How to Grow Tomatoes Upside Down in Plastic Bottles

Looking for a quick and sustainable way to grow cherry tomatoes at home? This unique and fun project allows you to do just that. In about an hour, you can transform used plastic bottles into attractive hanging planters that’ll have fresh tomatoes swaying gently by your back door all summer long. Ready to start? Let’s dive in.


Illustration: Kavel Rafferty

Why You Should Try This

  1. Quick and Easy: This project is uncomplicated and can be completed in under an hour.
  2. Eco-Friendly: It’s a great way to recycle and repurpose used plastic bottles.
  3. Aesthetic Appeal: Bunch them together, and they make for a visually pleasing array of hanging planters, especially if you use green plastic bottles. Though, any color or design will do.

Materials Required:

  • Used plastic bottles (2 to 4 litres in size)
  • Cherry tomato plant seedlings
  • Masking tape
  • Hole punch
  • Knife
  • Strong twine
  • Soil or compost

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare the Bottle: First, ensure that your plastic bottles are clean and devoid of any labels. Using a knife, carefully cut away the bottom of the bottle.
  2. Smooth the Edges: The cut might leave jagged edges. Seal these using masking tape. Subsequently, make four evenly spaced holes in the tape (and through the bottle), one on each side.
  3. Plant the Seedling: Turn the bottle upside down, so the mouth faces downward. Now, carefully insert your cherry tomato seedling into the mouth of the bottle. Gently position the plant, ensuring that the root ball is spread out inside.
  4. Add Soil: Fill the bottle up to three-quarters with good-quality compost or soil.
  5. Secure with Twine: Thread your twine through the pre-punched holes, making sure it’s secure. Tie it well.
  6. Choose the Right Spot: Hang your new planter in a sunny spot. Cherry tomatoes thrive in the sunlight.

Remember: Your hanging cherry tomatoes will need consistent watering. Check them regularly, ensuring the soil remains moist but not waterlogged.

In Conclusion:

This easy DIY project not only ensures you have fresh tomatoes at arm’s reach throughout the summer, but it’s also a testament to the potential of upcycled projects. Go ahead, give it a try, and relish the fresh produce from your recycled planter!

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