Growing Upside Down Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Saintmom00
January 19, 2001
Jerry Baker has suggested growing tomatoes upside down in five gallon pots. I would love to do this this year, and wonder what type of tomato would work best in a five gallon pot that hangs suspended from a post. I guess it would be indeterminate, but does it need to be leafy? I know you cut a hole in the bottom of a plastic pot, put the tomato plant in it and fill the pot with soil. Since I have a small space, and want other vegtables, this seems like a good idea to give me more space. What do you think? Thanks for your help. I love your site, and have your company for many years.

Answer from NGA
January 19, 2001
This can certainly be done, although a five gallon container full of wet soil is extremely heavy so you need to have a very strong support for it. I would suggest trying any variety recommended for container growing or else a cherry tomato as these are more tolerant of the potential stresses of being pot grown, too.

Other ways to save space are to use trellis for your vining crops and to plant in succession so that early plantings of radish, lettuce and spinach can be followed by warm season crops, for instance, and to plant later crops where you have pulled early summer ones such as peas followed by bush beans followed by greens again.

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