Growing plants upside down may seem like a very strange concept at first. Once you learn the facts, you’ll see that it is a simple, easy way to grow plants in any setting. It not only allows the plants to flourish, but upside down plants save space for patio and balcony garden enthusiasts.
The idea is that a plant can easily grow from the BOTTOM of a container instead of growing upward. The roots are still placed in nutritious soil and moisture is applied on a regular basis, but the plant does not have to develop a strong trunk or stalk in order to support itself against the forces of gravity. Obviously, more energy can be focused on the growth of foliage, blossoms, and fruit or vegetables. The tomatoes which are commonly grown upside down tend to produce more fruit faster than those grown using traditional methods.
There is no need for a purchased kit to enable you to begin growing plants upside down. While the pretty products do look very nice, you can use the same method with any plastic planter that has a drainage hole in the bottom and can be hung from a plant hanger or any type. Most plastic containers made for growing plants qualify for upside down gardening. If the container does not have a bottom hole, you can easily create one.
Purchase young plants which are as small as possible. You should seek out those in one to two inch cardboard containers or plastic flats. These plants do not have large root systems developed, making them easy to plant upside down.
Prepare you container by enlarging the drainage hole in the bottom so that it is just large enough to allow you to insert the young plant’s root system. In many cases, you may not need to enlarge the drainage hole at all. Do not create a large hole or your soil will trickle out as you apply water.
Place the container in your lap or place it on two tables or other support so that the hole in the middle is over empty space and can be easily accessed. Very carefully remove the young plant from the container in which it was purchased. Gently and patiently, work the root system into the drainage hole, making certain to avoid breaking any roots. The plant will now be hanging down between your knees. Add a few cups of growing medium to the pot and gentle work it around the roots to secure the plant. Then fill the container with soil to within a couple of inches of the top.
Now, you can water your upside down plant and attach the hanging device. and hang your upside down garden.