Like their botanical cousin the tomato, tomatillos (Physalis ixocarpa) are infinitely better tasting when grown at home organically. They are sweeter, tarter, more flavourful, and complex. Once you've used them to make salsa verde (see recipe for my roasted version on YouGrowGirl.com) you'll want to grow them every year! Fortunately, they're very easy to grow, even in a small space. The plants are more tolerant to drought and extreme conditions than tomatoes, and they're less prone to diseases and pests.
To be clear, there is a named, 'Purple' variety. While my tomatillo seeds produce purple fruit, I can't claim the name since mine are a cross between a range of different heirloom varieties that I have grown through the years. The fruit tends to come on green, ripening to purple with colour running through the stems, leaf veining, and fruit husks. This is a productive plant with a lovely, sweet flavour.
This plant is tall and sturdy with thick stems and branches. You can allow it to fall on the ground and ramble, but I find that staking is more ornamental, saves space, and prevents insect damage. Grow it in the ground (I've even grown it in the middle of flower beds) or in extra-large containers (at least 16" deep). Be sure to grow each tomatillo plant in their own pot as they will compete against each other and you'll end up with far less and/or smaller fruit.
Tall, sturdy plants (will require staking), produce mid-sized Can be grown in an x-large container. Mid-season. Approximately 90-100 days. Start seeds earlier than tomatoes to ensure a full season. Grow in full sun.
No less than 25 seeds per packet.
Grown and harvested in the 2016 gardening season.
Start seed indoors at least 8 weeks before the last frost. Transplant outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Tomatillos tend to be more cold tolerant towards the end of the season than at the start. Grow more than one plant to ensure good cross-pollination and higher yields. More info on growing in pots or in the ground at YouGrowGirl.com
About My Seeds:
All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals, sprays, or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens. More about my seeds can be found in the About section.
Gayla Trail is the creator of YouGrowGirl.com, the hit community for enthusiastic gardeners, where she has spent almost two decades sharing her experiences growing in whatever space she had available. Gayla is a respected, internationally recognized garden authority and the author of books on growing in difficult, urban spaces: You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening, Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces, and Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces (translated into three additional languages). Her fifth book, Grow Curious: Creative Activities to Cultivate Joy, Wonder, and Discovery is out now.
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All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. I DO NOT sell genetically modified products! Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.