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Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter

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Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter
 
2.5

(based on 77 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Topsy Turvy makes it easy to grow delicous tomato's and more!

We had planted tomato's in our garden, and they never seemed to do well. So we tried The topsy turvy Upside down Tomato Planter, it was only 10.00 so we decided to give...Read complete review

We had planted tomato's in our garden, and they never seemed to do well. So we tried The topsy turvy Upside down Tomato Planter, it was only 10.00 so we decided to give it a try. We got to put together easy enough, nothing really to it, other than attaching the wire that holds it wherever you hang it. You place your already started tomato plant upside down thru the hole, and add your dirt, hang and your done, easy.

We decided to hang it from our front porch, gets good sun and keeps away  the critters that like to nibble on them. I was taken back at how heavy it became, you have to add alot of soil to fill it, and that becomes heavy fast. So I would advise having some help when you do hang it.  It needs no weeding, so no more pulling weeds, no huge cages in your garden, You can hang it off your deck, patio, almost any where you like.  the bag serves heats to the plant, kind of like a greenhouse. Since its upside down, gravity will pull the water and nutrients straight to the roots, where it is needed most.

We were amazed at how well the topsy turvy worked, beautiful, big, healthy, delicous tomatos! It worked so well, we have bought 4 more since then. They also offer ones that grow cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberry's, eggplant and more. I totally recomend this to everyone. Great product, that works!

 I cant wait to update this review with some pictures this summer of the tomato's and also this year we are going to try the cucumber one also.

 

***May 12th, 2010.. Heres the update:***

***Got them planted, about 2 weeks ago, and they are looking great! Already have like 6 maters comming on, on one plant. Tried the cucumbers so we will see.. doing good so far...Have alot of blooms and if you look at the bottom of the pic you"ll see a couple of the tomatoes.....Maters I call'em...The Topsy Turvy is great!***

***June 1 st 2010, the plants are doing great! The tomatoes are comming on wonderful, and the pepper plant is doing great. The cucumber plant seems to be doing well also, I am excited to see how the pepper and cucumber do. We have about 12 maters comming on just the one plant.***

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Topsy Turvey is a space saver

I purchased two topsy turver planters from the internet and used them this past summer.  The reason I bought these is because I live in a condo and only have a porch as a...Read complete review

I purchased two topsy turver planters from the internet and used them this past summer.  The reason I bought these is because I live in a condo and only have a porch as a garden.  The floor of my porch is filled with colorful flowers, so using a topsy turvey seemed like the perfect solution for growing vegetables.  Once I received it I found the topsy turvey easy to assemble.  However it required a lot more dirt than I expected.  I put two tomato plants in one and two cucumber plants in the other.  I recommend having two people available when it comes time to hang the planters as they are very heavy.

Unfortunatly my cucumbers and tomatos did not grow very well but I think it had more to do with the sun light and how much I watered it rather than the planter itself.

I'd recomend these planters, however be forewarned they are not the most aesthetically pleasing piece of decoration.  My mom has used normal hanging baskets with moss in the past, and just cut holes for the tomatos to hang down from.  I think I will try that this year instead.

Good Luck!

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5.0

the best patio garden i ever had. so many tomatoes & cukes

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from oregon

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Drains Well
  • Holding Capacity
  • i needed chairs to support all my crop, no bugs
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

  • great 4 -3yrs, bag rip Want NEW bag...

Best Uses

  • Growing Seeds
  • grows tom.cukes,beans,peas,zucks,peppers, loved
  • Household Plants
  • Outdoor Plants
  • Plant Transferal

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

So easy,no bugs, digging, just water n miracle grow.

 
3.0

Topsy-Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter Not So Hot

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from Everett, WA, USA

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

The Topsy-Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter seems like a great idea. I tried several a couple summers ago, to save space. I hung them in a sunny spot next to my front porch. One big drawback is the amount of dirt needed to sustain the tomato plants. Yes, tomatoes do need a lot of dirt, but that make these planters very heavy. The tomatoes grew a lot of greens, but did not produce tomatoes, like the plants in the ground did. It was also difficult to reach up high enough to water these effectively.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not Easy to Use - Would not recommend

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from Lone Tree, CO

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

I saw these in advertisements everywhere (TV, magazines, internet) and thought I would give one a try. I really wasted my money. It takes quite a bit of potting soil to fill the container which makes the "planter" way too heavy to really be of any use. It is also extremely difficult and very damaging to the plants to get the plants in the container. But I put it all together, filled it, got the plants in, and then hung it (which was next to impossible to get it hung due to the weight). And you guessed it.....it fell from where I hung it and crashed to the ground damaging the plants even more. I'm sure others have used these successfully but I would not recommend this to anyone.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

If growing plants upside down were a good idea, God would have.

