Helpful Hints for a Topsy Turvy Planter

Growing tomatoes in the Topsy Turvy planter is a new approach to container gardening. While tomatoes are most commonly grown in the Topsy Turvy, most any vegetable can be grown in this container. This suspended container grows the plants upside down--they are exposed to less disease and greater air circulation when grown this way. Some hints allow the greatest success.

Choose Smaller Varieties

While any variety of a vegetable or herb can be grown in the Topsy Turvy, yields and the health of the plant will be affected. For example, when growing tomatoes, use cherry tomato varieties as opposed to larger varieties, which have deep root systems; the planter may not be able to support the weight of the plant.

Set the Planter in a Sunlit Area

Plants grown in the Topsy Turvy Planter all require full sunlight. Hang the planter in an area where it is not shaded by your home or other structures. It may be necessary to hang the planter in a location away from your home if the perimeter is shaded.

Water the Plant Often

The Topsy Turvy Planter can not be overwatered--any excess water drains from the hole at the bottom. With its compact size, this planter will require more frequent water than tomatoes planted in the ground. Water plants daily unless it has rained.

Watch the Soil Level

Add soil or compost whenever you visibly notice a difference in the soil level--soil will escape from the hole in which the plant protrudes. If you lose too much soil, your plant may not have enough nutrients to grow effectively.

Hang the Planter Securely

The planter will be quite heavy once the water, soil and growing plant is added. Its weight will increase as the plant grows and fruit begins to form. Choose a strong post or shepherd's hook to accommodate the weight.

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