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Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by bigdogtx, Mar 24, 2010.

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  1. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

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    Anybody try one and what were your results?
     
  2. crusha

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    I planted my neighbor's cat in one.


    ...What's this stuff about tomatoes?
     
  3. KEYBEAR

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    All year I made one i Used a bucket and cut holes in it .

    It was ok but not that good also takes alot of watering .
     
  4. Country Squire

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    bigdogtx, I tried the regular store bought Topsy-Turvy last year. I did not get any tomatoes. The plants were very nice maybe you have to use certain brand of plants.I live in N.E.Ohio and the other plants in the garden did O.K.We had some kind of blossom end rot last year. I'm going to try them again with some differant kind of plants.George
     
  5. Mark Gadbois

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    It worked for me - near Chicago. But required a lot of watering and quite frankly not worth the bother. This year tomatoes go in the ground.
     
  6. 700X-user

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    You need to water the plants everyday to have any tomatoes. The planter hangs out in the sun and the wind and the roots will dry out very easily. I grew both cherry tomatoes and regular size tomatoes. I had to replant both of these after the first 2 died. We were watering every 2 or 3 days and they did poorly. I used the same plants purchased from the same greenhouse. I watered them every evening after the sun went down. I would put almost 1 gallon of water in to each one. The greenhouse I purchased my plants from were selling already planted Topsy Turvy's for around $20 each. I decided to ask the owner about the care of them when I purchased the plants the second time. Water! Water! Water! He couldn't stress that enough!

    Ed
     
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    The principle is faulted from the start. All plants feed and water themselves through osmosis. Gravity has little or no effect on the process. Also, tomatoes will not set fruit if the roots are either too cold or too hot. The TT design exposes the root ball to much more heat than conventional planting. It's a gimmick that doesn't usually pan out. Stick to the tried and true.
     
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    I made a couple 5-6 years ago before they came out for sale, my problem was the plants wanted to grow up towards the sun like they are supposed to do, when the tomatoes came on they broke the vines because they had no support...

    You do know if you mix some viagra in with the water you dont have to stake them dont you..hahahha
     
  9. Uncle Sam

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    BigDog....Save your money....for real. I have grown tomatoes for many, many years. Tried a topsy turvy last year that I was given. Forget it. You MUST water constantly or it will dry out within 1day or 2. The upside down reservoir that you put the dirt in is too small. Big dissapointment......Uncle Sam, Pa.
     
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    Anyone want to buy an EmeryCat?? It's in 98% condition and has original box.
     
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    i like tomatos. they've been around for about 100,000,000 years. then last year, some genius decided he could get rich, i mean, decided tomatos would grow better if they somehow grew upside down. good luck with it
     
  13. bigdogtx

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    thanks to all,,,,it looked to good to be true,,,,and usually is,,,,guess I will just play in the dirt again this year....
     
  14. Captain Bud

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    We are in west Phoenix. Planted a topsy turvy with early girl this past Sunday.

    I wondered about the need for watering, as stated above.

    If this stays near the top I'll advise of the results in the future.

    Capt Bud.

    Phil Santos
     
  15. Brian in Oregon

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    The next door neighbor hangs her tomato plants upside down. I think we're getting a better yield on our garden the old fashioned way.
     
  16. Captain Bud

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    I think that I'm going to agree with doing it the old fashion way. I have gotten probably 10-12 on the topsy, and my regular in the ground plants are giving us more. Probably 2 dozen by now. I think that we will just plant them in pots from now on.

    Phil Santos in west Phoenix, AZ
     
  17. nomoloscofoso

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    That's funny Joe, for those that know the history of the e-cat. By the way How's Kitty??

    Pete
     
  18. neofight

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    Raised beds, good soil, fish carcasses and proper watering regularly gives us more that we could ever use, every year. I might try a ShamWow, but that smarmy Vince character gives me the willies, as does the Burger King king.
     
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    Raised beds, good soil, fish carcasses and proper watering regularly gives us more that we could ever use, every year. I might try a ShamWow, but that smarmy Vince character gives me the willies, as does the Burger King king.
     
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    Raised beds, good soil, fish carcasses and proper watering regularly gives us more that we could ever use, every year. I might try a ShamWow, but that smarmy Vince character gives me the willies, as does the Burger King king.
     
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