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Does Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter Really Work?

The Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter is an easy and innovative way to plant and enjoy fresh and juicy tomatoes all year round. Each plant can give you up to 30 pounds of fresh tomatoes because the water and all the plant nutrients will be coming from the top directly from the root of the plant. To use, place any tomato plant inside the planter, add soil, hang it up and water the plant regularly. No need to dig, weed or use pesticides to protect your tomato plant from harmful outdoor elements. The Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter can also be used to plant herbs, pepper, zuchinni or cucumbers.  It is made from plastic and it features a green, leafy design. It measures 18.5 inches by 10.5 inches and weighs approximately 2 pounds.

Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter Reviews

No - Not for me
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We saw, we bought, we watched the plants die. :( We live in a high desert area, lots of sun and wind. Even with a constant drip of water to keep the soil moist, it never worked. Nothing can live in a hot, dry, windy area. My tomato plants in my garden did so much better.

April 18th, 2011
Washington State
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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No - Yes, we have no tomatoes
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My family got this as a gift a couple of years ago. Everything that is wrong with this product has already been mentioned by the previous reviewers. We did get one tomato and it was really small. We let the birds have it. Don’t buy or gift the Topsy Turvy.

April 2nd, 2011
New Mexico
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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No - Poor planter
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Followed directions for two years. The plants turn up towards the light (duh) and then the stems break. Tried different plants with same result. Throwing it out.

March 31st, 2011
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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No - Not for Hot Dry Climates
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A little tricky to assemble and plant, but that wasn’t the problem. Here in Las Vegas it just gets too hot and the soil mass isn’t big enough to protect the plant roots, no matter how much water retaining polymer and mulch you use. If it’s in the sun, forget it. My tomatoes in a large clay pot under the Topsy Turvy did just fine, those in the TT died once it got above about 98. Maybe this year I’ll plant a fern and see what happens in the shade.

B Simpson
March 30th, 2011
Las Vegas, NV
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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No - Peice of crap. Dont buy it
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Hi,dont buy this because I set mine up and put in the plant and sponge in and filled it up with potting soil. Then as I walked away from it,the whole bottom fell out of it. I was so ticked off, so I shot it with a shotgun and set it on fire. DO NOT BUY THIS. IT IS A PEICE OF CRAP. I hopped this review helped you.

August 2nd, 2010
Dushore, Pa
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Yes - It Works
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Works as advertised as long as you follow the directions. I have two with a tomato plant in each, I started off with 5″ tomato plants. You have to use good soil, fertilize thoughout the season and water daily (when no rain). I started growing mine in the middle of April. The plants are now 4.5 ft. long, I have already harvested quite a few tomatoes (with more on the way). I purchased a double shepards hook and tied the top off to a tree in the backyard as the weight of the Topsy Turvy (when full) on the hook will fall over. If you don’t have a tree to tie it off to, you can get some 10′ 4×4’s and put them 2 ft down in the ground leaving 8′ above the ground, then attach a sturdy hanger to it at 6′ and hang it from there. If you have more than two planters get three 4×4’s, two 10′ and one 8′ and some big lag hooks. Put the two 10′ posts in the ground 2′ (leaving 8′ above ground) spacing them 8′ apart, put the 8′ 4×4 between the two upright posts, then place your lag hooks evenly spaced along the bottom side of the 8″ 4×4 and hang your Topsy Turvys from the hooks. This is a solution that you can use year after year. The Topsy Turvy seems to be built well enough, very sturdy to be able to hold all the soil and water. They are quite heavy once the soil is added, although I filled mine to the top with soil before hanging them, someone who is unable to lift about 20-25lbs up 6′ should only fill them half way with soil, hang them and fill the rest of the way up once hung. Do not add water until you have added the rest of the soil and hung it up.

May 31st, 2010
Central FL
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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No - I've seen the light
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Putting the plants into this contraption is hard eneough without snapping the stems. Then you water like crazy every day only to find that as soon as the plant is strong enough, it turns through 180 degrees and grows UP towards the light (who would have thought it ?)
Bought 2 last year and chucked them out in the fall.

Bob Webber
April 29th, 2010
Vancouver Island, canada
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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No - Save Your Money!
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Oh, how the commercials for this “wonder” make it seem like the tomatoes practically burst forth from the plant, they grow so quickly! The reality? Not so awe-inspiring, I’m afraid. First, it may not look particularly big but you’re going to need a 2cu. ft. bag of potting soil, which seems excessive (to me, anyway). Leave lots of room in your schedule because you’ll be watering this baby at least once a day THOROUGHLY because it DOES and WILL suck up the water quickly, too, a fact they “forget” to mention in the commercials. They also don’t show you the goodly amount of the water you’ve just poured in drizzling out the bottom once it’s run through the soil. Pray you’ve gone to the gym recently because you’ll need arms like Popeye to lift your now-sopping-wet-and-soil-filled Topsy Turvy! You’re also going to have to have something pretty sturdy on which to hang this sucker because it’s H-E-A-V-Y. But the “fun” has only begun: according to the commercial, your tomatoes will practically already have begun popping up! Sadly, despite our best efforts, our plant has done zilch. In fact, it’s dying. We’ve had it in sun, part-sun, shade, you name it. The fact of the matter is that the Topsy Turvy is NO BETTER OR WORSE than using a standard pot. It does NOT save space, because you need a VERY sturdy and strong hook from which to hang it, and how many of us REALLY have many of those in our homes? It is MESSY because the contraption does NOT keep the water contained. It is potentially EXPENSIVE because if you live in an area, like we do, where fresh drinking water is costly and not to be wasted, having to water this THOROUGHLY at least once a day can add up. It also, once out of the package (and when it is in operation), surprisingly cheap-looking. And rather unattractive. Save your money. Save your time and energy. This product DOES NOT WORK as claimed.

John Abramson
September 16th, 2009
Key West, FL, USA
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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