I’m sure you’ve all watched the commercials about the Topsy Turvy and, if you haven’t already found out for yourself, wondered if they really work. When they first came out, I had already tried growing tomatoes upside down, in a 5 gallon bucket. The tests I did were nothing more than a complete joke and a waste of time and tomato plants. The measly little plants that came from growing upside down, finally produced two tiny little tomatoes on deformed looking tiny stems, where the plants that I had planted in the ground were beautiful, lush and full of tomatoes.
The only question in my mind was whether there was something different with the design of the actual Topsy Turvy. So this year, I managed to gain results with another test, but with actual Topsy Turvys and not my 5 gallon buckets.
During my tomato planting season, I had a huge amount of extra tomatoes, so I shared them with family and friends, so the results I am about to share are from plants that were planted at the same time mine were planted and have been grown only a few hundred feet away from mine.
As you can see, the container tomatoes, in the upright buckets are a bit stressed from our move, but they are doing beautifully. There are little tomatoes on nearly every single plant and some are so loaded with tomatoes, I’m wondering if there is a tomato food bank somewhere local I can donate some.
Now for the picture of the Topsy Turvy grown tomatoes. Amazingly, the upside down tomatoes look very similar to my previous test in the upside down 5 gallon buckets. The plants do not grow well upside down and as you can see, there are very few branches and so far, no tomatoes. The amount of energy it takes the plants to turn their branches upward, toward the sun, takes away from their overall production and growing season. Personally, I would never spend the money on a Topsy Turvy.
In searching the internet, I have read some reviews on the Topsy Turvy. The results were similar to mine, so why on Earth, would someone recommend these things when they deteriorate within the first year and they don’t hold enough water to keep them moist for even one day? You can bet you won’t find them hanging around my home in the near future!