Posted on 06 July 2008 by

Watch Out – QVC Recalls Tomato Planters

By Vanessa Richins

One of the hot trends these days seems to be planting your tomatoes upside-down.

Tomatoes planted this way have been said to grow better, produce more, and have less pest and disease problems.

You can either create your own planters with buckets, or use one of the many products being produced by companies that have jumped on the bandwagon.

One such product is the Topsy-Turvy Deluxe Tomato Planter with Stand, offered by QVC on TV, their website, and in their stores. It consisted of a 30 pound capacity bag held on a 6 foot adjustable pole with stand, and was imported from, China.

On June 4th, 2008,, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a notice that a product safety recall was now in effect for the Topsy-Turvy Deluxe Tomato Planter with Stand. Evidently, the legs on the stand can possibly detach themselves if you move it.

The US CPSC notes that they received notices of 347 instances in which the stand legs had fallen off. This resulted in 155 people being injured, and there were also reports of other items being damaged when the planter fell.

The US CPSC advises that the planter should be taken down immediately. Customers who purchased by website or phone have been mailed instructions on how to claim their refund. Customers who bought it at a brick and mortar store should return it to that location.

The smaller versions of this product without a stand do not fall under the recall.

Questions may be directed to QVC by visiting or calling them at (800) 367-9444 between the hours of 7-1 am EST.


2 Responses to “Watch Out – QVC Recalls Tomato Planters”

  1. nick Says:

    I tried it it does not work!!! So disappointed when i water the dirty water leeks all over the plant and made it mushy and wet. The picture above is fake that plant probably has 100 full sized tomatoes on it and the plant looks fake.

  2. S Walker Says:

    I am growing tomatoes and cucumbers using this style of Topsy Turvy and it is working wonderfully. The key is to NOT MOVE the unit once it is set up; in fact, on the instructions for setting it up it warns you repeatedly to NOT MOVE it, or it can collapse. DUH. Why’d they have to recall it just because of stupid people who can’t/won’t read instructions?? And to the person who says the water leaks (not “leeks” – learn how to spell!) all over the plant, all I can say is that I do not have that experience. Maybe he did not set it up correctly?

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