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Author Topic: OT - Upside down tomato planter  (Read 3625 times)
dancing lemons
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« on: April 03, 2009, 03:48:31 PM »

Hello all,

I know it is not EarthBox but............

Has anyone tried the T o p s y T u r v e y tomato planter??  Did it work for you??  Any tips??

Thanks,
DL
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kathy
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009, 04:13:03 PM »

DL click the magnifying glass above...and search topsy turvy...it's been discussed quite a bit.
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dancing lemons
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009, 06:08:31 PM »

Kathy,

Thanks - but when I do the search all I get is mentions of the Topsy turvy T and I want folks who have used the TT to let me know what they think of the TT and give any tips they may have about using this upside down planter...........  I like to experiment for some unknown reason Huh? 

DL
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009, 06:48:47 PM »

I haven't used one but reading posts from those who have no one recommended them. Problems noted were the TT leaks, it is hard to fill with water, it doesn't hold enough water and it will tip over.
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009, 06:49:22 PM »

I couldn't find it either!
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cushman350
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2009, 07:21:33 PM »

http://forum.earthbox.com/index.php?topic=2795.0

KayakerNC in this thread said:
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I wanted to try container gardening for my tomatoes and purchased some Topsy Turvy upside down planters.  After two seasons, many dead plants, and only a few edible tomatoes, I am disgusted.   But, at least they didn't cost a fortune.
Would the Earthbox give better results?
I am in Eastern NC, near the coast, Hardiness Zone 8.
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2009, 01:27:52 PM »

Can't comment yet, I have one but haven't tried it yet. Got for next year. I did see that they are now making them for peppers, strawberries etc...I think the pepper one looks quite different.

I figured I'd try with tumbing toms or such next season.
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2009, 10:20:12 AM »

WE TRIED ONE LAST YEAR, DID NOT WORK AT ALL.. Angry
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2009, 07:56:21 PM »

I bought 3 to try this year along with 4 Earth Boxes.
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2009, 08:50:16 PM »

Hello all,
I know it is not EarthBox but............
Has anyone tried the T o p s y T u r v e y tomato planter??  Did it work for you??  Any tips??
Thanks,
DL

Did NOT work for me.  A gimmick with no redeeming features that I could see.
Maybe if you used the smallest variety of tomato (Tiny Tim), you might have better luck.  Watering is a problem, the foam insert cutting thru the stems was also a problem.   Angry
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2009, 11:34:56 PM »

I have never tried it, I HEARD it does not work.   My friend did not take my advice and bought 2 this year.  She was complaining that it was hard to put together and to water.  I saw it and it does not look promising.   I would say to save your 10 bucks and put it toward MORE Earthboxes.   Grin

It is good to see you back DL.
 
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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2009, 10:14:51 AM »

I bought two of the revolutionary planters [Gardner's supply]to grow upside down tomatoes.  After planting them by the next morning you could see where they had started to turn up.  My husband wanted them,we are having a contest to see if his tomatoes in the upside down or mine in the eb taste better.
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« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2009, 11:44:35 AM »

Have never used the Topsy Turvy specifically, but last summer I grew Juliet Roma grape tomatoes (small indeterminate vine) in an 5 gal upside down bucket which holds more soil than a TT.  Even though they did not get enough sun early on, they grew well and produced well; no cracking.  Planted marigolds in the open top.  If I did it again I would add more perlite to keep the potting mix from compacting and use either polymer crystals or polyester batting as water absorbers/releasers to even out the moisture.  I would hang it high enough so the plants got full morning sun and I would shield the roots from hot afternoon sun. 

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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2009, 09:34:23 PM »

My mom has one.  Her tomato plant looks like it's on life support and needs the plug pulled. 
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2009, 02:24:12 PM »

For me, finding a way to hanged those danged things upside down are not worth the effort and the cost. I second the idea to save your $$ for another EarthBox.
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