches up from the bottom of the bucket. Drill six to seven 1-inch holes in the cover of the bucket.

Step 3

Place two boards on the armchair to make a platform so that when you place the bucket on the boards, the hole on the bottom is not obstructed. Set the bucket on the boards with the hole on the bottom.

Step 4

Place two coffee filters together (you can also use two pieces of paper towel). Cut a 2-inch slit in the doubled coffee filters or paper toweling. Place the coffee filters in the bottom of the bucket over the 3-inch hole.

Step 5

Place the tomato plant through the slit in the coffee filter so that the roots are inside the bucket and the stems and leaves are coming out the bottom of the bucket. Add soil and gently pack around the roots.

Step 6

Continue adding soil until you reach the top of the bucket. Stop adding soil a half-inch from the top of the bucket. Place the cover with the holes in it on the bucket and press down to secure. Hang the bucket from strong hooks or a pole in sunlight. Water the soil and plant through the holes in the cover.

Step 7

Continue watering as needed. The plant will start flourishing within two weeks. You will notice a difference in the length of the plant at this time.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • 1-inch drill bit
  • Jigsaw
  • 5-gallon bucket with cover
  • Coffee filters (2)
  • 3-foot boards (2)
  • Chair with arms
  • Tomato plant
  • Potting soil


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