Tag Archives: upside down tomatoes

How to Grow Upside Down Tomatoes

8 Jul

DSCF1888 (480x640)

This could be the coolest and easiest garden project we’ve seen all summer. Students at Peters Elementary in Garden Grove, California made their own inverse tomato hangers out of recycled  plastic bottles. That’s right, Inverse hangers. As in tomatoes that grow upside down! Pretty cool, huh?

DSCF1881 (480x640)

DSCF1880 (640x480)

You might be thinking “How does that even work?” It’s pretty simple. Plants naturally grow towards sunlight, so even when they’re upside down they’ll still grow up. Water goes into the top of the plastic bottle, directly onto the roots. When extra water flows down onto the plant it also gets moisture and nutrients onto its leaves, thus producing a hardier fruit.

DSCF1877 (640x480)

DSCF1875 (640x480)

 

The kids had a blast with this project. Just look at those excited faces! DSCF1890 (480x640)

 

DSCF1892 (480x640)

DSCF1885 (640x480)

And there you have it, tomatoes that defy gravity. Here’s how you can grow your own inverse tomatoes.

You will need:

  • tomato seedling
  • Empty two liter soda bottle or milk jug
  • hole punch
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • garden soil
  • Sturdy line to hang your planter with, such as twine, leather string, a cut coat hanger, etc.
  • A weather resistant hook

Then use these simple instructions from Instructionables.com to build your hangers.

DSCF1882 (640x480)

Have your kids done any cool garden projects this summer? Tell us about them in the comments.

Happy growing!