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from Waynesville, OH

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

I bought a couple topsy turvey planters because I thought it would be fun to watch them on my front porch. Have had a large garden but now just grow a couple pots of tomatoes. Very dissapointing results. The TTs need water every day, not every 2 or 3 days as in a pot. All the tomatoes in both TTs have brown areas on the bottom of the tomatoes. My digital cameras won't do closeups and my film camera was orphaned by Kodak last week. Imagine cutting a tomato in half and seeing the cut area as brown tomato skin. Two varieties of tomatoes have the same problem. Will probably throw the things in the trash. 

 

GG in Waynesville OH

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Excellent idea, Not working!

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from Westerville, OH

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

We purchased 2 of the planters and 2 different plants, both plants have died...  This last set did last longer and actually got some tomatoes but they were rotten from the inside out. 

The plants DON'T look anything like the commercial because the leaves have all tried to turn around to get the sun and the plant is curving to grow the correct vertical way.  So my poor plants have really struggled with this upside down thing.

I don't recommend this item!  Again awesome ideal but not working....

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great idea, poor results

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from Colorado Springs, CO

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

TOPSY TURVY PLANER.

I am not having good luck. My plants appear to be dying more each day. Every day I cut dead and withered leaves from the plant. I followed the directions to the T. Any suggestions.? Thumbs DOWN!!!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Topsy Turvey is a space saver

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from Hartland, WI

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

I purchased two topsy turver planters from the internet and used them this past summer.  The reason I bought these is because I live in a condo and only have a porch as a garden.  The floor of my porch is filled with colorful flowers, so using a topsy turvey seemed like the perfect solution for growing vegetables.  Once I received it I found the topsy turvey easy to assemble.  However it required a lot more dirt than I expected.  I put two tomato plants in one and two cucumber plants in the other.  I recommend having two people available when it comes time to hang the planters as they are very heavy.

Unfortunatly my cucumbers and tomatos did not grow very well but I think it had more to do with the sun light and how much I watered it rather than the planter itself.

I'd recomend these planters, however be forewarned they are not the most aesthetically pleasing piece of decoration.  My mom has used normal hanging baskets with moss in the past, and just cut holes for the tomatos to hang down from.  I think I will try that this year instead.

Good Luck!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

This Topsy Turvy looks cute, but heats my roots

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from Denton, TX

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

Last year, I bought four Topsy Turvy upside-down planters so that I could grow some tomato plants on my patio.  It is a great space saver, I must admit.  It was a bit difficult adding the soil and the plants, quite messy as a matter of fact.  Other reviewers mentioned getting someone to help you, and I second that advice.  I hung the planters on my patio facing south, to take full advantage of the sun.  At first they did well.  The tomato plants (one per planter) grew and even started turning upward toward the sun.  I was pleased with the way they were looking. 

About the time the summer heat kicked in, though, the tomato plants started suffering.  The planter itself was very hot during the day.  I think it was cooking my roots.  Within a week, the tomato plants died.  Not a single tomato from the lot of them, even though I had several flowers just a few weeks before.  My other tomato plants that I planted in the garden patch did great.  A bumper crop.  We have hot summers here, so those in the northern parts of the country may experience better results.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This tomato planter really turned my patio topsy turvy

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from Denton, TX

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

I have several upside-down planters on my patio - from the homemade to the stand-alones. The Topsy Turvy is my favorite one as it was the first one I tried. Using this planter couldn't be simpler. Carefully work a small tomato plant in the bottom. Add soil, tamping it down slightly. Water it in. Add more soil to fill and hang it up. You're done.

The planter is very heavy. I had to add a sturdy hook to my patio ceiling to hold it. During the heat of the summer it does dry out a bit, but I simply water it twice a day when it is really hot. Because the plants and the planter never touch the ground, bugs and disease are less of an issue than they are with my tomatoes in my main garden.

My tomatoes really don't look like the picture. Once the plant gets about a foot long, it starts to turn up and grow towards the sun; not down like their photos show. This helps to hide the green pot and also to shade the soil, conserving moisture. I also think it looks nicer aiming towards the sun.

I would recommend this planter to anyone who wants fresh tomatoes and a cool looking hanging planter on their patio.

 
1.0

Topsy Turvy upside down planter Bad Idea

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from Garrattsville, NY

Comments about Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter:

I have tried to use these planters for several years now and when I get the plant in it they always seem to try to grow up not down, as shown in the pictures. Then the plants get so heavy they break off and die. This is a bad idea, plants are ment to grow righside up not upside down.

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