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Old 05-29-2011, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Griffin, Georgia
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Last year a friend gave me one of these "upside down" tomato growers and I bought a Topsy Turvey planter from Ace Hardware. So far the plants (two tomatoes, one from a seedling and the other from a larger plant) are doing fine and the larger one has immature green fruit on it.

Do people like these planters that hang upside down from the balcony or whatever? I've heard pro and con.

I do notice the plants getting dry a lot, so I mist them after watering with more water. But that may be because they are getting so much sun.
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Mine never did crap and I hate them waist of money if you ask me . I spent 7.00 last year to have one , nope never again . Like I said a waist .
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I've never had one, but my boss did and she said it sucked and was a waste of money, too.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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It's not nice to try and fool Mother Nature...
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:42 AM
 
Location: The Mitten
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I haven't tried one myself, but just doesn't work well for tomatoes. I mean, the plant will grow towards the Sun, so the plant will bend or just start to grow sideways. Also, the roots of the plant grow to the bottom of the holder, in this case the bottom of the topsy turvey.

I guess they're good for people who live in an apartment, with no balcony. But if you have anything big enough for a good size pot, go for a potted plant instead.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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My take - when was the last time an "as seen on TV" item worked as well as they purport them to?
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Tampa bay
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I always was wondering about those. Now, I will not get one
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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I didn't try them myself but have seen a lot of videos on YouTube. People posted all kinds of ways to do the upside down thing, using buckets and a bag of soil. They planted all kinds of veggies as well not just tomatos and looks like it's working for some. I guess it depends on the location, type of soil used and how much sun exposure the containers get. I decided I might give it a try next year to expand my garden.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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My brother tried them for a few years and then gave up. Last year he had one that was getting some good foliage but it broke off at the base. He was disgusted and said they were a waste of time and money. He did okay( not good but not terrible) with some cherry tomatoes but even so they had minimal production compared to ones that were planted.
Get a 5 gallon bucket and fill it with a mix of compost and miracle gro and plant a patio tomato or cherry tomato if you don't have garden space.
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:13 PM
 
Location: NC
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we used the ones we bought for 2 seasons. they worked... ok. we grew cucumbers in one that was hanging next to a trellis and it produced actually pretty well. the deer thought the one in back hanging from an old post for a clothes line was part of their buffet dinner LOL

we actually made our own then (out of curiosity) from those big cat litter buckets (which we have 10 million of. drill a big hole for the plant, smaller drainage holes and hung up from aforementioned post. worked just as well as the brand one, and was a WHOLE lot cheaper. i suppose you could even paint the (outside) of the bucket with a spray paint to make it prettier, but since no one could see ours, and it was just an experiment, we didnt bother. cherry tomatoes did well in them ( again, till the deer got them LOL)
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