Topsy Turvy Viewer Testimonials - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Topsy Turvy Viewer Testimonials

We want to hear from you if you've used the Topsy Turvy.  Let us know if it worked for you and what you've grown, or if it disappointed you as well.  Send your comments and any pictures via email to jjumper@kplctv.com.  Below are some testimonials from KPLC viewers who have written to us.

Jennifer says...
     "My mom and I bought 3 topsy turveys this summer.  We put 2 creoles plants and one big red.  We had the same results as you did.  We got several golf ball sized tomatoes but then they would just rot and fall off.  So, your results seem to be typical."

Renee says...
    "Green thumb or not it does NOT work.  I got 'expert' help and my poor plant is still turning brown.  Thumbs down for Topsy Turvey."

Jean says...
    "I bought 2 of them from the TV ad. It took me 20 minutes to decline all the other stuff they tried to sell me.
    When I received my planters, I bought the soil & 2 tomato plants. After a couple of days I noticed the tomato plant in one of the planters was wilting---the water wasn't draining enough. So, I planted that tomato plant in the ground & bought another tomato plant. After enlarging the holes in the bottom, I planted the 2nd tomato plant. Same thing happened with the 2nd tomato plant so I gave up on that planter. 
    The 1st planter was doing very well. The plant did turn up towards the east so I thought that by turning the whole planter around it would help the tomato plant straighten a little bit. I must have waited too long to turn the planter because the stem split about 2 1/2 inches on the tomato plant. I really thought the plant would die but I have gotten tomatoes off of it. The plant did have to be watered every day & twice a day when the temperature was in the 90's and above. The planter was hung on a swingset. I had to place an obstacle underneath the planter to keep my dogs from running under it and knocking off the tomatoes. The tomato plant is still growing but does need lots of water. It was much harder to water the planter than if the tomato had been in the ground."

Kelly says...
    "I highly disagree with your opinion of this product. If you had done some research on container gardens, you would have found that there are two types of tomato plants.  There are indeterminate and determinate varieties.  In order for a tomato plant to be in a container you must choose the determinate plant.  Some examples are: Patio Princess, Bush Goliath and Better Bush.  I have had years of success with this product using the proper plants."

Brian says...
    "I have one Topsy Turvy that has been growing for 3 months it is almost touching the ground.  I also made my own out of 5 gallon buckets and all are growing good.  I used one Cherry, one Big Boy, and a Mr.Stripey. I bought all the already growing plants about 4-6 inches and put them in with miracle grow veggie soil.  You should give this one another try and only water after the sun is down and only every two or three days."

Tiffany says...
    "My mom tried the topsy turvy, and it did not work for her. My mom and dad grow a big garden every year, and decided to try they topsy turvy. She bought a tomoto plant and hung under her carport. It started out good, but she did notice that with our heat that it did not hold water good. The soil was always dry. But it was like she could not water it enough so it was starting to die. She said that she was not going to water it constantly throught out the day, because if she did that, to her it was not worth it. So water it, it evently dies. So she took it down and threw it away. She said that she will continue to grow them in the ground or in a flower pot. Even a flower pot does better."

Leah says...
    "Oh, how I wish I had taken pictures of our Topsy Turvy planters and their success this summer!  We purchased 4 planters and hung them on the south side of our home.  We used two of the planters for tomatoes, one for cucumbers, and one for green bell peppers.  We were extremely pleased with their success!  The instructions said to place two plants in each planter, but we decided that we'd try 3 plants in each.  We fertilized with Miracle Grow for tomato and garden plants every week.  We also added more soil to maintain the level of 3 inches from the top, when needed.  At one point, we counted more than 35 tomatoes between the two planters.  We noticed that once the hot temperatures had arrived, we needed to water both in early morning and in the evening.  Our produce was delicious and our children really enjoyed watching them grow.  The only dissapointment we experienced was when we returned from a 2 week vacation and saw the plants were looking rather wilted and distressed.  They had only been watered once a day instead of the twice daily watering they received from us.  You really have to stay on top of the watering.
    The bottom line for us is, YES, they work!  Our family can't wait until next year use our Topsy Turvy planters again.  We're looking forward to trying an even larger variety of vegetables."

Melissa says...
    "My plant did the same thing.  Started turning upward, then wilted after about 2 weeks.  Had a couple of flowers, no tomato ever started growing. Very disappointing."

Mark suggests...
    "Just read about your topsy turvey plant. I have grown tomatoes upside down in 5-gal buckets for quite a long time with very good results. I have never seen the topsy turvey except on tv, but can say if that was the instructions that came with it, they are wrong.
    Take a 5-gal bucket and drill out the bottom in the center with a 2 inch door knob saw. You will notice it's about the same size hole as the mold on the bottom. Do the same with the lid. Next, set your bucket right side up and place a coffee filter over the hole in the bottom. This is to keep the dirt from falling out for now. Fill with dirt to about 1 inch from top. You can pack the dirt by tapping the bucket on the ground. Next, Place a coffee filter on top of dirt in center where the lid hole is going to be when you put the lid on. Put the lid on and poke hole in filter and plant about 80% deep in the hole.
    You need to let the plant grow right-side up like this for 2-3 weeks before hanging upside down with a piece of rope. This will let the roots get established and the plant to grow some so it won't turn up into the bucket like yours did. It will still turn up but shouldn't be growing up into the bottom of the bucket.
    As for as water, I water about every other day until I turn it up-side down. Then, after it's hanging about every 3 days or when I see the leaves wilting I water well.  Total cost of dirt and plant, about $5.  Works for me!  Good Luck!"

Lynda says...
    
"I had about the same results.  Seems like mine would not even begin to grow until very late, then I only had very small tomatoes and then only about 6.  I even bought the Tomato Tree which is suppose to allow for at least 3 plants (the holes are in the sides of this one) so I didn't seem to have the stem rotting problem but the bag itself began to  fall apart.  Needless to say I was not very happy with this product either.  I did get a bag for strawberries so may try them next season and see if that works out any better but as for tomato's  NO"

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