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26 February 2010 @ 06:31 pm
Upside-down, hanging tomato planters?  
Has anyone used those Topsy Turvy tomato planters? I have a smallish balcony and do all my growing in pots. The area gets lots of sunlight. I thought maybe those planters that hang upside-down might be a great use of the space I have available. I've seen the ads, but I'd like to hear from people who've actually used them. Are they as good as the advertisements claim they are? Any problems with them? Are there particular kinds of tomatoes that would be better grown in these as opposed to being planted in a right-side up planter or in the ground (eg, cherry tomatoes vs full-sized)?

I'm in Oakland, and it's usually sunny in my neighborhood.

Thanks!
 
 
 
Amy: Our Gardenbesspeacetime on February 27th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
well
Last year around this time, I know a few people came on here and some other gardening communities asking the same question and the consensus from folks who'd used them seemed to be, they work to a point.

The tomatoes do grow, but get way too heavy for the bag. I believe one person had a ripping issue and someone else said the tomatoes wanted to bend up ( you know... towards the sun...funny eh?) and the vines broke from the strain.

A few people said they worked great. I was thinking that maybe cherry or grape toamtoes would work better after reading them all, but I have to say it seems an expensive experiment. And if it doesn't work you have no tomatoes for the season. So I have not tried it yet.

I'd suggest flipping thru last seasons' (and maybe the season before's) Posts on this community and on patio_gardens

cause I am pretty sure these are the two gardening communities I saw the most discussion of them on.
Joyous Greenmountainbastette_joyce on March 1st, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: well
Good idea, thanks!
(Anonymous) on April 27th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Topsy turvy
Those planters are terrible. You have to water them so much and you are limited to the types of plants you can place in them. Tomatoes never grow as they advertise, and like other plants grow towards the sun bending upwards making the branches too week to support a crop. The only tomato I would plant in there is a patio tomato (which gets to 24-36").