How to Easily Grow Cherry Tomatoes Upside Down in Plastic Bottles

Are you interested in a quick and sustainable way to grow your own cherry tomatoes at home? Look no further! This unique and fun project allows you to transform used plastic bottles into attractive hanging planters that will provide you with fresh tomatoes right outside your door all summer long. And the best part? You can complete this project in under an hour! Let’s get started.

Illustration: Kavel Rafferty

Why You Should Give This a Try

This project has several great benefits that make it worth your while:

  • Quick and Easy: You can complete this project in under an hour, making it a perfect weekend activity.
  • Eco-Friendly: By recycling and repurposing used plastic bottles, you’re contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Hang your tomato planters together, and they make for a visually pleasing display, especially if you use green plastic bottles. However, any color or design will work just fine.

Materials Required

Before you get started, make sure you have the following materials on hand:

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

Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these simple steps to create your own upside-down tomato planters:

  1. Prepare the Bottle: Start by ensuring that your plastic bottles are clean and free of any labels. Then, use a knife to carefully cut away the bottom of the bottle.

  2. Smooth the Edges: The cut might leave jagged edges. Seal these edges using masking tape. Afterward, 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. Carefully insert your cherry tomato seedling into the mouth of the bottle. Gently position the plant, making sure that the root ball is spread out inside.

  4. Add Soil: Fill the bottle up to three-quarters full 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 to ensure the bottle hangs properly.

  6. Choose the Right Spot: Hang your new planter in a sunny spot, as cherry tomatoes thrive in sunlight.

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

tomatoes upside down in plastic bottles

This easy DIY project not only provides you with fresh cherry tomatoes all summer long, but it also showcases the potential of upcycling projects. So why not give it a try and enjoy the satisfaction of eating fresh produce from your own recycled planter?