Re: [gardeners] Planting of an Up-side down tree

Margaret Lauterbach (
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 13:03:24 -0700

At 09:10 AM 2/19/98 -0800, you wrote:
>I was wondering if you could help meРРI am a student at Strathclyde
University ScotlandРand I wish to enquire if it is possible in theory or
in practiceРto plant a tree upside down given that its roots areРin soil
a roof garden up above say a ceiling and Рthe tree grows down through
the roof also with the sunРbeing reflected from the floor up to the tree
to foolРit that it is growing the right way upРРI dont mean to be
harmful to the trees but it is theoreticalРfor a project in ecologyРРI
wish to make the statement that cities mess up theРenviroment so this is
a messed up treeРРIf you donrt know could you possibly point me in the
rightРdirection as who to write toor EmailРРKind RegardsРРРMichael
Hernon.РРPS Could you please reply soon as my project depends on it.
I have seen fruit trees that were started out upside down at Michigan State
University.  Branches reached out, then toward the roots, since it was
anti-gravity, I guess.  then they were turned right side up, and the branch
tips that pointed toward the roots gradually changed direction and pointed
toward the sky.  The object was to get a tree whose fruit could be picked
from the ground.  You might try a search using Michigan State University to
see if you can find someone in fruit tree science in the Agricultural
college to find out more information.  Margaret