Growing your plants upside down
Posted Thursday, August 2 2012 at 16:48
Space can be a limiting factor in most urban homes, especially because many people live in apartments. For those who love greenery, potted plants generally have to suffice for that touch of green in the house.
Flower pots littered around the house can be cumbersome making hanging gardens an great alternative. Conventional hanging gardens can be jazzed up by having upside down gardens.
Quite literally, you have your plants growing upside down. Tomatoes and cucumbers are some of the best to have growing from the base of the container.
They do not need to be vegetables as creepers and various plants with vines will do; a simple vine that wraps its way down the rails of your balcony or the pillars in the home are most appropriate.
It can be a simple inexpensive method of gardening, using recycled material that is readily available in the home.
Some wrapping paper can be used to cover the container surface to give it a polished and better look. The different materials and colours of wrapper give room to create an ambience or theme as one would want to create at the end of the day.
But to reduce the workload, a plastic pot can be store bought from your florist or supermarket. The technique for planting is, however, the same.
The first step for planting is to cut out a two inch round hole at the base of the container. Lay a piece of fabric or newspaper or water proof paper at the base of the container slitting it a few inches to correspond with the hole at base of container.
This will allow for the plant to have room to grow out while making sure soil does not pour out during the watering process.
For upside down gardens, you will need to transplant the seedling rather than germinate the plant from the seed due to the direction of growth.
Push the plant through the hole before filling the container with soil. Water it thoroughly and hang plant in an area that receives plenty of sunlight.