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Product Description

Physalis ixocarpa

These vigorous, spreading plants yield an abundance of deep purple fruits wrapped in a papery cover. Delicious raw or stewed, tomatillos are the main ingredient in Salsa Verde.

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Quick Facts

Plant Size: 3 foot plants, 2–3 oz. fruit

Hardiness: Tender Reseeding Annual

Sun: Full/Partial

Seed Planting Depth: 0.25 inch

Days to Harvest: 75 days

Good for Container: Yes

Seed Origin: Open Pollinated

Easy to Grow: Yes

Water: Ample

Days to Germinate: 7–14 days

Plant Spacing: 24–36 inches

Edible Flower: N/A

Growing Guide

Tomatillos are frost sensitive, warm season plants that grow best in full sun and like fertile, well drained, loamy soils. They are quick to mature, self-seed readily, and are well adapted from north to south. Prepare the planting area with decomposed compost and a general purpose organic fertilizer. Soil that is low in phosphorus and potassium can be amended with rock phosphate and greensand. The broad rangy plants do not need support, but short tomato cages can be used if space is limited. Two to four of these high yielding plants should be sufficient for a small family.

Start Tomatillos indoors, not more than 4 weeks before your last frost date. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep and keep evenly moist. Optimum soil temperature is 70–90°F, which can be achieved with a heating mat. After 6–14 days, place new seedlings in a sunny window and fertilize every 2 weeks. Harden off your seedlings before transplanting by placing them outdoors during the day and bringing inside at night. Transplant seedlings when all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed. Plant seedlings 24 inches apart in rows that are 36–48 inches apart.

Tomatillos are relatively trouble free, but may be susceptible to some tomato diseases. Practice a minimum three year rotation cycle with all Solanacea family crops, use drip irrigation to minimize wet foliage, mulch to prevent soil from splashing on to leaves during rain storms, space widely for good air circulation, and compost or turn under all crop debris at the end of each season.

Harvest when the fruit is plump and has split open its protective papery husk. Some varieties turn purple where the skin is exposed to the sun, this is normal. Many fruit can also be gathered from the ground. Fruit will keep in the refrigerator for 2–3 weeks.

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