Um, what?

So, there I was, watching SpongeBob with my kid, when there was an ad for The Topsy Turvy™ Tomato Planter! The Upside Down Tomato Planter!

Gee whiz! It’s topsy AND turvy!

I admit it; I was kind of into the idea, thinking about whether or not I could get away with putting one on my fire escape and not have it be a fire hazard… and then in the middle of their sales pitch was the following line:

“Because the Topsy Turvy™ is upside down, water and nutrients pour directly from the root to the fruit, giving you up to 30 pounds of deliciously ripe tomatoes per plant!”

To paraphrase Morbo the news monster:


Fine. Maybe the excess water spills out of the bottom of the pot and onto the leaves. I know my high school biology classes are many many years behind me, but even I know nutrients do not “pour directly” into a tomato just because you’ve hung it upside down, sort of like how one doesn’t spontaneously vomit from standing on one’s head.

Science, people! Simple science! Embrace it, for it is your friend!

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4 thoughts on “Um, what?

  1. Haven’t you noticed that the struggle against gravity is simply too much for other plants? That’s why they all grow upside down in the air. If they didn’t we would have no trees, no fruits, no veg, nothing…

  2. It’s mind-boggling that this is how they choose to market it. Couldn’t there be something that doesn’t completely violate the laws of science? Like it may be space-saving, perhaps, or decorative, or it’s easier to care for that way (the pesky leaves don’t get in the way when watering). Anything!

  3. We did this last year, but Steve the husband made one. He took a cloth grocery bag (that had seams on each corner for more strength), lined it with a plastic shopping bag. He cut a hole in the bottom and carefully fed the young tomato plant through the hole and then filled the bag with soil and compost. we hung it on a hook outside our door and watered it almost daily…Steve just wanted to see it to believe it…but it worked!

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