Build Your Own Hanging Tomato Planter

Using a hanging tomato planter is a great idea whether you’ve got a green thumb or you’ve never grown a plant in your life. Once you’ve established your upside down tomato garden it will be virtually maintenance free. Simply water your containers regularly and enjoy fresh, delicious tomatoes all season long.

The best thing about a hanging tomato planter is that it won’t require much space. Even people living in apartments or townhouses can enjoy fresh vegetables that they grow themselves. A small patio or balcony is all that’s required. You could even grow them indoors in a space that receives an adequate amount of direct sunlight.

Advantages of a Hanging Tomato Planter

Overall, hanging tomato plants grow much faster and are easier to deal with than traditional methods such as growing them directly in the ground or using other standard containers. Below you’ll find some of the advantages of using a hanging planter to grow your tomatoes.

  • Warms the Soil – The soil in a hanging planter is warmed by the sun which is excellent for root growth. This means you’ll end up with tomatoes up to a month earlier than planting in the ground.
  • No Weeds – Since your tomato plants will be growing out of the bottom you can easily cover the soil on top to completely eliminate the possibility of any weeds growing.
  • Less Disease – You can forget about soil born diseases with a hanging planter. Your plants will be much happier and healthier which allows them to produce more tomatoes.
  • No Cages or Stakes – Setting up and taking down cages or stakes to help support large tomato plants is a pain. This is completely eliminated when you use a hanging planter.
  • Prune with Ease – Since you won’t have to use any cages or strings to tie your plants down pruning becomes much easier.

Disadvantages of a Hanging Tomato Planter

Growing hanging tomatoes isn’t always better, especially among certain varieties or in some climates. Read on to discover some of the disadvantages of growing upside down tomato plants.

  • Needs Adequate Support – Once your tomato plants get big they will become very heavy. This is especially true when you water the soil. One alternative is to use a freestanding planter that doesn’t need to be hung. The only problem is that the height of your tomato plants will become somewhat limited.
  • Watering – Because the weight of the soil becomes an issue, hanging tomato planters will typically have less soil than other containers. Once the root system becomes more developed you will have to water your plants much more often. Automatic watering systems can help to eliminate this problem although they may add more weight.
  • Smaller Plants – Since your container will have less soil the plants you grow will likely be much smaller than they would have been if planted in the ground. Your best bet is to pick smaller varieties and prune them appropriately to help keep the size down.

Make Your Own Upside Down Tomato Planter

Making your very own hanging tomato planter is quick and easy. If you’re a natural born do-it-yourselfer you can follow the steps below to build your own upside down tomato planter.

What you’ll need:

  • Hanging Planter
  • Electric Drill
  • 2 Inch Hole Saw
  • Small Piece of Landscape Fabric
  • Tomato Plant
  • Soil

Here’s how you do it:

  • Step 1: Drill a hole in the middle of the planter with your electric drill and 2 inch hole saw.
  • Step 2: Place a piece of landscape fabric over the hole and cut a slit down the center to allow your tomato plant to be pushed through.
  • Step 3: Separate your tomato plant’s root ball from the soil it’s in and push it through the hole in the bottom of your planter and through the landscape fabric.
  • Step 4: Fill the planter with soil and hang.