Thursday, 16 July 2009

Growing Tomatoes Upside Down

Growing tomatoes upside down has become very popular over the last season or two, but like any way to grow tomatoes, there are advantages and disadvantages and I would like to mention a few of them below.

  • Off the ground at easy picking height.
  • More difficult for bugs to attack.
  • Branches on bush varieties are less likely to be pulled off by the weight of the tomatoes.
  • Good air circulation.
  • Easier to remove dying leaves.
  • Spot diseases early as plant is more visible.

  • The weight - the handle and bracket needs to be very strong or you may hear a thump in the night!
  • The small root area - small plants that have less root requirements are going to enjoy it more.
  • The likelihood of the soil drying out quickly - needs daily watering in warm weather.

Overall, growing tomatoes upside down is fun and has many advantages. It certainly looks great on the patio when the friends and family visit ... just be aware that the ease of picking will mean that those juicy toms won't be hanging there for very long!

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