Tomatillos are much like tomatoes and are often called “husk tomatoes”.
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Tomatillo – Purple
Tomatillos are much like tomatoes and are often called “husk tomatoes”. Each fruit grows in a papery enclosure on a single stocked plant. They are prolific growers and can be used in a wide range of dishes. Most commonly used for salsa verde or other Hispanic dishes.
Suggested Planting Requirements: Tomatillos can be direct sown or transplanted. For direct sowing, garden beds must be prepped, and soil should be above 60 degrees. If you decide to transplant, start seeds in the greenhouse six weeks before the last frost, then you can transplant them into your garden. Tomatillos love fertile soil rich in organic matter. Add plenty of compost before planting. Soil pH is preferred between 5.5 and 7.0. Soil should be moist at planting time. Watering should be done at weekly intervals and overwatering avoided. To prevent disease, avoid overhead watering and water at the soil level.
Growing Recommendations: Tomatillos require full sun for healthy and fast growth. A balanced organic fertilizer should be added before planting in the garden. During the growing season, water at the soil level of the plants avoiding getting the foliage wet. Prune excess foliage for maximum production. Pruning also helps to increase airflow and can help prevent diseases. Keep a look out for pests like white flies which can decrease production.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest when individual fruits are slightly tender to the squeeze of a finger. This may be before the tomatillos are fully colored. You can use them raw or cooked in many Mexican dishes.
History: Tomatillos originated in Mexico and are often times call husk cherries. They were widely used and diversified in the pre-Columbian era. Wild tomatillos were found in all parts of the American except the far north.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest when individual fruits are bursting from their papery enclosure. Can be used fresh or cooked.
|Days to Germination:||10-15|
|Days to Maturity||70-80|
|Height at Maturity:||4’-5’|
|Lighting Requirements||Full Sun|
Package Weight: .52 gram
Approximate seed count per packet: 160 seeds
Sows about 100′ Row (This takes into account thinning)
|Dimensions||5.00 × 5.00 × 1.00 in|