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Tomatoes are a sweet and delicious fruit from a very tolerant plant. They're so popular to grow because they're so easy. As a vine, they're also good for the gardener with very little space. This article will tell you how to grow tomatoes hanging from the ceiling - although it could be adapted to suit a hanging basket, too.
- Set up your hanger. Choose a sunny place indoors. Your plant can be hung from a hook in the ceiling or tied around a beam. Using string or twine, knot a basket that your upside down milk bottle will sit in without slipping out or toppling sideways. Attach it to your ceiling, ready for the plant.
- Take a small tomato plant; bought or grown from seed are both fine. Water it well and set it to one side.
- Take your large plastic milk bottle and cut off the base. Remove the lid.
- Take your tomato plant out of its pot and set it upside down in the milk bottle, with the plant poking through the pouring hole.
- Fill in the milk bottle with a mixture of good compost and garden soil, and water it. Now you see why the hanger was put up first - it's impossible to put the plant on a surface without covering it in soil or damaging the plant.
- Water your tomato plant regularly and make sure it gets plenty of sunshine - sunlight is the key to dark, ripe tomatoes.
- Your tomato plant will grow downwards, so hang it somewhere it won't be in the way.
- To adapt it to suit a hanging basket, cut a hole in the bottom of the basket liner and follow the above steps.
- Make sure the hook or beam are secure, as the plant can get quite heavy.
Things You'll Need
- A large plastic milk bottle
- A young tomato plant
- Compost and/or garden soil
- Scissors/craft knife
- String or twine
- Hook in the ceiling (optional, if you have something else it can be hung from)
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