Want to plant some tomatoes, upside down? It’s easy using our Water Jelly Crystals – a special superabsorbent polymer that absorbs about 150 times its weight in water and releases it to the plant. Over the years, we’ve used Water Jelly Crystals for literally dozens of cool science projects, but this is the first time we’ve seen someone use them for upside down tomatoes.
- Get a big bucket with a strong, securely-attached handle, a big bag of potting soil, some Water Jelly Crystals, and a healthy tomato plant.
- Cut a 2-inch hole in the bottom of the bucket. Then flip the bucket over and fill it half-way with soil. Add a layer of water-soaked Water Jelly Crystals, and fill it the rest of the way with soil. Put a lid on the bucket, and flip it over. Plant the tomato through the hole in the bucket’s bottom, and water thoroughly. Let the plant’s roots get established before you turn the bucket upside down and hang it – this takes about a week.
- Hang the bucket, with the tomato plant on the bottom, from a clothesline pole, or a hook out on the porch or deck, or a tree – any place that gets a lot of direct sunlight, and is strong enough. That big bucket will be pretty heavy.
Your tomatoes will grow like gangbusters, and you can pick fresh tomatoes all summer long without having to deal with a tomato cage or weeds. This method works for any kind of tomato, by the way. Cherry tomatoes are especially fun.
Many thanks to master gardener Walter Reeves, who can be heard every Saturday morning on News Talk 750 WSB-AM on “The Lawn & Garden Show with Walter Reeves,” for the use of the picture of his upside-down tomatoes.