What Are Some Tips for Hanging Tomato Plants?


Horticulturalists recommend that gardeners that want to grow hanging tomatoes successfully choose indeterminate varieties. These varieties of tomatoes are flexible and produce good quantities of fruit. In addition, indeterminate varieties are less likely to be damaged from the pull of gravity. Avoid growing big tomatoes with this method because large tomatoes cause vines to break. Cherry and patio tomato varieties are ideal for upside-down growing.

Choosing a good planter for hanging tomatoes is essential. Breathable plastic commercial planters are popular, however, they cause plants to dry out quickly. While some commercial upside-down planters come with a built-in watering system, some people find these too difficult to assemble.

Many gardeners opt to create homemade planters made from five-gallon buckets, plastic soda bottles, plastic milk jugs, heavy-duty trash bags, laundry hampers, used tires and even kitty litter containers. Homemade planters include a water reservoir that provides the plant with adequate irrigation. Several openings provide room for tomato seedlings to flourish. The planter is usually hung from a wall, ceiling, pole or other, similar objects. As for hooks, choose a heavy-duty wall bracket for best results. Brackets hold up to 50 pounds. Ordinary shepherd's hooks are not sturdy enough to hold the weight of tomato plants.