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  • I saw someone call into Montana Ag. Live about this on PBS when I was back in Bozeman. The ag science prof responded that it might depress your yield a bit and it was kind of a silly gimmick, but it ought to work just fine if you prefer the aesthetic or need to do it that way to free up the space.

  • yes, they work.

  • the red-head in the commercial is my old friend. It’s her Birthday! Happy Birthday Tomato Lady!

  • I was surprised to learn that you had to buy the tomato plant separately!! (at least the version my friend bought)

  • If these actually worked well, you’d seem them in nature. You ever see a tomato plant climb up a tree and hang? No of course not.

    Having said that, something is better than nothing. If you don’t have the soil to plant them in, you might as well start growing them upside down.

    • Actually you do see something similar in nature – bromeliads grow in niches in trees and accumulated soil pockets in the high branches of redwood trees support growing plants.

      Tomatoes are pretty adaptive and resilient and these things actually work well. If we repeal the bag tax and return plastic bags to their rightful ecological niche hanging in trees, you might eventually see tomatoes raining down on our sidewalks.

      • Bromeliads are not tomatoes.

        • Do you see tomatoes growing in nature frequently? What makes you a tomato expert?

          • I don’t need to grow my tomatoes upside down. That fact alone makes me the expert, yes.

            You know full well that I can’t prove a negative. Bring me your naturally growing upside down tomatoes and then you’ll be right.

            Do you understand how large the tomato market is? If upside down was the way to go, the massive farms would have realized this by now. They have not.

            Expert? Is that how making a comment on a blog goes now? I have to voir dire to say that tomatoes don’t naturally hang upside down from bags?

    • do you have experience with this specifically?

      • Yes – successfully grew abundant cherry tomatoes in one hanging off the back deck. Not sure about full-size tomatoes. And you have to prune well or they will grow quite bushy.

  • Do you think they’d work inside an apartment, if placed in a window that receives a lot of direct sunlight? Or do tomatoes also like the hot, humid air outside? I keep my place pretty frosty in the summertime.

    • Try it! Some dirt does fall out the hole however, and be careful about watering.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I thought the plants liked hot and humid, but if you get it to work PLEASE let us know! I so badly want to grow them, but have no outdoor space.

  • We have one in our back yard and the thing is about 5 feet long now with about 20+ mini tomats growing with a couple turning red and almost ready to go.

    You have to water it almost every day and is impossible to overwater with the drain holes in the bottom. We are growing it from the top deck and it has grown immensely since we plated it in April.

    They work…no doubt about it.

  • they definitely work, and not just for tomatoes. my neighbor has one full of peppers that i am tempted to steal every day…well, i would never do that, but they do look delicious!

  • I’m trying the strawberry version and am not very happy with it – the plants at the bottom are dying despite tons of watering. Just a PSA.

  • This is nothing more than an upside down plastic container which you can buy for a fraction of the cost.

  • Yeah this upside down thing does not work at all. We’ve tried it with 3 tomato plants now and it kills them all, every time, despite watering, fertilizing, soil replacement, you name it, the poor tomatoes die a slow death in this crap trap.

  • I tried them last year and did not have great success. They grew a few tomatoes, but the setup was a pain, there was muddy water everywhere, and mosquitos grew in the containers. It just wasn’t great. I’m back to pots now.

  • Some people just don’t have green thumbs…others get these things as gifts and give them a go…my wife’s mother has a VERY green thumb and nutured the seedling tomato plant before putting it in this and giving it to us…so I blame her for it’s success.

  • My husband has both the tomato and the pepper plant. For the tomato plant, he found it was best to purchase a “seedling”, which had already sprouted a bit on its own. I would suggest against using it indoors, as it drips water and dirt and grows to be quite large after some time.

    So far, we haven’t seen any fruit and are concerned that it is too warm for it to yield many results (we live in SC). However, my husband waters it several times daily.

    As far as the argument for it happening in nature, tomatoes do indeed grow vertically, but traditionally are not planted inversely.

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