What are the advantages of Growing Plants Upside Down?
1) You can grow plants in any direction.
(You can’t do it with regular potting soil.)
2) You don’t have to worry about damaging your plant if you accidentally drop it or knock over the container.
(With regular pots, if you drop a plant, you could break its roots. With upside down containers, if you bump into one, the bottom part will not fall off.)
3) You can use your plants in almost any location.
(You can put them on windowsills, under rocks, etc.)
4) You don’t need to pay much attention to watering your plants.
(In regular pots, if you forget to water your plants, they may die.)
5) You can keep your plants alive longer without having to buy expensive fertilizers.
(With regular pots, if you don’t water your plants enough, they will die.)
How do I make my own upside down planters?
1) Use a piece of cardboard.
Cut out a circle big enough for the size of the plant(s).
2) Use a bowl (a small one for small plants, a medium one for medium plants, and a large one for large plants).
Trace around it onto the cardboard and cut it out.
3) If you want to water your plant(s), cut some holes in the bottom of the bowl.
You can also glue or tape the bowl to the circle of cardboard to make it sturdier.
What can I use as a ceiling?
1) You can use a tarp, a shower curtain, a large plastic bag (such as a trash bag), or anything similar.
2) Measure the size of the container(s) you’re going to be using.
3) Cut the material so that it is 1-2 inches larger than the container(s).
Last but not least…
You can add extra decorations to your upside down planter if desired. You could add small figurines, stones, etc. If you use a tarp or shower curtain, you can glue or tape decorations to the ceiling of the container. If you use a bag, you can fill it with colored sand, small rocks, or figurines.
When deciding where to place your upside down planter, choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Make sure the area is large enough for you to easily access the plants without knocking them over.
If you are using a bag, make sure it is hung from something strong enough to hold it. If you hang it from the ceiling, make sure there are no open flames in the area.
Good luck with your upside down planter!
This article has been written by Abigail Martin on behalf of Upside-Down-Gardening.org.
Sources & references used in this article:
Portable upside down garden by F Venanzi – US Patent 6,345,466, 2002 – Google Patents
Planter for growing plants upside down by WA Felknor, J Ferron – US Patent 6,874,278, 2005 – Google Patents
Upside Down Planter Bag by W Sperzel – US Patent App. 12/627,453, 2011 – Google Patents
Hanging planter for growing upside down plants from seeds by WJ Rance – US Patent App. 12/732,170, 2010 – Google Patents
Upside down hanging planter by D Luurtsema, DJ Luurtsema, RS Arnold – US Patent 8,904,707, 2014 – Google Patents
The baobab: Africa’s upside-down tree by GE Wickens – Kew bulletin, 1982 – JSTOR