Growing tomatoes upside-down - Knowledgebase Question

Kathleen, GA (Zone 7B)
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Question by mintaann
December 5, 2005
I have heard that you can grow tomatoes upside-down, uisng potting soil and a black plastic bag. Supposedly, this cuts down on pests, plus allows you to have more room in your beds for other vegetables (ok -- tomatoes are a fruit...). Sounds like a great idea -- do you have any tips/ideas on how to do this?

Answer from NGA
December 5, 2005

You can grow tomatoes upside down. Theoretically the bag idea would work but my concern is how to hang the bag so it doesn't fall. In time plastic will get brittle and tear too. It could also tend to tear open enlarging the planting hole as the weight of the soil and water bears down on it.

The following web site has an article on growing tomatoes upside down in a container or bucket. It should be helpful to you:

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