04-22-2011 05:01 PM
I'm a novice gardener, so please forgive me if this is a dopey question. Can I plant other things in a Topsy Turvey besides tomatoes, strawberries and hot peppers? I have a bad back and knees and can't handle "in the ground" gardening. I figured the Topsy Turvey could also help keep critters away from my plants.
The two things I'm thinking of are blueberries and raspberries. Would that work or are they too "bushy" I know I can do containers, but I kind of like the idea of a hanging garden.
04-23-2011 09:51 AM - edited 04-23-2011 09:51 AM
Welcome to our community Andi!
This is Christine and I work at The Home Depot in Atlanta. My Home Depot is in the heart of the city and the Topsy Turvy systems are very popular at my store! Tons of people buy it so they can have a hanging garden on their patio.
You can certainly plant both the blueberries and the raspberries in a Topsy Turvy. Here are some things to consider. Depending where you live, both of these can be perennials. If you want a perennial, make sure you check your zone to see if it is perennial in your zone. With that being said, you will more than likely need to transplant them once they start to get really big. They will be too heavy for the Topsy Turvy and they will also become root bound if you leave them in there. That is one thing to consider.
Blueberries need to cross pollinate with a different kind of blueberry plant to bear fruit. Basically, they need a friend. If you decide on the blueberry, use two Topsy Turvy’s and put a blueberry plant in each. The raspberries, on the other hand, do not need a buddy.
I’m a big fan of container gardening, and the Topsy Turvy is a wonderful addition to any container garden!
Please post pictures of your hanging garden! We love pictures
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04-23-2011 11:03 PM
I have had good luck with very large containers. Unless there are dwarf varieties of blueberries that I haven't seen, the bushes will get too tall and bushy for the topsy turvy in a season or so. Use special care to insulate the containers in the winter. The roots can be vunerable even in a container in the winter if temperatures drop too low without the warmth from the earth. Putting the containers on a dolly sized for the container also allows for easy mobility. Home grown berries are the best. Rabbiteye and Southern Highbush are a good combo for southern states.
06-06-2013 09:57 PM
I read your reply regarding a question about whether the topsy turvy planter can be used to blueberries. I am also interested in growing blueberries in a topsy turvy, but I have a question about your response regarding "Blueberries need to cross pollinate with a different kind of blueberry plant to bear fruit. Basically, they need a friend. If you decide on the blueberry, use two Topsy Turvy’s and put a blueberry plant in each." I am wondering if they can be cross pollenated with another type of berry, such as a strawberry plant or does it have to be a different type of blueberry?