The Topsy Turvey Tomato Hanging Plant

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Real Estate Agent with Regent Property Group 0480809

For years, I've tried to grow tomatoes in my backyard.  I don't have much of a green thumb for this... One y ear, I went through 7-8 different plants as they all kept dying on me.

This year, new house, new method! New way of thinking of things!

Instead of planting tomatoes, I decided to buy the Topsy Turvy.  Have you heard of this?  Basically, you hang this mini greenhouse outside and put the plant in upside down so it hangs. 

topsy turvy

I planted it last night. There are already two small tomatoes ready to grow big and strong.

topsy turvy

Anyone have any good experiences with this thing?  If it works, I'm going to get another one for my basil.  I can grow basil, no problem, but the plant gets so big, it would be nice to let it hang upside down and out of the way.

By the way, ordering it from the infomercial or the website is a complete rip-off!  Buy it at Walgreens or wherever else they're selling them.  Online, it's $19.95 for 2 plus a recipe book plus two tomato slicers, however, it's $7.95 for processing and handling for EACH one sent.  It's ONLY $9.99 at the store!  Why pay the extra $16 when you don't have to... unless you just really want to see what their recipe book says.

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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline
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Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.    

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Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte

Hi Donna, I think this is a great idea!! If it works just think you can move them from spot to spot. We are having a real problem with a groundhog in our garden this year. Spent all this money to put in 4 above ground boxes outlined with the brick chunks and this critter has eaten everything but our tomatoes. My husband says he is waiting for the tomatoes to come on and then he will probably poke holes in them... I am trying to find a way to rid of him without hurting him.

May 04, 2009 10:23 PM #14
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Donna, I have never had luck growing tomatoes in North Texas with the heat but had not seen this upside down contraption. Maybe this is a good trick for our area. Keep us posted. Most of the time with too much nitrogen the leaves get green but no flowers or the tomatoes go green but never red. Or with the blazing summer heat you just can't keep the plants from burning up with the sun.

May 04, 2009 11:18 PM #15
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John Cannata
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I havent heard of it, but the method seems to be working out pretty well so far.  Sorry you killed 7-8 others before finding this method.  (kidding).

May 04, 2009 11:48 PM #16
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Richard Weeks
Waller Group - Dallas, TX
Realtor, Associate Broker - Manager Business Development

Donna,

Thanks for this information.  I have seen the infomercials and wonder if in fact this product works.  Please keep us updated.

May 05, 2009 06:36 AM #17
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Craig Rutman
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Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I'm glad to see that someone I know has actually purchased this product...and that it actually works!

Due to your success (so far) I might be in the market for one now as I love tomatoes, but have limited space.

Since you're not afraid to buy those "As advertised on TV" products, let me know how the Snuggie works out too. It's only $19.95 plus shipping and handling....but if you act now!!!!

May 05, 2009 08:03 AM #18
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Richard Weeks
Waller Group - Dallas, TX
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Hey what is up with the Snuggie, why not just take a robe and put it on backwards?

May 05, 2009 08:29 AM #19
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Donna Harris
Regent Property Group - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

Michael, No overnight success as it came with the 2 little tomatoes, but I'm sure they'll get bigger and redder!

Gary Waters, I hope it doesn't look tacky with three as I might have three if it works!

Tim, But with a hanging basket, you're not getting a built-in "greenhouse" like with the topsy turvy, but your idea sounds interesting.

Rita, I will!

Susan, I know!  How much could it cost to "handle" something that's 1 pound?

Teresa, In theory you can move them, but they're heavy!  It's a huge thing of wet soil, and if the plant is blooming tomatoes, it's even heavier.

Gary Woltal, I hung it under a tree that will capture the shade instead of the hot, evening sun, but still get the cooler, morning sun.

May 05, 2009 09:11 AM #20
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Donna Harris
Regent Property Group - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

John, The sad part is, I've killed more than that, but I killed several in that one summer a couple of years ago.

Richard, I definitely will!  And great idea to wear the bathrobe backwards!

Craig, I've actually gotten quite a few things from TV ads over the years. I have a Gazelle that's awesome. I "had" an Ab Lounge that I didn't want to move so I gave it to my mom. I have a thigh stepper, and a couple of other things.  Nothing "silly".  I will NOT be ordering a snugglie!!  I've got plenty of sweats and blankets!

May 05, 2009 09:15 AM #21
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John Cannata
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Well, good for you for sticking it out.  Looks like you found the method that works for you... or maybe its the Austin weather and all that rain.  :-)

May 05, 2009 02:50 PM #22
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Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

I thought about getting one for my kids.

How large was your tomato plant when you planted it?

May 06, 2009 01:21 AM #23
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Cheri Smith
Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX - Cypress, TX
Realtor Prudential Gary Greene

I haven't bought one but I saw them at Lowes.

Gary, even green tomatoes can be eaten in my neck of the woods! Fried green tomatoes are the best.

May 06, 2009 10:30 AM #24
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Donna Harris
Regent Property Group - Austin, TX
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Brenda, Sorry, I didn't see your post... I bought a small one from Home Depot.  Like about a foot tall?

Cheri, Great movie!

By the way, my green tomatoes are getting so big, and a third one sprouted out a couple of days ago.

May 14, 2009 09:43 PM #25
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Joseph D. Federico
Donahue Real Estate Co. - Dedham, MA
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Donna-I was on the fence about buying one, but now I am convinced that I have to go and get one.

May 17, 2009 07:36 AM #26
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Donna Harris
Regent Property Group - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

Joseph, I think I'm going to post an update tomorrow as it'll be 2 weeks. I've never been able to keep one alive this long!

May 17, 2009 08:39 AM #27
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR

I came over from my tomato blog to see this.  Amazing.  I have to show my gardener husband just as soon as he gets in from the golf course.

May 17, 2009 11:51 AM #28
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Donna Harris
Regent Property Group - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

Barbara, I just started some bell peppers and basil from seed. They're about 2 inches tall right now, and I'm going to get another topsy turvy to plant those.

May 17, 2009 02:39 PM #29
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Donna Harris
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Never heard of it but I want one.  We stopped doing tomatoes a couple of years ago but I miss them.

June 09, 2009 03:14 PM #31
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Richard Stabile
REMAX real estate associates - Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor

Donna:

I think those plants are a panic. I have about 50 tomatoe plants in our garden. I think those are great for people who don't have a formal garden area to work with. How about people in apartments and townhouses.

Richard

July 18, 2009 10:58 PM #32
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Pam Dent
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Donna - I have seen tomato plants in hanging baskets but have never seen one of these greenhouse things.  I currently have two tomato plants in one of my shrub boarders.  So far it is working.

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